Belvidere Republican

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 […]

 
 

New gas use tax revenue comes at an excellent time for Belvidere

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Unknowns and what-ifs caused by the coronavirus pandemic created numerous problems for the city, especially as it prepared its 2020-21 budget. Being in a state of flux prompted Alderman Marsha Freeman to suggest at the April 6 city council meeting that the new budget be amended […]

 
 

Working together to Help the community

Working together to Help the community

By Anne Eickstadt Editor In an interview with Mayor Mike Chamberlain on April 3, Jennifer Jacky, Chief Executive Officer of the Belvidere Family YMCA was enthusiastic about how Belvidere has pitched in to help with children and frontline workers. The YMCA is running a childcare service for first responders and […]

 
 

Rocky road leads to adoption of Belvidere budget for 2020-21

By Bob Balgemann Reporter It started calmly enough with a handful of officials, scattered by the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, gathered at city hall for the April 6 city council meeting. There was a public hearing on the proposed 2020-21 budget, with provisions made for residents to be heard […]

 
 

Outdoor Warning Sirens and Weather Spotters

Outdoor Warning Sirens and Weather Spotters

April 21 marks the anniversary of the Belvidere Tornado in 1967 that touched so many lives then and continues to impact the community even today. The Boone County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is overseen by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, and is directed by EMA Coordinator, Dan Zaccard. It is […]

 
 

4-H’ers excel in Public Speaking Contest

4-H’ers excel in Public Speaking Contest

The University of Illinois Extension, Boone County Office hosted a Public Presentations Contest on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 for 4-H’ers to give formal, Illustrated, oral interpretation or original works speeches. A record number of seventeen 4-H’ers participated in the contest and each received a Blue Rating from the team of […]

 
 

2020 Sister Cities Art Showcase makes alternate arrangements

2020 Sister Cities Art Showcase makes alternate arrangements

By Anne Eickstadt Editor The 2020 Young Artist Showcase has had up to 28 young high-school age artists submit works for their international competition. While not yet winning first place internationally, some Belvidere young artists have placed very highly in the national and international levels. This year only eight youth […]

 
 

Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition honored at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum

Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition honored at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition was one of 148 community coalitions honored during a graduation ceremony at CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 30th Annual National Leadership Forum, just outside of Washington, D.C. The coalitions received a graduation certificate for completing CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, […]

 
 

B-1 Food Pantry does drive-through

B-1 Food Pantry does drive-through

By Anne Eickstadt Editor The B-1 Food Pantry has its home at the B-1 Church, 1105 7th Ave. Belvidere. It serves residents of Boone County and requests only that the family is pre-registered so they know the people they serve are, indeed, residents of Boone County, how many people they […]

 
 
 
 
 
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