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Anti-wind effort swells Landowners say company seeking new contracts BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5525
A group of landowners has hired a public relations firm for its effort to oppose planned wind farms in Lee, Bureau and Whiteside counties. The Informed Farmers Coalition is targeting the Walnut Ridge and Green River wind farms, saying it wants to educate farmers before they consider new contracts with Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy.
Last week, the group issued a news release drafted by PR Etc., which has offices in Rockford and Madison, Wis. “The Informed Farmers Coalition has spent the last 3 years attempting to educate local citizens on the problems and challenges associated with wind turbine development,” coalition spokesman Kendall Guither said in the release. “However, turbine developers continue to mislead the public about problems that continue to exist with wind development.” In December, Geronimo bought the
For more information The Informed Farmers Coalition is at 104 Liberty St. in Walnut. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.wind-watch.org.
PR or progressive thinking? IKEA purchases a wind-energy project in eastern Illinois. Story on A4 Green River project from Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power, near Walnut Ridge. ANTI-WIND CONTINUED ON A4
Inner heroes unleashed
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Mary Black (right) is congratulated after winning the Pearl Woods Award for business and industry at the YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon on Thursday at the Dixon Elks Club. Black is co-owner of the Morrison Super Wash.
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DIXON – Heroes are not just inspirational people we admire from afar. A hero lives in all of us, and the 275
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1 Second Saturdays in Dixon DIXON – This month’s Second Saturdays Art Happenings, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, features a showcase of the Dixon High School Art Department Student Art Show. Art from 19 students will be displayed at various downtown sites. There will be music at Val’s Place and Books on First, and the Second Saturdays Studio Jam begins at 8 p.m. at Rosbrook Studio.
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women who attended the YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon on Thursday at the Dixon Elks Club were challenged to find that persona. Kathy Cecchetti, YWCA of the Sauk Valley board president, brought the theme to life with her performance of the song “Heroes”. She closed the event with some lighthearted theatrics. “This is me embracing my
inner hero,” Cecchetti said with a laugh, as she tossed a black cape around her shoulders. “I truly believe that recognition and acceptance of the hero in us brings our visions to life.” The most inspirational people on this day were the nominees and award winners in six categories. Sandy Henrekin, former executive director of the Rock Falls Community Development Corp., received the
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3 The Passion play in Sterling
STERLING – A large group of volunteers from Sterling and Rock Falls and surrounding areas, along with Newman Central Catholic High School, present free performances of “The Mystery of the Passion of Christ,” in Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School, 1608 Fourth Ave. There are performances at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The final performance is 5 p.m. April 18. Admission is a free will offering.
STERLING – Team Underwires will be guest bartenders from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cochran’s Pub, 13464 Galt Road. This is a fundraiser for the fight against breast cancer, with proceeds helping those in the Sauk Valley.
DIXON – The annual Founders’ Day Celebration will be a luncheon event at 11:30 a.m. today at Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St. Lunch will be provided by Ginko Tree Cafe for $5 per person. Dixon’s early physicians and the beginning of KSB Hospital will be the program topics at noon. Admission to the event is free.
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Teacher charged with sexual assault Police: She had relationship with student under 18 BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5521
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Women of Achievement offer inspiration
Crete Dillon Bowman Award for community leadership. Henrekin was a charter member of the economic development group that started in 2002. She was named director in 2007, and played a key role in efforts to develop the riverfront, before retiring this year. She also owned and operated Innovations in Rock Falls for nearly 25 years. UNLEASHED CONTINUED ON A5
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SAVANNA – A West Carroll High School science teacher is charged with criminal sexual assault, accused of having a relationship with a student under the age of 18. C h e l s e y Wheeler, 24, was arrested Monday after turning herself in on a warrant, according to a news Chelsey Wheeler release from the Savanna Police Department. Her bond, set at $50,000, was paid the same day. West Carroll Superintendent Craig Mathers said in an interview Thursday that Wheeler no longer works for the district. The school board accepted her resignation Tuesday, Mathers said. Wheeler’s name isn’t listed on the high school’s online teacher directory, though her name still is on the list of West Carroll School District staff. Mathers said the investigation of Wheeler began March 24, and that his office had been cooperating with authorities. This was Wheeler’s second school year teaching at West Carroll, but her first as a full-time teacher. During the 2012-13 school year, she taught science for half of the day at Chadwick-Milledgeville High School and half the day at West Carroll High School. This is Wheeler’s first felony charge in Carroll County. Her first court appearance is scheduled for April 28.
Egg hunts in Dixon, Rock Falls, and Sterling
With Easter Sunday a week away, there are three opportunities for the kids to go on a free egg hunt this weekend: s Dixon: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road. Other activities include the Kreider Spring Carnival. s Rock Falls: At 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Park, at 11th Street and Avenue D. Registration is from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. for children 3 to 8. s Sterling: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Westwood Fitness and Sports Center, 1900 Westwood Drive. For kids up to age 8.
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