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  • On The Record

    May 22, 2024

    Accident With Injuries On 05/13/24 at approximately 4:14 p.m., Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to U.S. Rt 20 approximately ½ mile west of W. Headquarters Rd., for a two-vehicle accident with injuries. Upon arrival it was discovered a vehicle being operated by Eva D. Simpson, 45 of Savanna, was traveling east on U.S. Rt 20 when she came upon on a slower moving vehicle. Simpson applied the brakes and slowed for the vehicle ahead of her. A vehicle driven by Michael L. Herrick, 58 of Elizabeth, was following Simpson and fa...

  • Memorial Day Safety Reminder

    May 22, 2024

    Summer is just around the corner, and while travel plans may vary, one thing remains constant: the need to wear your seat belt. With this in mind, the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office today announced that now through Memorial Day weekend it is stepping up enforcement efforts to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” “Whether you’re driving around the corner or across the nation, remember to buckle up every time,” said Sheriff Steve Stovall. “The ‘Click It or Ticket’ effort is about preserving lives. We want seat belt use to be second natu...

  • McCombie Calls For Input On Local Deer Issue

    May 22, 2024

    House Minority Leader Tony McCombie is seeking input from northwest Illinois residents on Chronic Wasting Disease and the efforts by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to combat it. CDW has affected areas within Leader McCombie's 89th Legislative District, which includes all of Carroll and Jo Daviess, portions of: Boone, DeKalb, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties. After hearing from constituents and their concerns about DNR's policies to address CWD, Leader McCombie is asking...

  • Lena Lions Turning 75

    May 22, 2024

    The Lena Lions Club is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year! On Wednesday, June 12th the community is invited to a reception and program at the Lena Community Center from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Finger food will be served, memorabilia from the past 75 years will be on display and Past Internal Director Bob Block will be the speaker. Come for the evening or just drop in for a few minutes to join the celebration! The Lena Lions Club was chartered on June 22, 1949, and sponsored by the Stockton Lions Club. Over the years the Lena Lions Club built...

  • Gearing Up For Tutty Baker Festival

    May 22, 2024

    Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable weekend as the annual Tutty Baker Festival returns to downtown Freeport, IL from July 12th to 14th. This highly anticipated event promises a delightful array of attractions and activities for all ages, celebrating the vibrant spirit of the Freeport community. Best of all, admission is completely FREE! The Tutty Baker Festival is more than just a carnival - it's a showcase of what makes Freeport such a special place to live, work, and play. Visitors can expect a dazzling fireworks display,...

  • Freeport Council Frustration Hits A New Peek

    Dan Stevens|May 22, 2024

    Apparently, I am not the only one completely frustrated by the lack of preparation by some members of the Freeport City Council, as tempers flared, accusations were openly stated, and it all culminated with the dropping of an exasperated f-bomb directed at Larry Sanders. (And, no, the 'F' did not stand for Freeport) At last week's Committee of the Whole meeting, there was a presentation made by Maguire – a consulting firm, that had been arranged by Mayor Miller and City Manager Boyer. "I had a...

  • On The Record

    May 15, 2024

    Single Vehicle Accident On 05/04/24 at approximately 3:58 p.m., Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to Blackhawk Trace in the area of Sorrel Ct., for a single vehicle accident with injuries. Upon arrival it was discovered, Hollie J. Werner, 64 of Galena, was operating a motor vehicle northbound on Blackhawk Trace south of Sorrel Ct. The Driver swerved to avoid a deer and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the paved portion of the roadway on a curve and entered the ditch to the right. The vehicle struck a driveway...

  • Dedication To Forestry

    May 15, 2024

    The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA) presented the Forestry Pioneer Award to Stanley "Jay" Solomon, University of Illinois Extension Natural Resources, Environment and Energy Educator at the annual meeting in March. This award recognizes individuals who have been leaders in maintaining the health, growth, and diversity of forests in Northwest Illinois. "I am honored and humbled by the recognition from the NIFA board and membership," states Solomon. "I enjoy the collaboration and...

