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Harvest Challenges Mother Nature is making it tough for area farmers this season. /4


A search and rescue boat makes it way on the Rock River as the recovery effort to find two fishermen continued on Nov. 22. Story on page 2.

Polo Takes Title The Marcos football team wins the 8-Man state tournament. / 14

Zoning Change The Oregon City Council approves a zoning change for a dispensary. / 3

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River conditions complicating search BY JEFF HELFRICH The bodies of two fishermen who went missing near the Oregon dam on the Rock River have yet to be recovered. Oregon Fire Chief Michael Knoup said Tuesday that no boats have been on the water this week due to dangerous water conditions that interrupted the search last week. Members of area fire departments spent many hours last week working to recover the missing men while water levels rose and currents became stronger. “Our people are pretty spent,” Knoup said. “We will probably be out searching on Friday and Saturday.” The body of one of two missing fishermen was located Nov. 21, but could not be recovered due to the worsening conditions of the Rock River, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said at a news conference Nov. 22. Divers and a remotely-operated robot were deployed to recover the individual about 5,300 feet south of the Oregon dam. But water conditions were too swift in the 16-feet-deep location and divers were unable to reach the bottom of the river. A drag operation followed, but the current had moved the body to an unknown location. “The one individual was over a mile south of the dam last night,” VanVickle said. “So obviously we do have some concerns with distance at this point. We have a lot more real estate to deal with now. So that makes it more difficult along with the conditions.” The search for both men continued on Friday with a boat and sonar equipment from Christian Aid Ministries Search and Rescue out of Bureau County. The water level rose about six inches on Thursday night, increasing the current, VanVickle said. In present conditions, divers and the remotely-operated robot cannot be deployed. VanVickle said that due to rain further north, the river was forecast to rise again on Saturday, which would prevent even sonar equipment from being able to be put on the water until it recedes. The swift current and rising water levels would make it too dangerous for personnel to be on the river. “We’ve put every resource we can on top of this,” Oregon Fire Department Capt. Dustin Champlain said last week. “The cold weather, the river is really high. It’s pretty dangerous.” VanVickle reiterated that the identities of the two men, whose boat capsized around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 will not be released until they are recovered. The search began when a witness saw an overturned boat in the boil below the dam in the west channel of the river and notified authorities.

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ABOVE: Members of the Oregon Fire Department continued to look on Sunday for two boaters who went missing in the Rock River after their boat capsized below the Oregon dam on Nov. 20. BELOW:Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle and Oregon Fire Department Captain Dustin Champlain held a press conference on Nov. 21 to update the public on the search.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police Officer Steven Beltran said Tuesday in an email that the boat was a 14-foot open bow fishing boat with a 25-horsepower motor. The boat has been recovered by IDNR and examined for evidence to determine the cause of the accident. “Without the recovery it is unknown at this time if the missing persons had on life jackets or not,” Beltran said. “The Illinois conservation police continue to investigate this terrible boat accident and our thoughts and prayers are with

the families and friends of these passionate fishermen.” Law enforcement officials used numbers on the boat to match it to a pickup and trailer parked in the Castle Rock State Park boat launch 2 miles south of town. A call to the family of the owner revealed the two men were fishing on the Rock River. Family and friends of the missing fishermen held a candlelight vigil in the parking lot by the dam on Sunday night.


Change would allow cannabis dispensary BY JEFF HELFRICH

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Oregon City Commissioner Terry Schuster refers to an article on cannabis during discussion of a zoning change that could allow a dispensary in the city if a state license is given to the two Ogle County attorneys who are applying for one.


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The Oregon City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to establish a Municipal Cannabis Zoning classification making an adult recreation dispensary in town a possibility in the near future. A state law that was passed by the Illinois General Assembly this summer will allow Illinoisans who are 21 or older to legally possess 30 grams (about one ounce) of cannabis for recreational use. Medical marijuana dispensaries will be the only legal sellers of marijuana for recreational use at first, but by mid-2020, the state is expected grant additional licenses. Two local attorneys—Brandi Chudoba and Kristin Folk— plan to apply for a license to sell cannabis for adult recreational use in Oregon. Last week, the Oregon Plan Commission voted 4-3 to recommend the city council not establish a the cannabis zoning classification. But on Tuesday, the city council made the decision to move forward with it.  Those in favor of the amendment were Commissioners Kurt Wilson, Melanie Cozzi and Terry Schuster. Cozzi cited studies that showed dispensaries could reduce opioid use and neighborhood crime. Wilson stressed the importance of local businesses.  “I look at this strictly as a business item,” Wilson said. “Quite honestly, it’s about what our town is willing to do to be progressive as we look forward.” Voting no for the zoning classification were Commissioner Tim Krug and Mayor Ken Williams. Krug was concerned with the drug not being legal at the federal level and there not being a way for police to test drivers under the influence of marijuana.  “I think we should hold back on this,” Krug said. “Let’s watch other bigger cities like Rockford that allow it to come in. Let’s see what happens to them. Let’s think about it a bit.”  “It is a competitive market,” Cozzi said. “If we decide to wait a year, another local community is going to step in. Then we have tax revenue and dollars going somewhere else versus benefiting our community.”  Chudoba delivered the first of the public comments on Tuesday talking about her roots in the area as well as how her and her partners understand the responsibility they have to

Oregon and the communities that will be impacted by a dispensary. “By having us open this, we understand what the local values are,” Chudoba said. “As we’ve said, this is going to take $250,000 to get up and running, which will require contractors in all sorts of areas. And we’re looking to have people here be the ones that do that.” Oregon Plan Commission Member Rick Ryland voiced concerns at the meeting against having a dispensary in town. Among his concerns were difficulties for law enforcement dealing with marijuana and the drug possibly being easier to get into the hands of minors.  “I was picked to join the planning commission because the mayor said I have the pulse of the people,” Ryland said. “I have talked to probably 37 people. No one that I have talked with is for this.” Following the meeting, Chudoba said she and Folk plan to move forward with an application and a site that they’re working on a contract with should the license come through. The applications are due by the end of the year and the licenses are out by the end of March. 

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Zoning classification for dispensary approved


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Weather creating challenges for area farmers ‘There’s an awful lot of corn out there’ BY JEFF HELFRICH Each year, Dixon farmer Jim Schielein hopes to have all of his crops harvested by his birthday, Nov. 9. That didn’t happen. His realistic goal is usually by Thanksgiving. That isn’t happening either. Extreme weather conditions have put area farmers in a tight spot and pushed harvest windows back this season. A snowstorm on Halloween meant that some wouldn’t finish until Christmas. A late, wet planting season in the Spring hasn’t helped either. Neither did above-normal rains in August and September. “Everything got turned on its head,” Schielein said. “Everything about this year, the rules changed.” According to Ogle County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Kern, only 90 percent of beans in his county have been harvested. Normally, all the beans would have been harvested by this time. In terms of corn, 50 percent has been brought in, “conservatively” speaking. The area is usually closer to 90 percent by now.  Polo farmer Brian Duncan called the year “an exercise in patience and perseverance.” He finished his beans last Friday, But he’s harvested just two-thirds of his corn.  “Who knows when we’ll finish,” Duncan said. “Christmas maybe.” The wet and cold conditions have made opportunities to get out to work in the fields scarce. Heavy equipment can’t be put into the fields or transported when it’s muddy. Planting conditions in the Spring prevented some from even planting at all.  “Some farmers didn’t even get to plant everything that they hoped to,” Lee County Farm Bureau Manager Danelle Burrs said. “It’s drastically different. So many factors have contributed to where we are today. But it all started with the wet spring.” Area farmers and agricultural officials agree on the most taxing of the logistical issues: drying wet crops. Every single bushel has to be dried. Crops are placed in bins with a finite amount of space that use large amounts of propane. The process can create a bottleneck in the harvest operation.  “On a normal day, let’s say you

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ABOVE: Sun sets on a cornfield in Ogle County as farmers race to get their crops harvested. BELOW: An ear of corn can be seen as it sits in an unpicked field south of Forreston. could harvest 200 acres,” Kern said. “Because you have to dry everything, you can only harvest 60. It all has to get dried.” Rain has upped the moisture percentages of crops that can’t go into storage or be sold before drying. “Twenty-six percent [moisture] to dry down to 15 percent takes a lot of money,” Schielein said. “A lot of time, a lot of propane and a lot of electricity. That has been the biggest factor for us.” Conditions this year could also throw off the schedule for next year. With farmers still busying harvesting crops, less time has been available to be allocated towards fall tillage or applying fertilizer for next season.  “We hope not,” Burrs said. “People are genuinely hoping that 2020 brings a bit of a more standard year. But we can’t predict mother nature.”


Oregon Together to sell limited number of unique statues Oregon Together has created a limited edition of 6” gourmet Belgian chocolate Black Hawk Statue figurines. These will be available for the first run sale during Candlelight Walk on Nov. 30. They can be purchased at w@sh

salon (303 W. Washington). Profits from the handmade confection will be donated to the Black Hawk Perpetual Preservation Fund. With permission from Harry and Karly Spell, of Oregon, a mold was constructed using a small bronze statuette of the Black Hawk Statue designed by Art Casting of Illinois, Inc. The chocolates will be available in white, milk and dark chocolate. Hollow chocolates will sell for $15, solids for $20, and busts for $4. The quantity is very limited.


Board seeks opinion on dispensaries dispensaries within the Village. The board encourages residents to bring their questions and concerns to this meeting. For additional information, call 815-734-6425.

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Limited edition of 6-inch gourmet Belgian chocolate Black Hawk Statue figurines will be available for the first run sale during Candlelight Walk on Nov. 30. Photo supplied

Join us at a local UNION Savings BANK branch for a Holiday Open House. Celebrate the year and enjoy some refreshments too!

CHRISTMAS BASKETS Oregon VFW seeks donations for Christmas Food Baskets Oregon VFW Post #8739 will be making up and delivering Christmas Food Baskets to families and individuals who are in need in the Oregon area. Any family or individual who is need may call the VFW at 815-732-6851 Monday through Friday from 3- 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to have their name placed on the list. Each individual or family must call for themselves with their complete name, address and phone number for a basket to be delivered.

An adult must be home the morning of Saturday, Dec. 21, to receive the basket. You must still call in this year to be placed on the list. The deadline for calling in to place your name on the list will be Dec. 3. Last year the VFW Post #8739 provided more than 120 food baskets to area residents. “Donations from the general public and businesses to the Christmas basket program are always accepted, needed and greatly appreciated to continue this program,” Vice Commander Bob Coulter said.

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The Village of Mt. Morris Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at Pinecrest Grove Auditorium to hear the public’s opinions on allowing recreational or medical marijuana

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State bought 275 acres for Lowden State Park Editor’s note: Otto Dick, Oregon, has researched the people, places, and events important in the Oregon area’s history for the Ogle County Historical Society. The following is one of a series of the articles he has written.

BY OTTO DICK The Jan. 4, 1945 Ogle County Republican Newspaper reported: “State Buys Heckman 275 Acre Tract As Site For The New Lowden Memorial Park. Most sightly Tract on Rock River to Become Memorial to the Late Governor of Illinois, Frank O. Lowden.” The purchase price for this property was $50,000. The citizens of Rockford, Oregon and surrounding area donated $13,000 dollars to the state. The state commission formed to choose a site for Governor Lowden’s Memorial was headed by Gov. Dwight H. Green while State Representative James M. White of Oregon introduced the resolution creating the commission. The Rockford Star Newspaper noted the site included the famous Black Hawk Statue by Lorado Taft, Eagle’s Nest, the historic and the picturesque home grounds of the Artists’ Colony, Ganymede Spring and surrounding acreage. A brief history of this 275 acre follows: In 1843, only three years after Oregon was founded, Margaret Fuller described her impressions while visiting her Uncle William. She visited Eagle’s Nest July 4 and said: “I do believe that Rome and Florence are suburbs compared to this capital of Nature’s Art.” Margaret Fuller’s poem, Ganymede to His Eagle, was composed on the spot where Black Hawk Statue is now located. In 1880 the large island in Rock River just below Ganymede Spring was named Margaret Fuller Island. In 1898 Wallace Heckman, a Chicago attorney and the business manager of the University of Chicago, purchased the land which is now known as Lowden State Park. During this time period there were a number of prominent people from Chicago purchasing land overlooking Rock River. The Heckman House located in Lowden Park was a large limestone structure torn down in April 1966. From 1956 – 1963 it was used by the Illinois Youth Commission to house juvenile boys on work programs. In 1898, Heckman invited a number of Chicago artists to use the area. The Heckmans, patrons of the arts, provided a number of cabins for the artists. They formed a colony and adopted the name Eagle’s Nest. The artists could lease 15 acres from the Heckman’s for $1.00 per year.

This old post card shows the Eagle’s Nest bluff from the west bank of the Rock River. Photo supplied by Otto Dick Labor Day was a special day marking the end of the summer season. Each year artists dressed in costumes and carrying banners marched to the Heckman home where they had dinner on the lawn. They paid their annual rent of $1 with 89 pennies, 2 slugs, and assorted postage stamps. Members of the original group were artists Ralph Clarkson, Charles Francis Browne and Oliver Dennet Grover; writers, Hamlin Garland, Henry B. Fuller and Horace Spencer Fiske; architects, Irving K. and Allen B. Pond; sculptors Lorado Taft and Nellie Walder; organist Clarence Dickinson; and Secretary of the University of Chicago, James Spencer Dickerson (Pond and Pond designed the Oregon Library and the exedra for the Soldier’s Monument on the court house square) On July 4, 1911 the Eternal Indian (Black Hawk Statue) was dedicated. Lorado Taft was a founding member of the Eagle’s Nest Art Colony. Black Hawk was built on the private property of Wallace Heckman. When you view the statue remember this was built only 5 years after the first car passed through Oregon. Taft stated this is a composite of the Foxes, the Sacs, the Sioux, and the Mohawks, and in short represents the American Indian personality. He left off the usual trappings, the feathers and buckskin and other signs. The Black Hawk Statue is 42 feet high on a six foot base. This statue contains 238 cubic yards of concrete which would be approximately 30 ready mix trucks today or when I helped pour concrete basement walls, 2,102 wheel barrows full of concrete. Thirty-four years later Lowden State Park was created. This wonderful statue today celebrates its 108th birthday.



