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Defense: Texts led to fatal fight Court to decide whether messages can be used as evidence in Sigler trial BY CHRISTI WARREN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 521
DIXON – Defense attorneys for a Dixon man accused of murdering his wife say that the couple’s Jan. 12 confrontation occurred because of sexual text messages the
man found on his wife’s cell phone. Defense attorney James Mertes said that discovery sparked a fight between Brian Sigler, 35, and his wife, Yolanda, that led to her death. Those text messages – sexual conversations that, the defense
says, occurred between Yolanda Sigler and another man – have been sealed by the court. Whether they can be used as eviBrian dence was the Sigler subject of a hearing Monday in Lee County Court. During the hearing, Brian
Sigler sat next to his attorneys – his handcuffs removed – and watched as they argued that the text messages sent and received by his wife should be admitted as evidence in his upcoming trial. “This is a case of a defendant actually walking in on an adulterous relationship,” Mertes said. Court documents submitted by the defense cite those texts as qualification for a charge of second-degree murder. The defense argues that evidence
of Sigler’s state of mind is absolutely necessary for a jury to decide whether this is a case of first- or second-degree murder. Someone commits the offense of second-degree murder, the defense argues, if “at the time of the killing ... [the defendant] is acting under a sudden and intense passion resulting from serious provocation by the individual killed.” TEXTS CONTINUED ON A4
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A downtown Sterling thermometer delivers the bad news as another cold snap has its icy fingers around the Sauk Valley. Temperatures in the low teens and more snow is forecasted for the rest of the week.
Murder charged in shaken-baby case Second grand jury adds charges against father BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 521
DIXON – Three new charges – including first-degree murder – have been filed against a
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Dixon man who is charged with killing his daughter by shaking her. In a new bill of indictment filed by the state, Charles T. George, 36, is charged with first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated battery of a child, and one count of aggravated domestic battery of a child.
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Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said a second grand jury was called after new information was obtained from doctors while she prepared for trial. She also cited a court decision made recently in a similar case. MURDER CONTINUED ON A4
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DIXON – To make it easier for developers to survey what properties are available in Dixon, the city launched a new database. The database was among the priorities that new City Administrator David Nord mentioned before he officially started the job. It launched last week, he said, and contains 21 vacant commercial properties for sale or lease and six undeveloped lots. It can be difficult to get developers to Dixon for a “cold visit,” if they David don’t have a specific Nord property in mind or an idea of what’s available, Nord said. Photos and information on the database could make it easier to let developers see what’s available from Chicago, Rockford and the Quad Cities. Those 27 local properties will also be listed on the state database, which is run by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Nord said, The Dixon database was among the first things Nord wanted to accomplish with the city, he said, because he saw the value in it while he was village administrator in Cherry Valley, a suburb of Rockford. “If you can make it easier for the people looking for sites, it’s all the better,” Nord said. DATABASE CONTINUED ON A2
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Charles T. George charged with first-degree murder
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The database can be found by going to www.DiscoverDixon.org and clicking on the “Business Development” link, then clicking the link to “Available Commercial Buildings and Sites in Dixon” on the left. To get a property or vacant lot listed in the database, call City Hall at 815288-1485.
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Calvin Breseman, Tanishq Dubey and Gustavo Farias are seniors at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. They created the Android-based Snow Day Calculator. â€œEverybody loves a snow day, so we decided to come up with a formula that would predict it,â€? Breseman told The DeKalb Daily Chronicle. â€œWe came up with a
preliminary idea for an algorithm and decided to make it into an app.â€? The cellphone application, or program, has been downloaded more than 1,000 times in a week nationwide â€“ from Boston to Detroit and even Houston. Itâ€™s been published by Boreas Applications. It works by analyzing information plugged in by users.
The app gives the user the chance of snow based on location. â€œWe havenâ€™t had any false positives,â€? Breseman said. â€œWe hope to add about 80 more cities in the U.S. before the end of break.â€? The app is free and the students said they hope to have an iPhone version available in the near future.
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Dixon has yet to advertise its new database to developers in Rockford, the Quad Cities and elsewhere, something that will likely happen after Jan. 1, Nord said. When
the database launched in Cherry Valley, he said, developers were calling within a month. The Dixon database lists properties at no cost to the property owners, Nord said, and a property â€œnot listedâ€? can be added within a few days after an owner contacts the city.
Demographic reports are available with each listing to show, for example, the population, median household size, median age, and median income for three radiuses. The listing also includes the building size, location from the
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ondayâ€™s newspaper included an article I wrote about Mayor Jim Burke exploring the idea of a bicycle-sharing program in Dixon. Itâ€™s a way, he said, to make the city more bikefriendly for residents and tourists. In addition to the bikesharing, Burke and the city will look into getting a national distinction for being bike-friendly, which is given by the League of American Bicyclists. According to the organization, Illinois is No. 9 in the country for being bike-friendly. Among the criteria the organization uses to designate a city as bike friendly are safe and convenient places to ride; fostering bike education; creating strong bike culture; ensuring safe roads for bikers; and making bicycles a viable transportation option. Ed Barsotti, the executive director of League of Illinois Bicyclists, said the city, even without a bikesharing program, is â€œon the right trackâ€? for the nation designation.
Lost on the cutting room floor â€“ An envelope arrived Dec. 23 in the mail at Dixonâ€™s City Hall. And in it was a check for $9.2 million, restitution to the city from the sale of property and assets of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell. I spoke with Burke about the check that day, just as I had done the Friday before, after I found out the check was on its way. The check arrived at City Hall just days before Christmas, and that timing wasnâ€™t lost on Burke. â€œWe thought itâ€™d be a nice Christmas present for the people,â€? he said. That quote didnâ€™t make it into the story, but I thought Iâ€™d give it a life here. â€“ In the Dec. 28 weekend edition of the paper, I wrote a story about changes to credit card statements in the Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Department. I spoke with Ogle County Stateâ€™s Attorney Mike Rock about the bills. Rock declined to give much information, citing his role as attorney for the Sheriffâ€™s Department and County Board, but he did say something early in our conversation that didnâ€™t make it to print. â€œI donâ€™t know if the records were altered,â€? he said. Attorneys are careful with their words, especially when speaking with a reporter on the record. I know Rock had spoken with the County Clerk Rebecca Huntley about her concerns that bills were being altered; he confirmed as much to me. And I saw for myself three instances of alterations when I went to the clerkâ€™s office a few weeks ago.
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For one reason or another, I couldnâ€™t find a way to include Rockâ€™s quote in the article so that it accurately represented what he said. However, I think itâ€™s an important quote. Thereâ€™s no reason to believe Rock was covering or trying to hide anything. But I feel what he said reinforced his role as the attorney for the Sheriffâ€™s Department. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong about that. Thatâ€™s why, if there was an investigation needed, it would go to an outside agency. Office is closed: This year, Christmas and New Yearâ€™s Day happen to be on a Wednesday, the day I hold my â€œoffice hoursâ€? at Books on First. So, Iâ€™ll make my return to the book store from 1 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 8, a week from tomorrow. Stop by and say hi, or let me know what I should be covering in Dixon. Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 815-284-2224, ext. 229. Follow him on twitter: @ MattMencarini.
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If itâ€™s a musical activity at Dixon High School, November Student of the Month Maribeth Johnson is involved in it.
