BHS shares music with the world

BHS shares music with the world

    The Byron High School Music Departments have recently been sharing their gifts with the world! The BHS Band (top photo) performed at Disney Imagination Campus and the BHS Choir (bottom photo) visited Ireland.


Smith part of club softball national title at UW-Whitewater

	Hailey Smith was part of UW-Whitewater’s club softball team that earned a national title on May 19.

    Hailey Smith, an Elementary Middle Education major from Stillman Valley and graduate of Byron High School, is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater club softball team, which earned the 2024 National Club Softball Association Division II national championship after winning the recent World Series.     The Warhawks topped […]


Donations assist homeless youth in Oregon

	School supplies were donated to OCUSD 220 for homeless youth in the district. From left: Shannon Cremeens, Assistant Principal of Oregon Jr./Sr. High School and the district homeless liaison; Lydia Sherburne, Leaf River Soaring Eagles 4-H member and project leader; and Jodi Baumgartner, Extension 4-H Program Coordinator.

By Jodi Baumgartner PROGRAM COORDINATOR, 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION     Ogle County 4-H members collected school supplies for the recent National Day of Service. Supplies were donated to the Oregon Community Unit School District (OCUSD) 220 for homeless youth in the district. Over 150 items were donated, […]


Serenity Hospice and Home named 2024 Hospice CAHPS Honors Elite recipient

Serenity Hospice and Home named 2024 Hospice CAHPS Honors Elite recipient

    Serenity Hospice and Home has been named a 2024 Hospice CAHPS Honors Elite Award recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of CAHPS and bereavement survey programs for home health and hospice agencies. This prestigious annual review recognizes agencies that continuously go above and beyond in providing high-quality care for […]


Meridian CUSD first to receive ‘Gold Achievement of Excellence’ in education

    Meridian Community Unit School District 223 is the first school district to receive a Gold Achievement of Excellence award from the internationally recognized performance-driven organization The Partnership for Excellence, dating back to the organization’s inception 25 years ago.     Established in 1998, The Partnership for Excellence is a non-profit […]


Byron announces third in series of murals throughout downtown

	This is the prototype sketch of the mural to be started soon in downtown Byron on their City Hall by Rockford Artist Brett Whitacre. It will be the city’s third mural, the goal being to enhance the Byron experience for everyone.

    This summer, the City of Byron will continue its initiative to use murals to enhance the experience of living, working, and visiting Byron. Their third mural, designed by Rockford artist Brett Whitacre, will appear on the front of City Hall at 232 W. 2nd St.     Byron’s other two […]


Celebrating Ogle County 4-H volunteers

By Lydia Sherburne OGLE COUNTY 4-H MEMBER, LEAF RIVER SOARING EAGLES Volunteering has many benefits. It allows an individual to be involved in their community, which can be very helpful if you are new to the area. Volunteering allows for new friendships to be made. It allows an individual to […]


SVHS Environment Club wins Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award

	The SVHS Environment Club has won the Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award from the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Foundation. The club, pictured here with the award (from left): Nola Ivy-Friberg, Aidan Oates, Zavier Meraz, Micah Reed, Storm Hickey, Delaney Connors, Bailee-Jo Nelson, and Alexis Camp.

    The Stillman Valley High School Environment Club has won the Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award from the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Foundation. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, a leading national nonprofit organization that inspires and educates people to take action to improve and […]


Successful drives for Byron Schools Food Pantry

	In February and March of this year, Mary Morgan Elementary School second graders held a food drive for Byron Schools Food Pantry. Mrs. Hull’s second grade class, pictured here, were participants.

    The Byron Schools Food Pantry has been the lucky recipient of three separate food drives in February and March of this year.     In February, Cora Physical Therapy and Holcomb Bank both held food drives. Customers and clients donated to the pantry’s white food bins. The bins have been […]


2023 Ogle County final multiplier announced

    Ogle County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR).     The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier,” is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by […]

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