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Political fight gives old case new life Year-old murder arrest at center of sheriff’s race BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 521
DIXON – A man facing a murder charge in Lee County is back home in Arkansas, and the lead prosecutor in the
case says that’s because of a mistake made by Lee County Sheriff John Varga early on in the case. Varga dismisses the criticism as politics just weeks before the March 18 primary election. Steven Watts, 56, of Berryville, Ark., was arrested in Arkansas last February on a
first-degree murder charge as the result of a lengthy investigation into a Lee County cold case that dates back to the 1980s. The year-old arrest has become an issue because of a report by Sauk Valley Media last week that Watts had been quietly released from jail in September after his bond was
lowered – despite the fact he faces a charge of murder. The issue also comes amid a campaign for the Republican nomination for sheriff in which Varga is being challenged by John Simonton, an officer with the Dixon Police Department. CASE CONTINUED ON A5
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Anna Snider, 14, a Forreston Junior High School eighth-grader, reacts to winning the Lee/Ogle Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday morning at Dixon High School. She wins an all-expenses-paid trip for two to National Harbor, Md., just south of Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May. For a list of students who participated go to A2.
Hippopotamus tramples Polo student in Round 28 BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 535
DIXON – Ogle County eighth-graders were like two brainiac bookends up on the stage, politely battling it out for the title of queen bee. Brunette and bespectacled Lena, bold and confident on one side of the stage. Tall, blond Anna, reserved and intense, on the other. It was Round 22, and 24 other spellers
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from grades three through eight had been eliminated. It was down to the two slim 14-year-olds. Heifer, Lena spelled. Wainscot, Anna lobbed back. Guillotine. Troika. Taupe. Glasnost. Beleaguer. Perennial. Banzai. Eiderdown. Neither gave an inch. The audience waited in the darkened auditorium, silent and still. Then the inevitable. Hippopotamus. H-i-p-p-o-t-a-m-u-s. Immediately, Lena knew her mistake. Anna’s turn. She spelled forsythia, to
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finish round 28, then camphor, to take Round 29. With that, and a sweet, subdued smile, Anna Snider, the Forreston Junior High School spelling champ, became the winner of the 2014 Lee/Ogle Regional Spelling Bee, held Thursday in the Dixon High School auditorium. She won an all-expenses-paid trip for two to National Harbor, Md., just south of Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May. She will take her mom, Stephanie; father Matt will hold down the fort at home. FORSYTHIA CONTINUED ON A2
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ROCK FALLS – There will be a Relay for Life Chili Cook Off from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Rock Falls American Legion, 712 Fourth Ave. Taste test, then cast your vote for who has the best chili in Whiteside County. There will be food, entertainment, prizes, and information about this summer’s Relay for Life event. Tickets are $1, or $5 for six. One ticket gets you a taste, three tickets a bowl of chili.
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DIXON – Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave., is having a Cure for Cabin Fever celebration with music and art Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. The music begins at 8 p.m. with a set from Acoustic Circus Band members, followed by Arbor Creek and Lunch with Pedro.
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ROCK FALLS – Mayor Bill Wescott was the guest for a discussion session with citizens sponsored by the Rock River Open Forum on Thursday night at Rock Falls Public Library. The mayor wasn’t surprised that the first topic on the table was the Feb. 13 water outage experienced by the city. He recounted the sequence of events, from the power outage at noon to the 2:35 p.m. notification that there was no flow at the lift station. It was a situation that called for some quick decisions. “I had 15 minutes to decide to shut off the water or not,” Wescott said.
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STERLING – Cochran’s Pub, 13464 Galt Road, will be the site Saturday of a fundraising effort for a proposed dog park in Sterling. The organizers are inviting people and their dogs to the pub for a play date from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event proceeds will go to the group raising money for the dog park. Admission is $5 per dog.
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In a manner reminiscent of Helen Keller, she used her fingers to spell the words in her hand, a method a few of the other kids used, as well. â€œIâ€™m a visual learner,â€? said Anna, a future physician. â€œItâ€™s so I can see the word.â€? Aplington Middle Schoolâ€™s Lena Baumann,
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Anna also won a $100 U.S. savings bond, a Websterâ€™s Third New International Dictionary, and an online subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica. This was Annaâ€™s third time at the regional bee.
who has designs on becoming an architect, took second. The Polo teen, daughter of Mike and Donna Snider, won a Kindle Fire and a Merriam-Websterâ€™s Collegiate Dictionary. Ashton-Franklin Center eighth-grader Jonah Awalt, of Ashton, a strong contender all the way
through Round 21, when he stumbled over that first â€œhâ€? in diphthong, won a $40 gift certificate to Books on First in Dixon. All 26 participants got trophies for winning their schoolâ€™s contest. The Whiteside County bee will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Morrison Junior High.
