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 By Dan Stevens    News    January 25, 2023 

Keeping Our Options Open

Last Thursday's meeting of the Stephenson County Board took on some major issues head on, but the underlying message anybody who has followed the board over the years walked away with was ... this boa...

 

VOICES Receives Huge Gift

A recent donor provides living proof that you can continue to make a difference, no matter your age. A 97-year-old Freeport resident gifted VOICES of Stephenson County with one of the largest individual donations in its 40-year history. The $100,000...

 

United Way Impact Grants

The United Way of Northwest Illinois (UWNIL) is pleased to announce the opening of the Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for the 2023.2024 Community Impact Grants. The RFPs are for Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Basic Needs in Stephenson,...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    January 25, 2023 

Broshous Trial Update

The Pre-Trial hearing was scheduled for January 26th at 9:00 am, but when the case was called, State’s Attorney, Carl Larson, said that he had received a call from the defense attorney, Craig...

 

Pearl City FFA Pork Chop Dinner

The Annual Pearl City FFA Pork Chop Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Pearl City School Cafeteria. Tickets can be purchased from members of the Pearl City FFA or at the door. The dinner will...

 

On The Record

Fatal Crash On 01/09/2023 at approximately 11:02 P.M., the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a three vehicle crash with multiple injuries on U.S. Rt 20 W approximately 1/10th of a mile west of William Drive, Galena IL. Upon...

 

100 Men Who Care Donation

The 100 Men Who Care for Stephenson County recently presented a donation in the amount of $3,500 to the Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC), the local homeless shelter in Freeport. This was the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    January 18, 2023

Broshous Trial Update

We’ve received a ton of phone calls and texts looking for an update on what was taking place in regard to the trial of Stephanie Broshous 47 of Stockton after we said we were going to the first...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    January 11, 2023

What Some Fear More Than Death ...

Believe it or not, some studies have shown that there are many people who fear having to speak in public more than being eaten alive by a shark, bear or other large carnivore. So, the saying that...

 

Scales Mound Churches United Fund Raiser Results

The Scales Mound Churches United (Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Scales Mound United Methodist, & Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran) hosted a Chili and Soup Cookoff on November 12th to benefit all Jo Daviess County food pantries. The community...

 

On The Record

Pedestrian Fatality On 12/30/22, at approximately 2:49 pm, Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to a car vs pedestrian traffic crash in the area of Business 20 West and W. Lily Creek Road in rural Freeport. Upon arrival, a 22...

 

December NWILDD Winners

The Northwest Illinois Daily (a cooperative fundraiser) announces the December winners in the Daily Drawing. The Daily Drawing is a drawing for 365 daily cash prizes from October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023 to those donating for a ticket. Over...

 

Church News

St. John’s Lutheran – Pearl City You're welcome to join us in person at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pearl City every Sunday, at 9 am for Worship, Sunday School and Communion. Worship is led by Pastor Shellie Knight. Join the fun for our...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    December 21, 2022

Wow, That Actually Went Well

Residents of Stephenson County would have been stunned if they were in attendance to watch the first official meeting of the recently seated County Board. Not because of the typical in-fighting,...

 

Summer Camp Registration

Registration for 4-H Camp 2023 is open! 4-H Camp is set for June 11-15, 2023, at Rock River Christian Camp, Polo, IL. Sign up today to get your child in on all the amazing fun! 4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience that...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    December 21, 2022

Looking Back At A Stupid County Christmas

This story originally ran several years ago when the Dangerous Eight were making a mockery of the Stephenson County Board. Seeing how the Board is now functioning almost like it should … which is...

 

Seeking Care During Flu Season

Higher volumes for health care services are anticipated every year during cold and flu season and 2022 is no different. This year, SSM Health Monroe Hospital and SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group are seeing some of those increases earlier than...

 

Freeport Elks Update

In the Fall of 2022, the Freeport Elks donated $26,000 to local Freeport organizations that help local agencies including: Meals on Wheels, FACC, JR ROTC, "Blue Nuns", Salvation Army, Mother Hubbard,...

 

Church News

Salem United Church of Christ - Lena We invite you to join Salem United Church of Christ, 8491 West Salem Road, Lena, Illinois, for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Christmas Eve church service will be held on Saturday, December 24th,...

 

See You Next Year

This is the last issue of Village Voices for this year. We are letting our staff enjoy the holidays with their families, and will be back with our next issue on January 11th. We will continue to...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    December 14, 2022

From Idealism To Practicality

There are 16 members of the Stephenson County Board, so nine votes were needed in order to be seated as the new County Board Chairman. And while all of it was supposed to take place at Monday Night's...

 

Pretzel City Brewfest Wins Best Event Tourism Award

The Illinois Office of Tourism awarded Pretzel City Brewfest the best event or festival at the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism on Monday, December 5 at Chicago's Navy Pier....

 

Preserving Scout Camp

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) recently partnered with Blackhawk Area Council to preserve Canyon Camp, a beloved, 86-year-old Scout camp in rural Stockton, IL, by purchasing 140 acres...

 

Mindfulness Workshop

Sometimes every day stress can get a little overwhelming. But how do you take a time out? Join us for a Being Present: Mindfulness Workshop where parents and youth can learn some ways to calm down and take a moment to relax their mind and de-stress....

 

River Ridge FFA Hosts Successful Food Drive

The River Ridge FFA Chapter hosted their annual food drive the week before Thanksgiving. Students in the elementary and high school generously donated a large variety of items to help out those in...

 

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