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Pierson sets new scoring record at Belvidere

By Trenten Scheidegger CORRESPONDENT Emma Pierson capped her junior campaign with the Belvidere Bucs off with a bang. Not only did the Bucs finish the season with over 15 wins and a regional victory, but Pierson set history along the way. On the night of Feb. 13, the Bucs were […]


Saturday mornings at the Durand Library

Saturday mornings at the Durand Library

By Barbara Flores FRIENDS OF THE DURAND LIBRARY PRESIDENT New titles on the shelf!     Visit the Durand Library and take a look – 30 new titles have been added to the village collection. These books are all stacked together on a separate shelf, just waiting to be checked out. […]


      Ninth annual Yeti Fest created perfect doses of fun, and new memories

	Ethan, Ellie and Elijah Zingre visited with the Yeti during the 2024 Yeti Fest.

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Yeti Fest is billed as “A festival where the abominable snow people of Rockton and their friends come out to enjoy a mixture of winter related activities and is a celebration of all things winter and of course it all revolves around Yeti’s.” Walk, play, or […]


Harlem girls bowling team takes seventh at state

	Last Friday at the Cherry Bowl, the Lady Huskies earned a team score of 5,739 over six rounds that was good for a tie for seventh place.

By Alex Gary REPORTER A uncharacteristically average Friday kept Harlem’s vaunted girls bowling team from adding an eighth IHSA state bowling title. On Friday at the Cherry Bowl in Cherry Bowl, the Huskies recorded a team score of 5,739 over six rounds. That was good for a tie for seventh […]


Stillman Valley High School Chess Team Back-to-Back 1A ICCA State Champions

	The Stillman Valley Chess Team participated in the IH-SA State Chess Tournament and became back-to-back state champions!

    The Stillman Valley Chess Team participated in the IHSA State Chess Tournament in Peoria on Feb. 9-10, a two-day tournament that consisted of four rounds on Friday and three rounds on Saturday; each team played seven rounds.     Stillman Valley competed against:     • Round 1: Lake Villa (Lakes), […]


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Mercyhealth MD 1 unit can help save lives; Mobile ‘ER’ travels to treat patients at the scene

MERCYHEALTH PHOTO Belvidere Republican
   Mercyhealth’s MD 1 program brings emergency physicians and ER equipment to the field, such as the site of a natural disaster, crash or someone’s home, to improve patient outcomes when critical minutes count, prior to transport by ambulance to a hospital. The program has four Chevy vehicles loaded with ER-level equipment and eight Mercyhealth EMS physicians in Wisconsin and Illinois with advanced training, including Dr. Matt Smetana, EMS medical director.

By Jane Charmelo NEWS COORDINATOR While emergency medical response teams such as paramedics are highly trained to address emergencies—resulting from crashes, natural disasters, heart attacks, strokes and catastrophic events—often there is a need for more immediate, advanced medical support at the scene. That is where physicians like Dr. Matt Smetana […]


Clutch free throws secure victory for Pecatonica boys

Pec can’t shake Nequa Valley
	Pecatonica's Tyler Bird tries to get through the Nequa Valley defense of Carson Rheaume, left, and John Bieber during the second quarter of their game in Pecatonica on Feb. 10. Pecatonica unfortunately lost the game 79-59 that night.

By Trenten Scheidegger CORRESPONDENT     The Pecatonica Indians picked up their 21st win of the 2023-24 boys’ basketball season with a victory over Lena-Winslow, last week.     On Feb. 5, the Le-Win Panthers played host to the Indians in an NUIC rematch from just a few weeks prior. Back in […]

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