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 By Dan Stevens    News    September 22, 2021 

It's A Mask, Not A Chin Strap

Nobody likes the mask mandate imposed upon us. Go into any area store, and while they may have the sign out front saying a mask must be worn, if more than 50% of the people inside – including...

 

Safe Haven Issues Call For Furry Friend Foster Homes

The Safe Haven Humane Society needs foster homes to help some of our dogs and cats find their new family. A foster home can provide the bridge between Safe Haven and a forever home that some animals...

 

Endangered Bumble Bee Found

This summer, a team of volunteers from the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) positively identified the rusty patched bumble bee in the prairie at one of JDCF's 7 public preserves. This is an...

 

Recycling And Paper Shred Event

Northern Illinois residents and businesses are invited to participate in the upcoming recycling and paper shred event set for Saturday, October 2, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Carroll County Highway...

 

On The Record

Truck Overturns At about 4:12 pm on 9/15/21, the Warren Police Department relayed to Jo Daviess County 911 Dispatch a motorist report of a traffic crash involving a roll-over on East Winslow Road East of Stagecoach Trail in rural Warren. Upon...

 

Krahmer Inducted Into 4H Hall Of Fame

Kristi Krahmer, co-club leader of the Lena Lucky Clovers 4-H, was recently named to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame for her leadership and mentoring role as a volunteer. The Hall of Fame honors volunteers and former staff members for their dedication...

 

Energy 'Reforms' Hit Consumers

Senate Democrat legislative leaders pushed through the latest version of controversial energy “reforms” Sept. 13, providing huge subsidies for special utility interests at the expense of Illinois consumers and businesses who will have to pay the...

 

Boy Scout Can Drive

Boy Scout Troop 91 of Lena is growing and will be starting an annual pop can drive fundraiser to support troop functions. To make it easier to support your local Troop, we ask that you place your...

 

Grant Helps Improve School Routes

As teachers and students head back to their classrooms, I'm happy to see those in my hometown of Forreston, Illinois, have a safer way to get to and from school. Those who live or work nearby might...

 

On The Record

Search Warrant Executed On 09/09/21, 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 27 Blackhawk St, Hanover, IL. As a result of the...

 

Marjorie Phillips Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Humble about receiving accolades, Marjorie Phillips lights up when she speaks about past students she and her late husband, Spencer, were able to help when they gave out the first scholarship to...

 

Lena Yard Of The Month

The Lena Beautification and LBPA has awarded The Yard of the Month for August to Steve and Sue Scheider on 417 E. Lena St. Steve is in charge of watering and Sue loves designing and adding new...

 

Boyer Named New Executive Manager For The Stephenson County Fair Association

The Stephenson County Fair Association announces Kate Boyer as the new Executive Manager for the Association. Kate obtained an AA from Parkland College in Champaign, IL, with a concentration in history and German and membership in Phi Theta Kappa....

 

Well Water Testing Offered

The Stephenson County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Well Water Testing Program September 20 through September 28, 2021. We will be selling kits from the entryway since customers are not currently allowed into the office....

 

On The Record

Fatal Accident On August 26 at approximately 5:50 am, Illinois State Police responded to an accident on US Route 20 just west of Salem Road in Stephenson County. A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 (2008 Gold Dodge...

 

NWILDD August Winners

The Northwest Illinois Daily (a cooperative fundraiser) announces its August winners. The Daily Drawing is a drawing for 365 daily cash prizes from October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021 to those donating for a ticket. Over $21,000 is paid out to...

 

Greater Freeport Partnership Launches Mobile App

The Greater Freeport Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of their mobile app hosting a business directory, event calendar, list of things to do and business resources. The app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play and...

 
 By Hannah Brudi    News    September 1, 2021

Stockton FFA Update

The Stockton FFA chapter is putting up a greenhouse! We plan to complete the project by the spring of 2023. This is going to be a major project and improvement to our program that will provide...

 

492 Acres Added To Local State Parks

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) is pleased to announce the expansion of two local state parks in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. In March 2021, JDCF transferred its 159-acre Oneota...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    August 25, 2021

Schools Have No Choice

Word spread quickly throughout the region that both the Dakota and Durand School Boards had voted to reject the Governor's mask requirement in schools and were going to make them optional. In fact,...

 

State School Board Gets Pushback On Mask Mandate

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois A capacity crowd packed into the Illinois State Board of Education room on Wednesday as many more stood outside the building to protest the state’s new indoor...

 

Nominations Sought For 2021 Matt Marvin Community Impact Award

The Freeport Community Foundation announces nominations are open for the 2021 Matthew A. Marvin Community Impact Award. This award honors an individual or nonprofit organization whose notable contributions to the community set a high standard of...

 

IDNR Initiatives Signed Into Law

Two initiatives of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), carried by State Senator Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) during session earlier this year, have now been signed into law. Senate Bill 1878 will align the values of bowfin and...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    August 18, 2021

They Say, They'll Listen

About a year ago, we did the story about how the Stephenson County Board was raising fees for liquor licenses to bars and restaurants throughout the county, and how the extreme increase caused a...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    August 18, 2021

Providing For Emergencies

On October 1st of this year, residents of Lena are going to see an increase in their water bill. At last week’s Board meeting the Village Board approved the measure unanimously. But the reasoning...

 

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