Ogle County Newspapers and Shaw Media announce the hiring of Jeff Helfrich as Ogle County News Editor. Helfrich, a Rochelle native, graduated from Ohio State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree of arts in journalism. His background includes experience at the Rockford Register Star and the Journal Standard of Freeport. Helfrich was born and raised in Rochelle. “We are very happy to have Jeff join our news team,” said Ogle County Newspapers General Man-

ager Earleen Hinton. “He is familiar with Ogle County and the region. He is eager to jump in and cover news, sports, and community events for all our publications.” Along with his passion for local journalism, Helfrich’s specialty is feature writing with much of his experience gained in sports writing. “I look forward to meeting everyone,” he said. “Please give me a call or email me if you have a story idea.” Helfrich can be reached by email at: or by phone, 815-632-2590.

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Toys for Fines - Through Dec. 7 Have a library fine? Want to pay it forward? Then bring a new, in its original packaging, unwrapped toy for a girl or boy ages 0-18 years of age and your fine will be wiped clean. Help us fill our Toys for Tots container and clear any library fine you might have at the same time. Toys do not cover lost or damaged book/item replacement fee.

Homemade Spa Products Class Two Times to Choose from: Wednesday, Dec, 4, at either 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. Need a special gift, teacher gift or just want to treat yourself? We will be making homemade sugar scrubs and relaxing bath salts. Each participant will leave with one of each packaged beautifully for a gift or to keep. Registration required by Dec. 2. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Guest Author, William Hazelgrove William Hazelgrove makes a convincing case that it was Wilbur Wright who designed the first successful airplane, not Orville. He shows that, while Orville’s role was important, he generally followed his brother’s lead and assisted with the mechanical details to make Wilbur’s vision a reality. Combing through original archives and family letters, Hazelgrove reveals the differences in the brothers’ personalities and abilities. He examines how the Wright brothers myth was born when Wilbur Wright died early and left his brother to write their history with

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personal friend John Kelly. The author notes the peculiar inwardness of their family life, business and family problems, bouts of depression, serious illnesses, and yet, rising above it all, was Wilbur’s obsessive zeal to test out his flying ideas. When he found Kitty Hawk, this desolate location on North Carolina’s Outer Banks became his laboratory. By carefully studying bird flight and the Rubik’s Cube of control, Wilbur cracked the secret of aerodynamics and achieved liftoff on Dec. 17, 1903. Hazelgrove’s richly researched and well-told tale of the Wright brothers’ landmark achievement, illustrated with rare historical photos, captures the excitement of the times at the start of the “American century. Afternoon Movie Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m. Early dismissal from school means movie time at the Library. Mark your calendar…The Lion King! rated PG. Holiday Trivia – Dec. 11, 6 p.m, Get in the holiday spirit by joining us for an evening of Holiday Trivia. Great

prizes, holiday snacks and treats and drinks. All ages welcome. Register your team by Dec. 9th 815-732-2724. Library Book Clubs The 2WBC meets Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 12:30 pm to discuss Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. The In-Between Book Club meets Wednesday, Dec. 18 to discuss A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold. The Afternoon Book Club meets Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Books on Tap Book Club meets on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. at Cork n Tap to discuss Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Family Yoga - Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Benefits of yoga include developing a mind-body connection and present centered awareness. Strength, flexibility, stamina/endurance and a sense of calm for both the mind and body will increase with repeated practice over time. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and water bottle. Registration required.

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Candlelight Walk – Nov. 30 from 3-8 p.m. NEW! Sensory Friendly Santa from 2-4 p.m. at the library. Join us again this year and make your own healthy treat bag for strolling downtown, visit our art gallery, or listen to live music. New this year, we are offering a Sensory Friendly environment for Santa. Do you have a child with sensory needs? A child that can’t wait in line? We are scheduling Santa Claus in our library from 2-4 p.m. by appointment. This quiet environment will allow oneto-one time with the jolly man in front of our fireplace. Bring a camera for pictures!

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St. James Bake Sale Dec. 7

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If you are looking to deck your cupboards with holiday goodies, plan on going to St. James’ Christmas Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Green’s Auto Sales in Forrston. This event, sponsored by the St. James Lutheran Church WELCA, will begin at 9 a.m. Visitors will be greeted with a cup of coffee at the door. Candies, cakes, cookies, pies, breads, snacks and other delicious treats will be on display to purchase. All proceeds from this event are given to various charitable projects that WELCA members support. “We look forward o welcoming you at this Christmas event,” said organizers.

Former Mt. Morris High School faculty, staff, spouses and family gathered in September for their annual reminiscing picnic at Frank Swingel’s. Pictured in the first row, left to right, are: Delores Shank (secretary), Mike Hovi (resource), Harold Harrison (history), Frank Floski (principal). Second row: Vicki Finfrock (home economics), Brenda Nevenhoven (english), Gerry Allison (biology), Carol Reckmeyer (vocal), Sally Wessels (physical eduation), Frank Swingel (health and physical). Photo supplied


Fair queen visits association meeting

2019 Ogle County Fair Queen Adriana Costa attended the annual Ogle County Fair Association‘s board meeting. Sharon Alderks presented her with the proceeds gathered from fair baskets sold this summer to help with state competitions costs. Costa is appearing at a few local

events during the holidays and is also busy preparing for the state pageant competition in January while also finishing up another semester at Illinois State University. If you have requests for the queen at your events, contact the pageant director, Michelle Jozefowicz at

2019 Ogle County Fair Queen Adriana Costa (center) poses with Ogle County Fair Association Board members Brad Larson, Treasurer; Harlan Holm, President; Sharon and Denny Alderks; and Tom Simpson, Vice President. Photo by Stan Eden


Reception is Nov. 29 for Grewe

Chief MSgt. Kimberly (Pederson) Grewe has recently retired from the U.S. Air Force, after serving 28 years. A reception for her recent retirement will be held on Nov. 29, at the Cork N Tap in Oregon, from 5-8 p.m. Members of the public are invited to stop in and thank her for the 28 years of service to our country. Originally from Oregon, Grewe entered the United States Air Force in August 1991. She is a 1991 graduate of Oregon High School and the daughter of Polly and Larry Black of Chana, and Keith Pederson of Oregon. She has served in a myriad of positions within the Security Forces career field including Security Forces Manager, Superintendent, Operations and Training Superintendent, Security Programs and Analysis Superintendent, Logistics, NCOIC SF Training, NCOIC, Evaluations, Investigator and various flight duty positions. Grewe is married to Paul and they have one son Reed and are now living in San Antonio, Texas.


Event is part of the Candlelight Walk BY CODY CUTTER Children with sensory processing disorders and other sensory issues have an opportunity to meet Santa without all of the nearby distractions. A Sensory friendly Santa will meet with children from 2 to 4 p.m.

on Saturday, Nov. 30 the at Oregon Public Library during the Oregon Christmas Walk. Children can meet with Santa in private rooms with no distraction by scheduling an appointment at each location. Katie Rider, the librarian for Morrison’s Odell Public Library, came up with the idea a couple of years ago when talking to a friend who has a

child with sensory processing disorder. Long lines, long waits, loud noises and lots of other people around made the setting difficult to deal with before approaching Santa in the midst of overload. “She explained what a nightmare that would be for her child,“ Rider said. “It wasn’t worth putting her child through the trauma of all that sensory overload.”

David Berg will play Santa in Oregon, and will have a couple of elves on hand to help. Florissa Center, the children’s division of Kreider Services, is partnering with local organizations to make each event happen. Plans to have additional dates with sensory Santas next year are in the works, with an intent to offer it in Carroll and Ogle counties, Florissa program associate Lois Barnhart said. Call Oregon Public Library at 815732-2724 to schedule appointments.


P.E.O. Meeting

Holiday art show opens Nov. 30

MARRIAGE LICENSES Ogle County Clerk Laura Cook issued the following marriage licenses: Nov. 15 Mitchell Lee Gann and Karla Isabel Olivares, both of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Travis Dean Ross and Kelsey Renee Vinnedge, both of Forreston Nov. 21 Sanh Shawn Landrum and Ashley Christina Gibson, both of Rochelle

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P.E.O Chapter CU in Mt. Morris welcomed a visiting state officer to their meeting on Oct. 22, 2019. Officers pictured left to right: Janet McMillan, Dianne Swingel, Brenda Anderson, new member Melissa Nicholson, state officer Penny Bessman, Sandy Armbruster, Becky McCanse, Mary Francis and April Boyd. Karen Urish was unable to attend the meeting. Photo submitted

Encore! Mt. Morris is bringing creative, colorful, and inspiring church banners to the area in its Sandstone Art Gallery, 122 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, at the holiday art show Nov. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. Additional viewing times include Dec. 1, 12-4 p.m.; Dec 7, 1-5 p.m. and Dec. 8, noon-2 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. (before and after the 3 p.m. Cantata at Trinity Lutheran Church). The show will include mostly original handmade designs. Banners are being shared by the Disciples United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Free Church, Leaf River Baptist, Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, St. James Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran, and West Branch Church of the Brethren.

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Performing Arts Guild to hold auditions Dec. 3, 4

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Ogle County Fair Association President Harlan Holm, right, presents the Steve and Becky Hodson family the annual “Volunteer of the Year” award for their work in helping with a number of projects as a family at the Ogle County Fairgrounds. Brian Grover (not present for the picture) also earned recognition for his volunteer work. Photo by Stan Eden

Holm says Ogle County Fair was ‘outstanding’ It was a successful year for the Ogle County Fair. That was the message at the Ogle County Fair Association’s annual meeting on Nov. 9. The annual meeting is held each year at the Ogle County Farm Bureau auditorium to review the past year’s Fair and elect new directors. 4-H members, adult volunteers, Fair Association members and board members were present at the meeting. Harlan Holm, president of the Ogle County Fair Association said the 2019 Ogle County Fair was an “outstanding fair”. “The weather was great and the attendance at the 2019 Fair was excellent,” he said. Volunteer labor was provided by Fair Association members and directors, 4-H club and FFA members. He said contributions from individuals and businesses all helped make the fair a success. He thanked to 4-H Leaders and volunteers and the all-volunteer Fair Board for their “dedication and hard work” to make the fair a success. Free shows and free carnival rides were offered again this year with paid gate admission. “The free on grounds shows were

very well attended and enjoyed by all,” he said.. The Ogle County Fair Association recognized the Steve and Becky Hodson family for their volunteer efforts and presented them with the 2019 “Volunteer of the year” award, given in recognition of exceptional volunteer work. Brian Grover was also recognized for his volunteer work at the fairgrounds. Directors re-elected for a threeyear term on the board were Harlan Holm and Carol Magnuson both of Oregon. Other continuing board officers are Tom Simpson, vice president and Brad Larson, treasurer. Other board members are Dave Engelbrecht, Rita Dauphin, Lyle Hopkins, Randy Anderson, Rosanne Hurst, Michael Timm and Daryl Cave. Other fair officials include Dennis Alderks of Chana, fair superintendent; Jon Sheely of Oregon, assistant superintendent; and Dr. Tom Hughes of Forreston, Ogle County Fair Veterinarian. The 2020 Ogle County Fair will be held July 29 - Aug. 20 at the fairgrounds located west of Oregon on Limekiln Road.

The Performing Arts Guild invites the public to join the cast of their spring performance of “Flowers for Algernon.” Performances will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 20-22 at the Pinecrest Grove Theatre. This is the compelling story of Charlie, a mentally retarded man, and the strange interweaving of his life with that of Algernon, a mouse. Experimental surgery has been performed on Algernon increasing his intelligence fourfold. The operation is tried on Charlie, who rapidly changes from a moron to a genius, far more intelligent that his teacher, Alice Kinnian, or the doctors who created the operating technique. As Charles approaches the peak of his brilliance, Algernon shows

frightening symptoms of regression. The play becomes a race against time in which Charlie tries to keep his new intelligence long enough to save himself and thus continue what he and Alice have found. This is a different kind of play: poignant, romantic, funny and tragic, but with the hope of man’s indomitable spirit. Auditions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 3 and 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pinecrest Grove library, 500 Evergreen Lane, Mt. Morris. The cast consists of nine male and 10 female roles. Materials will be provided at the audition, so come early to review the readings. For more information about auditions, contact Director Dave Sowinski at 815-718-0933.


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Brunch, watch eagles at Taft Campus in January

Candlelight Christmas Dessert in Chana Dec. 7

The Oregon Park District and Taft Field Campus are offering a chance to watch bald eagles soar past the Lorado Taft dining hall windows while you enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch of biscuits and gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs, fried chicken, and cinnamon rolls. “Learn about bald eagle mating habits and how they raise their young, as well as why they are “bald” during interactive educational brunch,” said Tina Ketter, park district superintendent of recreation. “Due to the past popularity of this program, there will be two date options to choose from - Sunday, Jan. 5 or at the same time on Sunday, Jan. 26.” The fee for each event is $15 for residents of the Oregon Park District and $18 for non-residents.

Area residents will have two changes in January to eat brunch and watch for eagles high above the Rock River from the Taft Field Campus’ large dining hall windows. “All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Children 3 and under are free,” Ketter said. The deadline to register is Dec. 20. Online registration is available

at or by calling 815732-3101. “You may also register in person at Nash Recreation Center, located at 304 S. Fifth Street in Oregon,” Ketter said.

