Hooked on Fishing Clinic succeeds despite flooding

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	Entire families came out to fish and spend time together in the beauty of the outdoors during the Hooked on Fishing event.

“We only have so much room this year. We have lost about 75 percent of our fishing area due to flooding. We can’t reach the other side of the pond.”


Volunteer’ reward gifted to Boone County Fire District #2

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	Brent Bryan is donating his $10,000 volunteerism award for equipment that will aid the fire district’s efforts in the community.

The money from Brent’s “Energy for the Community” award will go towards the purchase of HURST Jaws of Life, which are cutters for emergency rescue.


St. James takes kids for a picnic in the park

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	Students of St. James Catholic School line up to tour the Belvidere Fire Dept. Engine 101 while Officer Friendly gets a ‘high five’ for giving out stickers and making the kids smile during their final field day picnic.

“It’s been an awesome year,” said St. James fifth grade teacher Rebecca Payne. “We have done a lot of service


Memorial Day parade a tribute to our fallen

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	With flags flying bravely, Veteran’s Honor Guard leads off Belvidere’s Memorial Day Parade.

Memorial Day is a day we pause and give thanks and remember all the people who fought for all the things we have. Many paid with their very young lives.


Annual Build-A–Bike event keeps growing

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	Daniella Davis, age 3 ½, goes through the Safety Course on her new bike with the help of her uncle.

the proud new owners of bicycles could smile big for a photo op when they received their bicycles and zip through a bike safety course


39th Annual Police Memorial Week honors fallen law enforcement officers

Many people stopped to see the vehicles and displays that the local and state police brought to CherryVale Mall. VIPS helped attend the BPD/BC Sheriff’s booth.

“This year we are honoring Lt. Jamie Cox of the Rockford Police Dept. who was killed in the line of duty


Memorial Day Celebration at Lawrenceville Cemetery

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	The 4-H Grasshoppers decorate the graves of veterans with flowers and flags.

The South would give their dead battlefield burials and bury the soldiers where they had died. These shallow graves were unsanitary and impractical for all intents and purposes. The North would collect their fallen and bury them with markers.


‘A Farce of Nature’ meets Boone County’s MSP in a whirlwind of comedy

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	Ty explains to his girlfriend how his disguise (“I’m an actor. It’s a costume”) makes his calves look good.

In the deliciously funny romp that ensues, they all hide, lie, disguise themselves, cross-dress, and slam doors chasing one another, while trying to figure out the source of an increasingly awful stench.


Payton Keithley to cheer for Purdue University

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	Payton Keithley signs a Letter of Intent to cheer at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

It seems that this is becoming an annual event,” said Athletic Director Jody Flynn. “But when you win three State medals, it happens.


Belvidere school crossing guards enjoy their annual picnic

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	Mayor Mike Chamberlain thanks the crossing guards for their dedication to keeping school kids safe.

The Crossing Guard Picnic is a city/county venture now. Beginning as the Patrol Boy picnic, the big prize was a

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