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Well Water Testing Offered

The Stephenson County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Well Water Testing Program October 5 through October 14, 2020. As with everything in 2020 our program has been pushed back due to COVID-19 and we will be handling the program...

 

Veterans Memorial Service

The Northern Illinois Veterans Association will be conducting a memorial service for all Stephenson County deceased veterans, police, fire and EMS that did not receive "military honors" at their...

 

100 Women Who Care Donate To CONTACT

Congratulations to CONTACT of Northern Illinios on being the recipient of this quarter's donations! This week they were presented with checks and cash from 100 Women Who Care members totaling...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    September 9, 2020

Lena Board Now On Edgar County Radar

You may not have heard of the Edgar County Watchdogs, but they have certainly located the town of Lena on their radar. The Edgar County Watchdogs is best described as a whistle blower group dedicated...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    September 9, 2020

Fair Tax Is Anything But Fair

The election may still be months away, but with mail-in voting about to take place, we felt compelled to do some research on the proposed Fair Tax Amendment that Governor Pritzker and Springfield...

 

Can You Make A Difference?

The Salvation Army is in need of new and gentle used coats for part of their “One Warm Coat Makes A Difference” promotion. All sizes of children coats and larger size adult coats gloves, hats and scarfs are needed. Coats can be dropped off at...

 

Stephenson County 4-H Virtual Shows Award Winners

The show must go on! Stephenson County 4-H members adapted to showcase their 4-H projects in a virtual format for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exhibitors uploaded photos and/or videos of their...

 

Scales Mound FFA Blood Drive Results

On September 3, the American Red Cross collected 45 units of blood products at the Scales Mound drive. The FFA goal for the drive was 50 units, and 47 people came through the door to help. Many thanks to our support team from the Holy Trinity...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    September 2, 2020

Oh Abe, Say It Isn't So

There's no easy way to break the news. On Friday, August 28, Freeport Police arrested George Buss on charges of Soliciting a male prostitute, and possession of child pornography. George Buss made...

 

The Origins Of Labor Day

Courtesy of The History Channel Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history's most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the...

 

NWILDD Winners

The Daily Drawing (a cooperative fundraiser) is a drawing for 366 daily cash prizes from October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020 to those donating for a ticket. Cash prizes vary between $50 and $250. A ticket may win multiple times as each ticket...

 

Hornet Blood Drive

The Scales Mound community is proud to sponsor our next blood drive with the American Red Cross on September 3, at the Scales Mound Town Hall, 802 Main St, Scales Mound. Donations can be made between 1:00-6:00 pm. An estimated 38 percent of...

 

FCF Accepting Fall Grant Applications

Freeport Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for its fall 2020 grant cycle. On-line application procedures and grant guidelines are available on our website at www.freeportcommunityfoundation.org , by calling the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    August 26, 2020

Lena Board Drama Drags On

The President has received a vote of no confidence, the Clerk took money she was not entitled to, and the Board has given their blessing to it while also approving minutes that were false. While it...

 

Boys Golf Standings

Dakota 1 – 0 Eastland 1 – 0 Galena 1 – 0 Amboy 1 – 0 Aquin 1 – 1 Stockton 1 – 1 E. Dubuque 0 – 0 LW/PC 0 – 0 Du/Pec 0 – 0 W. Carroll 0 – 0 RR/SM 0 – 1 Polo 0 – 1 Forreston 0 – 2 Top Ten Individuals (Note – based on...

 

Briefly Speaking

Photos from action throughout the area....

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    August 19, 2020

The Fault Is Mine

To say that we got a lot of phone calls last week would be an understatement. And all of them posed the same question - “Where’s my paper?” I like to think that I am a responsible human being,...

 

Vaughn Promoted To Sergeant

Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Brendan F. Kelly announces the promotion of District 16 Trooper Mark Vaughn #6314 to the rank of Sergeant effective August 16, 2020. In 2006, Sergeant Vaughn earned his degree in Business Administration from...

 

Beware Of Unemployment Scam

Scammers are at it again. The Senior Resource Center has been notified that northwest Illinois residents have been receiving debit cards in the mail for unemployment benefits for which they never applied. If you received one of these cards, do not...

 

Bald Eagle Essay Contest Deadline Reminder

The Sept. 1st deadline for Bald Eagle Essay Contest entries to be postmarked is rapidly approaching. The Eagle Nature Foundation’s Bald Eagle Essay Contest has two Divisions, Senior High School and Junior High School. There will be four winners in...

 

4H Public Presentations Contest

Stephenson County 4-H exhibitors participated in their first 2020 Virtual Show on June 23, 2020. The Public Presentations contest had three 4-H exhibitors for 2020. Youth were required to submit...

 

FCF Awards COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

The Freeport Community Foundation (FCF) and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) announced today that they, in partnership, are awarding $60,000 in Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) grants to nine non-profit organizations based...

 

Capital Recap

The state on Wednesday, July 29, released new guidelines for youth and recreational sports that will drastically limit allowable activities based on the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus. Gov....

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    July 29, 2020

Wire's Words 'Cleave' The Board

We've all put our foot in our mouths, or had something we meant to say come out completely wrong, but when you happen to hold public office and do it at a public meeting ... the ramifications can be...

 

United Way Awards Over $407,000 To Partner Agencies

United Way of Northwest Illinois awards over $407,000 to community partner health and human service organizations serving Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll counties through 2020. “Our 2020 annual funding cycle will provide needed resources for...

 

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