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  • Teacup Flower Arrangements

    Jul 3, 2024

    Join University of Illinois Extension Program Coordinator Nikki Keltner for Teacup Flower Arrangements. This program is being held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 N. Vine Street, Elizabeth, IL 61028. There is a $15 fee to attend the class and pre-registration is required. Participants will leave with a fresh flower arrangement to take home with them. To register or for more information visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw or call the Extension Office at 815-858-2273. Have you ever considered...

  • Where Are They Now

    Jun 19, 2024

    McKendree University Graduates McKendree University congratulates its Class of 2024 graduates on their achievements! #McK2024 Katherine Meusel of Scales Mound, Ill. Tessa Tucker of Stockton, Ill. Founded in 1828, McKendree University's historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from St. Louis, Mo. McKendree also offers degree programs online and is one of U.S. News' "Best Regional Universities," "Best Value Schools" and "Best Colleges for Veterans" in the Midwest. UW-Whitewater Dean's List The following students were named to the University of...

  • Area Students Honored At State FFA

    Jun 19, 2024

    Several area FFA chapters attended the 96th annual Illinois State FFA Convention June 11-13 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests. With a 2024 theme of "United As One," the three-day event annually recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. During the convention, the following awards were presented to local FFA chapters. Eastland Ella Gunderson, Cole Huber, Lauren Johnson, Jenica Stoner, and...

  • Where Are They Now?

    Jun 12, 2024

    Madigan Named Distinguished Scholar Kieran Madigan of Lena, IL is announced as a Spring 2024 Distinguished Scholar at Rockford University. Full-time (12 or more credits) students who earned at least a 3.75 GPA with no grades below "C" and completed all requirements for the semester are named Distinguished Scholars. Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers more than 80 majors,...

  • Stockton Honor Roll

    Jun 12, 2024

    Second Semester High Honor Roll (All A’s) Grade 12: Anthony Bilich, Izabella Ertmer, Bennett Graves, Alicia Howell, Gracie Keleher, Nevaeh Peterson, Ashlyn Schubert Grade 11: Kyla Arnold, Emily Broshous, Masyn Cahill, Jacob Harbach, Ava Hess, Madalyn Mammoser, Ethan Steien, Landon Warner Grade 10: Jake Marek, Oliver McPeek, Sadie Vanderheyden, Hailey Weipert Grade 9: Arianna Arand, Alexis Bennett, Payton Goswick, Taylor Haas, Dionne McIntosh Second Semester Honor Roll (3.0 Semester Standard GPA & No D’s) Grade 12: Kristian Adleman, Lily Bak...

  • Scholarship Winners Announced

    Jun 12, 2024

    The Jo Daviess County Extension and 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Ralph and Katherine Norris college scholarship program for the 2024-25 school year. For information about the Jo Daviess County Extension and 4-H Foundation, please contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 815-858-2273. Ralph and Katherine Norris established funds in 1986 to provide scholarships for Jo Daviess County residents pursuing a college degree in agriculture or related fields. Scholarships are awarded to individuals pursuing a two...

  • River Ridge Honor Roll

    Jun 12, 2024

    4th Quarter Honor Roll 4.00+ Enver Ahmedi, Addison Albrecht, Cora Boop, Avery Engle, Morgan Flynn, Macey Fulton, Dolan Geerts, Lynnea Groezinger, Arthur Horn, Matthew Johnson, Katerine Leonard, Edoardo Marcolin, Gwendoline Miller, Micaela Miller, Amie Richmond, Isaac Rife, Evelyn Walters, Kathryn Cobine, Kayla Diehl, Camden Flack, Aizlynn Griffiths, Nathan Haas, Lucius Mendenhall, Elaina Doms, Sawyer Fry, Jaime Miller, Harmony Packard, Samuel Rife, Sarah Winter, Nicholas Cobine, Amber Davis, and Jackson Goldsmith. 3.50 - 3.999 Millicent Boden,...

  • Ride The Waves At Lanark Library

    Jun 12, 2024

    The kickoff party for summer reading will be held Monday, June 10 at 10:00AM at the Heritage Center, 106 S. Broad St., Lanark, IL. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium from Dubuque, Iowa will present the program Tails & Tales. What animal comes in all shades of green, has scales and a shell? If you guessed a turtle you’re right! Many different types of turtles call the Mississippi River home. Children and adults are encouraged to attend this free program courtesy of the Library and the Friends of the Lanark Public Library. The n...

