What Really Happened

The rumor mills were running wild following the incident in Lena that shut the down town area down and put the school on a soft lockdown. And while the reports were released by the Stephenson County...

The Votes Are In

The voters may not have been asked to decide on a lot of offices or issues, but they still made it clear what they wanted in the contests that did need to be determined last Tuesday in the...

Downtown Scare

Businesses in downtown Lena were locked down and ordered to evacuate, while the School District was put on a soft lockdown after an armed man was reported to have entered Citizens State Bank Friday...

Bush Called On To Resign

Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of the foundation on which any healthy democracy stands, and as far back as anyone can remember, election days in Stephenson County have generally been smooth and without controversary. Unfortunately,...

Monroe Clinic Reaches 20,000th Vaccine

Monroe Clinic achieved a milestone today, April 5, administering their 20,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Since December 2020, when Monroe Clinic and SSM Health received their first shipments of the...

Arrests Made In Local Homicide

A homicide investigation began on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 when the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to Miller’s Boat Landing, located at 6898 Marina Road in Savanna, regarding a body found in the Mississippi River. Since that time...

On The Record

Narcotics Arrest On 03/16/21, at the request of the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, the Northwest Illinois Tactical Response Team executed a search warrant on a residence located at 74 Tomahawk Ln, East Dubuque. This is part of an on-going...

Grant Birthday Celebration

On April 16-18th, the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society in Galena, IL, will be celebrating President Ulysses S. Grant's 199th birthday by offering free museum admission to the public and...

Sign Up For Stephenson County Clean-Up

The spring weather is warming the ground and also exposing trash and litter that has been accumulating during the snowy winter months. The Greater Freeport Partnership’s Beautification Committee is asking for your help to clean up our beautiful...

Volleyball Standings 4/15

West Galena 7 - 0 8 - 2 Warren 5 - 2 5 - 5 E. Dubuque 4 - 2 5 - 7 Stockton 5 - 3 6 - 6 West Carroll 4 - 5 5 - 8 Scales Mound 2 - 8 3 - 10 River Ridge 0 - 7 0 - 9 North Aquin 8 - 0 13 - 1 Dakota 7 - 2 11 - 3 Pearl City 5 - 1 10 - 1 Durand 4 - 3 6 -...

Football Standings

NUIC North Du/Pec 3 - 0 3 - 1 Galena 2 - 0 4 - 0 Lena-Winslow 2 - 0 2 - 1 East Dubuque 1 - 2 1 - 3 Orangeville 1 - 3 1 - 3 Stockton 0 - 2 1 - 3 Dakota 0 - 2 0 - 2 NUIC South Aquin 1 - 0 4 - 0 Milledgeville 2 - 1 3 - 1 EPC 2 - 1 2 - 2 Forreston 1 -...

Overcoming An Absence

Tuesday afternoon, Tabytha Toelke of Dakota was told that she would have to leave school and quarantine because a student near her in a class had tested positive for Covid. So her volleyball team had...

Mentor Still The Master

There have been some impressive Volleyball coaches in our region with a lot of years dedicated to their programs. But when it comes to kids who played for a program that returned to become a varsity...

Dakota Cancels Football

The word spread faster than a Covid outbreak, but was no less disheartening – Dakota High School was canceling the rest of their football season. The official word was shared on the school’s...

Butterfingers Beats Penalties

If you were a football coach, which would be worse – getting penalties on your team, or having your team fumble the ball? That question got played out in stark contrast Friday night in Lanark as...

Twist Of Fate

The Scales Mound Hornets were playing one of their better matches of the year against the Eastland Cougars – trailing by only two at 14-12 in the first game when freshmen sensation, Anniston Werner...

Thanks Grandpa!

The Eastland Cougars came in with a player of the year candidate, a second place ranking in the region, and a team that had only lost one match to a 1A opponent all year. Meanwhile, the Lena-Winslow...

Rivermen Love The Water

With a steady rain falling throughout the day, the expectation was that it would make the field wet, muddy, and in doing so benefit the Orangeville Bronco running game that would simply "out-muscle"...

Battle For The West

Both the Galena Pirates and Warren Warriors came into Tuesday night's battle with unblemished records in the NUIC West, and it showed as the two grappled through three games in order to determine a...

Point To Ponder

I can’t begin to count how many times I used to look at my wife or friend of mine in a room and ask, “When did we get old?” It is a question that countless people across several generations...

Preacher's Piece

When you fly on an airplane the flight attendants come by with their little cart wanting to sell you snacks and drinks. My wife and I don’t buy any because we figure seven bucks for a bag of...

Senate Week in Review

While session isn’t scheduled to resume until April 13, Republican lawmakers continued to raise their concerns about Illinois’ legislative map drawing process during remote redistricting hearings...

NUIC West All Conference Academic Bowl Team

1st Team *Brandon Hill – East Dubuque *Daniel Heid – Galena Luke Crome – Stockton Mary Scott – River Ridge Matthew Riedl – Warren (*indicates unanimous selection) 2nd Team Maddie Heim – East Dubuque Thomas Kern – Galena Mikhail...

Highland's 26th Annual Boyer Colloquium

The 2021 Boyer Colloquium, ‘‘Water, Water Everywhere: Farming and Local Community Resilience in the Face of Climate Challenges,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 on Zoom™. Highland Community College will host speakers Margaret...

Highland Lifelong Learning

Highland Community College Lifelong Learning April and May courses include Learn to Play Mah Jongg, a Visit to Bald Hill Prairie Preserve, Bamboo and Bullets: WWII in the Philippines, and Wire Wrap a Pendant. Some courses are held in-person, while...

Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater 20th Anniversary

The Mighty Richland Players have started their 20th anniversary season off with a bang by being one of the theaters chosen to world-premiere the award-winning Phil Olson play, The Birthday Club. Having been involved with Olson in the reading and...

The Lighter Side

I have discovered the secret to a clean house ... never let your children of your husband enter it. I always find something I've lost when I do my spring cleaning. This year, it was my mind. I was...

Goat Yoga Anyone?

VOICES of Stephenson County is sponsoring a free goat yoga session on Tuesday, April 20. The event will be outside at their office, 565 N. Turner Ave. in Freeport. The rain date is April 21. Jenn...

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