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Boone County’s Pat Elder recognized on her retirement after 24 years of service

Boone County’s Pat Elder recognized on her retirement after 24 years of service

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Longtime Boone County Supervisor of Assessments Pat Elder has been wished a fond farewell from public service as she retires. She was recognized during the Wednesday, Feb. 15 county board meeting when members unanimously adopted a resolution in her honor. The resolution stated she performed her […]

 
 

One dead in apartment fire

One dead in apartment fire

By Kathryn Menue EDITOR On Friday, March 10, the unthinkable happened as about 30 people lost their homes due to a 14-unit apartment fire that spread rapidly through the building, located at 819 W. Jackson St. in Belvidere. The fire began around 9:45 p.m. The fire, which is believed to […]

 
 

Join Fish Friday at St. James Catholic School

Join Fish Friday at St. James Catholic School

By Anne Eickstadt REPORTER Throughout the 2017 lent season, St. James Catholic School hosts Fish Fry Friday every Friday. “We serve a Lenten fish fry every Friday until April 7, the week before Good Friday,” Kelly Hritz, St. James Catholic School volunteer spokesperson, said. “That will be our last one. […]

 
 

Local teen finishes second in state talent show

By Jim Hagerty REPORTER A Caledonia teen finished second in the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) talent show this year. Ryland Green, 16, competed locally at the Boone County Fair, advancing to the 107th annual IAAF event held Jan. 19 through Jan. 22, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in […]

 
 

Boone County Fire District II Firefighters Association feeds community

Boone County Fire District II Firefighters Association feeds community

By Anne Eickstadt REPORTER On Sunday, March 5, the Garden Prairie volunteer firefighters held a fundraising breakfast. Breakfast consisted of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, huge sausage patties, coffee, milk, chocolate milk, and bottled water. “We hold this every year,” Firefighter and event spokesperson Brian Block said. “We only ask for […]

 
 

Kresol lectures on historic crimes in Boone, Winnebago Counties

Kresol lectures on historic crimes in Boone, Winnebago Counties

By Anne Eickstadt REPORTER Sixty-eight people came out to listen to local historian, Kathi Kresol, share her knowledge of local, historical crimes in Boone and Winnebago Counties at the Boone County Historical Museum on Wednesday, Feb. 22. “We have a great turnout tonight,” Anna Pivoras, executive director of the Boone […]

 
 

Harlem-Roscoe battles blaze at KFC

Harlem-Roscoe battles blaze at KFC

Harlem Roscoe firefighters received a 911 call at 6:04 a.m. on March 5, for a report of smoke coming from the roof of a restaurant on West Lane in Machesney Park. “Upon arrival of first units there was smoke coming from the north wall and roof,” said Fire Chief Don […]

 
 

Elderly man killed in Walmart parking lot

On March 3, at 3:30 p.m. Rockford Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the Walmart Shopping Center located 3849 Northridge Dr. for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the parking lot. Loves Park Po-lice arrived on scene first and located Walmart employees and other citizen’s doing CPR on […]

 
 

Polar Plunge raises $108,725 in support of Special Olympics

Polar Plunge raises $108,725 in support of Special Olympics

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Lightly snow covered grounds cleared exposing a sandy beach with sunny skies shining overhead. Temperatures sat in the 40s and strong winds created conditions that failed to keep 355 brave souls with warm hearts from plunging into icy waters of Olson Lake in Rock Cut State […]

 
 

Polar Plunge raises $108,725 in support of Special Olympics

Polar Plunge raises $108,725 in support of Special Olympics

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Lightly snow covered grounds cleared exposing a sandy beach with sunny skies shining overhead. Temperatures sat in the 40s and strong winds created conditions that failed to keep 355 brave souls with warm hearts from plunging into icy waters of Olson Lake in Rock Cut State […]