  • Country Crossroads Quilt Guild

    May 15, 2024

    For our program on Monday May 20, 2024, Country Crossroads Quilt Guild, will present Linda Halpin from Reedsburg, Wi. Linda will be presenting a trunk show of quilts featuring her diminutive 1” x 1” pieced squares and triangles. This style of quilt all started with Linda’s fascination with using tiny scraps that were cutaways during construction of quilts. Making new creative ways of using these scraps became a trademark of her quilts. Linda will have copies of her books for sale as well as some retired quilts available for purchase; cash...

  • Beer, Bullets And Bills

    Dan Stevens|May 15, 2024

    When last week's Freeport City Council meeting was finally over, the unofficial scorecard read – 18 important agenda items, 21 inane, pointless or flat-out stupid questions, and one mic drop stunner at the very end. But when all was said and done, they actually got some things accomplished. First the important stuff: The proposal to allow the Lindo Theater to serve alcohol was approved by a 5-2 vote with Sellers and Stacey being the only two council members to vote against it. (For the r...

  • April NWILDD Winners

    May 15, 2024

    The April winners in the 2023-2024 drawing year for the Northwest Illinois Daily (a cooperative fundraiser). The Daily Drawing is a drawing for 366 daily cash prizes from October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024 to those donating for a ticket. Over $21,000 is paid out to ticket holders during the drawing year. Cash prizes vary between $50 and $250. A ticket may win multiple times as each ticket remains in the drawing each day for the entire year, no matter how often it may be drawn. Sponsoring organizations from Jo Daviess, Carroll & Stephenson C...

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Help Desk

    May 8, 2024

    It is that time of year again where gardeners are itching to begin planting and growing produce and flowers. Whether you are a beginning gardener, or you have years of experience under your belt, some questions may arise throughout the gardening season. If you do have questions don’t worry the Jo Daviess County Master Gardeners are here to help you! Beginning May 8, 2024 and continuing through the month of September the Jo Daviess County Master Gardener volunteers will have their help desk open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – noon. This ser...

  • Do Your Job!

    Dan Stevens|May 8, 2024

    For reasons that defy explanation, some members of the Freeport City Council just appear incapable of following simple instructions. Anyone who holds a public office, is required to fill out and file with the County Clerk, a Statement of Financial interest – SFI. Simply put, it is where the office holder lets it be known if there might be an issue in which they would have to abstain from voting because they had a financial interest in the matter being voted on. For example, I own a newspaper, s...

  • Looking For Love

    May 8, 2024

    Name: Thomas Age: 1.5 years Breed: Mixed Breed Gender: Male Profile: Hello there! I'm Thomas, a pup with a patriotic past. Found on the 4th of July, I'm named after the great Thomas Jefferson himself! Though my journey began as a stray, I'm eager to embark on a new adventure with a forever family who will cherish me. If you're seeking a playful and affectionate companion, look no further - I'm your guy! Personality: - I'm a playful and sociable guy who adores romping around with my doggy pals....

  • River Ridge FFA 8th In State

    May 1, 2024

    A five-member team from the River Ridge FFA Chapter traveled to Champaign to compete in the State Poultry Career Development at the University of Illinois U-C on April 19th. Teams from 56 different schools competed at this year's event which had nine different sections for the competitors to test their poultry knowledge in. Junior Izzy Haring (Chapter Vice President) led the team to a top-ten finish when the team came in at 8th place. Other team members were Avery Engle, Nick Cobine, Ian...

  • On The Record

    May 1, 2024

    Drug Arrest On April 22, 2024, at approximately 8:19 p.m., Officers with the Galena Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of South Main Street and Water Street. The vehicle fled from the officer at a high rate of speed traveling down Water Street, north on Franklin Street, and then west on U. S. Route 20. With regard to the public's and officer's safety, Galena Police terminated the pursuit at U.S. Route 20 and U.S. Route 84 North. Galena Police advised that at last sight, the vehicle was traveling...

