Belvidere Republican

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 […]

 
 

Blizzard waits until after BoCo to pummel area

Blizzard waits until after BoCo to pummel area

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE – The weekend blizzard held off long enough for area residents to come to the annual Boone County Expo (BoCo) to learn about area organizations and businesses on Jan. 31. Foot traffic was especially brisk during the morning hours of the expo. Approximately 60 businesses, […]

 
 

Bucs bond over E-Rabs victory

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent ROCKFORD – Senior co-captain Ryan McKnight was the glue that bonded the Bucs to a convincing 72-60 win over Rockford East. McKnight’s confident court management, assists, steals, rebounds, and tight defense along with 12 points led the Bucs to a critical victory in the meat […]

 
 
 
 
 
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