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aribeth Johnson, 18, a senior at Dixon High School, is the November Student of the Month. She lives with her parents, Ruth and Dave Johnson, and brother, Patrick, 15. Favorite class: Choir is my favorite, because I love to sing, and I like being involved in our choir department. Top teacher: Dave Stanley, because he really challenged us to do our best. Extracurriculars: Iâ€™m involved in tennis, madrigals, jazz choir, jazz band, drama and Key Club. After graduation: I am going to college to study pre-med.
Favorite singer or musical group: Ricky Nelson. Favorite actor: David Tennant. TV show: â€œDoctor Whoâ€?. Hobbies: R e a d i n g , playing piano and listening to music. Favorite game or outdoor activity: Tennis. Favorite food: Mashed potatoes and peas. Biggest fear: Being stuck in a crowded area where I didnâ€™t know anyone. Least favorite class: Physics. What makes your blood boil? People who donâ€™t finish their sentences.
What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Country. Where are some of the places you like to hang out? I hang out at my friendsâ€™ houses, because we have fun watching movies and eating food together. Survival guide: Keeping a positive attitude and staying focused on your goals. Useless knowledge: Everything I learned in psychology. Iâ€™m in the dictionary next to: Musical; Iâ€™m involved in every musical activity offered at school. Secret twin: Iâ€™ve had people tell me I look like Anne Hathaway, but I
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donâ€™t really see it. Personal trivia: I enjoy tap dancing. Dream job: Iâ€™d like to try being a window washer on a skyscraper. Trading places: Iâ€™d love to be a Time Lord from â€œDoctor Whoâ€? and travel through space and time. Trading spaces: Iâ€™ve been to London before, and I would love to go back, because it is such a beautiful and historic city. Read this: â€œDevil in the White Cityâ€? by Eric Larson. Itâ€™s a crime novel about the Chicago Worldâ€™s Fair Shout out: Thanks to all my friends and family who support me all the way!
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OBITUARIES Eugene D. Gallentine DIXON â€“ Eugene Donald Gallentine, 80, of Dixon, died at 12:02 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. He owned and operated Geneâ€™s Service Inc. in Dixon for more than 30 years. He was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Dixon, to Leonard and Esther (Spigler) Gallentine. He married the former Gwen Brooks on Aug. 3, 1952, at the Brethren church in Dixon. She survives. He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dixon. Eugene was proud of his yard, having won the Lawn of the Month several times. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father. Also surviving are two sons, Douglas (Mary) Gallentine of Morris and Kyle (Donna) Gallentine
of Dixon; four grandchildren, Beth Simpkin of Roscoe, Nikki Greffin of South Beloit, Christie Horrie of Diamond, and Rustin Galletine of Dixon; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Flossie Nelson and Phyllis Kerley. Private visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, followed by private family services at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon, with the Rev. John Kalebaugh officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to End Polio Now or the American Heart Association. Go to www.chapelhilldixon.com to send condolences.
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Diana G. Miller DIXON â€“ Diana G. Miller, 68, of Dixon, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. She was born Dec. 16, 1948, in Pocahontas, Ark., the daughter of Jesse and Sadie (Strange) Miller. Survivors include two brothers, Kenny and Vendall Miller, both of Arkansas; one sister, Peggy Law of Rockford; and many friends at Kreider Center in Dixon.
She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of her life will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at Kreider Services, 500 Anchor Road, Dixon. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements. Visit www.thejonesfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
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Patrick James-Jude McCullough DIXON â€“ Patrick James-Jude McCullough, 44, of Dixon, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. He wa s b orn Sept. 2, 1969, in Dixon, the son of John and Beverly (Smith) McCullough. He had worked as a highway maintainer for the Illinois Department of Transportation for the past 12 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, the Knights of Columbus Council 690, and a Boy Scout leader. Patrick was a veteran of the Marine Corps. He married Stacie Wolford on Oct. 15, 1994, at St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon. Survivors include his wife; children, Samuel, Abigail, and Elizabeth McCullough, all at home; two brothers, John McCullough of Dixon and Edward
(McCullough) McNamara of Palm Springs, Calif.; two sisters, Lori (Rex) Meyer of Harmon and Michele (Lori Dorathy) Sulski of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rachel Rhae, and a brother, Thadeus. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Bernard Sehr, pastor, officiating. A memorial has been established for his childrenâ€™s education. Visit www.thejonesfh. com to send condolences.
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MOUNT CARROLL â€“ Joanna Lee Rogers, 61, of Fort PRINCETON â€“ Phyllis A. Ross, 97, of Princeton, died Lauderdale, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at her LAKE CARROLL â€“ Diane Kay Vallone, 72, of Lake CarFriday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Liberty Village in Princeton. roll, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at FHN Memorial Hoshome. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is handling Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll is pital in Freeport. arrangements. Law-Jones Funeral Homes is handling arrangements. handling arrangements.
Death toll hits 13 in railway station explosion No one claims responsibility for suicide bombing MOSCOW (AP) â€“ At least 13 people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia,
officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of Februaryâ€™s Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The National Anti-Terrorist Committee said the explosion at the central railway station in the city of Volgograd was set off by a suicide bomber. Vladimir Markin, a
spokesman for the nationâ€™s top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said that at least 13 people died in the blast. Russiaâ€™s Health Ministry said about 50 people were injured. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sundayâ€™s attack, but it came several months
after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games. Suicide bombings and other attacks linked to Islamic rebels have rocked Russia for years. In October, a female suicide bomber blew herself
up on a city bus in Volgograd, killing six people and injuring about 30. Officials said the attacker came from the province of Dagestan, which has become the center of an Islamist insurgency that has spread across the region after two separatist wars in Chechnya. Russian state television
reported that Sundayâ€™s explosion occurred at the security gate at the stationâ€™s entrance. Footage from a security camera facing the station that was broadcast by Rossiya 24 television showed the moment of explosion: a bright orange flash inside the station behind the main gate followed by plumes of smoke.
Judge will announce Home electricity use falling to 2001 levels decision on Jan. 15 ENERGY USE
Gadgets, homes becoming much more efficient
NEW YORK (AP) â€“ The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in peopleâ€™s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher. Because of more energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets, power usage is on track to decline in 2013 for the third year in a row, to 10,819 kilowatt-hours per household, according to the Energy Information Administration. Thatâ€™s the lowest level since 2001, when households averaged 10,535 kwh. And the drop has occurred, even though our lives are more electrified. Hereâ€™s a look at what has changed since the last time consumption was so low.
Better homes In the early 2000s, as energy prices rose, more states adopted or toughened building codes to force builders to better seal homes so heat or air-conditioned
In this combination of file photos, a man (top) looks at the back of a Sonyâ€™s 4K XBR LED television in Las Vegas, on Jan. 7, 2013. and a man (bottom) looks at a CRT television in Redwood City, Calif., on Oct. 18, 2006. Some 40-inch LED televisions bought in 2013 use 80 percent less power than the cathode ray tube televisions of the past. air doesnâ€™t seep out so directed toward homefast. That means newer efficiency programs. homes waste less energy. Better gadgets Also, insulated windows and other building techBig appliances such nologies have dropped as refrigerators and air in price, making retrofits conditioners have gotten of existing homes more more efficient thanks to affordable. In the wake federal energy standards of the financial crisis, bil- that get stricter ever lions of dollars in Recov- few years as technology ery Act funding was evolves.