The annual Candlelight Christmas Dessert will be held at the Chana United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. The program will feature local Irish musician and singer, Louise Price, who will be accompanied by a friend who plays the harp. Traditional Irish and Christmas music will be featured along with all time favorites. Following the musical program, a dessert buffet will be held in the candlelit social hall. There is no admission charge—a love offering will be taken to show appreciation for the performers. Door prizes will be drawn during the social hour. All women and girls in the area are welcome. Please call the church office 815-732-7683, Pat Kloepping 815-453-2345, or Carole Sutton 815595-4559 by Dec. 1 if you plan to attend and have not been previously contacted.

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Congratulations to The ADM Studios on their grand reopening at their new location! Owner Krystal Casey, friends, staff members, and Oregon Area Chamber member friends were in attendance. They are now located right next to Blackhawk Nutrition at the old Super Dollar Store at 208 W. Washington Street in Oregon. Stop in and visit them to ask about their dance, yoga, aerial yoga, and children’s activities.

rehab, recover, return home.

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ADELINE ZION EVANGELICAL CHURCH 9106 Cedar St. in Adeline Phone 815-541-4863


303 W. Franklin St., Baileyville Pastor Gary Branam


400 W. Center St., Baileyville Pastor Bruce Otto 815-235-1201


Brookville: 17725 W. Chamber St. in Brookville Elkorn: Corner of Wilson Mill & Brick Church Roads

CHANA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 606 Main St., Chana Pastor Matt Smith 815-732-7683


2035 Ill. Rt. 26, Dixon 815-284-4554 Pastor David Andermann 815-632-6767


302 S. Franklin St., Polo Luke Schier, Pastor 815-946-2848



107 N. Daysville Rd., Oregon Pastor John Guthrie 815-732-2960 or 815-732-6569



2997 N. German Church Rd. Pastor Marvin Jacobs 815-732-6313

501 Third Ave. Pastor Lyle Zumdahl 815-938-2424



764 N. Stillman Road, Oregon (Payne’s Point) Pastor Andrew Kayes 815-732-2424

EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF MT. MORRIS 102 S. Seminary St., Mt. Morris Senior Pastor Bruce McKanna Associate Pastor Logan Murphy 815-734-4942

FAITH DISCOVERY CHURCH 801 W. Oregon St., Polo Pastor Jeremy Heller 815-946-3588

Pastor Karyn Kost 815-661-6315

GERMAN VALLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Church and Main Streets Pastor Don Plock

GRACE VALLEY CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 8210 E. Edwardsville Rd., German Valley Pastor Eric Schlukebir 815-362-6601



402 Second Ave., Forreston Pastor Scott Ralston Church 815-938-3203

FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 702 E. Dixon St., Polo Pastor Brian LeBaron 815-946-3212 faithumcpolo

6941 N. Mt. Morris Rd., Leaf River Pastor Billy Hardy 815-738-2205

LEAF RIVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 104 E. Rt. 72, Leaf River Pastor Sung-Eun Kim 815-345-3038


 205 N. Jefferson Ave., Polo Pastor Chris Bradshaw 815-837-5255




505 Hill St., Oregon Rev. Jared Cochran 815-732-2642

4938 S. Daysville Rd., Oregon Pastor Matt Smith


102 N. Maple St., Mt. Morris Pastor Julie Bunt 815-734-4853

200 S. Fifth St., Oregon Rev. Karen Gerhard Conner 815-732-2894



22027 Polo Rd., Sterling Jim Miller, Pastor 815-626-0104


7246 N. Freeport Rd., Forreston Presbyterian Church in America Pastor Drew Jones 815-938-3605

402 First Ave., Forreston Pastor Sung-Eun Kim 815-938-2380

409 W. Brayton Rd, P.O. Box 2055 Mt. Morris, IL 61054 Pastor Ginny Haney Phone: 815-734-4573


10384 W. Coffman Rd., Forreston Pastor Tim Hotchkiss Church: 815-938-2194 Pastor’s Cell: 815-209-6838



860 W. Oregon Trail Rd. Pastor Michael Hoffman 815-732-6847

301 N. Fourth St., Oregon Father Joseph P. Naill Office Phone 815-732-7383 Office FAX 815-732-4742



200 S. Fourth, Oregon Rev. Megan Smick 815-732-2994

PINE CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH 5076 S. Lowell Park Rd. Pastor Charlotte Hoppe 815-946-3949


Congress Ave. & Webster St. Pastor Leslie Lake


213 N. Franklin Ave., Polo Father Joseph P. Naill 815-946-2535

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon 815-732-2367

ST. WENDELIN CATHOLIC CHURCH 18 S. Linn St., Shannon Rev. Michael Bolger 815-864-2548


16032 W. Coffman Rd., Shannon 815-864-2448

416 Prospect St., Dixon John Lewis, Pastor 815-677-9199



609 S. 10th St., Oregon Craig Arnold, Pastor 812-236-1213


1000 Ill. 64 West Oregon Rev. Eldred George 815-732-7211


6024 N. Columbine Rd., Forreston Rev. Karyn Kost 815-661-6315


201 N. Division Ave., Polo Pastor Terrie Wilder 815-946-2919

326 S. Bunker Hill Rd. German Valley Pastor Grant Mulder 815-362-2129

TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 E. Brayton Mt. Morris Pastor Josh Ehrler 815-734-6354

VAN BROCKLIN-FLORENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3582 Bolton Rd.., Freeport Pastor Dawn Barr 815-291-0601

WEST BRANCH CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 4014 West Branch Rd., Forreston 815-938-2586

How to submit church news Changes in church listings and articles about special church services and events can be emailed to For more information call 815-732-6166 ext. 2591.


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Byron • Oregon • Rochelle • Rockford Member Roscoe/Rockton • Stillman Valley FDIC

211 S. Division Ave., Rt. 26 Polo Member 946-2777 FDIC

BYRON FOREST PRESERVE EVENTS For more information contact the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815 234-8535 extension 200. Holiday Craft Wet Felting Class – Saturday, Dec.14 - 12- 3 p.m. The Byron Forest Preserve District Assistant Superintendent of Education, Janet Dahlberg will teach the art of wet felting wool on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 12 3 p.m. at the Jarrett Prairie Center located at 7993 North River Road in Byron. Make a unique holiday gift or keep it for yourself. Participants will make a large vase or bowl and few smaller bowls to take home. This is a beginner level craft that will turn out looking professional. This class is geared for ages 10 and up and costs $10 per person. Advance registration is required by Dec. 6 by calling the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815 234-8535 extension 200.


Vietnam vet to speak Nov. 30 Vietnam Veteran, John Tuttle, will speak at Those Were The Days on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Oregon Depot. John will recount his time in Vietnam and play a video of the Harlem Vet Project with which he is heavily involved. He has also served as chaplain for the Oregon VFW Post #8739 and commander of the American Legion Post #97. Please join us for his compelling account of his time in service with his fellow soldiers. For more information or to offer suggestions for upcoming programs call Roger Cain 815-7579715, Otto Dick 815-440-0639, or Chris Martin 815-742-8471.

John Tuttle remembers his fallen brother, Sergeant George Coody, while visiting the Vietnam memorial wall during the 42nd Lee County Honor Flight in 2017.


Oregon 3,408, EP 2,423: Jacob Smith had a 619 series, including a 232 game, to lead the Oregon Hawks past the Erie-Prophetstown Panthers 3,408-2,423 on Nov. 19 at Town & Country Lanes in Mt. Morris. Smith was backed by Charlie Bachman (610), Kyle Strite (597), Isaac Kaltenbrun (530), Nico Giuffre (528) and Eddie Buttens (524). Girls Basketball

to Spring Valley Hall in the third place game at the Oregon tournament. Lambrigtsen led the Hawks with 16 points. Amboy 54, Oregon 28: The Clippers rolled over the Hawks during action at the Oregon tournament. Lambrigtsen topped Oregon with 10 points Boys Basketball Oregon 66, South Beloit 45: Trey Woolsey poured in 38 points as the Hawks cruised past the SoBos in the opener of the Oregon Tournament on Nov. 25. Eli Rufer and Josh Sitze each added eight points for Oregon. Earleen Hinton/Shaw Media

Oregon’s Jenae Bothe (14) shoots as AFC’s Tatum Stroh defends during action at the Oregon Tip-Off Tournament. Bothe was named to the All-Tournament Team

Oregon 49, Fulton 48: Jenae Bothe poured in 27 points, and the Hawks outscored the Steamers 5-4 in the fourth quarter to win the season opener for both teams at the Blackhawk Center. Olivia Lambrigtsen and Lauren Montavon added six points apiece for Oregon, which led 19-11 after one quarter and 30-28 at halftime. Emily Schipper scored 16 for Fulton, and Kylie Collachia chipped in nine as the Steamers tied it up at 44 after three quarters.

Oregon 50, AFC 29: Jenae Both scored 24 points to lead the Hawks to a win over the Raiders. Bothe scored 10 in the first quarter as Oregon led 17-16. Oregon clamped down on defense in the second quarter to lead 30-18 at halftime, then led 48-22 after three. Olivia Lambrigtsen added 17 points for Oregon, hitting five 3-pointers. Hall 57, Oregon 38: The Hawks fell

Swimming Season ends: The Byron co-op swimmers saw their seasons come to an end in the prelims at the state meet on Nov. 22. Sophomore Kate Schilling was 35th out of 36 in the 100 butterfly (59.95 seconds) and 31st out of 33 in the 500 freestyle (5:17.19), and freshman Audrey Kilmer was 32nd out of 25 ion the 20-0 IM (2:13.31). In their two relay events, Byron’s Schilling, Hailey Groharing, Avery Clark and Kilmer were 32nd out of 34 in the 200 medley relay (1:52.66), and the quartet of Groharing, Jenna Hale, Schilling and Kilmer were 31st out of 33 in the 400 freestyle relay (3:43.17).

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Bowling Oregon 3,485, Rochelle 3,112: Oregon High School’s boys bowling team traveled to Rochelle on Nov. 25 to take on the Rochelle Hubs at T-Bird lanes. Oregon had a team series of 3,485 to Rochelle’s team series of 3,112. Oregon was lead by Kyle Strite with a 617 series. Strite was followed by Isaac Kaltenbrun with a 605 series, Nico Giuffre with a 575 series, Edde Buttens and Jacob Smith tied with a 568 series, and Charlie Bachman had a 552 series. This was Oregon’s third straight win to start the season. The JV team had a team series of 2,383 to Rochelle’s 1,973 series. Oregon was lead by Brandon Rowe with a 554 series, followed by Jackson Werren with a 449 series, Stylar Klapp with a 424 series, Tanner Clayton with a 368 series, and Bryan Immel with a 301 series. Roberto Hernandez had a two-game series of 227.

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Winter Luminary Hike and Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing – Friday, Dec. 13 - 7-10 p.m. The Byron Forest Preserve District will offer a special winter luminary hike and viewing of the Geminid meteor shower at their Jarrett Prairie Nature Preserve located at 7993 North River Road in Byron on Friday, Dec. 13 from 7-10 p.m. “Come any time to this free family-friendly luminary walk through the woods and prairie, and stop by our Weiskopf Observatory for the Geminid meteor shower. We will have hot cocoa for you and staff to accompany you on your hike,” said Mark Herman, superintendent of education. “Thirty minute hikes will leave on the hour and half-hour. The observatory will be open for drop-ins for the entire program as long as we do not have cloud cover that will obstruct our telescopes.” No advance registration is required.


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Marcos ground game clears way for state title First championship in school history BY BRIAN WEIDMAN A dominant running game got Polo to the finals of the Illinois 8-Man Football Association championship game. Some more of that, along with a stout run defense, got the Marcos title. Polo dominated from start to finish in posting a 50-26 victory against Milford-Cissna Park on Nov. 22 in a Friday night game at Monmouth College. It earned the Marcos (12-0) a title in their first year of 8-man football, and it is also the school’s first team state championship of any sort. “It feels amazing,” senior quarterback/ defensive end Tucker Mumford said. “We knew we had the manpower, and we just had to use it to get the job done. We did that tonight.” Polo coach Jeff Bumsted is going to retire at the end of the school year, and it was his players’ mission to send him out in style. They did just that, though Bumsted’s thoughts were not on himself. “I’m happy for the kids, I really am extremely happy for them,” Bumsted said. “There’s no better feeling for me, but I can’t imagine what it’s like for them, being in high school and knowing that you’re a state champion. It’s the best thing that can happen to our team and to our program.” Polo was a dominant force all night. It scored on its first four possessions of the first half, and nearly on a fifth just before halftime after pouncing on a Milford-Cissna Park fumble. It was more of the same in the second half, with touchdowns on its first three possessions. A punishing running game that produced 417 yards did the trick. “The number one thing we wanted to do was win the coin toss, which we did,” Bumsted said. “We wanted to receive, and we wanted to score every time we touched the ball, and we basically did that. We never punted. We never turned the ball over. That’s what won the game for us. Their offense didn’t have the ball, and ours did.” Jace Coffey scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 57 yards, and also caught a 9-yard TD pass from Mumford. Alex Davies opened the scoring with a 23-yard run not even 2 minutes into the game, and Mumford had TD runs of 6 and 1 yards. Even when something went bad for the Polo offense, it came out smelling like

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ABOVE: Polo’s Jace Coffey (31) breaks away from a tackle attempt by Milford’s Keegan Boyle and Ryan King to score a touchdown for the Marcos. BELOW: Alex Davies heads to the end zone. a rose. Davies had a ball stripped near the M-CP goalline, and Joey Bardell was there to pounce on it for a score. Coffey was the ringleader with 21 carries for 233 yards, while Davies added 20 rushes for 117 yards. Coffey credited the line of center Brady Clark, guards Cole Faivre and Julian Warczak, and ends Bardell and Scott Prerost with paving the way. “I can’t take any credit, I honestly can’t,” Coffey said. “Yeah, I had a few broken tackles, but our line was amazing, and Tucker made amazing reads.” Milford-Cissna Park (11-1) found success in the combination of quarterback Penn Stoller throwing to wide receiver Keegan Boyle. They hooked up for TD passes of 53, 35, 29 and 13 yards, but that was about it. Stoller, who rushed for more than 1,400 yards entering the game, had just 62 yards on nine carries. As a team, the Bearcats had 18 carries for 88 yards. “We knew if we could take the run away, they weren’t going to move the ball as much as they usually do,” Mumford said.


