Author Archive: RVPEditor

Sign variance moves Pita Pit along at new location in MP

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER It’s been eight years since there was a restaurant in the former Taco Bell building at 8638 N. Second St., near the Machesney Towne Center. Now a Pita Pit is going in there and the owners want a new sign to accompany the change in occupancy. […]


Harlem athletics announces new head boys basketball coach

Harlem athletics announces new head boys basketball coach Harlem High School Athletic Director Kurt Weight announces the hiring of Mike Winters as the new Head Boys Basketball Coach at Harlem HS. Coach Mike Winters was approved by the Harlem School Board at their monthly meeting on June 12. “We are […]


YAH Parade award winners announced

By Margaret Downing REPORTER The recent Young at Heart Parade award winners were announced and presented with their plaques at the June 12 city council meeting in Loves Park. “Best Commercial” entry went to Applebee’s on E. Riverside Blvd. “Best Community Service” entry was Vets Roll and also the Gentleman’s […]


HHS students get ready for INCubator Program Pitch Night

HHS students get ready for INCubator Program Pitch Night

JEAN SEEGERS PHOTOSThe Herald Julien Brown is going it alone with a computer tech business – Apex Computers he has launched through the Hononegah High School INCubator program. The program started three years ago and has been successful in giving students the opportunity to learn all aspects of starting a […]


Bank officers, customer charged with wire fraud, false loan application

Two local bank officers and a bank customer were charged by a federal grand jury in Rockford with fraud and falsifying statements to the Small Business Administration, an agency of the United States. Ryan Cole, 45, of Garland, Tex., James Graber, 57, of Rockton, Ill., and Kristin King, 44, of […]


South Beloit council welcomes replacement commissioner

At the May 15 South Beloit City Council meeting, commissioners voted to bring former Commissioner Sonya Baden onboard to fill out the remaining term of Commissioner Jeff Redieske, who recently resigned because he relocated out of the city. When the late Mayor Mike Duffy unexpectedly died, Alice Schoonover was appointed […]


From home brewer to craft brewery: South Beloit brewer starts company

From home brewer to craft brewery: South Beloit brewer starts company

An area man’s passion for beer turned a weekend hobby into one of the Stateline’s newest craft breweries. “We are the essence of the craft brew revolution,” Jim Goecks owner of Off-Kilter Brewing said. ‘We are a small company that grew from the home brewer dream of becoming something more.” […]


Machesney Park mayor fills board vacancy, appoints committees

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Newly elected Mayor Steve Johnson has filled the vacancy on the village board that was created when he decided to leave in mid-term and run for the position also known as village president. His recommendation of Jake Schmidt was approved, 6-0, without comment, at the board’s […]


Boat launch usage prompts Machesney Park to expand parking area

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Heavy usage of the new boat ramp along the Rock River is prompting the village to buy additional land to keep up with the demand for parking. Village board members voted 6-0 May 15 to approve the purchase of a lot adjacent to two parcels the […]


Cox arrested on a charge of arson

Cox arrested on a charge of arson

On Saturday, May 13, at 7:12 p.m., Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Village Inn Motel at 7820 North Second St. in Machesney Park for a fire. Deputies discovered that Room 18 was engulfed in flames and heavy smoke. North Park Department with the assistance of Rockford, Rockton, […]