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OREGON Republican Reporter

February 27, 2014 Volume 164, Number 11 - $1.00

State Wrestling

Penny Carnival

911 Recognized

Two Hawk wrestlers represented the school during the state tournament. B1

The annual Ogle County 4-H Penny Carnival is March 8. B5

The Ogle County 911 was recognized by NCMEC recently. A2

Winter weather may delay $7.5 million project Days added to end of the year By Vinde Wells Editor Extreme weather this winter may have an effect on the Oregon School District’s construction projects late this spring and the start of school next fall. Superintendent Tom Mahoney told the school

board Feb. 18 that adding five “snow� days to the end of the school year may delay the planned construction this summer at Oregon High School and Oregon Elementary School. Consequently, school may start late next fall. So far, school has been cancelled on five days due to the inclement weather. The $7.5 million construction projects include installing geothermal systems

for heating and cooling at the two schools in Oregon, new wiring and phone system district-wide, and secured entrances at those two buildings as well as DL Rahn Junior High in Mt. Morris. The board approved selling School Fire Prevention and Safety Bonds to fund the construction work. The district’s budget has also felt the impact of the winter’s bitter cold and higher than normal snowfall.

Snow removal costs have already increased by 46 percent over last year, from $2,594 last year for the entire season to $3,797 through Jan. 31 this year. In addition, the district replaced a broken snow blower at a cost of $1,199. Other effects of the unusually bitter winter are the addition of a 90-minute late start option to the school day next year. That means that in case of inclement weather

the school day at Rahn could begin at 9:10 a.m. and at the high school and elementary school at 9:30 a.m. Parents will be notified in the same manner as they are now, including Facebook, Twitter, TV, radio, and a phone call. In personnel matters the board: s APPROVED THE RESIGNATION of Ben Thomas as the OHS soccer coach, s HIRED $OUG %NGLE HIRED

Council approves zoning change at very brief meeting

New Business

By Vinde Wells Editor

Manager Lynn Swanson, center, has been helping to train the staff at Ten Pennies Internet Cafe with the techniques needed to make espressos and other mixed drinks. Here she is talking to Cindy Hunter, right, as she makes an espresso. Photo by Chris Johnson

New internet cafe opens in Oregon By Chris Johnson Reporter Oregon’s newest business offers a relaxing and bright atmosphere to enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry while browsing the Internet. Ten Pennies Internet Cafe is currently in a soft opening while the staff is trained

on making the selection of coffee, espressos, hot chocolate, and mixed drinks. They were granted a liquor license and will serve cocktails. Ten Pennies is restricted to customers 21 years and older. The business also has a second area with five video

as the assistant OHS track coach, s HIRED 'AYLE .OBLE AS junior high track coach, s APPROVED THE RETIREMENT of OHS PE teacher James Spratt at the end of the 20172018 school year, s APPROVED A TWO WEEK medical leave for first grade aide Dana Hopkins effective Jan. 30, and sEXTENDEDMATERNITYLEAVE for second grade teacher Catherine Byers to March 31.

gaming machines. “The set up for this cafe is the best of both worlds,� said co-owner Gary Wright. “One side is bright and good for socializing or using the Internet and the other is darker to allow for the gaming.� He said numerous electrical outlets were added

at every table to allow for phones and Internet devices to be charged while using the business. “We have Wi-Fi Internet and some hard wired spots available for our customers,� said co-owner David Flynn. The owners are planning on a full grand opening Turn to A2

Tabling three items Tuesday made for what was likely one of the shortest Oregon City Council meetings on record. The council met for just under five minutes before adjourning. The main reason for the brevity was that items relating to the water and sewer system were tabled until the next meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, March 18 rather than a week earlier as normally scheduled. The council agreed to reschedule its March 11 meeting to the following week. Mayor Tom Stone asked for the date change because of a surgery scheduled for a member of his family. The council regularly meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., except in December when only one meeting is held on the third Tuesday. During the brief session, the council approved a zoning change from R-1 (single family dwelling) to R-2 (twofamily dwelling) at 801 and