  • Sheppard Wins Sheriff's Scholarship

    May 29, 2024

    Each year the Illinois Sheriffs' Association awards at least one $500.00 college scholarship to every Sheriff's Office throughout the State of Illinois to be awarded to a local student. This year, the Stephenson County Sheriff's Citizens Scholarship Committee selected Mallory Sheppard of Lena as the recipient of the 2024 Stephenson County ISA Scholarship. Mallory is the daughter of Joe and Allison Sheppard of Lena. She attends Lena-Winslow High School and holds a 4.10 grade point average. She...

  • Scales Mound Red Cross Scholarship Announced

    May 29, 2024

    On April 11, the American Red Cross collected 43 units of blood product at the Scales Mound drive. The FFA goal for the drive was 50 units, and 50 people came through the door to help. Please help us celebrate the two first-time blood donors and the five high school students who added to the total. The 43 units were added to the 170 units collected earlier in the year which completed our 23-24 collection with 213 units, surpassing the 201 unit goal. Thank you to all for your help in providing li...

  • Bittersweet End Of Year

    May 29, 2024

    Saying goodbye to our group of seniors who did wonderful things in our community is hard. Saying hello to our new team members is exciting. Having both groups together for a celebration cookout? Bittersweet. The Stockton Servant Leadership team held an end-of-the-year cookout on May 5th to welcome new members and to wish the outgoing seniors well. Over the past two years, the six seniors pictured have accomplished much. Here is a (conservative) list noting the hours & types of service they have...

  • Where Are They Now

    May 15, 2024

    Emma Norton Named Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Emma Norton, a Management major from Lanark, IL, and member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater golf team, was one of 47 Warhawks who were recognized as 2023-24 Chancellor's Scholar-Athletes presented by Northwestern Mutual. Norton was recognized in a ceremony Monday at the James R. Connor University Center by Chancellor Corey A. King and Director of Athletics Ryan Callahan. To be recognized as Scholar-Athletes, student-athletes must have maintained a 3.25 cumulative grade point average or...

  • TLP Teen Apprenticeship Program

    May 15, 2024

    The Mount Carroll Community Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council have awarded Timber Lake Playhouse grants to continue to offer a paid apprentice program for area teens interested in pursuing careers in the theatre arts. This is the sixth year that this program has been in operation. TLP is accepting applications for the apprenticeship program through May 28. Timber Lake Playhouse, operating in its 63th season, hires performers, directors and designers from around the country each year. The apprentice program is designed to immerse...

  • School's Out ... Forever

    Dan Stevens|May 8, 2024

    Aquin had planned, and hoped, on continuing to function next year, but the Rockford Diocese had other plans. With only 18 students planning on attending Aquin High School next year, and having run at a deficit for multiple years, the Diocese stepped in and announced at a meeting last Wednesday that Aquin High School was done. In its place, the plan is to still accommodate the Pre-K through 8th grade enrollment in what is being called Aquin Micro Academy. "We thought we would be allowed to functi...

  • Where Are They Now

    Apr 24, 2024

    Wampfler Accepted To Palmer College Of Chiropractic Eva Wampfler of Stockton, IL has been accepted for enrollment for the 2024 spring trimester in the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at Palmer College of Chiropractic's Main Campus in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest college in the chiropractic profession, has campuses in Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, California; and Port Orange, Florida. Mullen Conducts Undergraduate Research Naomi Mullen, from Lanark, IL, conducted and presented undergraduate research...

  • Stockton FFA Plant Sale

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Stockton FFA members have been busy this semester working in our new greenhouse. Here are the dates for our first plant sale in the new greenhouse: Saturday, May 4th from 8:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 7th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11th from 8:00 a.m. to noon We will have hanging baskets, flowers, vegetable plants, and house plants for sale. The greenhouse is located behind the high school. There will be signs to follow along the parking lot....

  • Chesney Launches Summer Reading Program

    Apr 24, 2024

    To keep young minds active during the summer break from school, Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) is offering first through sixth grade students from the 45th District an opportunity to participate in his summer reading program. “Summer reading is a key factor in the achievement gap between struggling and successful students, and those who do not read over the summer can lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills,” said Chesney. “The ‘summer slide’ is a real thing, and it’s never too late to instill a love a reading in...