  • History OF The Fair

    May 1, 2024

    The Stephenson County Association for Home and Community Education sponsored a program on The History of the Stephenson County Fair on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the Farm Bureau. The speaker was Susie Dvorak, Fair Historian, who has been a member of the Stephenson County Fair Board since 2012. She brought her extensive collection of fair memorabilia, with some pieces dating back to the 1800's. The first county fair was held in Stephenson County in October,1854. This year the fair is 170 years...

  • DMV Event In Stockton

    May 1, 2024

    House Minority Leader Tony McCombie is partnering with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office to bring DMV services directly to area residents. At the upcoming “Mobile DMV” event, residents will be able to access regular DMV services, like renewing their Illinois driver’s licenses, purchasing vehicle license plate stickers, and more. The upcoming event will be held: Wednesday, May 29 10:00am-2:00pm Stockton Township Library 140 W. Benton Ave., Stockton “I encourage anyone who is in need of renewing items at the DMV to take advantage...

  • Celebrating 100 Years

    May 1, 2024

    The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) invites you to a free program on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, celebrating 100 years. The event will take place on Friday, May 10 at the Galena Territory social hall, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena. There will be complimentary Potosi beer and popcorn while supplies last. Wildfowl displays from 6 pm to 7 pm. Program at 7 pm. Ed Britton, Wildlife Refuge Manager, will present the incredible story of the Upper Miss Refuge,...

  • Your Tax Dollars At Work

    Dan Stevens|Apr 24, 2024

    The Freeport City Council meetings just never seem capable of being able to run without some form of controversy ... or incompetence. At 7:20, a phone went off, and many people were looking around the room trying to make sure it wasn't theirs and to see where it was coming from. It turned out it was Council Member Larry Sanders who's phone rang, but ... in a move that seems to boggle the mind, he not only answered it, but then proceeded to text on it while the meeting was going on. Now,...

  • Sleep Workshop

    Apr 24, 2024

    Midwest Medical Center (MMC) is offering a free "Sleep Your Way to Better Health" workshop on Monday, May 6 from 5:30-7:00 PM. Three MMC team members will present helpful information on the benefits of sleep and the detriments of not getting enough, how to calm your mind before bedtime, and practices to help you relax. Presenters include Danielle Seegmillier, ARNP; Stephanie Cocagne, LCPC; and Becky Mayne, an ACE-certified personal trainer. The workshop is free, but registration is required for...

  • On The Record

    Apr 24, 2024

    Arrest Warrants Served On 04/07/2024 at 5:26 P.M., Jo Daviess County Deputies arrived at an address in rural East Dubuque IL with information of known wanted subjects at the residence. Upon investigation, Deputies placed Jesse J Jones, 28 of Scales Mound, and Breanna L Staver, 28 of Scales Mound, under arrest for their arrest warrants. During the arrest, Jones attempted to flee from Deputies but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit with the assistance from a Jo Daviess County K-9 Unit. In addition to the warrants, Jones was charged with...

  • National Day Of Prayer

    Apr 24, 2024

    The public is invited to attend the 23rd Stephenson County National Day of Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 W. Spring Street, Freeport. Breakfast and music begin at 7:15 a.m. followed by a Concert of Prayer led by area pastors, government officials, and community leaders. This year’s special music is being provided by Carl & Dianna Cole and Steve Sheffey. Breakfast is FREE of charge. Due to limited seating, please R.S.V.P. by emailing [email protected] or by calling (815) 297-2918. The 7:00 p...

  • Broshous Trial Delayed … Again

    Dan Stevens|Apr 24, 2024

    Once again, what was scheduled to be a Pre-trial hearing turned into a continuance in the Stephanie Broshous trial in Stephenson County. Only this time, it was the prosecution looking for more time as additional interviews need to be scheduled, and financial records examined – all of which will take some time as the process is slowly grinding its’ way to an actual trial. The next status hearing is now scheduled for July 25th, but trial dates are expected to be set at that time. We’ll keep you p...

  • Vining Through Pumpkin Production

    Apr 17, 2024

    Join University of Illinois Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Grant McCarty as he takes you through how to successfully grow pumpkins. This program will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024 starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 N. Vine St. Elizabeth, IL 61028. The program is being offered free of charge but pre-registration is required due to limited seating. To register or for more information call the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273...

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