Belvidere Daily Republican

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 […]

 
 

Thunder blue as Bucs sweep series

Thunder blue as Bucs sweep series

By Bob Kopp Special correspondent BELVIDERE – Following the baby Bucs sophomore sweep of their counterparts in a game more lopsided than the final 63-47 on Feb. 5, the Bucs nipped their cross-town rivals 48-47 in an electric evening that had no one reaching for Office Depot’s red button: “That […]

 
 

Intercepted letter: Je suis Pipeline Charlie

Intercepted letter: Je suis Pipeline Charlie

By Tricia Goecks Editor BOONE COUNTY – On Jan. 7, terrorists attacked the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people in Paris.  Immediately the phrase “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) began to circulate by supporters of freedom of the press. Who exactly is Charlie? Residents […]

 
 

IAAF award given to member of Boone County Fair Board

IAAF award given to member of Boone County Fair Board

By Rhonda Mix Reporter Bob Scherer of Genoa was one of four people to recently win the coveted Friends of Illinois County Fair award at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fair’s 104th convention in Springfield in January. Every year the IAAF gives the award to people who have dedicated extensive […]

 
 

State of the City Mayor envisions busy, progressive year for Belvidere

State of the City Mayor envisions busy, progressive year for Belvidere

By Bob Balgemann Reporter (EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story is part of an occasional series, expanding on the state of the city address given last fall by Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain). BELVIDERE – As with most any new year the hopes are positive for what lies ahead. And so it […]