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School district to name superintendent Girard leaving in May after 6 years BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525
MORRISON â€“ The Morrison school board is expected to hire a new superintendent at its meeting Monday. In late May, that person will replace Suellen Girard, who became superintendent 6 years ago. She announced in 2011 that she would retire this year.
The board hired a s e a r c h firm, which undertook a process that yielded Suellen about 30 Girard applicants. The firm brought forward seven of them for the board to interview. â€œIt was not that they were the best,â€? Girard said. â€œIt was that they were the best match for what the community wants in a superintendent.â€?
Closed meeting first The Morrison school board will meet at PM -ONDAY IN THE superintendentâ€™s office at Morrison High School, 'ENESEE !VE The board is expected to select a new superINTENDENT ! CLOSED Of the seven candidates, the board named three finalists, she said. To interview the finalists, the school district convened three teams â€“ residents, school employ-
session will begin the meeting to discuss labor negotiations and the new superintendentâ€™s contract. Call the superintendentâ€™s office at 815-7722064 for more information. ees, and the board. A survey also was used to gauge what the community wanted in a superintendent, Girard said. â€œThey want someone pretty transparent,â€? she
said. â€œThey want someone who is good with money. They want a good communicator.â€? The boardâ€™s announcement at Mondayâ€™s meeting will come after a closed session in which the board will finalize the contract with the new superintendent, Girard said. That person is expected to attend the meeting, she said. Girardâ€™s last day will be May 29; her successor will start the next day. Typically, superinten-
dents and other school employees work until June 30 â€“ the end of the fiscal year. In this case, though, the district wanted to make the transition before the stateâ€™s new pension law takes effect June 1, Girard said. Girard, who was previously a superintendent of a suburban school district, said she plans to stay in Morrison. â€œWe love it here,â€? she said. â€œThis is a community I really felt a connection with.â€?
The Cellular Connection celebrating opening Presentation: TIF activity rise expected Special events set for today at store in next fiscal year Store hours
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STERLING â€“ Although The Cellular Connection has been open on Lincolnway since Dec. 20, it becomes official today. The nationâ€™s largest Verizon Wireless retailer will celebrate its presence in Sterling with special events for its grand opening at 4204 E. Lincolnway. Although events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, food and deals will be offered all day long, store manager Sarah Hoppe said. Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. â€œWeâ€™ll have food all day â€“ cake, cookies, veggie and deli trays,â€? Hoppe said. â€œWeâ€™ll also have extra discounts on accessories.â€? In addition to a ribboncutting ceremony at noon, gift bags will be given to the first 25 people in atten-
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dance. They also can sign up to win prizes and promotional items, including a Bluetooth headset. Shining Star Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center will be presented with a $500 check. The family-owned retailer makes a donation to a local charity at all of its grand openings. The Sterling store is similar to The Cellular Connection at 107 First Ave., in Rock Falls. The success of that store led to the decision to bring the company to Sterling. â€œThe sister store in Rock
Falls is a high-volume producing store,â€? Hoppe said. â€œWeâ€™re also hoping to bring in Dixon customers from the Sterling site.â€? The Sterling store also features what the retailer refers to as the â€œRock Starâ€? layout. â€œThe idea is to make everyone feel special and relaxed,â€? Hoppe said. The store is set up to encourage a hands-on shopping experience and is larger than most cellphone stores. The entire back of the store is a lounge area with couches and chairs, where customers can play with devices and accessories. Flat-screen TVs are on for those interested in DISH TV packages. Accessories have dedicated areas by brand, where you can find Apple, Skullcandy audio, Braven speakers, Fitbit, Powerocks, OtterBox, PureGear and Bluetooth. Given the companyâ€™s close relationship with Verizon, customers can shop
for plans, pay their phone bills, and get virus protection and help with basic phone technology problems. Some Comcast services also are available at the stores, and old phones can be recycled. The company, owned by Moorehead Communications, has a reputation for local philanthropy, based on its Culture of Good initiatives. Twenty Sterling and Rock Falls teachers will receive classroom supplies at both stores at 6 p.m. Sunday. â€œEvery year, teachers spend an average of $1.3 billion of their own money on school supplies. ... At TCC, we believe teachers deserve more,â€? CEO and President Scott Moorehead said in a news release. Before this school year, the Rock Falls store gave 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to local schoolchildren. The Sterling store employs four full-time workers.