Tigers to play for 3A state title Friday, Nov. 29 at NIU BY KEVIN HIERONYMUS Shaw Media

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Byron’s Dayne Snodgrass (14) extends to try and knock away a pass intended to Princeton’s Branden Haring (10) in the endzone during first half action. Snodgrass had a key interception in the fourth quarter to secure the win. But sometimes whoever wins that battle is going to get it.” Princeton’s D slowed down Byron’s offense, which was averaging 44.2 points per game, limiting the Tigers to 166 yards rushing and 13 passing. “They were big and physical. They were coming off the ball just like we were. Just kind of a size difference. I think we had the bigger guys, and had the movement,” said the Iowa Hawkeye-bound Elsbury, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle. “They put up a great fight. Can’t really say enough about the game as close as it can be. We knew their offense was good and their defense was really good. We just expected it to be a battle. I don’t know if we expected it to be a 7-3 battle. I think we were predicting more of a 21-20 type of thing.” That it proved to be defensive battle was not a big surprise to Pearson. “I knew coming in, Byron was going to be an extremely tough football team. I thought we were going to be able to run the ball. Be a little more effective against them from what we could. My hat’s off to Byron, because they played a hardnosed, physical football game. I wouldn’t expect anything less in the semifinals,” Pearson said.

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Ryan Pearson knew points were going to be at a premium for Saturday’s Class 3A semifinal game between his Princeton Tigers and the Byron Tigers. He opted to go for a field goal late in the second quarter, settling for a 7-3 halftime deficit. That would be Princeton’s last scoring opportunity in a defensive stalemate over the second half, with Byron escaping with that 7-3 margin of victory. Princeton (11-2) crossed midfield only once in the second half, and saw its deepest march in the playoffs in 17 years come to an end. “To be honest, I really felt we could put another score on the board. I thought it was important for us to take the points when we had the opportunity to do so,” Pearson said of the PHS field goal. “But obviously hindsight now that it’s a 7-3 game, that’s going to probably be one that haunts me.” Byron (12-1) returns to the state championship game, looking to take a step up from its runner-up finish from a year ago when it faces Williamsville at 4 p.m. Friday in DeKalb. Byron drove 70 yards on 12 plays in its second possession for its only score of the game. Quarterback Ben Carlson called his own number, scoring from 1 yard out to give Byron a 7-0 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter. Princeton mixed in some passing yards to kick-start its offense on its second possession, late in the first quarter and into the second. Quarterback Tyler Gibson completed four passes to Wyatt Davis (10, 14, 8, 20 yards) and added a 12-yarder to Jacob Starr to put Princeton first and 10 at the Byron 12. Byron all-state lineman Tyler Elsbury, for one, was glad to see the Tigers settle for the field goal. “I was getting a little nervous,” he said. “We had some penalties and stuff on that drive. I was just glad that they wanted to get the three points, and after that, I think our defense held them out of there.” Byron stuffed Princeton’s run game all game long, limiting it to 52 yards rushing, with allstater Worrels managing just 19 yards on 12 attempts. “Their line is just incredible. Elsbury and the other guys, it’s just insane how good they are,” PHS senior center Cole Reynolds said. “They really have no weaknesses with their defense, and it’s something we had to fight through. It’s really hard out there.” Princeton’s most effective option proved to be passing the ball, with Gibson completing 9 of 21 attempts for 108 yards. He was intercepted by Byron’s Dayne Snodgrass, however, with 2:53 left to seal the game. “We saw things weren’t working [running the ball], but we were still just trying to push ahead and get plays working. Our passing opened up a little bit with them keying on us, so that helped a lot,” Worrels said. “They were physical, and we’re physical, too.

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Byron comes out on top in defensive slugfest


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Byron’s Drake Snodgrass (25) battles for yards as Princeton’s Ronde Worrels wraps him up.

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Lady Hawks basketball looking towards season BY ANDY COLBERT It’s a family affair for the Oregon girls basketball team this season. Wendy Lambrigtsen returns as head coach, her daughter Olivia is a top returner, and future son-in-law Seger Larson is second in command. With Sam Lambrigtsen back in town after a successful collegiate career, she may even offer input into the proceedings. The biggest concern for all the Lambrigtsens is not wins and losses, but helping Wendy through a bout with cancer. It has limited her availability at practice and that is why Larson is taking more of a coaching role. “Wendy will be here when she can,” said Larson, who admittedly is more of a student of soccer than basketball. He was a coach in the high school program last year. Not completely a novice, he started at guard at Indian Creek High School. A big boost to him will be having leading scorer Olivia Lambrigtsen returning. The do-everything senior guard/forward will be called upon to be the floor general again. “Olivia is getting better at not thinking she has to always get to the basket,” Larson said. “She is more in control. She has a great shot and could probably average

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Oregon’s Olivia Lambrigtsen drives on AFC’s Brittney Mundell on Nov. 20. a double-double every game if she rebounds.” The other major threat on offense will be sophomore Jenae Bothe. “She is our strongest post player,” Larson said. “Jenae comes in with a year under her belt and a winning

attitude. In my mind, she will have a double-double each time out.” Helping out in the post will be Lauren Monatavon, a 5-11 senior. “I want her to shoot more,” Larson said. “Lauren is building up her confidence to shoot outside of the

lane.” The Hawks got a transfer from Faith Christian in six-foot Kara Hodson, whom Larson expects big things out of. “She’s fast and plays great defense,” he said. Look for the team to go about sixdeep with Ella Martin and Breanna DeHaan seeing starting roles. “Ella is a good shooter always trying to get better,” Larson said. “Breanna is a vocal leader who’s always working hard.” Coming off the bench, Megan Buttens and Ryanne DeHaan will bring a lot of energy. Juniors Jadyn Bothe and Ashlyn Kitzmiller will be other contributors. “We have 28 in the program,” Larson said. “A freshman – Hadley Lutz – may play varsity for us.” Larson feels it is important the Hawks avoid early deficits. “Last year, we fell behind early and struggled to claw back,” he said. “We need to stay with other teams.” Oregon finished 1-8 in conference play and 8-23 overall. Rock Falls went through the BNC undefeated and is expected to be at the top again, along with Winnebago, Mendota and Lutheran. “The girls are more motivated this year,” Larson said. “They want to play and win for Wendy.”


Hawks coach says BNC title is within reach BY ANDY COLBERT

For the first time since a 21-9 team four years ago, Oregon has a boys basketball team with a potential to compete for a BNC title and in the post season. Coach Quinn Virgil feels this year’s version is as good as he’s had defensively and also will be entertaining to watch. “We’re long, rangy and athletic,” Virgil said. “We will trap and press. If we get you in the corner, we will blitz you.” As expected, the defense is ahead of the offense. Look for the Hawks to use different presses and force the tempo. With all the experience Oregon brings, Virgil will be able to run varied defenses, something that always hasn’t been the case. “We’re as good as we’ve looked

this early in the year,” the 12th year (131-188) coach said. “Everyone got minutes, except (Owen) Ketter and he knows our system.” This summer, Virgil was concerned with players not showing up for workouts. “We eventually came around and ended with a good showing at a couple tournaments,” Virgil said. Probably the biggest concern for Virgil is inconsistent shooting. “We’re streaky,” he said. “We need to improve. Hopefully, we will be taking better shots instead of chucking it up.” In terms of match ups, the Hawks have plenty of size, but lack a big man. “Not having a true back-to-basket center might be a problem with team that like to slow it down with a big guy,” Virgil said. Like the 2015/16 team, this group

has a stellar senior class. And like former star Trevor Otten, this year’s team has a facsimile in Trey Woolsey. The 6-foot-5 Woolsey averaged 20 points and seven rebounds a game in his fourth year on varsity. Throughout, he has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic. “He’s filled out and gotten smarter with his basketball IQ,” Virgil said. “Instead of settling for 3s, he will be going to the rack more often.” Ryker Finch (6-4) was the biggest surprise last year and is the strongest player. Finch is typical of the Hawks defenders in that he can guard the guards, enabling switching. Virgil also likes his shooting touch near the basket. One of those long, lanky defenders is 6-4 Riley Birnbaum. “He has quick instincts into the passing lane,” Virgil said. “He’s got

the skills offensively and defensively. I think he can give us 13 points a game. Noah Campos, in his second season as a transfer, comes into the year 15 pounds lighter and much quicker. He will be relied upon on for his shooting. The best athlete is 6-3 Josh Sitze. “He’s super athletic,” Virgil said. “He’s and explosive jumper and can guard anyone.” The least talented, but hardest working of the bunch is Eli Rufer. “I love the way he plays and he has a knack for the ball,” Virgil said. As a junior, Owen Ketter will see playing time among a primarily senior-laden group. He can play all three guard spots. Currently, he is nursing a knee injury from soccer.

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Oregon’s Trey Woolsey drives the baseline against South Beloit during the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament.


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COMMENTARY Andy Colbert to be even tougher with junior-dominated River Ridge and Milford, along with whatever new schools come on board. The guys on both radio stations felt 8-man is on the verge of continued growth, with the IHSA eventually adding it to their championship series. With Monmouth College going out of its way to host it, you would hate for that relationship to end. It sounded like a tremendous atmosphere under the lights at Monmouth, with Polo continuing a long-running tradition of fan support.


Football wraps up this weekend at the IHSA state finals with Le-Win, Newman and Byron still on pace to bring home state titles, though Byron was pushed to the limit by a determined Princeton squad in the semifinals. I wonder if area teams prefer making the longer trip to play in Big 10 country at Champaign or the more convenient and homey stadium feel of DeKalb? After making it to Champaign the last three times, maybe having it at

DeKalb jinxes it for Forreston. With girls basketball up and running, a disturbing trend continues to be seen with low participation numbers. According to Oregon athletic director Mike Lawton, half of the BNC teams won’t field a fresh-soph (formerly freshman) team. The BNC schedules a triple-header with freshsoph, jayvee and varsity. He also mentioned that after advancing the super-sectional last year, Amboy has only one freshsoph player. DeKalb came over to fill Amboy F-S slot at the Oregon tourney. Lawton was surprised to learn DeKalb, a school of 1,700, only has 22 girls in its entire program. After several years of decent num-

bers, Forreston has seven varsity players. The list goes on and on of programs with decreasing numbers. Rockford Jefferson, a 4A school, couldn’t even field a varsity team a couple years ago. Lebanon reached the 1A state semifinals two years ago, but had to drop the sport because of low numbers. Strangely, they will still be hosting their own tournament, needing to find someone to fill their empty spot. Lawton cited reasons such as club volleyball, the physical demands of basketball and the apathy for highschool sports in general. “The good news is we have 28 girls in our program,” Lawton said.

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hades of the NUIC? On a beautiful evening for football, Milford got a heavy dose of what Polo and northwest Illinois football is all about. Besides a whole bunch of 1A and 2A state titles, throw in an 8-man title for the highly regarded league. I was unable to attend the game, but was riveted to radio coverage locally by 94.3FM and from the Cissna-Park/Milford area with the Internet feed on 96.9FM. The Milford station was on a seven second delay, allowing me to hear both stations describe each play. Turning point of game from the visiting radio side, was a fumble by QB Penn Stoller after the Bearcats closed to 10 points early in second half. They also said they hadn’t seen an opponent be as dominant rushing in 8-man or 11-man football as Polo was. “Polo high school just showed us that straight right in your face football works in this 8-man thing,” said one of the commentators afterwards. Years from now when 8-man football is firmly established in Illinois, Polo will be remembered as the first program to give it legitimacy. In true pioneering mode, that contribution will be more important than winning the 2019 state title. Considering Milford led 50-6 in the first half of last year’s state title game, Polo’s arrival to the scene gave credence to this year’s championship. Next year’s 8-man promises

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Reserve Keshon Reed is mentioned by Virgil as one of the most improved players. “Keshon has gotten stronger and his shooting is better,” he said. From last year team, Oregon will be hurt by the loss of Dalton Hermes and Jackson Buck. Gatlin Good, who saw varsity time the last couple years, is not out. The Hawks finished ninth in the conference at 3-7 and were 14-18 overall. In the conference, Virgil sees the usual suspects in Winnebago, Rock Falls, Rockford Lutheran and Rockford Christian. “RC should be the favorite, but if we play to our capabilities, we can beat anyone.” Virgil said. Oregon will also be making its first trip south in four years, as they will face Red Bud on Friday, Feb. 1 and then Herrin the next day at the Benton Shootout. An easy non-conference slate early on, sandwiched around the Oregon Thanksgiving and Forreston mid-December tourney lead into conference play. One tough stretch will be Lutheran, ‘Bago and 3A Rochelle from Jan. 10-16.

