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OREGON Republican Reporter

March 13, 2014 Volume 164, Number 13 - $1.00

Athletics Health

Farm Focus

Band Extravaganza

Oregon Athletic Director Mike Lawton talks about the disrict’s athletic program. B1

Learn about what’s going on down on the farm. Special Section

A pasta fundraiser will be held before the 20th annual Band Extravaganza March 20. A3

Experts take more samples from statue

Jogger finds body

Winter has taken its toll on 103year-old icon

Sheriff’s dept. asking for help to identify man in Kyte River

from underneath the left arm. The cold and snow this winter have taken an additional toll on the statue. Frank Rausa, Sterling, who is heading up an effort to repair the 103-year-old By Vinde Wells world renowned icon, shook Editor his head as he surveyed the By Vinde Wells Mild temperatures and damage and watched as Editor sunshine Monday brought the crew set up to get their Ogle County Sheriff experts to further size up samples. Michael Harn is seeking the “It’s quite a bit worse than what it will take to repair and public’s help in identifying restore Ogle County’s best- it was. The arm is crumbling,� the body of a white or he said. “And we’re so far loved statue. Hispanic male who was Restoration architects behind with the weather.� found Monday evening in a The crew, made of up arrived at the Black Hawk stream near Rochelle. Statue around noon to take Andrzej Dajnowski, director A jogger spotted the core samples from the bottom of Conservation of Sculpture body shortly before 7 p.m. portion of the Black Hawk & Objects Studio, Inc., Forest floating in the Kyte River Park, Anne T. Sullivan, State at Lowden State Park, near Flannigan Park in an architect from Sullivan near Oregon. Hillcrest, which is just north The information the Preservation, Chicago, and of Rochelle. samples will yield will help Amy Woods, an architect An autopsy was performed experts determine what from Thornton Tomasetti, Tuesday afternoon. exactly needs to be done to Chicago, planned to take In a press release issued repair the 50-foot concrete samples from the bottom of Tuesday morning, Harn said statue that has overlooked the the statue Monday and then no missing adults have been return in warmer weather Rock River from a high bluff reported within the county. at the park for more than a with a lift to take more core Anyone with information samples from the top. century. that would assist in They had intended to do the The statue has developed identifying the body is asked cracks, and large pieces of final sampling in December to contact sheriff’s detectives its concrete surface have but had to cancel when snow at 815-732-6666. and cold settled into the area dislodged. The press release said The folded arms of the early and stayed. the male is believed to be Rausa said the samples will 50-foot monolith have been between 35 and 50 years old, especially affected. Large be analyzed to determine the approximately 5 feet 6 inches chunks have fallen out of the composition of the concrete. Amy Woods, Thornton Tomasetti , examines the damage on the Black Hawk Statue to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and elbow of the right arm and Turn to A2 Monday afternoon. Photo by Chris Johnson weighs approximately 200 pounds. The male had medium length black hair and a short growth of facial hair. By Vinde Wells He was wearing a dark management on the first the following day, and the owner Rich Wiesner, Oregon. in business for more than 60 Editor sweatshirt, dark T-shirt, and weekend of spring. general public is invited then. Wiesner, who had owned years. New owner Nancy “Everyone is invited to and operated the restaurant Since then, the blue jeans with a woven Area residents can celebrate Semmerling said Monday come for Sunday brunch on since 1992, retired Oct. Semmerlings and their leather belt, and blue athletic the arrival of spring with a that a “soft opening� for March 23,� Semmerling said. 31 and closed the local daughter and son-in-law, both shoes, according to the press meal at one of Oregon’s best- Oregon residents only will be “We’ll be open for business.� landmark, which had been Turn to A2 release. known eateries. held on Saturday, March 22 Semmerling and her After being closed for from 3 to 6 p.m. Invitations husband Frank, Riverwoods, almost five months, Maxson’s will be going out in the mail. purchased the restaurant Riverside Restaurant, 1469 The ever-popular Sunday and its riverboat, the Pride Ill. 2, will reopen under new morning brunch will resume of Oregon, last month from By Vinde Wells Also seeking the Incumbent Bruce W. Editor Republican nomination for McKinney, Rochelle, is the Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside running in District 4, which Voters will have a choice of Regional Superintendent of includes Flagg Township, candidates for only two Ogle Schools is Robert Sondgeroth. Precincts 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, and County posts in the March 18 On the Ogle County Board, 11. primary election. all races are uncontested and Richard Daniel Janes, The only contested races all but one of the candidates Stillman Valley, is seeking are for sheriff and state’s are Republicans. another term on the board attorney. Current board member in District 5, which includes Three Republican Kimberly Kirkolis, Davis Marion, Rockvale, and Leaf candidates are seeking for Junction, who was elected River Townships. their party’s nomination for to her first term in 2012, is In District 6, which Ogle County Sheriff. not seeking another term in includes Byron Township, Sheriff Michael Harn, District 1, which includes incumbent Leroy Meyers, Forreston, is being challenged Dement, Lynnville, Monroe, Byron, is on the ballot. by Brian E. Van Vickle and Scott Townships. Incumbent Rich and Joe Drought, both of Instead J. Nick Bolin, Gronewold, Forreston, is Rochelle. All three are Holcomb, is seeking the party seeking another term in currently law enforcement nomination. District 7, which includes officers. Incumbent Patricia Maryland, Mt. Morris, and State’s attorney Michael Nordman, Oregon, is the sole Forreston Townships. Rock, Byron, faces opposition candidate in District 2, which Longtime board member from Oregon attorney Eric includes White Rock, Pine Lyle Hopkins is running in Morrow, for the Republican Rock, Lafayette, and Oregon- District 8, which includes Party nomination for state’s Nashua Townships. Brookville, Lincoln, Eagle attorney. Veteran board member Point, Buffalo, Pine Creek, County clerk Rebecca Bobbie Colbert, Rochelle, the Woosung, Grand Detour, and Huntley, Chana, and treasurer only Democrat running for Taylor Townships. Wyatt Swanson of the By-Y-Badgers 4-H Club demonstrates how to win at Duck John Coffman, Polo, also a county post, is seeking reAll terms are four years in Egg Luge March 8 during the Penny Carnival. All of the games had a winter both Republicans, are running election in District 3, which length. Olympics theme. Photo by Chris Johnson unopposed for re-election to includes Flagg Township, Turn to A3 their current posts. Precincts 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7.

Maxson’s to reopen for brunch March 23

Election is next Tuesday

Carnival Games

In This Week’s Edition...

Agriculture, A7 Church News, A5 Classifieds, B7-B10 College News, A4 Entertainment, A6

Fines, B4 Library News, A9 Marriage Licenses, A4 Oregon Police, B2 Public Voice, A8

Property Transfers, B4 Sheriff’s Arrests, B2 Social News, A4 Sports, B1 State’s Attorney, B3


Deaths, B3 Charles J. Knie, Mariella Zettle