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Serving Ogle County since 1851 OREGON Republican Reporter April 3, 2014 Volume 164, Number 16 - $1.00 FFA Awards School Taxes Back at Work Oregon FFA members recently attended contests and brought home awards. A7 The Meridian School Board will ask voters for more money. B2 The Forrestville Valley school bus driver hurt in a crash is back on the job. A9 No charges yet after shooting By Vinde Wells Editor No charges have been filed yet in Ogle County against a Rockford man in connection with shooting early March 22 in rural Byron. Ogle County State’s Attorney Michael Rock said Tuesday that Brandon McMahon, 20, who is being held in the Winnebago County Jail, has not yet been formally charged. He is accused of shooting a 19-year-old at a residence on North Hoisington Road. The name of the victim, who remains in the hospital, Sue Spink and April Boom, members of the Mt. Morris Ladies team, make Jell-O shots at What’s Cookin, a fundraiser has not been released. for the Rock River Center. Photo by Chris Johnson “We’re waiting for the investigation to be completed by the sheriff’s department,� Rock said. “When they bring it to us we’ll decide what charges to file.� Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said Tuesday that detectives are continuing of appetizers, meats, salads, to interview witnesses in the breads, soups and desserts. The event served as a fundraiser for the Rock River Center, as patrons paid $20 for entrance. “This is a lot of fun,� said By Andy Colbert Ed Fane of Oregon, one of Reporter the 376 counted attendees. By Chris Johnson As the hungry masses What started in Rockford Reporter began to assemble and were and onto Rochelle has found its way to Oregon. Based off first met by the smell of A look into the animal the popular “30 Men Who Dick Zimmerman deepcare practices in Europe frying catfish outside, it was Cook� concept, the Rock was presented to the Oregon apparent that this was no River Center of Oregon Rotary and guests during ordinary fundraiser. created a spin-off called Rural Urban Day. The combination of the “What’s Cookin�. Veterinarian Abe Trone, Playing in front of a bucolic setting of Oak Lane, Lena, was invited to talk the vast array of food and packed house of hundreds about his experience March of eager diners at Oak Lane party atmosphere also turned 26 following an Illinois Farm in Daysville on Saturday, “What’s Cookin� into a social Bureau foreign market study gathering par excellence. March 26 area cooking teams tour held last summer. “We’re thrilled,� Rock supplied a myriad of food “I do a l lot of dairy work River Director Ann Haas concoctions, including such in Lena,� Trone said. “What said. “Next year, it will be exotic offerings as chocolatehappens in California comes even bigger. With this crowd, covered bacon and deviled here and what is happening in we will need to put a tent up.� eggs topped with bugs. Europe may be coming here.� For an event that had no For the less adventuresome, Trone along with 11 there were also the old interested cooking teams Ogle County Farm Bureau member Stan Eden serves other farm bureau members standbys, such as a variety Turn to A2 a pork chop during What’s Cookin. Photo by Chris traveled through Europe to Johnson What’s Cookin draws a crowd Lots of tasty treats at RRC fundraiser case. Rockford police took McMahon into custody in Rockford a few hours after the shooting. Deputy Chief Dave Hopkins of the Rockford Police Department said last week that McMahon is facing a preliminary charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm. He was also wanted in connection with a shooting in Rockford. Hopkins said McMahon, a parolee, is on a hold for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). According to IDOC records, McMahon was paroled in July of 2013. He was sentenced to three years in the IDOC in 2010 after being convicted on several charges, including armed robbery (no firearm) and possession of a firearm by a gang member. All the offenses occurred in Winnebago County. Rotary holds its Rural Urban Day get a first hand look at the implementation of European Union laws related to animal care. “Our objective was to see as much as we could,� he said. Animal welfare is defined to include how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. The animal needs to be healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, and not suffering from pain, fear, and distress. They need to have appropriate shelter and humane slaughter. Trone said this definition was open to interpretation in Europe because many of the animal welfare decisions Turn to A2 Spring weather brings 1,970 to 64th antique show 64th Woman’s Club show a hit over weekend By Vinde Wells Editor The first warm, sunny weekend after a long, cold winter meant a record crowd at the Oregon Woman’s Club’s 64th annual Antique Show. “We had a wonderful turnout — around 1,970 people,� said club president Judy Groharing. “I think people were glad to get out after a hard winter. We even had people still coming after we closed on Sunday.� Sunshine prevailed both days of the event and Saturday’s temperatures in the low 50s turned into 60s on Sunday. The parking areas at and near the Blackhawk Center, Oregon, were already filled with vehicles at 10 a.m. Saturday, just an hour after the show opened its doors. Inside the vendor booths were busy with both buyers and “lookers.� Joe DeWulf from Deer Run Antiques, Waunakee, Wis., a veteran exhibitor at the show, said business was brisk. “It’s been good. We’ve had a lot of interest,� he said as he found an item for a customer from a large antique trunk. Across the auditorium, Stanley Campbell, Rockford, was looking for political items in the array displayed by Darryl Giambalvo, Wheaton. “I come almost every year,� Campbell said. In This Week’s Edition... The show is also a donot-miss event for Larry and Hazel Ford, Sycamore. “We come every year. We mostly just look,� said Hazel as she examined a large crock. Groharing said the crowd seemed pleased at the wide array of merchandise offered by vendors. “We have such a wide variety of categories, there is something for all interests, and visitors commented a lot on that,� she said. “I saw a lot of all kinds of items go out, and the dealers were very happy. We have many who return and their customers come looking for them.� The five dealers new to the show this year seemed pleased, Groharing said, and Stanley Campbell, Rockford, looks for political items at Darryl Giambalvo’s booth will likely return. Birth, A4 Church Bells, A5 Classifieds, B6-B10 Entertainment, A6 Fines, B4 March 29 at the Oregon Woman’s Club Antique Show at the Blackhawk Center. Photo Turn to A2 by Vinde Wells Library News, A3 Marriage Licenses, A4 Oregon Police, B5 Property Transfers, B3 Reading Matters, A8 Sheriff’s Arrests, B4 Social News, A4 Sports, B1 State’s Attorney, B4 0UBLISHEDEVERY4HURSDAYBY/GLE#OUNTY.EWSPAPERS ADIVISIONOF3HAW-EDIAsWWWOGLECOUNTYNEWSCOM Deaths, B3 Judith I. Lamia John R. Long Ruth E. Straw


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