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Gift Giving Etiquette

The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry if you've offended someone by tucking a gift card into their stocking. We found some answers from etiquette expert Myka Meier, who is also...

 

Gifts For Under $10

Shopping for gifts is easier said than done sometimes. It's hard enough to figure out what to get for your loved ones, let alone what to buy for bosses, co-workers, dog walkers, secret Santas, or...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    November 25, 2020

Gag Gift Options

I know, I know, everyone always wants to give the perfect gift, but admit it – sometimes you need to find something that's just ... wrong! Whether it's for a white elephant gift, or something for...

 

The Best Gifts To Buy People During Coronavirus

In these times of social distancing, when we can't see our friends and family in person, delivering a gift to a loved one's door is a special way to show they're in your thoughts. If you have a loved...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    November 25, 2020

Ten Worst Gift Ideas Of All Time

These are, without a doubt, the 10 worst gift ideas ever. They're so bad that you probably should stop reading right now. Just go away. I have to do this sort of thing. Because this is a Gift Guide, s...

 

Gift Boxes Available

The Lena Historical Society is taking orders for holiday gift boxes containing cheese from Torkelson Cheese Company (Muenster, Marble and Cheddar) and a beef sausage from AJ’s Lena Maid Meats. By purchasing these gift boxes you are supporting...

 

United Way Of Northwest Illinois Awarded Grant

Healing Illinois is a new and bold statewide initiative to address and heal the harms caused by racism. It is an urgent invitation to everyone to create community-centered, inclusive and safe spaces to talk about racial disparities and design local...

 

Open Call To Join 'The Army'

The Local Salvation Army is working through these Very Difficult and Troubling Times. They need Volunteers to Ring the Bell and help out at the Salvation Army over the next 6 weeks. If you can...

 

On The Record

Farming Accident On November 9th, at approximately 10:17 am, the Jo Daviess County 911 received a report of a farm tractor rolling over in a cornfield and entrapping the driver. Upon arrival Deputies found a 2001 AGCO Terra-Gator that was operated...

 

Lanark Library Changes

After discussions with local and county officials the decision has been made to close the Lanark Municipal building until further notice. The Lanark Public Library will continue to offer Curbside service each Tuesday and Friday from 12-5 by calling...

 

Helping Close To Home

National Catholic Society of Foresters (NCSF), Court #228 of Holy Ghost Parish, Dickeyille, has completed our fundraiser for the Southwestern Food Pantry, Hazel Green and are pleased to announce that...

 

Monroe Clinic COVID-19 Visitor Policy Updates

Please see updates below regarding Monroe Clinic and Hospital visitor policy changes that will be in effect from November 3 until November 19. At that time, these policies will be reassessed. We will continue to adjust our policies and make decisions...

 

County Announces COVID Changes

Stephenson County Government is modifying operations at many of the County’s offices in light of concerns related to COVID-19. The offices located at the Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St., and the offices located in the Stephenson County Highway...

 

Scales Mound FFA Hosts Blood Drive

On November 2, the American Red Cross collected 47 units of blood products at the Scales Mound drive. The FFA goal for the drive was 45 units, and 48 people came through the door to help. Many thanks...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    November 11, 2020

At Least It's Over ... Sort Of

I know, I know, technically it's not over as we all still sit around waiting for the final vote tallies to be argued over before finally finding out who our next president will be. But, the process...

 

JDCF Accepting Nominations For Conservation Leadership Award

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) is accepting nominations for the Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award, which will be presented to the winner in early 2021. An individual,...

 

Helping Those In Need

First State Bank Shannon, Polo, Lake Carroll is committed to supporting our customers and communities for the past 90 years, and now more than ever. Through our partnership with Federal Home Loan...

 

Helping Out At Home

Employees from Community Bank presented the Village of Winslow with a check for $5,000 as a donation to the sidewalk improvement project. The project has been completed and looks great! Pictured from...

 

Wingert Named Fair Board Secretary

Thursday, October 22, marked the Stephenson County Fair Association's (SCFA) Annual Board Meeting where new members were voted onto the SCFA Board of Directors. Congratulations to Terry Wingert of...

 

Tree Of Love Fundraiser

The Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary will once again sponsor their Tree of Love Fundraiser to honor loved ones during the Christmas holiday. This is the perfect way to pay tribute to loved ones while...

 

Compassionate Packers

By Mrs. Maurer and Mrs. Campbell Orangeville Elementary It has been about a month since the fire at the Johannsen/Robey household. The Orangeville community has rallied to support Alisha Johannsen...

 

Happy 50th Winslow Park District

The Winslow Township Park District quietly celebrated 50 years. The president recently listed for the board accomplishments for the year 2020. Most of us think that not much could be accomplished in...

 

Courthouse Limits Entry

On October 21, presiding judge Michael P. Bald has announced that starting Thursday, October 22, 2020, the Stephenson County Courthouse will be instituting new restrictions as a result of the recent increase in cases of COVID-19 within the...

 

Monroe Clinic Blood Drive

To help meet the needs of millions of Americans, Monroe Clinic is sponsoring a blood drive. The event will take place on Thursday, November 19, from 11:00am – 3:00pm at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1724 14th Street, Monroe. Appointments...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    October 21, 2020

Keeping A Crisis Minimal

The original notice that went out from Stephenson County Administrator, Georgia D. Newcomer, was met with a bit of alarm. "This is to notify you of the emergency situation that is taking place at Waln...

 

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