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Bullying, hazing charges levied at Byron district Football coaches and administrators named in civil lawsuit BY JEFF HELFRICH A lawsuit has been filed in Ogle County Circuit Court alleging a culture of bullying and hazing in the Byron High School football program. The civil complaint was filed on Thursday, Nov. 21, one year after the unnamed plaintiff in the lawsuit, listed as John Doe, was allegedly sexually assaulted on the team bus on the way home from the IHSA state final football game. The lawsuit also includes the “Oreo Cookie Run” that took place during the 2018 season where players ran nude across the school’s field after hours with Oreo cookies wedged between their buttocks. Defendants in the civil case include the Byron school district, head football coach and math teacher Jeff Boyer, assistant coach and former NFL player Sean Considine, athletic director James Kann, assistant principal Michael Mandzen, principal Jay Mullens and Cheeseman Coaches Inc., the charter bus company that transported the team to its state finals game. Richard Messling, a Byron football player who graduated in May

2019, is also named as a defendant in the case and is depicted as the ringleader of the bullying and hazing of the plaintiff. Messling pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor battery from the incident on the team bus. Court records claim that Messling placed his exposed penis on the plaintiff’s lips, mouth and face while recording the incident. “[The school district] and the Byron High School football program has adopted and bred a long-standing ‘code of silence,’” the lawsuit said. “[The school district] continues to condone a violent culture of bullying, harassment, and hazing.” News of the Oreo Cookie Run made its way to national news outlets last Fall. Ten players were suspended three games as a result of it. Messling, who finished in the top five in rushing yards in the Big Northern Conference in 2018, was not suspended despite being named in the suit as one of the leaders of the run.  Court records claim players attended a team building event at Considine’s barn on the night of the Oreo run. Following the event they returned to the “unlocked and unsecured” school premises to carry out the ritual, the suit said.  According to the lawsuit, if any of the junior level players dropped a cookie while running, they were forced to eat it. Many of the lower level players who failed to live up to performance expectations had their jerseys stolen by varsity players,

court records state. The plaintiff is said to have chosen not to participate, and received harassing and derogatory remarks from Messling as a result. “The ‘Oreo Cookie Run’ is a prime example of the pattern and practice of condoning, encouraging, enabling and concealing of hazing and bullying behaviors within the culture of the Byron High School football team, Byron High School staff, and [the school district],” court records show. An internal investigation conducted by the school concluded that none of the football coaches had any knowledge of the Oreo run occurring in 2018 or in previous years. On multiple occasions, the plaintiff was said to have been blamed for the bullying and hazing incidents by Mandzen. The alleged instances of bullying date back to 2015. That year, one instance claimed that the plaintiff was left to hide in the ticket box to avoid continued bullying by others. Another said the plaintiff was “hazed, bullied and coerced by older, more senior classmates to call out to female students in the bathroom.” Mandzen is alleged to have said the incidents were due to the plaintiff’s “gross disobedience” and “bullying.” In 2016, it is alleged that Messling directed a teammate to “bash Plaintiff’s head in” as he and a group of students filmed the attack and posted it on social media sites. Mandzen allegedly stated the incident was

due to the plaintiff’s “fighting”. It is also claimed that in a 2017 incident Messling incited a teammate into a conflict that led to the plaintiff being “nudged, shoved, pushed and punched” into the glass student trophy case. The lawsuit says Mandzen characterized the incident as due to the plaintiff’s “physical contact”. In April 2018, the plaintiff punched a hole in the athletic storage wall as an “outcry for help” before being reprimanded by Mullens for his alleged “building violation.” Court documents state: “[The school district], Boyer, Considine, Kann, Mandzen and Mullens intentionally omitted material facts from their reporting of the bullying Plaintiff suffered, namely, that plaintiff was repeatedly bullied and/ or provoked by Messling, and/or at the direction or incitement of Messling.” The lawsuit cites the school’s code of conduct, which it claims was violated during the incidents. It is also alleges that video evidence of the assault on the team bus and the Oreo cookie run was removed and destroyed knowingly by representatives of the school district. Byron school district superintendent Buster Barton declined to comment on the lawsuit. A call made to Kann on Monday was not returned. The lawsuit is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages. The plaintiff is represented by the Sandman, Levy and Petrich law firm of Chicago. The court date for the civil case is scheduled for March 27, 2020 at 10 a.m.


Meridian increases rates for substitute teachers Substitute teachers in one Ogle County school district will be getting more money, effective immediately. The Meridian CUSD 223 Board of Education voted unanimously this month to increase the daily rate of substitute teachers to $105. The increase is on the heels of a previous increase two years ago which compensated substitute teachers who frequently substituted in the district to earn up to $100 per day for their service. “Despite the previous effort to honor and com-

pensate frequent substitute teachers at a higher rate of pay, Meridian still faced frequent substitute shortages,” said Meridian Superintendent of Schools Dr. PJ Caposey. “When a district cannot find a substitute, teachers give up their plan time, principals cover classes, and occasionally classes are forced to be combined so that all students are supervised. “Substitute shortages are common across our county and in our region,” Caposey said. “The board took a strategic step forward to attempt to attract substitute teachers to select Meridian

schools when they may have multiple options on a given day.” Caposey said believes the best “promotion: of the district for substitute teachers are the great kids in Meridian and committed teachers that provide detailed plans for substitutes. He said like this initiative will be tracked and evaluated for its effectiveness. To become a substitute teacher, contact the Regional Office of Education at 815-625-1495 for additional information.

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Ruby Jean Isley, 90, of Polo passed away at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Newton, the daughter of O. Glenn and Beulah Scherer Isley. Ruby graduated from Polo Community High School in 1946 and entered Northern Illinois University. She worked at Kable News in Mt. Morris before entering the Women’s Army Corp in 1952. She was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. She was part of the 14th Army WAC Band for several years. She marched in Inaugural parades, gave concerts, and


on the Isley Family. Her organizing of the Isley Family Reunions, Halloween and Christmas entertaining will never be forgotten by all. She moved back to Polo in 2014 and was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. She is survived by a sister, Betty (Kenneth) Obendorf of Polo, one brother, David (Rebecca) Isley of Evansville, Indiana, and many nieces and nephews. Ruby was preceded in death by her

parents and one brother, George Edward Isley. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at the Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., with services at 10:30 a.m.. Burial will be immediately following at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the many health care providers who touched her life. A special thank you to Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for their compassionate care. A memorial has been established to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Chicago. Regina married Lee H. Timmer on Sept. 14, 1946 in Forreston, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1991. She married second husband, Elwin Zumdahl on Nov. 9, 1996 in Mt. Morris and he preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 2003. Regina worked at Watt Publishing in Mt. Morris and also at the Kable Printing Company for 29 years retiring on May 1, 1987. Regina was talented in sewing, needlepointing, knitting, and quilting which she enjoyed very much. She enjoyed traveling in her earlier years with her husband, Lee Timmer. Regina lived her life with a kind, lov-

ing, and generous heart, she always embraced life with a positive attitude and was proud of it. She was an extremely loving mother and wife. Regina is survived by her daughter: Karen (Lane) Webster, Waunakee, Wisconsin; stepdaughter: Sharon (Stan) Asp, Mt. Morris; brother: Tony Raynor; niece: Nadine Burke, Chicago; and many

nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be held in Adeline Cemetery, Adeline. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. until service time in Trinity Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Nov. 19 Anthony Cuchiara, 23, of Hillcrest was arrested on an Ogle County Warrant for a traffic offense. Cuchiara was held in the Ogle County Jail pending a court appearance. Nov. 22 At 5:42 a.m., deputies along with the Rochelle Fire Department and Rochelle Ambulance, responded to a three-vehicle accident on I-39 at mile marker 100. A Chrysler 200 was southbound on I-39 and was attempting to pass a southbound semi-tractor trailer when a northbound semi-tractor had a tire/ wheel combination come off causing the vehicle to cross over the center medi-

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Regina I. Zumdahl, 95, of Mt. Morris passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 in the Oregon Living & Rehab Center, Oregon. Regina was born on April 2, 1924 in Chicago to Anthony and Anna (Raczkowski) Raynor. She graduated from Bowen High School class of 1942. She won a 4-year scholarship to Pius XI on the basis of her scholastic work. She attended Moser Business College in Chicago and the Fredrick Mizen Academy of Art at the Chicago Art Institute. Regina worked a lot at the family owned delicatessen business on the south side of Chicago. She also worked as a secretary to George Mangel (florist) and at the Palmer House downtown

was even a part of a movie. Eventually she held a job at the Pentagon in Washington D. C. which led her to work with IBM machines. When she left the service in the late 1950s, her IBM work led her to Chicago area and Graybar Electric until her retirement. During her retirement she lived in Sterling where she was president of Whiteside County Genealogists. At this time she researched and wrote a book

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OREGON POLICE Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan reports the following police activity. Nov. 11 At 4 p.m., police responded to a two-vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Madison and Eighth Streets involving a 2009 Chevrolet driven by Sanchez Santiago Minaya, 44, of Mt. Morris, and a 2012 Dodge driven by John H. Bothe, 51, of Oregon. Minaya was issued a citation for failure to yield at a

• SHERIFF Continued from Page 19 the intersection of Pines Road and Lowell Park Road. The accident occurred when an eastbound Fiat being driven by Jessica Johnson, 25, of Dixon, attempted to turn left across the oncoming lane of traffic at which time her vehicle was struck by a westbound Chevrolet. Following the initial impact, Johnson’s vehicle then collided with a northbound Buick which was waiting to turn right at

stop or yield intersection. Nov. 13 Austin P. Keller, 24, of Rockford, was issued a citation at 6:37 a.m. for disobeying a traffic control device. This violation occurred at the intersection of River Road and W. Washington Street. At 4:10 p.m., police took one 12-yearold male juvenile of Dixon into limited custody for the offense of battery. This the stop sign on Lowell Park Road. The Chevrolet continued traveling eastbound following the collision where it traveled through a wooden fence before coming to a rest. Johnson was cited for an improper left turn. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Polo Fire/EMS, Mt. Morris Fire/ EMS, and Advance EMS. The accident remains under investigation. At approximately 11:30 p.m., deputies responded to a single vehicle accident

violation occurred while within the city limits of Oregon on a school bus. The juvenile was subsequently released into a parent’s custody with a referral to the Ogle County State’s Attorney. Nov. 15 Cassandra S. Ferguson, 35, of Oregon, was issued a citation at 12:08 p.m. for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. This violation occurred in the 100 block of N. Daysville Road.

Erin E. Sparrow, 43, of Kirkland, was arrested at 6:45 p.m. for criminal trespass to property, and on an outstanding Lee County warrant for failure to appear. Sparrow was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Nov. 16 Aaron R. Harper, 26, of Byron, was arrested at 9:48 p.m. for driving while See OREGON POLICE, Page 23

at the intersection of Illinois 26 and Illinois 64, by the Dogwood Inn restaurant. An investigation revealed that a westbound Jeep, driven by Michael Damhoff, 44, of Morrison, failed to stop at the stop sign and then traveled through the T-intersection where it entered a retention pond. The Jeep then traveled up an embankment causing it to become airborne. Damhoff was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Polo Fire/EMS and Mt. Morris Fire/EMS.

The accident remains under investigation.

• Frank B. and Sally G. Harrolle to Ashley G. Cox, 825 N. Crest Court, Byron, $113,999. • Rick L. and Daryl J. Messenger to Traci Johnson, one parcel in Rockvale Township, $4,000. • Gary Treese Jr. to Traci Johnson, one parcel on Oakwood Drive, Rockvale Township, $4,000. • Tina M. Nesheim to Russell J. and Melanie D. St. Clair, 5206 E. Woodburn Road, Byron, $168,000. • J & J Agri Land Co. LTD and J & J Land Co. to Matthew L. and Scott D. Scholl, one parcel in Woosung Township, $800,000.

Lane, Davis Junction, $204,000. • Alpine Bank Land Trust4656, Midland States Bank and Alpine Bank and Trust, trustees, to Randell and Bonnie Gillette, 6500 E. Hales Corner Road, Stillman Valley, $110,000.

Nov. 25 At 6 p.m., deputies responded to the 5000 block of East Bradley Road in Byron for a report of a disturbance. After a short investigation, Charles R. Brown, 56, of Byron, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Brown was transported to the Ogle County Jail and will appear in court at a later date.

PROPERTY TRANSFERS Ogle County property transfers recorded week of Nov. 15-21. Warranty Deeds • Vulcan Building LLC to Stephen and Julianna Mazzola, 1107 Burlington Way, Davis Junction, $223,900. • Vulcan Building LLC to Glenn and Brenda Lucca, also Glenn M. and Brenda S., 1101 Burlington Way, Davis Junction, $211,761. • Matthew C. and Farrell E. Cain to Kyle S. Harvey and Maggie A. Craft, 2760 N. Deer Path Circle, Oregon, $176,500. • John C. and Joanna L. Henze to Robert J. and Jane C. Ruf reversible trust, Robert J. and Jane C. Ruf, trustees, 5438 S, Branch Court, Rochelle, $247,200. • Nordic Investment Corp. to Village of Stillman Valley, two parcels on state Route 72, Stillman Valley, $0. • Lake Ladonna Real Estate LLC to Veronica R. Gaston, 1900 S. Harmony Road, Oregon, $0. • Vulcan Building LLC to Jacob M. Owen, 1115 Burlington Way, Davis Junction, $211,900. • New Leaf Homes LLC to Quinn R. Peterson, 920 White Birch Lane, Davis Junction, $185,750. • David R. Brebner to Shauna Parsons, 315 E. Lincoln St., Mt. Morris, $75,000.

• Mario H. and Leticia Deleon to Jose M. Rangel Torres, 627 Willow Bend Drive, Scott Township, $173,000. • John B. and Phyllis A. Roe to Irene M. and John B. Roe IV, 8107 S. Main St., Grand Detour, $233,000. • Paul D. and Kathryn A. Lieving to Sara M. and Jason J. Osborne, 720 S. Man St., Rochelle, $123,000. • Linda L. Zumdahl to Juli M. Squibb, 302 Third Ave., Forreston, $62,000. • Adam and Tracy A. Davison and Amy Gillingham to Brian G. Cash, 306 N. Seventh St., Oregon, $102,000. • Jeffrey G. and Gail M. Mikyska to Robbie R. and Gwendolyn J. Zimmerman, 208 Minnesota Drive, Taylor Township, $1,223. • Nitram Properties Inc. to Wayne and Priscilla Cole, one parcel i Oregon-Nachusa Township, $15,000. • Lset Johnson Properties LLP to John H. and Kay M. Dobbs, 961 S. Seventh St., Rochelle, $158,000. • Lane Adamson to Robert Roberts, 609 E. Colden St., Buffalo Township, $95,00. • Daniel R. and Erin M. Dietrich to Zachary Nichol, 115 W. Front St., Mt. Morris, $82,000. • Brian M. and Jennifer N. Wygant to Scott L. Williams, 749 N. Seven Hickory Road, Byron, $118,000.