Montmorency School evacuated due to smoke on roof BY ANGEL SIERRA email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 695
ROCK FALLS â€“ No injuries were reported today at Montmorency School, 9415 Hoover Road, after smoke on the roof prompted school officials to send students home. â€œThere was smoke,â€? first-year Principal Alex Moore said. He said the school nurse was on her way back from
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to take a look at the possible source of the smoke on the rooftop, Moore said. â€œInitially, it appeared it may have been a belt that was smoking, so there wasnâ€™t actually a fire,â€? he said. Moore said that because it appeared there was a fire, officials wanted to ensure studentsâ€™ safety and â€œmake them the first priority.â€? Moore, who taught at the school for 7 years and
formerly taught in Polo, said he benefited from his experience as a security officer in college. â€œI had experience dealing with issues like this,â€? he said. â€œThe teachers were very calm. It seemed liked chaos, but the chaos was really more the younger children who were upset because they didnâ€™t understand what was going on. We tried to comfort them and get everything in line.â€?
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Edward J. Forder STERLING â€“ Edward J. Forder, 82, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at his home. He was born July 5, 1931, in Coleta, the son of Edward E. and Marjorie A. (Rice) Forder. He married Ada Pearce on Sept. 29, 1950, in Morrison. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He had been employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling, for 34 years before retiring. He was a member and deacon of 16th Avenue Church of Christ in Sterling, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking in his garage, and working on lawn mowers. Survivors include his wife, Ada; two daughters, Marjorie (Ron)
Dixon of Boaz, Ala., and Susan (Michael) Cole of Sterling; four grandchildren, Audreya Cole, Aryca (Albert) Hall, Brittany (Ernie) Neal, and Jason (Jen) Babin; five great-grandchildren, Jake Babin, Jamie Babin, Maddy Jo Hall, Anthony Neal, and Nicholas Neal; his sister, Kathleen Forder of Sterling; and his brother, Allen (Joanne) Forder of Buford, Ga. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at 16th Avenue Church of Christ. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls is handling arrangements. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Emma Rose Kirchhoff DIXON â€“ Emma Rose Kirchhoff of Dixon, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Emma was born Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sterling, the daughter of Michael and
Julie (Jaeckle) Kirchhoff. Survivors include her parents; and two brothers, Elias and Cade. A private graveside service will be at a later date. McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls is handling arrangements.
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John P. Bauer DAVENPORT, Iowa â€“ John P. Bauer, 89, of Davenport, formerly of Sterling, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport. He was born Dec. 18, 1924, in Harmon, the son of John and Lucy (Peters) Bauer. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Schumaker on June 16, 1956, in Fulton. She preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2008. He was employed with Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. from 19561988, and farmed in the area for 40 years. John was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. In his free time, he enjoyed traveling, and was a square dance caller for 15 years.
Elizabeth L.â€™Bettyâ€™ Puckett STERLING â€“ Elizabeth L. â€œBettyâ€? Puckett, 92, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. She was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Tampico, the daughter of Andrew K. and Mary D. (DeMay) Staelens. She married Robert V. Puckett on May 24, 1941, in Sterling. He preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1994. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include her seven daughters, Kathleen (Robert) Whetsel of Pecatonica, Christine (William) Howard of Rockford, Dianne (Doug) Naujeck of Middleton, Wis., Mary Sue Puckett and Theresa Smith, both of Sterling, Nancy (Gus-
tavo) Zepeda of Santa Maria, Calif., and Sharon Puckett of Sterling; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Weidel; and three brothers, Ray, Hugh, and Al Staelens. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., with the rosary recited at 1:45 p.m., Sunday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Rev. James Keenan officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.
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Survivors include a sister, Francis (Alvin) Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. He also was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and a sister. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Bruce Ludeke officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls is handling arrangements, A memorial has been established to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Dorothy S. Kier SABULA, Iowa â€“ Dorothy S. Kier, 90, of Sabula, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. Law-Jones Funeral Homes are handling arrangements.
Irene Smalley Mersch MONMOUTH â€“ Irene Smalley Mersch, 80, of Monmouth, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth from complications after elective surgery. Law-Jones Funeral Homes are handling arrangements.
Sandra L. Kennedy PRINCETON â€“ Sandra L. Kennedy, 70, of Princeton, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at her home. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is handling further arrangements.
