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Parents voice concerns Some worry about plan mixing younger kids with older ones BY DEREK BARICHELLO email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 526
DIXON – When Danielle Reed learned of the possibility of her fourth-grader attending Reagan Middle School with junior high schoolers, she didn’t like it. “No. No way,” the mother of three said. A proposal was made at Wednesday’s school board meeting to close Lincoln Elementary School, but no action was taken. More discussion is expected in the next 2 weeks. Before board members vote, a public meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Reagan Middle School for people to voice concerns and ask questions. District administrators say something needs to be done to cut spending, before district funds are depleted after next school year. The proposed closure would shuffle around students, transferring the district’s fourth- and fifth-graders at Jefferson Elementary School to the former Madison School portion of Reagan, and second- and third-graders at Lincoln to Jefferson.
Challenger in March primary responds to Kinzinger comments BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525
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To attend A public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Reagan Middle School cafeteria, 620 Division St. For board packets, meeting minutes, or more information, go to www. discoverdixon.org or call 815-284-7722.
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1 Have a Restart to the weekend STERLING – A free, all-ages worship and fellowship program will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Big Red Church/ First Congregational Church, 311 Second Ave. Restart 2013 will feature musicians Mike Swag, H Street, Miracle Leach, and Sonia, as well as BRL Quad Cities choir, and the CYIC dance team. The public is invited to attend. Call 563-940-8869 for more information.
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Students leave Lincoln Elementary School at the end of the school day Thursday afternoon. Many parents on Thursday were still learning of the district’s proposal to close the school, made at the previous night’s board meeting.
Last year, candidates Adam Kinzinger and Don Manzullo each tried to claim the mantle of conservatism in the 16th Congressional District, which includes Lee County. These days, Kinzinger appears to be distancing himself from the most conservative elements of his party. Manzullo, R-Egan, had long represented the GOP-heavy 16th District, while Kinzinger, R-Channahon, was elected to the 11th District in 2010. Redistricting put Kinzinger in the 16th. Kinzinger beat Manzullo in the March 2012 primary and sailed to victory in November. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times this week, Kinzinger blamed House conservatives for the Republican Party’s failure in shutdown negotiations. “It’s been about 30 people that make their money on not hanging with the team. And so it’s on them,” Kinzinger said in the Times story. That didn’t sit well with David Hale of Rockford, who plans to challenge Kinzinger in next March’s GOP primary. DISTANCE CONTINUED ON A4
2 Hear music from the movies in Dixon
3 Farm toys galore in Prophetstown
4 Music, drink, and food to benefit PADS
5 Cook-off, bags tourney in Dixon
DIXON – Canterbury Concerts’ 30th season will start Sunday with “Going to the Movies,” a concert at 5 p.m. at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. The 60-piece Metropolis Symphony from Chicago will be conducted by Tim Boles, performing pieces from the Harry Potter films, “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and other films. Tickets are available in advance at Trein’s Jewelry, 201 W. First St., and The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St., or Sunday at the theater door. The cost is $5 for individuals or $12 for a family pack of two adults and up to three children of any age. Visit www.vivadixonarts. org for online ticket sales and more information.
PROPHETSTOWN – If farm toys are more your speed, the Coon Creek Men’s Club of Prophetstown will sponsor its 28th Annual Farm Toy Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Prophetstown High School, 310 West Riverside Drive. Admission for the show is $2 with children younger than 12 free. The show features vendors of farm toys, trucks, cars, and collectibles of all kinds, along with special toy displays and exhibits. Door prize drawings will be held, and the food stand will have pork BBQ sandwiches and other items. The show also features a large outdoor display of classic farm tractors and equipment. All proceeds from the show go toward the club’s many civic improvement projects, including the rebuilding of Prophetstown’s historic Washington Street, partially destroyed by the July 15 fire.
STERLING – A celebration to benefit the PADS shelter in Sterling will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road. A band will perform from 8 to 10 p.m., featuring vocalists Kerensa Pink, Brian Lobdell, Allison McCawley, and Lisa Steinke. A 50/50 drawing will take place, as will a gift basket auction, as will a wine tasting. Beer, cheese, and other finger food will be provided. A dessert table will be set up. Tickets are $30 for singles or $50 for couples. They can be bought at the door, or in advance by calling Bruce Colmark at 815441-1992.
DIXON – The Ultimate Tailgate Cook-off and Bags Tourney is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Beanblossom parking lot in downtown Dixon. The chili cook-off will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the bags tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per team, and prizes will be awarded. Back Porch Blues Brothers, the slimmed down version of the well-known group Late Night Blues Brothers Band, will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. NFL games will be displayed on an outdoor television. Admission to the Chili Cookoff is $5 per person and includes tasting. The event is open to all ages. For more information, call Dixon Main Street at 815-2882308.
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Bringing the younger students into Reagan was the No. 1 concern among parents picking up their children from Lincoln on Thursday. Lincoln houses the districtâ€™s second- and third-graders. Parents, many of them hearing of the plan for the first time, worried about possible bullying and bad influences from having fourth- and fifth-graders attend Reagan with the older students. â€œI donâ€™t think my fourth-grader is mature enough to be with junior high schoolers,â€? Reed said. â€œThereâ€™s going to be way too many kids going there. Iâ€™d like there to be a little more separation between the older kids and the younger ones.â€? One parent, in disbelief, said the closure would â€œnever happen,â€? while others still are sour on the move from neighborhood schools to what are known as attendance centers, where all students in a certain grade go to one school.
Decline in enrollment expected Paula Portner, mother of a Lincoln student, said the district needs to stop moving students around. â€œIâ€™m not happy,â€? she said. â€œI live three blocks away, and my student only comes here for 2 years? Now the people on this side of town wonâ€™t have a school, period.â€? Patty Starr chimed into the conversation: â€œMy fourth-grader has to be up by 7:15 a.m. to catch the bus [to Jefferson]. Itâ€™s too early.â€? Some parents interviewed by Sauk Valley Media questioned if the schools would become overcrowded and whether busing students around town would become too costly. Board member Jim Schielein was concerned Wednesday about the
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