A typical room air conditioner â€“ one of the biggest power hogs in the home â€“ uses 20 percent less electricity per hour of full operation than it did in 2001, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Central air conditioners, refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines and dryers also have gotten more efficient. Other devices are using less juice, too. Some 40-inch LED televisions bought today use 80 percent less power than the cathode ray tube televisions of the past. Some use just $8 worth of electricity over a year when used 5 hours a day â€“ less than a 60-watt incandescent bulb would use. Those incandescent light bulbs are being replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs that use 70 to 80 percent less power. According to the Energy Department, widespread use of LED bulbs could save output equivalent to that of 44 large power plants by 2027. The move to mobile also is helping. Desktop computers with big CRT monitors are being replaced with laptops, tablet computers and smart phones, and these mobile devices are specifically designed to sip power to prolong battery life.
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Lee County Stateâ€™s Attorney Anna SaccoMiller cited a state law that says any statement made by a deceased witness can be used as evidence, only if it was made under oath â€“ such as in a trial or other court proceeding â€“ so that the statement might have been challenged under cross-examination. â€œSheâ€™s not here to tell us that those were her [text messages],â€? Sacco-Miller said. â€œSheâ€™s not here to
deny or admit, because sheâ€™s dead. â€œThere is no proof of reliability of those out-ofcourt statements.â€? Judge Ron Jacobson will announce Jan. 15 whether he will allow the text messages as evidence. Police say that Brian Sigler admitted killing his wife in their home before stabbing himself repeatedly with a knife. He was found bleeding in their upstairs bathroom after their son called 911. He was being held on $2 million bond Monday at the Lee County Jail.
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â€œThere was a brand new case that came out on abusive head trauma that was, in my opinion, less overt than this was,â€? Sacco-Miller said. The defendant in that case, she said, was convicted of first-degree murder. The new indictment states that in September 2010, George committed first-degree murder
when he â€œknowingly, without lawful justification ... slammed T.O.G. on to the floor causing skull fractures and shook T.O.G. causing severe brain injury, rib fractures and retinal detachments which ultimately caused the death of T.O.G.â€? His daughter, 3-monthold Tamari, died 5 days later at a Rockford hospital. George remained in Lee County Jail on Monday on $1 million bond.
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Stateâ€™s past-due bills fall to $7.6 billion Next year doesnâ€™t promise to bring state much relief SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ Illinois will end 2013 with $7.6 billion in unpaid bills, a 15 percent reduction from a year earlier, officials said Monday. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had estimat-
ed the backlog would be closer to the $9 billion owed at the end of 2012. But an unexpected $1.3 billion infusion of tax receipts last spring helped, The Rockford Register-Star reported. The newspaperâ€™s story is part of GateHouse newspapersâ€™ series on Illinoisâ€™ backlog of unpaid bills. Still, 2014 doesnâ€™t promise to bring much relief.
For years, not-for-profits and other state contractors have come to count on faster payment in the spring when tax revenues are strong, but they expect to wait longer in the winter months when revenues have slowed and money has been spent for other budget matters. â€œThatâ€™s been the discernible pattern now for
several years, and itâ€™s not changing this year,â€? said Steven Langley, chief executive officer of Stepping Stones, a housing and treatment center for clients with severe behavior and mental health issues. Some might expect relief now that lawmakers finally adopted a plan for reforming the way government employees
are provided retirement pensions. The package approved this month would cut benefits and ensure government pays its fair share to save $160 million over 30 years. But it doesnâ€™t take effect until next year, and any savings wouldnâ€™t be realized for several years down the road. And before it can even take effect, retired teachers
and other educators have filed a lawsuit challenging the measureâ€™s constitutionality. â€œThere are simply too many unknowns right now,â€? Topinka spokesman Brad Hahn said. Organizations such as Stepping Stones in the meantime are preparing for a switch to managedcare programs for Medicaid clients.
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Citizens may apply on website Sunday CHICAGO (AP) â€“ Illinois State Police next week will begin taking applications from residents who want to carry concealed weapons, and as many as 400,000 are expected to be submitted in the first year, officials said Monday. Citizens may apply through the ISP website beginning Sunday, 6 months after Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of a concealed firearm. A federal judge ordered the state to enact the law, and state police had 180 days to begin accepting applications. Col. Marc Maton, who has overseen the process of building the system â€œfrom the ground up,â€? said heâ€™s confident it will be ready to go Jan. 5 but expects the agency will find ways to improve it. State police have been testing the website by allowing certified firearm instructors to apply for concealed-carry permits, and have received 900 applications so far from among the 2,100 instructors. On Thursday, citizens who have completed the required 16-hour training and have submitted electronic fingerprints will be permitted
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Illinois State Police Colonel Matt Maton speaks at a news conference Monday in Chicago. Maton said that State Police are ready to begin processing applications from residents who want to carry concealed weapons, and expect up to 400,000 applications in the first year. to begin applying to help test the websiteâ€™s capacity, Maton said. The application process will require some preparation. Applicants must obtain a digital â€œidentification,â€? a unique password of sorts that will allow them to digitally sign their application. They also will be asked for a valid driverâ€™s license or state identification number, a firearm ownerâ€™s identification card, a digital photo, addresses of every place theyâ€™ve lived for 10 years and proof theyâ€™ve undergone firearms training with a licensed instructor. They also must answer criminal history questions and undergo a background check that will include
records relating to crimes and mental health. Fingerprints may be submitted electronically to expedite the process, though theyâ€™re not required. Officials said that 10,000 people have already obtained digital IDs. Maton said state police expected to process 300,000 to 400,000 applications next year, based on the almost 330,000 applications the agency has received for firearm owner identification cards. Local law enforcement officials have been gearing up, too, with some offering electronic fingerprinting or technical help with the application process. They also will be able to object to individual applications.
