Belvidere Daily Republican

Douglas, Joyce Drake celebrate 73 years of marriage

Douglas, Joyce Drake celebrate 73 years of marriage

BELVIDERE – Dr. Douglas and Joyce Drake will celebrate their 73rd anniversary soon. Douglas and Joyce were married on Saturday, Aug. 8, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minn. and after 73 years of marriage, they are still going strong. Joyce’s maiden name was Turrittin, but she gladly took Douglas’ name of Drake. […]

 
 

Village of Poplar Grove hosts meeting

POPLAR GROVE – The Village of Poplar Grove, “A Great Place to Call Home,” will hold their Finance and Public Works Committee meeting Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the village board room, located at 200 Hill St. in Poplar Grove.

 
 

Weekend Update for Boone County Events

Weekend Update for Boone County Events

Friday, July 31 The Summerfield Zoo will host the fundraising event “Zooapaolooza” at Take 20 located at 438 U.S. Highway 20 in Cherry Valley. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. The only fee is a $5 donation. Saturday, Aug. 1 The 5th annual “Life is […]

 
 

Police department makes nine arrests in prostitution sting operation

STATELINE – On Thursday, July 30, in the evening hours, the Rockford Police Department District 2 M3 Streets Team in collaboration with the Winnebago County Tactical Team conducted an undercover prostitution detail targeting internet-based prostitution operations. During the detail, the officers established a fictitious internet-based advertisement for prostitution, which generated […]

 
 

Xtreme 14U holds softball tryouts

Xtreme 14U holds softball tryouts

STATELINE – Big Dogs Xtreme 14U Softball will hold tryouts on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will hold another round of tryouts on Tuesday Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for their competitive travel team’s 2015 through 2016 season. Tryouts will be at Machesney […]

 
 

Health Department hosts produce market, wellness fair

Health Department hosts produce market, wellness fair

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – The Boone County Health Department for the past seven years has hosted a farmers market in the grassy area off Logan Avenue, just past the county administration building Amanda Mehl, the department’s director of personal health services, said this year the market, held July […]

 
 

Music rules the day, night during Neighbors Night Fest

Music rules the day, night during Neighbors Night Fest

Bob Balgemann Reporter POPLAR GROVE – So far this summer has been a mix of sometimes rainy, sometimes cool and sometimes hot days. Saturday, July 25 was a reminder that this is the good old summertime when the Poplar Grove Lions Club played host to the 46th Neighbors Night Festival […]

 
 

North Boone fire fighters heating up the summer

North Boone fire fighters heating up the summer

By Shelby R. Farrell Reporter POPLAR GROVE – North Boone Fire District No. 3 heated up the town of Caledonia with their annual chicken barbecue fundraiser on Sunday, July 26. The all-volunteer fire station in Caledonia barbecued about 2,000 pounds of chicken and raised about $4,000 at the 41st annual […]

 
 

Money found to continue ‘important’ drug court program

Money found to continue ‘important’ drug court program

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – Finding money for unexpected expenses has been difficult for Boone County officials in recent years, but they were resolved in finding the dollars needed to continue the drug court program, which was started in 2014. The employee assigned to that function already had been […]

 
 

Boone County Fair hosts tractor pull

Boone County Fair hosts tractor pull

BELVIDERE – You won’t want to miss this year’s truck and tractor pull on Thursday, Aug.13 at the Boone County Fair in Belvidere.  The pulls have become a long running tradition at the county fairs.  They run all day long and are located at the grandstands. The morning and afternoon […]