Quit Claim Deeds • Judith M. Bowman to Russell P. Bowman, 214 Windmill Drive, Rochelle, $0. • Rachael M. Rogers Revocable Trust1, Rachael M. Rogers, trustee, to Katie L. Wright, 208 S. Jackson Ave., Polo. Trustee’s Deeds • 2018 Bright Family Trust, Richard G. and Judith C. Bright, trustees, to Mary and George E. Howe Jr., 3071 N. Silver Ridge Drive, Oregon, $199,000. • Betty J. Haynie Revocable Trust, Billy J. and Betty J. Haynie, trustees, to Daniel W. and Barbara L. Hale, 15946 E. LuAnn

Executor’s Deeds • The late Peter Unger Horner, by executor to Fred J. Horner, 527 Lincoln Highway, Rochelle, $88,000. * The late Mary A. Davison, by executor to Brian D. Cash, 306 N. Seventh St., Oregon, $34,000. Transfer on Death Deeds • Sabina K. Richmond to Zachary R. Richmond, 1222 W. Seventh Ave., Rochelle, $0. • Eleanor M. Colbert to Andrew C., Robert J., Suzanne K. and Anthony J. Colbert, 910 N. 10th St., Rochelle, $0. • Shirley A. Formby to Kathy A. Schutter, Barbara L. Brubacher and Susan M. Bader, 513 N. Sixth St., Oregon, $0. • George W. Schmidt to Linda K. Miller, Gayle Campbell and Gregory, Geri, Glenn and Gary Schmidt, 201 N. Ramona Ave., Rochelle, $0.

Source: Ogle County Recorder’s Office


Illinois will participate in the 2020 Girls Go CyberStart challenge to encourage the growth of young women in the field of cybersecurity. The training partnership with the SANS Institute will enable female high school students in Illinois to discover their talents in cybersecurity and learn more about computer security careers. The Girls Go CyberStart program is designed for girls in grades 9 through 12 to help them explore topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. Students can participate at home or at school and the program is free for both schools and students.

Teachers and students will not require knowledge or experience in IT or cybersecurity to participate in this program. “The Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is committed to growing STEM in Illinois and the Girls Go CyberStart makes a great addition to that effort,” said Illinois CIO and DoIT Acting Secretary Ron Guerrier. “Our state will need a pipeline of new IT talent to fill future workforce needs and programs such as this one will provide young women with exposure to cyber careers, encourage interest in technology, and offer helpful resources to future cyber leaders.”

“I know what it’s like to be a trailblazer – to be the first woman in my position or the only woman leader in the room,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “Mentors, encouragement, and access to resources make all the difference in the world to providing more opportunities for girls. Girls Go CyberStart provides these critical supports early in young women’s career journeys. I encourage all Illinois high schools to participate and expand the horizons of our female students.” “Bringing awareness to STEM in education is a priority in the Rochester School District starting

in kindergarten through high school because we feel it is important for all students to become leaders in these fields,” said Sheril Flynn, K-6 Technology Facilitator, Rochester CUSD 3A. “The Girls Go CyberStart program offers students across Illinois a chance to explore cybersecurity at the same time it is bringing awareness to future job opportunities.” Registration for Girls Go CyberStart will open on Dec. 2, with online programming commencing on Jan. 13, 2020. Additional details and preregistration can be found at

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• OREGON POLICE Continued from Page 22 under the influence of alcohol, and driving while under the influence of alcohol with blood alcohol content greater than .08%. Harper was also issued citations for improper lane usage, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and disobeying a stop sign - vehicle entering stop or yield intersection. Harper was transported to the Ogle County Jail. These violations occurred in the 600 block of E. Washington Street. Two parking citations and three verbal/written warnings were issued from Nov. 11-17.

Christmas in the Heart of Germany Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Come experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas in Germany as Barbara and Terry Clubb recount their river cruise both onboard and ashore! Christmas Crafts at Miracle on Second Street Friday, Dec. 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Ages: All Come visit us at ARC Appraisals during Miracle on Second Street! Take a break from the cold and create with us!

Frozen Family Night Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6-7 p.m. Ages: 3-8 years Join us for a night of crafting and activities to celebrate the release of Frozen 2! Marshall Field’s and Chicago presented by Sara L. Sullivan Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m. For over 150 years, Marshall Field and Company was Chicago’s store, run by the most innovative retailer. You could easily identify a Field’s shopping bag at a hundred paces, and brides weren’t really getting married until they regis-

Christmas Melodies with Marilyn Tuesday, Dec. 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Do you feel nostalgic for the days of caroling but don’t want to brave the cold? Come sing with Marilyn Haverly (or just listen) while keeping fingers and toes nice and warm indoors. Please register for all programs by visiting or by calling 815-234-5107.

Please note: Any arrests listed are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. General calls for service through dispatch Nov. 11-17 Checking a Subject / Vehicle......... 6 Citizen Complaints............................5 Animal Complaint.............................. 1 Ordinance Violations.........................2 Citizen Assist / Civil Problem.......... 1 Assist EMS / Other Dept..................5 Disturbance / Domestic...................5 Lockout Vehicle / Building...............3 Alarm Response................................. 1 Open Door / Window........................ 1 911 Hang-up / Open Line..................3 Traffic Stops..................................... 11

A large crowd enjoyed “Unforgettable 50’s” with Matt and Cindy Gruel from Nostalgia Entertainment at the Byron Public Library on Nov. 22. Photo supplied

• Friday, November 29, 2019

Byron Public Library District Programs Do you need a camera to take HD videos? Would you like to try out a Roku before deciding to purchase one? Check out the Byron Public Library’s Library of Things! You can find these devices and more, including our mobile hotspots. No need to ask at the circulation desk; just stop by the Library of Things shelves to see what’s available! All devices can be checked out for two weeks.

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Cell: 815-541-8576 Office: 815-616-5311 Fax: 815-938-2648 EFax: 815-701-9019

718 W. Stephenson Street Freeport IL 61032

FORRESTON’S Christmas in the Country Friday, December 6, 2019 & Saturday, December 7, 2019

Merry Christmas MEYERS REPAIR, INC. Bob & Bill Meyers

9744 W. Townline Rd. Forreston, IL • 938-2509 Farm Equipment Repair Snapper Lawn Mowers

FRIDAY - DEC. 6TH Local businesses will serve Christmas goodies all day. Sign up for drawings. Extended hours til 8:00pm 9:00

Rolls & Coffee - Methodist Church


Dr. Daniel P. Schoaf 9:00-3:00 Annual Bazaar and Christmas Palmer Graduate

Complete Electrical Services Licensed and Insured

Corner - Methodist Church

24 Hour Emergency Service

11:00-2:00 Lasagna/Soup/Sandwich/Dessert Lunch - Methodist Church 4:00


P: 815-938-2225 F: 815-938-9225

christmas in the


FRI., DEC. 6 AND SAT., DEC. 7, 2019

Take an extra



OFF Already Reduced Priced Sofas

107 Main Street • Forreston • 815-938-3681

sweetwood interiors



Faith Lutheran Cookie Sale Downtown next to Sweetwoods


4:00-5:00 High School and Middle School choirs will carol in, and around, the local businesses - will end up at park for tree lighting 4:00-7:00 Play to Learn Together Gift Shop featuring Discovery Toys, games, and books for all ages at Believe in the Children. Includes crafts for the kids while parents shop. 5:00

Santa arrives at Park via Fire truck


Community tree lighting in the park with Santa

5:00-6:00 Visit with Santa in the park - Hot Chocolate provided by Forreston Area Business Association 5:00-8:00 Salon K - $5 beard trims, $5 paraffin dips along with 2 f loors of crafters and holiday treats. 5:30-8:00 Cookies, Cocoa, and special drawing by Forreston Fire Dept at Fire Station. 6:00-7:30 Cookies, Hot Chocolate bar and crafts with Santa - Forreston Library 6:00-8:00 Santa’s Workshop - Community room at Forreston Fire Dept. This is a “make and take” for kids and adults!



210 S. First Avenue PO Box 307 Forreston, IL 61030-0307

Bucket Truck Services

815-938-2273 800-938-2270


Merry Christmas! Stop by Friday, December 6th for Refreshments - open until 5pm

Green’s Motor Co Moto Company 301 N. Walnut Ave. • Forreston 815-938-2000


Mary Zettle


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Friday, December 6, 2019 & Saturday, December 7, 2019 Merry Christmas!

N.W. IL Auto Glass & More - Free Mobile Service Lifetime Guarantee On Installations

Jason Ludke Owner/Installer NGA & Essex CertiďŹ ed Fax: 815-837-1463 Forreston, IL 61030 SM-ST1606563A

Auto Glass Replacement & Repair


H appy H olidays F rom

205 First Avenue, Forreston, IL • 938-3538 Thomas E. Hughes, DVM

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Elected & Appointed OfďŹ cials & employees of The Village of Forreston SM-ST1606563C

Happy Holidays Sunday - Thursday 4-10:30PM ONLY

2 Large 1 Topping Pizzas: $ 1795+tax


Chicken George Special with Mashed Potatoes

Friday Beer Battered


Open For Lunch On Fridays 10:30AM-2PM

Fish Fry


Only $9+95tax

Prime Rib Dinner

Includes Baked Potato, Salad & Dinner Roll

Mimmo’s Pizza & Lounge

111 Main St. • Forreston • 815-938-2406 Lounge Hours: Sun. - Thurs. 4pm -10pm, Fri. & Sat. 4pm -12:30am Restaurant Hours: Sun. - Thurs. 4pm - 10pm, Fri. 10:30am - 2pm & 4pm - 12:30am, Sat. 4pm - 12:30am SM-ST1724738


Monday Night Buffet


Stop by for refreshments during Christmas in the Country

Local businesses will serve Christmas Goodies. Sign up for drawings.


9:00-2:30 St. James Holiday bake sale Green’s Motors

Pizza, Pasta, Wings & More




Horseback caroling by Centennial Acres. Will start at Farmer’s then the Forreston Park (10:00), Forreston Grade School (10:15), and the Forreston Library (11:00). Community Christmas Concert Methodist Church - Concert will include local musical groups and feature the Rock River Barbershop Chorus. Donations accepted for the New Life Community Center Food Pantry and Forreston Lions Club.

4:00-7:00 Soup Supper at Forreston Fire Station Community room. Meal includes choice of soup, sandwich, chips, dessert and drink. $7 adults $4 kids. Carry outs are available. This is a fundraiser for Sauerkraut Days.

Wishing you joy this holiday season and prosperity in the coming New Year!



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FORRESTON’S Christmas in the Country


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STATE’S ATTORNEY Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Morrow reports the following court activity. Sentencings Sandra L. Parks, 59, of Mt. Morris, pleaded guilty Nov. 21 to theft, a class 4 felony. She was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, remittable upon successful completion of 30 months probation. She also must submit to random drug testing, and pay total fines and costs of $1,542.53 and restitution of $54.53. Count 1, of residential burglary, was dismissed pursuant to a plea agreement. Glyde L. Jr. Wilson, 41, of Rochelle, pleaded guilty Nov. 21 to one county of possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony; and to one count of DUI, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 24 months drug probation without a conviction, and 30 hours public service work. He also must submit to DNA testing, random drug testing and cooperate with and satisfactorily complete psychological or substance abuse assessments or treatment as recommended. On the DUI, he was sentenced to court supervision without a judgment of conviction. He also must attend a Victim Impact Panel, and must pay total fines and costs of $4,117.50. Kaleb M. Gibbons, 24, of Sterling, pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. He was sentenced to 24 months drug probation without a conviction, and must perform 30 hours public service. He also must submit to DNA testing and random drug testing, cooperate with and satisfactorily complete psychological or substance abuse assessments or treatment as recommended. He also was ordered to pay total fines and costs of $2,935.00. Michael E. Hoffman, 33, of Shannon, pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 9 days jail and 12 months probation, shall not consume or possess alcohol, and must cooperate and satisfactorily complete a domestic violence intervention program. He also must submit to random drug and alcohol testing, cooperate with and satisfactorily complete psychological or substance abuse assessments or treatment as recommended. He also was ordered to pay total fines and costs of $287.00. Trevor C. Crawford, 26, of Amboy,

pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to unlawful manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 3 years in the Department of Corrections with 2 years mandatory supervised release, and must pay total fines and costs of $866.00. Christian R. Kettwich, 25, of Davis Junction, pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to

theft, a Class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 18 months court supervision without conviction, and must pay restitution, fines and costs totaling $1,230.18. Draven M. Seyller, 20, of Kingston, pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 Felony. He was sentenced to

24 months drug probation without a conviction, and must perform 30 hours public service. He also must submit to DNA testing and random drug testing, cooperate and satisfactorily complete psychological or substance abuse assessments or treatment as recommended. He also was ordered to pay See STATE’S ATTORNEY Page 27



Ambulance Insurance Fund Fund

Capital Fund

Total Government Funds

REVENUES Taxes Intergovernmental revenue Charges for services Grant Revenue Investment income Miscellaneous Total revenues


492,648 $ 9,104 6,281 4,016 512,049

448,053 $ 301,421 1,807 751,281

78,474 641 79,115

-$ 16,827 182 358 17,367

1,019,175 9,104 301,421 16,827 8,911 4,374 1,359,812

110,313 215,846 326,159

14,516 632,513 1,790 648,819

54,218 54,218

359,745 359,745

124,829 902,577 361,535 1,388,941






8,000 (660,450)



690,875 -

8,000 690,875 (690,875)
















120,159 $

416,478 $


EXPENDITURES Current General government Public safety Capital outlay Total expenditures EXCESS (DEFICIENCY) OF REVENUES OVER EXPENDITURES OTHER FINANCING SOURCES (USES) Proceeds from the sale of assets Transfers In Transfers Out Total other financing sources (uses) NET CHANGE IN FUND BALANCES FUND BALANCES, MAY 1 FUND BALANCES, APRIL 30


69,833 $

311,293 $

ATS Medical Services 506,069.04 Foster Coach Sales, Inc. 279,269.65 Zoll Medical Corporation 64,550.31 McNeil & Co. 35,878.27 Internal Revenue Service 34,139.46 Air One Equipment, Inc. 22,878.17 Mobile Electronics 19,305.21 Illinois Public Risk Fund 18,640.00 Business Card 16,012.00 Lauterbach & Amen, LLP 14,385.00 WEX Bank 14,052.34 Andres Medical Billing 13,662.42 Sikich, LLP 10,500.00 R&R Auto & Diesel Repair 9,090.38 Municipal Emergency Services Depository Account 8,738.45 Wes’ Tree Service 7,635.00 Illinois Department of Revenue 6,534.66 The Knox Company 5,947.00 Emergency Apparatus Maint. Inc 5,871.41 ComEd 5,763.37 Oregon Fire Pension Fund 5,727.50 Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert & 5,672.50 Emergency Medical Products, Inc. 5,660.10 Airgas USA, LLC 4,476.57 The Horton Group, Inc. 3,758.00 Verizon Wireless 3,720.95 Nicor Gas 3,681.77 lmageTrend, Inc. 3,341.84 Comcast 3,282.50 Oregon Fire Department 3,180.00 Kunes Country of Oregon 3,089.35 NIU 2,550.00. All other disbursements less than $2,500 COMPENSATION SUMMARY: Range: $80,000/Under: Michael Knoup, $20,000/Under: Stephanie Wendt, Range: $3,000/under: Sandi Stuart, $1,000/under: Steve Carr, William m Sigler, Richard Rho Rhoads, Brian Stuart and Michael Hoffman.