DeKalb County officials are warning residents about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors after two members of a Sycamore family passed out from carbon monoxide exposure before help arrived. Four family members in the 1700 block of Brower Place, Sycamore, were transported to Kishwaukee Hospital for treatment of high carbon monoxide exposure this month, said Art Zern, assistant fire chief for the Sycamore Fire Department. The familyâ€™s furnace was not draining the exhaust properly, causing the exhaust to go back into the house. The family did not have a
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s 2013 draws to a close, we offer a sampling of the Sauk Valley Media Editorial Boardâ€™s editorials that appeared on this page during the past year. Happy new year, one and all! Graduation conflict ends; thanks â€“ Public high schools in Rock Falls and Sterling have agreed to no longer conduct their graduation ceremonies at the same time. We thank school officials for making this common-sense change. â€“ Jan. 2 Zemkeâ€™s advice is worth taking: â€œVote every timeâ€? â€“ Former Sterling Alderwoman Mae Zemke, who died this week, was passionate about local government and voting. Her legacy would be honored if more people took her advice and voted regularly. â€“ Jan. 11 Salute to a caring educator â€“ A former leader at Sterling Public Schools, who died over the weekend, will be remembered for his lifelong passion for education. We salute former Superintendent Wil Booker. â€“ Jan. 22 Effective use of grant Wil Booker money helps residents â€“ Sterling city leaders deserve credit for winning a federal housing grant and using it effectively. Many neighborhoods, and lives, have been improved. Well done. â€“ Jan. 25 Pilot project proves camerasâ€™ value; make them permanent â€“ Thursday marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Courtâ€™s pilot project to allow news cameras and video recordings in Illinois trial courtrooms. The experiment has proved camerasâ€™ value. Their presence in courtrooms should be made permanent. â€“ Jan. 26 Turning pain into a purpose â€“ A police chief and two legislators from the Sauk Valley helped win approval of Erinâ€™s Law. Children will be better protected against sexual abusers because of it. Congratulations to them and to the lawâ€™s namesake, Erin Merryn. â€“ Jan. 29 Horse-and-buggy government needs greater public scrutiny â€“ Townships have been around since Illinoisâ€™ horse-and-buggy days, when transportation was difficult and hyperlocal government was a necessity. Transportation has long since improved. Itâ€™s time to scrutinize townships to consider whether counties could take over their duties. â€“ Feb. 2 Sentence fits the crime; bravo! â€“ A major milestone in the prosecution of Dixonâ€™s former comptroller has been reached. Rita Crundwellâ€™s nearly 20-year prison sentence fits the crime. However, other prosecution, restitution, and prevention Rita Crundwell milestones lie ahead. â€“ Feb. 15 Government pays its debts â€“ thatâ€™s news! â€“ Three cheers to the Ogle County Board for paying off its Judicial Center debt 10 years ahead of time, thus saving taxpayers $2.7 million in interest. â€“ March 7 Release contract details before approval, not after â€“ Negotiators for Dixon teachers and school officials eventually will reach a tentative contract agreement. At that point, the tentative contract should be released to the taxpaying public. Itâ€™s the publicâ€™s obligation, after all, to pay for it. â€“ March 12 100 new jobs? Bring â€™em on â€“ We welcome SGS Refrigeration, and its 100 or more new jobs, to the Sauk Valley. May this cooling equipment manufacturer grow and prosper. â€“ March 15 Projectâ€™s goal: Improve the city through better neighborhoods â€“ A yearlong project to encourage better neighborhoods in Sterling has great potential to improve the community. We encourage churches and the general public to become involved. â€“ March 16 Pry open those contracts â€“ We oppose the hide-and-seek approach of public bodies toward newly negotiated employee contracts. We support a bill to guarantee contract transparency. â€“ March 21
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Voters should opt for savings â€“ Municipal electrical aggregation appears on the ballot in Dixon and other communities. We see no downside. Other area communities already reap the benefits. Vote yes. â€“ April 6 Time to hire interim city manager â€“ After using a city credit card for thousands of dollars in personal purchases, Dixonâ€™s director of public works, personnel and engineering, Shawn Ortgiesen, should resign. An interim Dixon city manager should Shawn be hired. Then, the city Ortgiesen should focus strongly on what form of government to adopt after its latest scandal. â€“ April 10 Help a river help our region â€“ The designation of the Rock River Trail as part of the National Water Trail System is no small achievement. We encourage local leaders and entrepreneurs to take full advantage of the benefits. â€“ April 13 Credit-card scandal exposes cityâ€™s flaws â€“ Dixonâ€™s flawed commission form of government has allowed a second city employee to use tax dollars for personal purchases. The lack of accountability is shocking. A new form of government must be recommended soon. â€“ April 17 Admiration for official; frustration with system â€“ A local drainage district that has only one functioning board member is an extreme example of what can happen when government units established many years ago are not reassessed, updated, or consolidated. The question must be asked, Is there a better way? â€“ May 7 Better feedback, better city â€“ One goal of the new Rock Falls mayor is to seek more feedback from the public. With that greater sense of public opinion, Mayor Bill Wescott hopes to be more responsive. We applaud Wescottâ€™s goal, and we Bill hope he is successful in Wescott achieving it. â€“ May 11 Integrity, honesty lacking in music program scandal â€“ The IHSA has punished the Oregon High School music program for violating music contest rules. The episode is a learning opportunity for students and adults alike. â€“ May 14 A contract worth inspecting â€“ Dixon residents have been given the opportunity to review a public employee union contract well before the city council takes final action. We applaud such transparency. We encourage the public to inspect and comment upon the document. â€“ June 22 A donation to remember â€“ The estate of a late Morrison businesswoman donated more than $100,000 to the Whiteside County government. Such generosity doesnâ€™t happen every day. The county should publicly and permanently honor Margaret Haines. â€“ June 27 The rehabilitation of George Ryan â€“ Free at last to come and go as he pleases, former Gov. George Ryan faces the legacy of a corrupt politician who
served time in prison. In his remaining years, Ryan ought to take up the cause of political and governmental reform. He certainly would speak from experience. Perhaps fellow Illinoisans would listen to him. And he could partially repair his tarnished George reputation. â€“ July 10 Ryan Hearts go out to Prophetstown over ruinous fire â€“ As Prophetstown residents adjust to life after eight downtown buildings were destroyed by fire, the hearts of many area residents go out to them. Area firefighters deserve praise for their effective response. â€“ July 18 Sandy survival of 6-year-old was miraculous â€“ After the earth swallowed 6-yearold Nathan Woessner, an amazing sequence of events saved his life. Could it be just luck? â€“ July 19 No mistake about it; system broke â€“ Does Nathan anyone in Dixon â€“ except Woessner for a couple of council members â€“ think that the municipal government overhaul should be anything short of a major shakeup? â€“ July 20 Community gets fine addition, and a lesson â€“ Heritage Crossing was envisioned with a clear â€œunderstandingâ€? that Dixon taxpayers would not be on the hook for construction costs that grant funding couldnâ€™t cover. It didnâ€™t turn out that way. â€“ Aug. 3 Voters will judge whether officials budgeted wisely â€“ Rock Falls city officials defended their travel and convention costs, which are higher than in larger municipalities in the Sauk Valley. Is such spending appropriate, or excessive? Thatâ€™s why we have elections. â€“ Aug. 7 â€œWhiteside 16â€? taught a lesson; compliance left up to the voters â€“ Sixteen Whiteside County Board members broke the Illinois Open Meetings Act last year, as determined by a Public Access Bureau attorney. Whiteside voters must ensure that County Board members learned their lesson. â€“ Aug. 15 Stateâ€™s attorney conflict defeats public interest â€“ When public interest consistently loses to political expediency, itâ€™s time to reform the system. Re-writing the job description of stateâ€™s attorney could help. â€“ Aug. 17 Wind farm lawsuit can stall project â€“ Opponents of Green River Wind Farm have, predictably, exercised their right to seek judicial review of the Lee County Boardâ€™s approval of the project. Even if their arguments are not strong, the plaintiffs could have time on their side. â€“ Aug. 27 Simple change could clarify meetings law â€“ Should members-elect â€“ those who were voted into office but have yet to be sworn in â€“ count in determining whether the public should be allowed into a meeting? We think the Open Meetings Act needs to make clear that they should be counted. â€“ Aug. 30 Twin City Joint Fire Command an excellent idea â€“ Rock Falls and Sterling
