Belvidere Daily Republican

District 100 prepares for 21st century employment needs

District 100 prepares for 21st century employment needs

By Tricia Goecks Editor In January 2014, the Belvidere school district approved a three to five year strategic plan.  Among the initiatives under the category of college and career preparedness was: develop five magnet schools by 2017. As part of that initiative, plans are in the works to develop vocational […]

 
 

Hundreds take the plunge for Special Olympics

Hundreds take the plunge for Special Olympics

By Tricia Goecks Editor The Special Olympics oath states “Let me win. But if I cannot win. Let me be brave in the attempt.” Being brave in the attempt was de rigueur on Saturday March 7 when 518 brave individuals took the plunge at Rock Cut State Park in Caledonia. […]

 
 

Garden Prairie Organics back on Boone County radar

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – Garden Prairie Organics (GPO) is asking the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to renew its operating permit for a landscape waste compost facility at 11887 U.S. 20 in unincorporated Garden Prairie. The EPA has allowed a window for comments and it will close March […]

 
 

Bucs salt Pretzels

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent BELVIDERE – With the braintrust of parochial powerhouse Rockford Lutheran watching in the middle of the stands just behind the scorer’s table, the Bucs ended resurgent and relentless Freeport’s post-season hopes with a convincing victory in a game much closer than the final score 61-49 to set […]

 
 

New friendships are formed through Citizen Police Academy

New friendships are formed through Citizen Police Academy

By Tricia Goecks Editor Walking into the meeting room at the Public Safety Building for the graduation night of the Citizen Police Academy on March 4, the camaraderie between the academy’s participants and members of the Belvidere Police Department is obvious. The jokes and verbal jabs flow freely. The Citizen […]

 
 

Boone County money sought for Rockford airport project

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen will be coming to Boone County soon, searching for funding to help defray the cost of the proposed $40-million hangar project at Chicago Rockford International Airport. He already has asked the village of Machesney Park and city of […]

 
 

Senior Tyler Lass likes Senior Nights

Senior Tyler Lass likes Senior Nights

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent MACHESNEY PARK – Scoring 18 points against Hononegah as the Bucs hosted the Indians on Belvidere’s Senior Night on February 20 to lead a dramatic 44-43 season series sweep of the Indians, he led all scorers again with 18 points on Friday’s Senior Night at Harlem as the […]

 
 

Mainstream: New setbacks would prohibit wind farms here

Mainstream: New setbacks would prohibit wind farms here

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BOONE COUNTY – As public hearings continue on new setback requirements for wind turbines, Mainstream Renewable Power is continuing its opposition, saying the proposed rules would keep such projects out of Boone County. The second hearing will be held March 24, with the possibility of a […]

 
 

Committee of the whole back on the table in PG

Committee of the whole back on the table in PG

By Bob Balgemann Reporter POPLAR GROVE – Late in 2013 and early in 2014, village officials talked about changing to a committee of the whole way of doing the people’s business. Such a committee consists of all village board or city council members and is a recommending body to the […]

 
 

VIPs give back to the community they love

VIPs give back to the community they love

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE – “How many people get to say I do a lot for my community,” asked Mike Lowe. Mike Lowe, Joe Cangelosi and Marty Mast are three people who can emphatically say that they do and are the recipients of the Belvidere Daily Republican’s Volunteer of […]