The Herald

After 35 years Willowbrook Middle School teacher, coach moving into next chapter 

	Teacher Mike Rhines stands in Willowbrook Middle School in his last of 35 years of teaching.

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Mr. Mike Rhines has taught in the Prairie Hill School District for the past 35 years, making a difference in the lives of students, faculty, staff, and the community since 1989. On May 16 Rhines celebrated retirement alongside fellow teacher, Kim Hatfield. Rhines is now in […]


Powerful words propel Hononegah graduates into the future

	Jazlyn  Oberg, Owen Nommowich, Saylor Kieper, and Tia Leindecker graduated in Hononegah High School's Class of 2024.

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Cheers and applause filled the BMO Center in Rockford as Hononegah Community High School’s Class of 2024 entered into commencement on Saturday, May 25 at the BMO Center in Rockford. HCHS Principal Chad Dougherty gave a warm welcome. Under the direction of Carolyn Frieden the senior […]


Bee Youtiful Sip and Stitchery opens in Roscoe

	Owners Brett Casanova-Rini (middle) and Chris Rini (right) are pictured with Roscoe Village President Carol Gustafson (left) during the ribbon cutting at Bee Youtiful Sip and Stitchery’s grand Opening.

    On May 11, Bee Youtiful Sip and Stitchery’s new shop, which focuses on cross stitch, held their grand opening. They are located at 11447 2nd St., Suite 5, in Roscoe.     As people enter the shop, there is a wall of framed pieces that were stitched by owner Brett […]


Organizations, community come together to donate more than $10,000  to Vets Roll

	Representatives of organizations, and the public- presented Vets Roll founder Mark Finnegan with donations totaling over $10.040.

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Vets Roll headed out on their 14th journey, taking more than 200 veterans to see the sights in Washington DC on May 19. Vets Roll has traveled 337,000 miles by convey allowing Veterans to see memorable sites such as National Museum of United States Air Force, […]


First Rockton May Day Faerie Festival produced magical, mythical fun for all

	Tinkerbell (Andrea Gantz, at left) volunteered with "League of Enchantment," a non profit charity group work organization greeted a visitor at the 2024 Rockton May Day Faerie Festival.

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Fairy’s, sprites and mini unicorns came out in droves to celebrate at Rockton’s May Day Faerie Festival held on May 4 at Settlers Park in Rockton. This first time event drew people in from Rockford, Woodstock, and local communities. Rachel Bixbe of Alchemy Wellness and Rachel […]


Rockton Pelican Fest – fun for the whole family

Rockton Pelican Fest – fun for the whole family

    Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and the annual return of the American White Pelicans with other migrating birds to the Rock River region by attending the Rockton Pelican Fest on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     The Natural Land Institute, Sinnissippi Audubon Society, the Village […]


Magical, mythical fun to be had at Rockton May Day Faerie Festival

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Celebrate May Day at an event that promises to be full of magical and mythical fun for all ages. Head to Settlers Park with family and friends on Saturday, May 4 to take part in the action from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Rachel Bixbe of […]


New growth encouraged after prairie burn at Willowbrook Middle School

	South Beloit Fire Department was assisted with the prescribed burn by Boone County Fire Protection District #2 on April 10 at Birds Grove Prairie at Willowbrook Middle School.

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Sunny skies and warm temperatures set the perfect scene as families set up camp on the grounds of Willowbrook Middle school the evening of April 10. The South Beloit fire department rolled in to perform a prescribed controlled burn “Birds Grove Prairie” on the hillside, just […]


HOPE Foundation ‘A Touch of Derby Days’ created stylish fun in support of furthering education at Hononegah High School

	Hononegah Community High School Art teacher Arra VanGalder had fun with fellow art teachers Jenny Decker and Graphic Design and business teacher Cari Vanderheyden at the "Touch of Derby Days."

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Supporters of Hononegah Community High School’s HOPE Foundation were off to the races the evening of Saturday, April 6, where “A Touch of Derby Days” came to life at the Rockton American Center. An evening of pure fun included dinner, raffles, a silent auction, music by […]


Willowbrook Middle School students, staff emerge equal winners in reamed Tony Barlow Charity Games

	Rhines presented the Barlow family with a stunning plaque marking the occasion, complete with a photo of Tony back when he was on his basketball team.

BY MARIANNE MUELLER REPORTER Staff and students at Willowbrook Middle School (WMS) sported blue shirts, gear, or even crazy socks, on March 21, showing the fully loving spirit of WMS, “Bleeding Blue” with pride. That evening the George Palmer gymnasium was packed wall to wall with students, alumni, community and […]

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