city councils are on the verge of combining the administrative functions of their fire departments. We praise city officials for their efforts to work together, save money, and improve efficiency. â€“ Sept. 6 Another year, another finalist for top teacher â€“ The Oregon School District has put together an amazing string of nominees for Illinois Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to the latest statewide Aaron Sitze finalist, Aaron Sitze. â€“ Sept. 11 Leaving job early breaks trust with voters â€“ The 89th District state representative will resign after serving 9 months of a 2-year term to pursue a new political opportuJim nity. Jim Saciaâ€™s decision Sacia deprives constituents of his experience and breaks faith with them. â€“ Sept. 14 Needs vs. wants: The $40 million dilemma â€“ The city of Dixon has serious financial needs, which the nearly $40 million recovered in the Crundwell scandal can help alleviate. But some of the peopleâ€™s wants should receive careful consideration. â€“ Oct. 12 Display policy a wise move â€“ Lee County is considering a policy that sets forth guidelines to govern displays on the courthouse grounds. Allowing a longstanding Nativity scene to continue, as well as opening the door to other displays in an unbiased manner, is a wise approach. â€“ Oct. 17 Salute to a â€œfull, vibrant lifeâ€? â€“ In the passing of Raymond H. Neisewander Jr., the Sauk Valley lost an influential and active business and community leader. We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and Ray Raynor colleagues. â€“ Nov. Niesewander 1 Crundwell questions remain; letâ€™s have answers â€“ Dixon residents need to learn everything possible from the sad, difficult, and expensive lesson that is the Rita Crundwell scandal. Mayor Jim Jim Burkeâ€™s decision to Burke cease answering questions about Crundwell does not serve the public interest. â€“ Nov. 2 Retired, but not retired â€“ When public school superintendents can retire, draw inflated pensions, and then rejoin the public school work force, somethingâ€™s not right. The entire system needs an overhaul to promote fairness, responsibility, and sustainability. â€“ Nov. 12 Twistersâ€™ impact spreads beyond disaster zones â€“ Sons and daughters of the Sauk Valley were in harmâ€™s way when tornadoes struck Illinois on Sunday. Let area residents continue to show heart-warming generosity toward the victims. â€“ Nov. 21 Distressed Coloma Township needs intervention â€“ Who will intervene in Coloma Township, a distressed government that has lost its way? Elected township officials must shoulder the responsibility, or resign and be replaced. An awakened public must hold them accountable. â€“ Nov. 23 Delays make justice elusive â€“ By the time Nicholas Sheley is tried for the killings of four people in Rock Falls, nearly 6 years will have passed. That is not our idea of justice. â€“ Dec. 12 â€œFiscal responsibilityâ€? and the Ogle sheriff â€“ Michael Harn promised â€œfiscal responsibilityâ€? while campaigning for Ogle County Sheriff in 2010. Some of his spending decisions since taking office seem Michael out of step with that Harn pledge. The Ogle County Board must exert more stringent oversight. â€“ Dec. 21
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Commuting, email traffic bring out womanâ€™s worst Dear Abby, Have you any advice for how a person can handle mornings better? No matter what I do, I start off every work day irritated and grumpy. I love the mornings, and even get up early so I can enjoy sitting with my coffee and relax before heading out the door. But as soon as I get out into traffic, Iâ€™m immediately in a bad mood. Then, sitting down at work and facing all the emails that come in from my global associates â€“ usually about some emergency that is plopped in my lap â€“ puts me in more of a foul mood. I actually like my job, despite what it sounds like. I just hate starting off every day like this. Telecommuting is not an
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Dear Abby, A cute little girl lives up the street from my husband and me and attends the same church we do. A few years ago we taught her in a Sunday school class. At the time, she developed a crush on my husband. We both laughed about it then and thought it was sweet. Fast-forward 3 years, and itâ€™s not so sweet anymore. Itâ€™s downright awkward. She runs up to my
husband multiple times while weâ€™re at church, while ignoring me. Last Sunday, she turned to me as she did it and announced, â€œHeâ€™s mine!â€? I stood there thinking, â€œUh, no â€“ heâ€™s mine.â€? I know this jealous reaction may seem silly and Iâ€™m trying hard not to feel this way, but it felt like I was fighting over my husband with an 8-year-old. He is aware of her crush and how I feel about it, but he doesnâ€™t want to hurt her feelings. Her mother knows about the crush, and we shared a laugh early on. What can I do? Would speaking to the girlâ€™s mother help? What should I say? Or would it make things more awkward? â€“ No Longer Amused in Ogden, Utah
Dear No Longer Amused, The cute little neighbor girl is no longer 5. Three years is a long time for a child to hang on to a crush. Because her behavior bothers you, tell her mother you find it excessive at this point and ask her to tell her daughter sheâ€™s getting too old to act that way. Itâ€™s the truth, and your husband should back you up.
Dear Wayne, I consider it a refreshingly positive way to start a day, and Iâ€™m sure others will agree and add it to their list of New Yearâ€™s resolutions. Thank you for sharing it.
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SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Wednesday, Jan. 1 New Year Holiday SVM has not received cancelation notices on these events. Dixon Kiwanis Club meeting, 7 a.m., private dining room, KSB Hospital, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Dixon Correctional retiree breakfast, 8 a.m., Rivers Edge Inn, 2303 W. First St., Dixon. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 9-11 a.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., closed, Church of the Brethren, 215 North Court St., Dixon. Nurturing Program, 9:15 a.m., Sinnissippi Centers Inc., 2611 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, 815625-0013. Narcotics Anonymous, 10 a.m., open, 403 13th Ave., Sterling. Senior Information Services, 10 a.m.-noon, Community United Church of Christ, 346 Chicago Ave., Savanna, 800-541-5479. Whiteside County Health Department free blood pressure clinic, 10-11 a.m., Peopleâ€™s National Bank, 112 Main St., Tampico. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.noon, Dixon Food Center â€“ Red Fox, 500 Chicago Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, grapevine; 3:30 p.m., closed; 6 p.m., closed, Spanish; 7 p.m., closed, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave.,
Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, Big Book; 6 p.m., closed, Big Book, tradition, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Sauk Valley Group Alcoholics Anonymous, noon and 8 p.m., open, Big Book; back door, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls. Free blood pressure check, 1-3 p.m., Amboy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 15 W. Wasson Road, Amboy, 815-8572550. Alcoholics Anonymous, 1:30 p.m., closed, Rochelle Community Hospital, 900 N. Second St. Low Vision Group, 1:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. American Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m., 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls. Appointment: 815-625-0382. Womenâ€™s Support Group, 5-6:30 p.m., Choices Domestic Violence Program office, 203 W. Market St., Mount Carroll. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m., closed, steps, tradition, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Chicago Ave., Davis Junction. YWCA sexual abuse survivors womenâ€™s group, 5:30-7 p.m., second floor, 115 W. First St., Dixon, email@example.com or 815625-0333. Pearl, a self-esteem support group of the YWCA Domestic Violence Program, 6 p.m., 815625-0333.
Menâ€™s Cancer Group, 6 p.m., Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, 815-288-4673. AWANA, 6:30-8 p.m., 3 years through sixth grade, Northside Baptist Church, 598 River Lane, Dixon, 815-288-5212. Carroll County Fair Board, 7 p.m., Milledgeville Bank basement, 451 N. Main Ave., 815244-9444. Touched By Suicide ... Survivors Gather, 7 p.m., Hospice of the Rock River Valley, 264 state Route 2, Dixon, 815-4382345. Dixon Sports Boosters Club Board meeting, 7 p.m., Dixon High School, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive. Wednesday worship at the barn, 7 p.m., Chaplin Creek Village, 1715 Whitney Road, Franklin Grove. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 560 U.S. Route 52, Amboy. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous 8 p.m., closed, Polo Town Hall, 117 N. Franklin Ave. Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District Board meeting, 8 p.m., United States Department of Agriculture Building, 16255 Liberty St., Morrison.