William Sig Sigler Sigler, ler, Treasur ler Treasurer I, Richard Rhoads, Secretary of the Oregon Fire Protection District, Ogle County, Illinois, do hereby certify that the above is a true copy of the Annual Treasurer’s Report epo for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2019

Richard Rhoads, S Secretary Subscribed ibed and swo sworn rn on the 9t 9th day of October, 2019 , Notary Public, City of Oregon, State of IL, County Ogle.

November 29, 2019

• STATE’S ATTORNEY Continued from Page 26

Nov. 20 Oscar Gomez Diaz, 27, Rochelle, two counts for failure of a sex offender to report annually, preliminary hearing Nov. 27; unauthorized videotaping of a victim younger than 18, status hearing Nov. 27. Gabriel Hernandez, 50, Ashton, domestic battery, preliminary hearing Dec. 11. Anmarie R. Kuntz, 28, Sandwich, stalking, pretrial conference Jan. 27. Alvaro E. Mireles, 56, Rochelle, criminal sexual assault, preliminary hearing Nov.

Nov. 21 Angelica L. Bear, 21, Rochelle, possession of another’s credit, debit, or identification card, pretrial rial conference Dec. 12.

Baylee T. Foust, 21, Rochelle, aggravated domestic battery, pretrial conference Dec. 12. Dustin B. Hicks, 46, Rockford, aggravated battery, 402 conference hearing Dec. 13. Logan R. Hilliard, 19, Davis Junction, residential burglary, status hearing Dec. 13. Zachary J. Martin, 22, Rochelle, sexually violent or dangerous person – failure to report, preliminary hearing Nov. 27. Tyler J. Perales, 27, Rochelle, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, pretrial conference Dec. 13. Nov. 22 Rhonda S. Conderman, 55, Monroe

Center, theft, preliminary status hearing Dec. 11. Timothy J. Patzka, 49, Batavia, possession of methamphetamine, arrest warrant for failure to appear still in effect. David W. Richards, 29, Sterling, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, arrest warrant for failure to appear still in effect. Jimmy D. Lewis, 35, Rockford, unauthorized certificate of origin, sale or title, status Dec. 13. Breona K. M. Pline, 21, Rockford, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, plea status Dec. 12. Tyler C. Skinner, 26, Glenwood, retail theft, 402 conference Jan. 10.

ANNUAL STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS SUMMARY FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2019 The summary must be published in the local newspaper. Copies of the detailed Annual Statement of Affairs for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 will be available for public inspection in the school district/joint agreement administrative office by December 1, annually. Individuals wanting to review this Annual Statement of Affairs should contact: Forrestvllle Valley School District #221 P.O. Box 665, Forreston, IL 61030 (815) 938-2036 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. School District/Joint Agreement Name Address Telephone Office Hours Also by January 15, annually the detailed Annual Statement of Affairs for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018, will be posted on the Illinois State Board of Education's website @ SUMMARY: The following is the Annual Statement of Affairs Summary that is required to be published by the school district/joint agreement for the past fiscal year. Statement of Operations as of June 30, 2019

Local Sources 1000 Flow-Through Receipts/Revenues 2000 from One District to Another District State Sources 3000 Federal Sources 4000 Total Direct Receipts/Revenues Total Direct Disbursements/Expenditures Other Sources/Uses of Funds Beginning Fund Balances - July 1, 2017 Other Changes in Fund Balances Ending Fund Balances June 30, 2018

2,396,943 380,956 5,856,802 5,869,858 0 3,210,871 0 3,197,815

0 0 481,304 999,386 600,000 967,328 0 1,049,246

0 0 954,043 1,093,825 0 554,502 0 414,720

219,171 0

Municipal Retirement/ Capital Working Tort Social Security Projects Cash 176,498 90,929 66,771 739,016 0

Fire Prevention & Safety 64,009

481,719 0 700,890 586,215 0 813,386 0 928,061

0 0 176,498 150,724 0 353,699 0 379,473

0 0 64,009 472,253 0 1,338,266 0 930,022


0 0 90,929 65,394 0 1,159,368 0 1,184,903

0 0 66,771 0 797,615 0 864,386

0 0 739,016 811,741 (600,000) 837,921 0 165,196

GROSS PAYMENT FOR CERTIFIED PERSONNEL Salary Range: Less than $25,000: Anderson, Rebecca; Ballard, Ronald; Beltran, Jennifer; Bolen, Stacey; Fiorello, Kailee; Fox, Kimberly; Gluck, Rhonda; Gunderson, Kelli; Lamm, Kimberly; Lazansky, James; Ludwig, Amanda; Schmidt, Lisa; Tyne, Margaret; Williams, Ross; Bardelas, Jane; Bollman, Lois; Borneman, Linda; Braker, Joan; Bukowski, Tim; Carlson, Donald; Diduch, Dennis; Fricke, Kimberly; Herbig, Ellen; Jenkins, Terence; Lipinski, Lawrence; Tigges, Lucinda; Turner, Alett; Welker, Jean; Wellington, Lori

Salary Range: $25,000 - $39,999: Cunningham, Travis; Gregor, Nicole; Kinsey, Sheila; Koester, Kelley; Meyer, Alayna; Schneiderman, Michael; Kenney, Lisa; Nelson, Robert Salary Range: $40,000 - $59,999: Bruning, Kara; Crase, Kristin; DeWall, Stephanie; Genandt, Kristina; Gendant, Molly; Getz, Kyle; Groom, Jake; Janicke, Keynon; Kaney, Amanda; Kasten, Hanna; Kennelly, Erin; Lippert, Andrew; Murdock, Sarah; Politsch, Heather; Russell-Brown, Dana; Schiesher, Heather; Snider, Kimberly; Williams, Shannon Salary Range: $60,000 - $89,999: Carlson, Krista; Daub,

Jamie; Edler, Michele; Forster, Nona; Frederick, Lynnette; Garnhart, Christy; Genandt, Rodney; Griseta, Darlene; Gronewold, Donna; Guist, Ann; Hanley, Matthew; Ingram, Amanda; Joy, Kelli; Leddy, Kelly; Lehman, Cynthia; Magarity, Anne; Mathieu, Brynn; McClellan, Michael; Michael, Janese; Nelson, Terri; Newell, Cynthia; Rahn, Brian; Schurr, Lane; Wagner, Robert; Winekauf, Diane; Yeager, Noelle; Zick, Kyle; Zumdahl, Renna Salary Range: $90,000 and over: Heinz, Travis; Schneiderman, Jonathan; Smith, Sharon

GROSS PAYMENT FOR NON-CERTIFIED PERSONNEL Salary Range: Less than $25,000: Bawinkel, Holly; Beets, Jacob; Beets, Linda; Bergin, Eric; Birkholz, Marsha; Boettcher, Shannell; Brainard, Lisa; Branam, Gary; Bull, Bobbi; Bunders, Jill; Burckhardt, Gregory; Buss, Sharla; Christensen, Steve; Dolan, Suzanne; Gaston, Mike; Genandt, Lynn; Gill, Kristy; Greenfield, Emily; Greenfield, Erin; Greenfield, Lynnetta; Greenfield, Pamela; Greenfield, Samantha; Green, Sherry; Heinz, Mitchell; Heitter, Lucia; Henneman, Diane; Hill, Mary; Hillman, James; Hough, Richart; Howlad, Austin; Ingram,

Corinne; Kasper, Rachael; Koeller, Brenda; Krecklow, Olivia; Kuelling, Mark; Leibow, Erin; Lindquist, Lane; Lowman, Donald; Maniscalco, Paolo; McCoy, Becky; Mershon, John; Meyer, Lynne; Miller, Barbara; Miller, Daniel; Milnes, Melvin; Mulder, David; Myers, Janice; Nance-Fletcher, Raven; Nelson, Jennifer; Noonkesser, Jean; Rinehart, Kendra; Runkle, Kimberly; Schoonhoven, Clifton; Scott, Jackie (III); Smith, Brent; Stamm, Lorene; Stocker, Wanda; Strautz, Donna; Strehlow, Chester; Strehlow, Cole; Stricker, Clarence; Swanson, Jacob; Timm, Scott; Toms, Mary; Vogt,

Tyler; Weaver, Heather; Wichman, Glenn; Wilcox, Cynthia; Wilkinson, Joseph; Williams, Cathy; Zipse, Jennifer; Zipse, Kenneth Salary Range: $25,000 - $39,000: Anderson, Victoria; Becker, Joanne; Healy, Tommie; Hillman, Laura; Kraft, Jessi; Scott, Jackie (Jr) Salary Range: $40,000 - $59,999: Engelbarts, Barbara; Sager, Wendy; Watson, Mike

PAYMENTS OVER $2,500 EXCLUDING WAGES AND SALARIES Aero Group Inc. 100,157; Aflac 6,663; Agile Sports Technologies 3,499; Alpha Controls & Services LLC 16,704; Amalgamated Bank of Chicago 1,093,350; Amanda Ingram 2,939; Apple Inc 30,130; Area Mechanical, Inc. 74,226; Audio Engineering, Inc. 7,965; Barry’s Collision Center Inc. 15,149; Blue Cross/Blue Shield IL (D) 3,089; Blue Cross/Blue Sheild IL (H) 636,095; Bocker Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac 3,857; Breedlove’s Sporting Goods, Inc. 26,820; Bryan’s Repair Inc. 13,865; Cardmember Service 33,446; Carpets by Kuniej, Ltd. 15,000; CDW Government, Inc. 9,218; Ceroni Piping Company 36,978; Cheeseman Coaches, Inc. 2,550; CNE Gas Division, LLC 41,444; Conserv FS Rockford 3,491; Contract Paper Group, Inc. 8,906; Countryman, Inc. 14,400; Dana Josephitis 8,011; Decker Equipment 7,311; Direct Energy Business 99,419; Donna Lessman 3,000; Engler, Callaway, Baasten & Sraga 5,082; Flash Timing 4,200; Forreston Car Care 8,364; Forreston Senior High Activity Acct. 12,144; Forreston State Bank 10,701,622; Gordon

Food Service 56,262; Grainger Rockford Office 6,112; Griffen Entertainment LLC 4,125; Guardian Life Ins. Co. (L) 7,665; Guardian Life Ins. Co. (D) 39,955; Guardian Life Ins. Co. (V) 5,410; H-O-H Water Technology, Inc. 4,862; Heslop Excavating 63,861; Horace Mann Life Ins. Co. 101,731; Houghton Mifflin Company 7,700; Husar Abatement, Ltd. 19,600; IASB 12,789; Ideal Envioronmental Eng. Inc. 4,095; iFiber - Illinois Fiber Resources 14,400; Illinois Department of Revenue 204,320; Illinois Education Assoc. 31,678; Illinois Municipal Retire 84,627; Illinois Public Risk Fund 35,722; Imprest 46,373; Integrated Systems Corporation 5,556; Interiors for Business, Inc. 10,089; ISBE – School Tech Rev. Loan Fund 65,172; Itsavvy, LLC 32,721; John Deere Financial 3,469; Jonathan Schneiderman 4,902; K.Log 4,240; Koeller Forreston Hardware 5,578; Larson & Larson Builders, Inc. 769,828; Marco Technologies, LLC 26,308; Marco Technologies, LLC 26,418; Melissa Barnes 3,118; Menards 2,577; Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc. 91,167; Monroe Clinic 6,935; Moring Disposal, Inc. 12,367; Nasco 6,667; Neff Company 4,934; Nelson Pade 5,077; Nicor Gas 16,872;

Nixon Insurance Agency, Inc. 3,390; Ogle County Educ Coop 400,517; Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. 3,109; Pearson Clinical Assessment 3,065; Pepsi-Cola Company 8,461; Pitney Bowes 3,400; Polo Community Unit School Dist. #2 3,645; Project Lead the Way 23,800; Purchase Power 2,697; Ramza Insurance Group, Inc. 77,314; Renaissance Learning, Inc. 3,356; Richard L. Johnson Associates Inc. 13,476; Riddell/ All American 10,946; Rugged Protection 2,977; Santander Leasing LLC 49,136; School Outfitters 13,286; Sharon Smith 10,620; Skyward Accounting Dept. 24,027; SOCS 3,145; Stephenson Service Company 19,928; Sterling Community Unit School Dist. 47,515; Sysco Baraboo, LLC 104,796; TDS Door Company 52,630; Teachers Retirement 376,766; Teachers’ Health 83,560; The Home Depot Pro 47,303; Tom Peterson Snowplowing 30,975; Trebron Company, Inc. 2,795; Trugreen Limited Partnership 4,780; Verizon Wireless 8,170; Village of Forreston 30,431; Vista Learning, NFP 2,813; Wagner’s 17,489; Werhane Enterprises, Ltd. 26,574; Wex Bank 51,474; Wipfli LLP 11,875; X-Grain 5,882 SM-ST28388-1129

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3,078,903 0

Operations & Debt Maintenance Services 481,304 954,043 0


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total fines and costs of $3,195.00.

