Belvidere Daily Republican

Thunder 7th in bowling Briggs finishes with 2 state wrestling titles in 4 years

Thunder 7th in bowling Briggs finishes with 2 state wrestling titles in 4 years

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BOONE COUNTY – Boone County high schools were well represented last weekend at state bowling and wrestling competitions in Champaign and in nearby Cherry Valley. North Boone senior Brandon Briggs finished his high school wrestling career with two state championships and two second-place finishes at the […]

 
 

Boone County supports Sen. Syverson gaming legislation

Boone County supports Sen. Syverson gaming legislation

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – Gaming legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, is being supported by the Boone County Board. Board Chairman Bob Walberg has written a letter to the lawmaker, who first took office in 1992, expressing that support. He also called for a regional division […]

 
 

Boone County hopes to avoid running out of money

Boone County hopes to avoid running out of money

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – The finance primer held for Boone County Board members, especially the five who are new to the board, gave officials plenty to think about. Paramount among the issues was a five-year forecast prepared by County Administrator Ken Terrinoni, who has been working up county […]

 
 

FFA helps prepare students for life

By Tricia Goecks Editor BOONE COUNTY – At high schools throughout the United States, students are recognizing the importance of agriculture and farming with FFA Week.  The FFA clubs at Belvidere, Belvidere North and North Boone High Schools are participating in events throughout the week. The Future Farmers of America […]

 
 

3 wrestlers qualify Belvidere North wins girls bowling sectional to reach state

3 wrestlers qualify Belvidere North wins girls bowling sectional to reach state

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – The Year of Thunder is continuing, what with the Belvidere North girls bowling team easily winning the Guilford sectional tournament Saturday, to reach the state finals for the first time since opening its doors in 2007. Senior Emily Ashens was the individual champion with […]

 
 

Money does matter with Main Street Players

Money does matter with Main Street Players

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE – “Too often these days, it seems we go to the theater to watch a performance that is trying to deliver a message, make the world a better place, or draw our attention to some deep social or psychological problem. While there is nothing wrong […]

 
 

New PG administrator receives caution from village trustee

New PG administrator receives caution from village trustee

By Bob Balgemann Reporter POPLAR GROVE – The second village administrator, Diana Dykstra, already has received a public caution from a village board member. But it wasn’t a negative kind of observation. It came during Monday night’s regular board meeting after Trustee Don Bawden saw her first administrator’s report, which […]

 
 

Question of authority slows breeder-boarder committee

Question of authority slows breeder-boarder committee

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – The new ad-hoc committee dealing with regulations for animal breeders and boarders in Boone County had a particular goal in mind. Members were being guided by the belief that the county could have regulations that were more strict, but not more liberal, than the […]

 
 

The loss of innocence in rural America

The loss of innocence in rural America

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE – On Dec. 3, 1957 two girls were playing in front of their homes. On the busy Center Cross Street in Sycamore, the best friends were dodging and hiding behind a tree to prevent headlights from touching them as passing cars rounded the corner. A […]

 
 

Hauser signs with Tennessee – Martin

Hauser signs with Tennessee – Martin

BELVIDERE – Two years ago, Belvidere standout outfielder and pitcher, Troy Vandenbroek received a baseball scholarship to Eastern Illinois University.  Two years later, Belvidere High School’s senior pitcher, Tyler Lass, signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Northwestern University in the Big Ten. Josh Hauser is now among […]