COMMUNITY EVENTS Wednesday, Jan. 1 New Year Holiday Holiday: SVM has not received cancelation notices on these events. Bingo, 1 p.m., Rock Falls American Legion Hall, 712 Fourth Ave. Community cards, 2 p.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815-4563000. Kings Kids Club, 6 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2002 Ninth Ave., Rock Falls, 815-579-1209 or 815625-4101. Sauk Valley Chess Club, 7-9 p.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8838. Thursday, Jan. 2 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-2889236. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St.., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Bingo and popcorn, 9-10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Line dancing, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St.., Oregon, 815-732-3252. 313 card game and Wii Bowling, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Community coffee, 10-11 a.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815-4563000. Friendly Needles, 10:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252.
Zumba class, 10:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Lifescape lunch, 11:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Mexican Train Dominoes, noon, Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Card players, 12:15 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. â€œHand and Footâ€? card game, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Euchre/500 games, 1-2 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Bingo, 1 p.m., Sterling Women of the Moose, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Euchre, 1-3 p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Chair massage, 1:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. There is a cost; registration necessary. Exercise group, 4 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815589-3925 Mexican food, 5-8 p.m., Rock Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars, 217 First Ave. Mexican Train dominoes, 6 p.m., Tampico Area Community Building, 106 W. Market St., Tampico, 815-535-3665. Bingo, 7 p.m., Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. Fourth St., Sterling, 815-625-8290.
Thursday, Jan. 2 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and Family Planning Services, all by appointment only, Suite 100, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Dixon, 815-284-3371. Abuse Changing team, 815625-0338. Twin City Sunrise Rotary, 7 a.m., Ryberg Auditorium, CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. TOPS IL 1426, 8:30-9 a.m. weigh-in, meeting at 9 a.m., Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St., Rock Falls. TOPS IL 825, 9-10 a.m. weighin, meeting at 10 a.m., Coventry Activity Center, 612 St. Maryâ€™s Road, Sterling, 815-626-0034. Exercise with Cher, 9-10 a.m., Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Golden K Kiwanis, 9:30 a.m., YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, Sterling. Free blood pressure check, 10-11:30 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed; 5:30 p.m., open, beginners; 7 p.m., closed, step, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling.
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So many options are available, yet really there is only one TV choice when ringing in the new year. Itâ€™s â€œDick Clarkâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Rockinâ€™ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2014.â€? Thatâ€™s a mouthful of a show title, but itâ€™s only fitting because this show, airing on ABC, is also the biggest by far of the countdown-tomidnight shows. Other networks will do many of the same things, such as broadcasting the famous ball drop from Times Square in New York City, where an estimated 1 million people will gather to see it in person. But Clark, who died in 2012, staked a claim on televising this party back in 1972 and turned the musicbased Times Square countdown into a national tradition. Even if you donâ€™t care for the ubiqui-
tous Seacrest, Clarkâ€™s handpicked successor, and the caliber and quantity of the musical guests still make the bicoastal â€œRockinâ€™ Eveâ€? party the best one on TV. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blondie, Icona Pop and Miley Cyrus are among those performing live from Times Square. The West Coast lineup includes Capital Cities, Daughtry, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke and the Fray. And Billy Joel will perform after midnight from Brooklyn. It all begins at 7 p.m. with a 2-hour â€œ30 Greatest Women in Musicâ€? show thatâ€™s just filler. But be sure to switch over at 9 p.m., when prime-time festivities begin. Here are some additional New Yearâ€™s Eve TV highlights:
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â€œNew Yearâ€™s Eve Liveâ€? (11 p.m. on Fox): Foxâ€™s 90-minute Las Vegas-based broadcast is hosted by Mario Lopez from the Vegas Strip, although the network will cut away to New York for the ball drop. Musical performers include J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic! At the Disco. â€œAll-American New Yearâ€? (8 p.m. on Fox News Channel): Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill Hemmer will host this 3 1/2-hour show from Times Square. The musical lineup includes Rodney Atkins, Blues Traveler and Susan Boyle. Additionally, Fox News personalities and guests will share New Yearâ€™s resolutions via Vine videos throughout the program. â€œNew Yearâ€™s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffinâ€? (8 p.m. on CNN): The
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ST. LOUIS â€“ It takes a little courage the first time you saute onions with Indian spices and mix them into your oatmeal, but the queasy feeling passes. I promise. Iâ€™ll admit that I wasnâ€™t an instant convert. It felt like sacrilege. Violating your childhood treat with veggies and soy sauce still feels a bit â€Ś well, unsavory, but Iâ€™d like to change that. At a recent dinner, I served a curried steel-cut oatmeal dish with chicken and mixed peppers, but I waited until everyone applauded the texture and flavors before I confessed that â€œOh, by the way â€Ś thatâ€™s not quinoa.â€? No one complained, but there was a momentary look of dread in which you could see them pondering the question of whether to feel sick. Suggesting roasted meat, red peppers and oatmeal to the uninitiated can seem as farfetched as recommending spinach on a PB&J. However, despite its distinct breakfast connotation, oatmeal is just a grain. Correction: Itâ€™s one of the least expensive whole grain options you can buy. And now you can buy bulk because you can use it sweet or savory. Oatmeal pancakes today, oatmeal jambalaya the next. Once you wrap your head and your tastebuds around the alternatives, youâ€™ll discover that oatmeal just might be the most versatile grain around. Brown rice is higher in calories and canâ€™t compete with the sweet side of oatmeal; besides it lacks that coldweather comfort appeal. Barley, bulgar and quinoa would be the most likely next tier of rivals, but they are typically harder to come by and much more expensive. Not to mention that these savory menu items just donâ€™t have much sweet breakfast cachet. Oatmeal is a chameleon, especially steel cut, which has more nutritional value. But any variety of oatmeal is vaguely sweet, a great quality for curries and an added dimension in traditional savory dishes and stir-frys. Cook it a little longer and slower and the texture can be an alternative to creamy mashes like potatoes and other root vegetables. Oatmeal Au Gratin, anyone? How about Broccoli-Cheddar Oatmeal Risotto? I know, I know, youâ€™re not convinced. The Whole Grains Council describes oats like this: â€œIn the U.S., most oats are steamed and flattened to
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The secret savory side of oatmeal will enhance this recipe for broccoli-cheddar oven risotto. produce â€˜old-fashionedâ€™ or regular oats, quick oats and instant oats. The more oats are flattened and steamed, the quicker they cook â€“ and the softer they become. If you prefer a chewier, nuttier texture, consider steel-cut oats, also sometimes called Irish or Scottish oats. Steel-cut oats consist of the entire oat kernel (similar in look to a grain of rice), sliced once or twice into smaller pieces to help water penetrate and cook the grain. Cooked for about 20 minutes: steel-cut oats create a breakfast porridge ...â€? Et tu, Whole Grain Council. No matter, I am not deterred. Iâ€™m winning converts by the day who now pause at the kitchen cabinet when the oatmeal water is boiling to wonder soy sauce or the honey? Cranberries and cinnamon or spinach and minced garlic? Heart-healthy, low-calorie, cholesterol-lowering (typically gluten-free) oatmeal has always been so simple and uncomplicated. It was most definitely one of the first foods I learned to cook, though my preparation has evolved. My first meals were rolled oats stewed to a yummy sweet mush in whole milk and sugar with a pinch of salt. I still crave it just like that sometimes. But my typical oats today are steel cut and slow cooked in a mix of almond milk and water flavored with pumpkin pie spice, agave syrup and a dash of salt thatâ€™s served with pecans, coconut, dried fruit and other toppings. Iâ€™ve dedicated a shelf of my refrigerator as a DIY oatmeal bar. Weâ€™ve got some recipe suggestions here, but Iâ€™ll tell you that you can easily swap oatmeal for grits, rice and most other grains. And weâ€™d sug-
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gest adding a little milk (whatever milk choice you prefer) to enhance the sweet, creaminess â€“ a great quality for the shrimp and oatmeal recipe here. Itâ€™s oatmeal; you donâ€™t have to hide that fact when it can be such a great addition to the dish.