803 Adams St. The change was requested by Jeremy Nesemeier, Mt. Morris, who, with his wife Mindy, is planning to purchase the duplex at 801 Adams St. The rezoning was recommended by the Oregon Planning Commission. Nesemeier requested the zoning change to allow him to get the necessary financing to purchase the duplex from the James H. Pallasch Estate, the heirs of which live in Alaska. In a letter to the Planning Commission, Nesemeier said the lot that the structure was built on in the early 1970s was zoned R-1 at that time and never changed to R-2. His letter said he and his wife are unable to get financing unless the zoning is changed to R-2. “In the event the house were destroyed, there could be a problem rebuilding it. Because of this, we cannot secure proper financing,� the letter read. Stone said the lender apparently has concerns that if the duplex was destroyed only a single family dwelling could be rebuilt on the lot because of the current R-1 zoning.

Students compete at Regional Bee Forreston girl claims first to advance to Washington DC By Kathleen Schultz Sauk Valley Media Ogle County eighthgraders were like two brainiac bookends up on the stage, politely battling it out for the title of queen bee. Brunette and bespectacled Lena Baumann, Polo, bold and confident was on one side of the stage. Tall, blond Anna Snider, Forreston, reserved and intense, was on the other. It was Round 22, and 24 other spellers from grades three through eight had been eliminated. It was down to the two slim 14-year-olds.

Heifer, Lena spelled. Wainscot, Anna lobbed back. Guillotine. Troika. Taupe. Glasnost. Beleaguer. Perennial. Banzai. Eiderdown. Neither gave an inch. The audience waited in the darkened auditorium, silent and still. Then the inevitable. Hippopotamus. H-i-p-p-ot-a-m-u-s. Immediately, Lena knew her mistake. Anna’s turn. She spelled forsythia, to finish round 28, then camphor, to take Round 29. With that, and a sweet, subdued smile, Anna Snider, the Forreston Junior High School spelling champ, became the winner of the 2014 Lee-Ogle Regional Spelling Bee, held Feb. 20 in the Dixon High School auditorium.

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She won an all-expensespaid trip for two to National Harbor, Md., just south of Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May. She will take her mom, Stephanie; father Matt will hold down the fort at home. Anna also won a $100 U.S. savings bond, a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, and an online subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica. This was Anna’s third time at the regional bee. In a manner reminiscent of Helen Keller, she used her fingers to spell the words in her hand, a method a few of the other kids used, as well. “I’m a visual learner,� said Anna, a future physician. “It’s so I can see the word.� Aplington Middle School’s Lena Baumann, who has

Church News, A5 Classifieds, B6-B12 Entertainment, A6 Fines, B4 Library News, A3

designs on becoming an architect, took second. The Polo teen, daughter of Mike and Donna Baumann, won a Kindle Fire and a MerriamWebster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Ashton-Franklin Center eighth-grader Jonah Awalt, of Ashton, a strong contender all the way through Round 21, when he stumbled over that first “h� in diphthong, won a $40 gift certificate to Books on First in Dixon. Anna and her cousin Christian Groenewold, son of Dawn and Guy Groenewold, Forreston, kept the Forreston Junior High spelling bee in the family. Christian was the local runner-up and Anna’s alternate to the regional competition. All 26 participants got trophies for winning their school’s contest.

Marriage Licenses, A4 Oregon Police, B5 Public Voice, A7-A9 Property Transfers, B5

Oregon Elementary School student McAuley Humphrey traces a word on the back of her number card while competing in the Lee/Ogle Regional Spelling Bee Thursday morning. Photo by Alex Paschal

Sheriff’s Arrests, B3 Social News, A4 Sports, B1, B2 State’s Attorney, B3

Deaths, B4 Joyce M. Birk, Robert J. Brooks, Dorothy Moore, Janice L. Point, David E. Unger


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