Belvidere Republican

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 […]

 
 

Boone County Health Department recognized for its efforts

Boone County Health Department recognized for its efforts

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – The Boone County Health Department is getting high marks from the March of Dimes and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) for a couple of its community programs. The March of Dimes likes the department’s program on becoming a mom so much that it’s […]

 
 

Flaming Monkeys look for success at Milwaukee Regional

Flaming Monkeys look for success at Milwaukee Regional

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – It’s regional competition time again, with Boone County’s Flaming Monkeys robotics team slated to be in Milwaukee on Saturday for the first of two consecutive regional tournaments. The goal is to finish high enough there, or in Chicago in April, to reach the World […]

 
 

Teens form Leo Club at North Boone High School

Teens form Leo Club at North Boone High School

By Bob Balgemann Reporter POPLAR GROVE – Students at North Boone High School are known for their service to the community. Seventeen of them have come together, along with sponsoring Lions clubs in Capron and Poplar Grove, to form a Leo Club at the school. An organizational ceremony and dinner […]

 
 

Judi Ford Nash’s journey from Miss Super Value to Miss America

Judi Ford Nash’s journey from Miss Super Value to Miss America

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE – It is a rare opportunity for people to hear the inside story of the Miss America pageant outside of a 30 second well-rehearsed sound bite. When the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th anniversary dinner on March 11 at the Radisson Hotel […]

 
 

Heelan brings the dance halls back to life

Heelan brings the dance halls back to life

UNION – The McHenry County Historical Society kicks off its annual Sampler Series Monday, March 16, with a topic that is sure to get your toes tapping. Musician and history buff Mary Ellen Heelan, of Cary, will present “We Sang! We Danced! A Musical History of McHenry County” at 3 […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 
 
 
 
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