Spicy Oat Crusted Chicken with Sunshine Salsa Yield: SERVINGS &OR THE SUNSHINE SALSA 3 â „4 cup prepared salsa 3 â „4 cup coarsely chopped orange sections &OR THE CHICKEN 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon soft margarine or butter, melted 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 3 â „4 teaspoon salt 1- Â˝ cups quick oats, uncooked 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon water 4 boned and skinned chicken breast halves (about 5 to 6 ounces each) Chopped cilantro (optional) 1. -AKE THE SALSA )N A SMALL BOWL COMBINE SALSA AND ORANGE SECTIONS 2EFRIGERATE COVERED UNTIL SERVING TIME 2. (EAT OVEN TO DEGREES )N A FLAT SHALLOW DISH STIR TOGETHER OIL MELT ED MARGARINE OR BUTTER CHILI POWDER GARLIC POW DER CUMIN AND SALT !DD OATS STIRRING UNTIL EVENLY MOISTENED
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Southern Shrimp and Oatmeal Yield: SERVINGS 1 Â˝ cups water 1 Â˝ cups fat-free, lowsodium chicken broth 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup steel cut oats 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese 2 tablespoons butter, divided 3 â „4 teaspoon hot sauce, divided Â˝ cup cubed or sliced andouille sausage 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound large Gulf Shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 tablespoons Wondra flour 1 cup sliced mushrooms 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
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Broccoli-Cheddar Oven Risotto Yield: 4 servings 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Â˝ small onion, finely chopped 1 3â „4 cups steel-cut oats Âź cup dry white wine Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces) 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bring the chicken broth to a low simmer in a saucepan. Toss the broccoli with olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven or ovenproof pot over mediumHIGH HEAT !DD THE onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about MINUTES !DD THE OATS and stir to coat. Pour in the wine and cook until evaporated, about MINUTE !DD THE HOT broth, 3â „4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; bring to a boil. 3. Cover and set on the bottom oven rack. Place the broccoli on the upper rack. Bake, stirring the oatmeal and broccoli once halfway through cooking until most of the liquid has been absorbed into the oatmeal and the broccoli is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. 4. Remove the oatmeal and broccoli from THE OVEN !DD 3â „4 cup hot water, the remaining 1 tablespoon butter
and the cheese to the oatmeal and stir until creamy (add a little more hot water to loosen, if necessary). 5. Stir in broccoli and serve. Per serving: 570 calories; 28g fat; 13g saturated fat; 50mg cholesterol; 26g protein; 62g carbohydrate; 3g sugar; 11g fiber; 305mg sodium; 320mg calcium. â€“ Adapted from BroccoliCheddar Oven Risotto dish with arborio rice from Food Network Magazine (November 2013)
Savory Oatmeal and Soft-Cooked Egg Yield: 1 serving 1 cup water or chicken broth Â˝ cup quick-cooking rolled oats Coarse salt and ground pepper Nonstick cooking spray 1 large egg
2 tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions 2 slices of cooked bacon (optional) 1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water (or chicken broth) to a boil. !DD OATS AND PINCH OF salt; stir, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, heat a small nonstick pan over medium. Coat lightly WITH COOKING SPRAY !DD egg and cook until white is set and yolk is still runny, about 3 minutes. Season egg to taste with salt and pepper. Serve oatmeal in a bowl topped with cheese, egg, scallions and bacon (if using). Per serving: 295 calories; 12g fat; 4.5g saturated fat; 200mg cholesterol; 16g protein; 30g carbohydrate; 2g sugar; 5g fiber; 170mg sodium; 170mg calcium. â€”From Martha Stewart Living
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In Memoriam 2013 Remembering loved ones weâ€™ve lost this year... Frances Black-Wright 1926-2013
You always said,â€œI love you more.â€? Now you shout from Heavenâ€™s door. Forever in our heart, Memories wonâ€™t depart, God is our comfort forevermore.
I love and miss you dearly. You will never be forgotten. I can not wait to be with you in Heaven. LaDonna Fay Maldonado 11/2/48 - 1/23/13
Not a day goes by where we donâ€™t think of you. Sadly missed by, Your Family Karolynn Mager 9/26/43 - 12/15/12
Rhonda Topp 1967 - 2013
Karen M. Kreger 12/27/35 - 12/25/12
You are missed so everyday. You will always be in our hearts Your smile, your voice and your laugh! Mom, Robbie, Cillia and Family, Boys
Our first Christmas without you. We miss you! Love You, Dad, Ronni & Renee
You could have been anything you wanted, but you chose to be a Mom. In loving memory. Your Kids, Tom, Pat, Dolores, Betty, Bob & Jeanette Dolores Owen - Chase - Asp 2/7/26 - 6/9/13
Nestoria Leal 2/26/23 - 6/5/13
- Tina Maldonado
You may be out of sight, but you will never, ever, be out of mind. Love, Your Entire Family
Those we love donâ€™t go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard but always near still loved, still missed and very dear. Debra Tucker 1954-2013
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This week we are looking at the 2013 International Bridge Press Association awards. The Yeh Bros. Best Bid of the Year was given to Peter Bertheau from Sweden. The journalist prize went to Micke Melander from Sweden. Bertheau had the North hand, playing in the 2012 World Mind Sports Games (formerly World Team Olympiad) final against Poland in Lille, France. (This event took place too late for inclusion in that year’s awards.) South opened two hearts, which showed a six-card suit and 10-13 high-card points. West overcalled four diamonds, Leaping Michaels, indicating at least 5-5 in spades and diamonds.