DULUTH, Ga. â€“ Keith E. Schuler of Duluth died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. Keith was born May 18, 1963, in St. Louis, to Thomas and Marlene (Fortaw) Schuler. He graduated from Sterling High School and attended Sauk Valley Community College and Southern Illinois University. He earned the Eagle Scout Award. He was an avid camper and a ranger at several scouting high-adventure bases. He most recently volunteered extensively on numerous Habitat for Humanity builds. He is survived by his three children, Mara, Brandon, and Rebecca, all of Decatur; his father, Tom; three brothers, Mark (Rachael) of Charlotte, N.C., Craig (Jennifer) of Naperville, and Thad (Tricia) of
St. Louis; three sisters, Monica (Eric) Belby of Davenport, Iowa, Melaine (Nick) Pohlman of Geneva, and Audra of Chicago; his godmother, Aunt Donna Raclaw; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother. A gathering of family and friends will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home, Peachtree Chapel, Norcross, Ga. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church in Dunwoody, Ga. Interment will be at All Saints Columbarium in Dunwoody. A local memorial service will be at a later date in Sterling. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Atlanta Cancer Center or Habitat for Humanity.
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was drawn up to enforce it,â€? he said. The ordinance, which passed 8-0, eventually set the distance at 1,500 feet from outside the Reliant site perimeter. Wescott admitted that he didnâ€™t like the fact that the public received much of the information after the fact. That situation is a good example of why citizens must get involved in the civic process, Wescott said. â€œWhen you have questions, ask,â€? he said. â€œLook at committee agendas and minutes
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email@example.com or fax, STERLING â€“ Evelyn L. Johnson, 96, of Sterling, died 815-625-9390. Obituary corrections and Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Four Seasons Nursing clarifications will appear in Home in Morrison. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls the Corrections box on page A2 the next publication day. is handling arrangements.
Claims stemming from shutdown filed â€œBut it was the right decision, because if we hadnâ€™t, it would have backed up into homes and come out of the lift station door.â€? In accordance with emergency disaster protocol, plans were made to set up four water distribution centers, round up portable toilets, and get generators to light the distribution stations. Some of the 21 people in attendance wondered how much the infrastructure breakdown would cost and who was footing the bill. Insurance claims have been filed, and if any liability turns up during the investigation process, that would be pursued, Wescott said. The magnitude of the problem, however, dictates that everything be fixed as soon as possible. While on the subject of water, Ed Kobbeman of
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Rock Falls segued into the cityâ€™s action to bring 248 well water users onto the cityâ€™s water supply. â€œHow could [former] Mayor [David] Blanton condemn the wells with the stroke of a pen?â€? Kobbeman, one of the well owners, asked. â€œEveryoneâ€™s water tested fine; this was about generating revenue.â€? Wescott said the issue dates back to a 1970s state statute that said people within 200 feet of city lines should hook up. â€œDue diligence wasnâ€™t done to enforce the statute, and the ordinance
Dixon; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jim Point; her sister, Norene Witzel; her great-granddaughter, Riley Compton; and John Point, the father of her children. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday and the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon, with the Rev. Greg Downs officiating. Burial will be at Lighthouse Cemetery in Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home or the American Cancer Society. Visit www.farrellhollnadgale.com to send condolences.
STERLING â€“ Mary E. Smith Oâ€™Brien, 35, of Sterling, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at her home, STERLING â€“ Kathryn M. Green, 95, of Sterling, died after an extended illness. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Avonlea Cottages in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Homes are handling arrangements. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls is handling arrangements.
All obituaries, includMOUNT CARROLL â€“ Forrest E. Mowry, 92, of Mount ing death notices, are due Carroll, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Polo Rehab and by 2 p.m. Sunday through Friday for the following Health Care Center. Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll is dayâ€™s edition. They can be sent via e-mail, obituarhandling arrangements.
OREGON â€“ Janice L. Point, 89, of Oregon, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 13, 1924, near Oregon, the daughter of Earl and Ruth (Wingert) Arnold. She graduated from Oregon High School, and in 1945, from KSB School of Nursing. Janice was a member of Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Oregon, where she served as organist for many years. She was a registered nurse for many years, and retired from Franklin Grove Nursing Home. She is survived by her four children, Sue Day of Rock Falls, Dave (Cheryl) Point of Oregon, Pam (Roger) Aschbrenner of Sterling, and Vicky (Denny) Trotter of
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online. If you donâ€™t have a citizenry that challenges, officials may think that no one cares.â€? Fred Turk of Rock Falls asked the mayor what citizens could do to help him. â€œSeek out people in your wards to replace the people you arenâ€™t happy with,â€? Wescott said. â€œDonâ€™t allow people to have eight terms with no one else on the ballot.â€?
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