27. Nicholas L. Rodriguez, 35, Byron, domestic battery, aggravated battery, resisting a peace officer, preliminary hearing Nov. 27. Bryce A. Thomasson, 21, Rochelle, failure to report change of address of employer as a sex offender, preliminary hearing Dec. 11. Gabriel M. Ujcic, 19, Rochelle, domestic battery, pretrial conference Dec. 16.

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CASA 15th Judicial Circuit (Lee/ Carroll/Ogle Counties) is seeking volunteers in the Ogle County area to advocate for children in the Ogle County court system involved in abuse and neglect cases. Your involvement can impact a child’s future. Contact Trisha Morrow, Executive Director (815) 288-1901 www.casaleecar





IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OGLE COUNTY - OREGON, ILLINOIS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, -v.AMANDA S RUTLEDGE Defendant 18 CH 7 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 4, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 1:00 PM on January 10, 2020, at the Ogle County Courthouse, 106 5th Street front door entrance, OREGON, IL, 61061, sell at a public sale to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 206 WINDWARD COURT, ROCHELLE, IL 61068 Property Index No. 24-12-152-012

Building for lease: apx., 4200 sq. ft., laydown area apx 2 acres, (2) 12'x 14' OHD shop area & office. 815-626-8790

The real estate is improved with a blue vinyl siding, two story single family home with an attached two car garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court.


Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale.




DIXON Lowest $$$ for 1.4 acres on Penrose Rd. With low interst rate. Buy New & Build in Spring! $24,000. 815-288-5636



The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

3 Lots open at Chapel Hill in Dixon. Sec. B lot 57 graves 1, 2 & 3. $750 ea. Call Phil 630-285-8922

You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales.


MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL, 60602. Tel No. (312) 346-9088.

Climate Controlled space for rent! 35ft. 6in. X 12ft. 7in. door width x 12ft. 2in. high. Other spaces available! Located in Dixon 815-973-2059

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THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at for a 7 day status report of pending sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago IL, 60602 312-346-9088 E-Mail: Attorney File No. 265398 Attorney ARDC No. 61256 Case Number: 18 CH 7 TJSC#: 39-6064 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Case # 18 CH 7 November 29, December 6 & 12 2019

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OGLE COUNTY - OREGON, ILLINOIS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, -v.AMANDA S RUTLEDGE Defendant 18 CH 7 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 4, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 1:00 PM on January 10, 2020, at the Ogle County Courthouse, 106 5th Street front door entrance, OREGON, IL, 61061, sell at a public sale to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: LOT 34 IN WINDOVER PARK, BEING A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 40 NORTH, RANGE 1 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, LOCATED IN THE VILLAGE OF HILLCREST, OGLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED APRIL 27, 1994 AND CORRECTION THEREOF RECORDED OCTOBER 5, 1994 IN BOOK 1994 AT PAGE 8939, ALL IN PLAT FILE C AT PAGE 34 IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF OGLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. Commonly known as 206 WINDWARD COURT, ROCHELLE, IL 61068 Property Index No. 24-12-152-012 The real estate is improved with a blue vinyl siding, two story single family home with Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified an attached two car garage. funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL, 60602. Tel No. (312) 346-9088. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at for a 7 day status report of pending sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago IL, 60602 312-346-9088 E-Mail: Attorney File No. 265398 Attorney ARDC No. 61256 Case Number: 18 CH 7 TJSC#: 39-6064 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Case # 18 CH 7 November 29, December 6 & 12 2019




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Publication Notice Public Notice is hereby given that on November 15, 2019, a certificate was filed in the Ogle County Clerk's Office setting forth the names and post office address of all the persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as: Purple Cedar 13236 W Sterling Rd. Polo, IL 61064 Dated: November 15, 2019 Laura J. Cook, Ogle County Clerk November 29 and December 6, 13, 2019 Supplement to October 25, 2019 General Assessment Publication of Assessments

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Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the Mt. Morris Fire Protection District Board of Trustees, in the county of Ogle for: The supplying of one New 1,750 Gallon Per Minute (GPM) Pumper Fire Engine Co. with 1000 gallon water capacity that reflects a 2019 model year. Vehicle to be capable of carrying 4 persons and compliant with NFPA 1901-2006.


Specification package can be picked up at the District Firehouse, 15 E. Center St. Mt. Morris, IL 61054 by contacting Fire Chief Hough via phone at 815-734-4322.


Sealed bids will be opened and read in public at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees, at the District Firehouse, January 20th, 2020 at 7:00 pm CST.

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STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF OGLE IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: No. 2019P89 DONALD E. WOLF, Deceased. CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Donald E. Wolf. Letters of office were issued on November 8, 2019 to Sherrie Rinehart, 280 Cotton Trail Drive, Rossville, Tennessee 38066, as Executor, whose attorney is Kim D. Krahenbuhl, WilliamsMcCarthyLLP, 607 Washington Street, P.O. Box 339, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of Court, Ogle County Courthouse, Oregon, Illinois 61061, or with the representative, or both, within six months from the date of first publication of this notice, and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within ten days after it has been filed. Dated this 15th day of November, 2019. SHERRIE RINEHART, Independent Executor For the Estate of DONALD E. WOLF, Deceased Kim D. Krahenbuhl WILLIAMSMCCARTHYLLP P.O. Box 339 Oregon, IL 61061 (815) 732-2101 November 22,29, December 6, 2019

STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF OGLE IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF: RANDALL A. HESS, Petitioner, Vs. ROSE M. HESS, Respondent Case No. 2019 D 60 PUBLICATION NOTICE The requisite Affidavit for Publication having been filed, notice is hereby given you the Respondent, ROSE M. HESS, in the above entitled action, that an action for Dissolution of Marriage has been commenced in the Circuit Court of Ogle County by the Petitioner against you praying for a dissolution of marriage and for other relief. NOW, THEREFORE, unless you, the Respondent, ROSE M. HESS, file your answer to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or otherwise make your appearance, in the Circuit Court of Ogle County, held in the Ogle County Judicial Center in the City of Oregon, Illinois, on or before January 9, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. default may be entered against you at any time after that day and a Judgment entered in accordance with the prayer of the Petitioner, RANDALL A. HESS. Dated this 13th day of November, 2019 Kimberly Stahl TB Circuit Clerk Prepared by: TESS, CRULL & ARNQUIST Attorneys for Petitioner P.O. Box 68 Rochelle, IL 61068 (815) 562-8754 - phone (815) 562-3412 - fax randall Ness affidavit- K 102819 November 29, December 6,13, 2019

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT, OGLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS NOTICE OF PUBLICATION REGARDING NAME CHANGE Case No. 2019MR62 Public notice is hereby given that on January 9, 2020 in of Ogle County Courthouse, 106 S 5th Street, Oregon, Illinois, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as this matter may be heard, a Petition will be heard for the change of name of Laura Lee Johnson Douglas to Laura Lee Johnson pursuant to 735 ILCS 5-/21-10 et seq in court Room #202., Laura Lee Johnson Douglas Petitioner November November26, 29, December December 6,13, 6, 13,2019 2019 FAS Route 2079 Section (16, 17, 18) W & RS Ogle County Job No. R-92-001-72 Parcel No. 2XOG091 STATE OF ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC AUCTION OF REAL PROPERTY The following parcel of land, a portion of Lot 1 in Block 1 in the Village of Brookville, Illinois, will be offered for sale via public auction - sealed bids to be delivered no later than 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. The property to be sold is 0.265 acres (11,547 square feet) and is located on the west side of US 52 at the intersection of US 52 and Ogle Road, Brookville, Illinois. The parcel is vacant and available for viewing. The auction will take place through sealed bids. The bids should be sent to, and will be opened at the Illinois Department of Transportation, District 2, 819 Depot Avenue, Dixon, Illinois 61021 PARCEL NUMBER 2XOG091 THE MINIMUM OPENING BID IS .................$800.00 A complete legal description will be furnished upon request. Copies of the Bidder's Contract containing terms and provisions may be obtained from the office of Masood Ahmad, P.E. Region Two Engineer, District No. 2, 819 Depot Avenue, Dixon, Illinois 61021, or by calling (815) 284-5368, TDD Number (815) 284-1667 or FAX (815) 284-5925. The successful bidder must deposit with the State, a deposit in the amount of $800.00 at the conclusion of the sale. The deposit must be made payable to the TREASURER, STATE OF ILLINOIS, and must be in the form of a Cashier's Check, Bank Draft, Certified Check of Money Order. No personal checks will be accepted. For sealed bidding, each bidder must furnish the required performance deposit with each individual sealed bid, and the deposits of unsuccessful bidders will be returned after the sale is closed, and all sealed bids have been opened and announcement is made of the highest acceptable bid. The State of Illinois, Department of Transportation, in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 252) and the Regulation of the Department of Transportation 49CFR, Part 21, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that the acceptance of any bid pursuant to this advertisement will be without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin. Sale notices are also available on the department's Internet site located at:, District 2. PLEASE NOTE THAT ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEES NOR FAMILY MEMBERS LIVING WITHIN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD MAY BID ON PROPERTY, EITHER REAL OR PERSONAL, OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT AT PUBLIC AUCTION. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OMER OSMAN, ACTING SECRETARY MASOOD AHMAD, P.E. REGION TWO ENGINEER November 29 and December 6, 2019


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Property tax exemptions help to reduce the taxable value of homestead property. Exemptions are available for owner occupied properties, senior citizens, disabled persons and disabled veterans, returning veterans, and certain homestead improvements. A description of these exemptions can be found at under the Supervisor of Assessments webpage. Check to ensure you're receiving the exemptions you are entitled by law. Truly, Ronald A. Kane, CIAO-I Ogle County Supervisor of Assessments November 29, 2019


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FARMLAND AUCTION Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 10:00 A.M Sale to be held at: Mt. Morris Moose Family Center


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ROBERT CURTIS McKEAN, Deceased. CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Robert Curtis McKean. Letters of office were issued on November 20, 2019 to Michele Lirgameris, 18024 W. Stockton Court, Gurnee, IL 60031, as Executor, whose attorney is Kim D. Krahenbuhl, WilliamsMcCarthyllp, 607 Washington Street, P.O. Box 339, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of Court, Ogle County Courthouse, Oregon, Illinois 61061, or with the representative, or both, within six months from the date of first publication of this notice, and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within ten days after it has been filed. Dated this 29th day of November, 2019. MICHELE LIRGAMERIS,Independent Executor For the Estate of ROBERT CURTIS McKEAN, Deceased

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Estate of: GERALD E. EIDEN, No. 2019P90 Deceased

CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of GERALD E. EIDEN. Letters of Office were issued to VINCENT J. EIDEN, 9530 Poplar Hill Dr., Crestwood, KY 40014, as Representative, whose attorneys are WARD, MURRAY, PACE & JOHNSON, P.C., 202 E. 5th Street, Sterling, Illinois 61081. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of Court, Ogle County Courthouse, 106 S. 5th Street, Suite #300, Oregon, IL 61061, or with the Representative, or both, on or before May 26, 2020, and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the Representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed. Dated: November 19, 2019 Vincent J. Eiden, Representative Rebecca A. Rodriguez - ARDC 6331504 WARD, MURRAY, PACE & JOHNSON, P.C. Attorneys for Estate 202 E. 5th Street | P.O. Box 400 Sterling, IL 61081 P: 815.625.8200 November 29, December 6,13, 2019

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NO INDIVIDUAL, unless licensed or holding a permit as a childcare facility, may cause to be published any advertisement soliciting a child care service.* A childcare facility that is licensed or operating under a permit issued by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services may publish advertisements of the services for which it is lispecifically censed or issued a permit. Sauk Valley Media strongly urges any parent or guardian to verify the validity of the license of any facility before placing a child in it's care. *Family homes that care for no more than three (3) children under the age of twelve or which receive only children from a single household, for less than 24 hours per day, are exempt from licensure as day care homes. The three children to whom this exemption applies includes the family's natural or adopted children and any other persons under the age of 12 whether related or unrelated to the operator of the day care home. (DCFS Rule, Part 377.3 (c))



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Astrograph You’ll be tempted to take on too much this year. Try to be more selective in the choices you make and the people you associate with. Conduct your life honorably.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- A business venture will excite you. Do research to make sure you know what you’re getting into. Don’t overspend to make an impression on someone. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Keep your secrets to yourself. Take time to think matters through before sharing your intentions. Spend time with the people you know you can count on for good advice. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Keep busy. Don’t lose sight of your goals because someone is tempting you with something that will benefit them, not you. Listen, observe and do your own thing. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Offer time, not money or possessions, if you want to help someone. Love and respect will be yours if you keep at it. Set high standards and do what’s fair.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- An idea you come up with could be a moneymaker. Don’t hesitate to turn it into something concrete. A little effort can go a long way. Hard work will pay off.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Avoid risky ventures. Take care of unfinished business to avoid criticism. Refuse to let someone bait you into a dispute or dump unwanted responsibilities in your lap. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Pass along items you no longer need. A donation made to a worthy group will put you in good standing with someone who can help you in the future. Romance is on the rise. ©2018 UFS


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