  • It's Super Sunday

    Apr 17, 2024

    Remember how fun Vacation Bible School was for a week long each summer? St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Elizabeth has something like it each month, on the first Sunday of the month, immediately after church, 10a.m.- 11:30 a.m. It's Super Sunday! It is super for the children and adults during church, too; but the fun reaches even higher levels after the church service. The children go downstairs, after church, to the basement where they work on neat craft projects, sing and act out catchy inspirati...

  • River Ridge High School – 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

    Apr 10, 2024

    4+ Enver Ahmedi, Addison Albrecht, Millicent Boden, Cora Boop, Ruby Dickerson, Avery Engle, Morgan Flynn, Dolan Geerts, Lynnea Groezinger, Arthur Horn, Matthew Johnson, Katherine Leonard, Edoardo Marcolin, Gwendoline Miller, Micaela Miller, Isaac Rife, Cora Ritchie, Evelyn Walters, Kathryn Cobine, Kayla Diehl, Camden Flack, Aizlynn Griffiths, Nathan Haas, Lucius Mendenhall, Elaina Doms, Sawyer Fry, Jaime Miller, Harmony Packard, Samuel Rife, Gracie Schnitzler, Sarah Winter, Nicholas Cobine, Faith Morhardt 3.50 - 3.999 Kaytlyn Booras, Macey...

  • Youth Birding Basics

    Apr 10, 2024

    The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) and University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Program are excited to announce a birding basics workshop for anyone ages 8-18. The event will take place at JDCF's Schurmeier Teaching Forest, 147 E Reusch Rd, Elizabeth, on April 20 from 9-10:30 AM. The event is free and participants do not need to be a member of 4-H to attend. This workshop is a great introduction to the world of birding. From proper binocular use to learning key features and...

  • Author Visit

    Apr 10, 2024

    Lanark Public Library and the Friends of the Lanark Public Library are inviting you to an evening with the renown author Sarah Weeks. Sarah has written more than 60 picture books and novels for young readers, including popular titles Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash, Glamourpuss, Cheese So B. It, Soof, Pie, and Save Me a Seat. In addition to writing books, she also teaches writing workshops for children and adults. This event is open to the public for all ages at no charge. It will be held at the Heritage Center, 106 S. Broad St, Lanark, IL on...

  • Witte And Dinderman Receive FFA Honors

    Mar 27, 2024

    Lauren Witte and Alaina Dinderman of Orangeville High School were selected as the District FFA Proficiency Winners in Goat Production - Entrepreneurship (Witte) and Dairy Entrepreneurship (Dinderman). Lauren and Alaina are a member of the Orangeville FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA. Illinois FFA recognizes students in forty-eight different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised Agricultural Experiences or SAE. FFA members who demonstrate outstanding...

  • River Ridge FFA Holds Awards Banquet

    Mar 27, 2024

    The River Ridge FFA Chapter held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, March 7th at River Ridge High School. Each year this banquet is held in order to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the FFA members. Families were invited to attend the banquet to support their student as well and share in a community meal. Below is a list of the highlights from this years banquet. STAR Discovery - Wyatt Ritchie STAR Greenhand- Nick Cobine Outstanding Sophomore - Sawyer Fry Outstanding Junior- Graci...

  • Pollination Program

    Mar 27, 2024

    The Stephenson County Association for Home and Community Education sponsored a program on Pollinators on March 9, 2024, at the Farm Bureau. The speaker was Jim Ritterbusch, who was employed by the USDA before his retirement. He was part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the District Conservationist who served Stephenson County. He presented an informative program on how to plant and what plants you could use to create a pollinator plot. Slides were used to help with plant...

  • Scholarships Available

    Mar 13, 2024

    Monroe Clinic & Hospital Foundation, a member of SSM Health, will be assisting two individuals who may have a financial burden and are unable to otherwise attend Highland Community College (HCC). The scholarships will financially assist and admit two (2) well-rounded students into the HCC Medical Assistant Program who meet the following criteria: Academically able to meet the challenges of the curriculum, Well suited for a health care profession and, Have exhibited a commitment to serving their communities. The deadline for application...

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