Belvidere Daily Republican

Self-guided tour of Belvidere Cemetery still draws visitors

Self-guided tour of Belvidere Cemetery still draws visitors

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Third of 3 parts BELVIDERE – It’s been a while since there were organized tours of historic Belvidere Cemetery. Self-guided tours are still allowed and they continue to draw visitors. Plans are in the works to have another walk but they’re preliminary at this point. And […]

 
 

Complete transportation exhibit to be at PG Airport museum

Complete transportation exhibit to be at PG Airport museum

By Bob Balgemann Reporter POPLAR GROVE – It was temporary and it was separate. Now it will be in one location and available for viewing May 1. That’s the Boone County on the Move tribute, through walking and driving tours, to the county’s transportation history. Part of the exhibit was […]

 
 

Historic walking tour down Lincoln Avenue planned May 30

Historic walking tour down Lincoln Avenue planned May 30

By Bob Balgemann Reporter First of 3 parts BELVIDERE – Ida Public Library has scheduled a walking tour of historic homes on East Lincoln Avenue, beginning at 10 a.m. May 30, which is a Saturday. Jillian Fuller, director of the local history room at the library, said the tour will […]

 
 

A fireside chat with FDR at Ida Public Library

A fireside chat with FDR at Ida Public Library

By Lisa Rodgers Reporter BELVIDERE – “Born on Jan. 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio in 1921. He became the 32nd U.S. president in 1933, and was the only president to be elected four times. Roosevelt led the United States through the […]

 
 

Candidates prepare for Belvidere School Board election

Candidates prepare for Belvidere School Board election

By Tricia Goecks Reporter BELVIDERE – When residents go to the polls on Tuesday, April 7, they will have the opportunity to vote for members of the Belvidere Community Unit School Board 100 board. On the ballot are Allison Reid-Niemiec, Michael Rathbun, Frank Marks, Holly Houk, Lynette Danzl-Tauer, Heather Sell-Wick […]

 
 

Plenty of reasons to vote in Tuesday’s consolidated election

Plenty of reasons to vote in Tuesday’s consolidated election

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BOONE COUNTY – There are no attention-getting offices to be filled in Tuesday’s consolidated election. Typically, fewer than 20 percent of the registered voters go to the polls. But there are plenty of reasons for Boone County voters to turn out this Tuesday. One of those […]

 
 

Belvidere police chief issues comprehensive annual report

Belvidere police chief issues comprehensive annual report

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – Police Chief Jan Noble has issued a 67-page annual report that touches on everything from criminal activity, to the work of the VIPs, to controlling gangs and citing intersections around the city where the most crashes occurred. It was dedicated to former Deputy Chief […]

 
 

County defers decision on future of jail sales tax increase

County defers decision on future of jail sales tax increase

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – For years, the Boone County Board has voted annually to rebate property taxes needed to pay off bonds sold in 2000 to built a new jail. It wasn’t necessary to levy any taxes because voters in 1999 approved a half-penny increase in the local […]

 
 

Manley Motors breaks ground on its new home

Manley Motors breaks ground on its new home

By Tricia Goecks Reporter BELVIDERE – Manley Motors Ford Lincoln took a step forward its journey to its new home at the corner of State Street and Appleton Road in Belvidere with a groundbreaking ceremony on March 12. The company which first moved to Belvidere in 1917 announced last October […]

 
 

Poplar Grove museum preserves history, inspires

Poplar Grove museum preserves history, inspires

By Rhonda Mix Reporter POPLAR GROVE – The Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, located at 5151 Orth Road, attracts visitors from all over the world. Dedicated to pre-World War II transportation history, the museum sits on land attached to the Poplar Grove Airport. It features several early 20th […]