Belvidere Republican

COVID-19 matters consume most time at county board meeting

By Bob Balgemann Reporter From a couple of sentences to full blown discussion, the coronavirus pandemic that’s menacing the world commanded a big portion of the May 20 Boone County Board meeting. Topics ranged from the wish, and need, for local businesses to reopen as quickly as possible, to the […]

 
 

Rad Women of Belvidere: Mary Dunton – jilted bride/teacher/legal aid advocate

Rad Women of Belvidere: Mary Dunton – jilted bride/teacher/legal aid advocate

By Mindy Long Local History Librarian Ida Public Library The subject of our Rad Women of Belvidere series this month is the sister of Belvidere’s legendary ghost, Nellie Dunton. Much has been written about Nellie, who drowned in the river behind her home in 1920 and is rumored to haunt […]

 
 

Belvidere officials get update on revenue sources staff is watching

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Budget and Finance Officer Becky Tobin has provided city officials some highlights of the new spending plan, which went into effect May 1, and a heads-up of the sources of revenue she is watching for impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. That monitoring will continue after businesses […]

 
 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) donates 7,000 masks to Boone County

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) donates 7,000 masks to Boone County

As part of their COVID-19 relief efforts, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) donated 2,000 surgical facemasks to the City of Belvidere, with an additional 5,000 to the Boone County Health Department (BCHD). FCA, which operates the Belvidere Assembly and Stamping Plants, has long been a partner and philanthropic role model to […]

 
 

Showing respect to a well-loved man

Showing respect to a well-loved man

By Anne Eickstadt Editor At 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, a mini-parade honoring a long-time employee was held at Jack Wolf Auto Group. Gus Santa Olalla was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. It has spread from his thyroid to his lungs and beyond. Tony McIntire, Operations Manager for 23 […]

 
 

BPD sponsors Mobile Food Pantry

BPD sponsors Mobile Food Pantry

By Anne Eickstadt Editor “Due to the generosity of the community,” said Deputy Chief Matt Wallace, “the Belvidere Police Dept. is able to provide three mobile food pantries this year with enough food for 250 families each time. Our first one is at the B1 church, 1105 7th Ave. on […]

 
 

Bizarre Belvidere

Bizarre Belvidere

By Mindy Long Local History Librarian, Ida Public Library During the past two years as the local history librarian and the past 40 plus years residing in Belvidere, I have frequently run across strange and unusual events or tidbits which are not well known. Belvidere is a beautiful city to […]

 
 

BFD and BPD still reaching out to community

BFD and BPD still reaching out to community

By Anne Eickstadt Editor The Belvidere Fire Dept. and Belvidere Police Dept. are normally working, training, and doing their jobs each and every day. Whenever they can, they do something special to encourage the community and make people smile. So far this year, things are a little different with social […]

 
 

Former mayor questions income estimates during public comments

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The COVID-19 pandemic has brought lots of changes in the way local government does business. Among them is ensuring that residents have a method of making public comments during municipal and county meetings. That question found its way to the Illinois Public Access Counselor, who is […]

 
 

Ways to bridge the social distancing gap

Ways to bridge the social distancing gap

By Anne Eickstadt Editor I don’t know about you, but staying locked in my office makes me want to bounce off the walls. So, I went to Facebook to see what people are doing to stay connected with others in the community. Here are four ideas: Heart Hunters In this […]

 
 
 
 
 
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