Bertheau now set out to try to buy the contract at any level. He responded only four hearts. East jumped to five spades to invite a slam, but West
was not interested, having a weaker hand in high-card terms than normal for Leaping Michaels. Bertheau continued his plan with six hearts. And when East took a safety-bid with six spades (it seemed that both sides had a double fit), Bertheau moved on to seven hearts. Certain that this was a sacrifice, East doubled. But the contract was laydown for plus 2,470. At the other table, NorthSouth had a misunderstanding, eventually stopping in six hearts. East sacrificed in six spades, doubled and down one. This gave Sweden 20 international match points en route to the title. The Swedish Bridge Federation website called this Bertheauvenly, © 2013 UFS
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NEW YORK (AP) â€“ As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a few gadgets and services deserve a second look. Itâ€™s become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. Thatâ€™s why coming up with a â€œbest ofâ€? list for 2013 proved difficult. So instead of a comprehensive list, Iâ€™m highlighting big trends. These are also areas where further innovations are like-
Better camera phones This was the first year I didnâ€™t mind leaving my point-and-shoot and fullbodied, SLR cameras at home. Camera phones have gotten good enough to stand in for those stand-alone cameras in many situations. Of the ones I tried, Appleâ€™s iPhone 5S proved to be the best as an allaround camera. Itâ€™s good at getting the auto-focus right, even for moving objects. A larger sensor and an improved flash compared with previous models means better
Serkan Ozsarac uses his cellphone camera with girlfriend Beyza Buyuker in Chicago. Competition is more intense than ever in the camera phone market, which means consumers have more choices than ever. shots in low light. Given how frequently people use their phones to take photos, expect even more improvements in the coming year.
MONEY & MARKETS The following stock quotations, as of 5 p.m., are provided as a community service by Chad Weigle of Edward Jones, Dixon and Raymond James and Associates, Sterling. Abbott...................................38.41 Alcoa.....................................10.53 AltriaCorp.............................38.35 Autonation...........................49.84 American Express................89.59 Arris-Group..........................24.11 Apple..................................654.52 ADM.....................................43.69 AT&T.....................................35.19 Bank of America...................15.54 Boeing.................................135.91 BorgWarner..........................55.96 BP..........................................48.19 Caseyâ€™s..................................70.53 Caterpillar.............................90.87 CenturyLink.........................31.94 Chevron..............................124.21 Cisco.....................................22.25 Citigroup...............................51.93 CNW.....................................39.46 CocaCola..............................41.09
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Personalized technical support It used to be when you couldnâ€™t figure out how a product worked, you
called your tech-savvy children. With Mayday on Amazonâ€™s new Kindle Fire HDX tablets, you no longer need to do that. Instead, just tap the Mayday button, and youâ€™ll be connected to a live customer service representative within seconds, even at 4 a.m. on a weekend. Amazonâ€™s representatives can help you install apps, connect to Facebook or tackle anything else confounding you. They have a virtual orange marker to point you to buttons and menus on the screen. They also can take over your machine remotely and do it for you.
Shackle-free phone plans The traditional way of buying phones: Pay $100 or $200 for a phone, and stay locked to your wireless carrier for 2 more years. The new way: Buy or bring your own phone. Leave any time. T-Mobile introduced that concept in March when it split the monthly phone bill into two parts â€“ one for the device, and the other for the voice, text and data services. If you already have a device or have finished paying for it, your overall bill goes down. If you need a phone, you pay full retail price, spread out into monthly installments.
High price for ultra-high-definition TV MCT News Service
Samsung has priced its new 110-inch ultrahigh-definition television at $152,000. The TV, which has four times the resolution of standard highdef TVs, is available in South Korea, China
and the Middle East, according to the Associated Press. As larger TVs become more popular, television manufacturers have been racing to create sets that are not only bigger, but also sharper. Picture quality tends to
decrease as screen size grows, forcing viewers to move farther away in order to get an ideal view. Although ultra-HD has superior picture quality, the TVs suffer from a lack of content and extremely high prices.
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POLO 67, EASTLAND 65
Daunting task faces Bears
Polo’s Matthew Handel (left) and Brian Cavanaugh celebrate after the Marcos beat Eastland 67-65 for the championship of the Eastland tournament in Lanark. Cavanaugh hit the game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds left.
GRAND FINALE Cavanaugh’s game-winner caps Marcos’ 12-0 run BY BRIAN WEIDMAN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 555
Star of the game: Brian Cavanaugh, Polo, 28 points Key performers: Dalton Shaner, Eastland, 29 points; Skylar Paulson, Eastland, 17 points, 13 rebounds
LANARK – Eastland learned there’s nothing free about free throws, and Polo was there to take advantage. The Marcos closed with a 12-0 run over the last 2-plus minutes, during which time the Cougars struggled mightily at the freethrow line, and Polo was able to steal a 67-65 victory on Monday night in the championship
game of the Eastland Holiday Tournament. Senior guard Brian Cavanaugh provided the game-winner with 1.3 seconds remaining when he dropped in a 10-footer from the right wing. “This is amazing,” Cavanaugh said. “This is our first championship win we’ve had at the varsity so far. It’s just great. You should hear our locker room.” Eastland (9-2) used a 13-0 run to seize a 50-37 lead with 3:05
remaining in the third quarter, and the lead was still at 10 points (65-55) when Blake Janssen dropped in a pair of free throws with 3:17 to go in the fourth. As it turned out, those were the last points scored by the Cougars. Eastland went 0-for-7 from the line in the final 1:33, and with each miss by the Cougars, the Marcos made them pay. The final four of those misses were by senior guard Devin Hartman. FINALE CONTINUED ON B5
arc Trestman scored well in many areas in his first season as Bears head coach, specifically in overseeing the dramatic improvement of one of the league’s weakest offenses and a significant thawing of the icy relationship Lovie Smith had with the Bears’ faithful. An objective look at the Bears’ 2013 season, however, shows the team also took some steps backward. Smith was fired for going 10-6 and failing to make the playoffs in his ninth year as the head coach. Is it reasonable to laud Trestman for going 8-8 and also failing to make the playoffs, after getting blown out in Week 16 by the Eagles and then losing at home on the last day of the season to the Packers, when one win would have clinched the division title? While Trestman should be applauded for the almost surreal growth of Josh McCown, upgrades to Jay Cutler and significant gains on offense, as the boss, he also has to shoulder the weight for the descent of one of the league’s better defenses under Smith to one of the worst in the NFL. Where does general manager Phil Emery fit in all of this? Irrespective of what Brian Urlacher may have had left, the decision to not bring him back doesn’t look good. ARKUSH CONTINUED ON B4
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Two coaches of a kind Shaw, Dantonio not looking to leave successful posts BY GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES – Stanford’s David Shaw and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio have built powerhouse teams over the last few years, and so far they’ve both stuck around when bigger football powers with deeper pockets came calling. When the Spartans and Cardinal clash in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, Dantonio and Shaw will demonstrate the power of persistence in building a winner. Shaw usually just chuckles when he’s connected with head coaching vacancies in the NFL or at the nation’s top college programs. “To be honest, it’s unbelievably flattering,” he said Monday. “I think it’s really cool.” In his own understated way, Dantonio takes the same approach to their unpredictable profession. “When we came here 7 years ago, we made a
Michigan State vs. Stanford When: 4 p.m. Wednesday Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. TV: ESPN statement this is where we wanted to come,” Dantonio said. “We’re here now. We’ve accomplished that goal. Now we need to figure out, do we belong? That’s another opportunity, statement, challenge.” Both coaches have turned themselves into valuable properties by building formidable programs – and then staying at two schools sometimes considered stepping stones. COACHES CONTINUED ON B4
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio takes questions on Monday during a news conference for the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. Michigan State plays Stanford on Wednesday.
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