The Gazette

Area residents pitch in to help with Fairdale tornado tragedy

Area residents pitch in to help with Fairdale tornado tragedy

By Doug Schroder Editor FAIRDALE – Just a stone’s throw away from Monroe Center, IL, along Rt. 72, sits the village of Fairdale. Many have heard of the village now, as a major tornado nearly demolished the entire town on the evening of Thursday, April 9, during a storm that […]

 
 

Anna’s Pizza owner sits in with judges during 2015 Pizza Expo

By Doug Schroder Editor WINNEBAGO – The 2015 PizzaExpo was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 23-27. The events is easily defined as the biggest and most important show in the Pizza industry. This year there was over 475 suppliers booths ranging from food to insurance to phones, to shoes, to […]

 
 

Shelby Hitchcock wins essay contest

PECATONICA – Shelby Hitchcock, a student of Pecatonica High School, won the “Americanism” essay contest sponsored by the Pecatonica American Legion Post #197 auxiliary. Seventy 11th and 12th graders of Pecatonica High School submitted essays entitled “What New Amendment Should be Added to the U. S. Constitution”. Shelby is a […]

 
 

Tractor Day has been a long-standing tradition at Winnebago High

Tractor Day has been a long-standing tradition at Winnebago High

By Doug Schroder Editor WINNEBAGO – It all started over 30 years ago when sometime in the mid 1970’s it was decided that students in FFA would drive their tractors to school on the last day before spring break. The tradition continued this year on Thursday, March 19, when 17 […]

 
 

A little bit of Rockford and ‘Bago all rolled into one

A little bit of Rockford and ‘Bago all rolled into one

By Doug Schroder Editor WINNEBAGO – Winnebago resident Melinda Grap has been working very hard for the past year and a half in getting her new business Rock-A Bago Hall up and running. The building on West State Street in Rockford was the old DaMar Lounge, which closed many years […]

 
 

Teacher and student evaluations wrap-up in Durand

By Chris Johnson Reporter DURAND – The Durand School Board met on Monday night, March 6 at 6 p.m. with discussion held on issues affecting the schools within its watch, as the final weeks of another year quickly approach. Unlike 2014 when students around the area were looking forward to […]

 
 

Service Award Night featured a special speaker

Service Award Night featured a special speaker

By Doug Schroder Editor SEWARD – The Winnebago Chamber of Commerce held their 2014 Service Award Night on Thursday, March 12 in the gym of the Seward Park District building. This year the event featured a special speaker in CEO and Co-Founder of Culver’s Restaurants, Craig Culver.  Before the succulent […]

 
 

Penpal makes surprise visit to 3rd Grade Class

Penpal makes surprise visit to 3rd Grade Class

Submitted by the Staff of Pecatonica Elementary PECATONICA – The children’s eyes widen, their jaws dropped, and they were speechless as their penpal, Private First Class Dylan Paul, walked through their classroom door on Friday, Feb. 13. This school year Dylan has been exchanging letters with the class and is […]

 
 

Durand Show Choir presents “Singnation XIX, Fun In The Sun”

By Angie Van Zee Durand CUSD 322 DURAND – “Singnation”, previously known as “Singsation” and recently renamed because of trademark rights, is the Durand Show Choir’s annual three-day performance in mid-March. For me, I always associate this traditional community event with the coming of spring, so maybe we should rename […]

 
 

President Barber and the budget, tough decisions have to be made

By Chris Johnson Reporter PECATONICA – With less money coming in, Village of Pecatonica residents have already been told services will be cut. With fewer dollars being used, split between the various departments, certain assumptions have to be made as the Pecatonica Committee of the Whole prepares to present its […]