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Police: One injured in Rock Falls motorcycle accident

ROCK FALLS, Ill. (KWQC) - One person was injured Saturday after a single-vehicle accident in Rock Falls, according to police. Officials say Rock Falls Police responded to the 500 block of West 6th Street at about 10:17 p.m. Saturday for a report of a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. Officers on scene found the injured driver, who later was airlifted to Rockford due to the severity of injuries, police said.
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Woodlawn Arts Academy Spring/Summer Events Follow-up (photos)

Woodlawn Preschool Academy, a program of Woodlawn Arts Academy, hosted its annual graduation ceremony in late April. Ten students were promoted to kindergarten. Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Call 815-626-4278 or stop in the Woodlawn office to register or for a tour of the DCFS-licensed preschool.
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BREAKING: Convicted murderer Fred Grabbe to be released on parole July 15

MARSHALL, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Convicted murderer Fred Grabbe is scheduled for mandatory supervised release from an Illinois prison on July 15. The Illinois Department of Corrections confirmed the parole date with According to court documents obtained from the Clark County Circuit Court, Fred Grabbe was sentenced on September...

Chance of severe storms on Independence Day

We are starting our morning off with some foggy areas out there again. Leave a few extra minutes for traveling early Sunday morning. The fog will mix out soon with the sun rising and winds picking up slightly. A very stray shower cannot be ruled out later Sunday, but the...
Rochelle News-Leader

Looking at the progress of the downtown in the past 5 years

ROCHELLE — In recent years, the downtown area of Rochelle has seen various new businesses and development projects. Most recently, in a decision made by the Rochelle City Council earlier this month, a development agreement with Seldal Properties, LLC was approved for a $1 million redevelopment of 318, 320, 322, 324 and 326 Lincoln Highway that will consist of mixed-use retail and residential space. The city will reimburse Seldal Properties, LLC $300,000 after the completion of the project with tax increment financing money as part of the development agreement.
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Area farmers seeing costs rise due to inflation and high fuel prices

ROCHELLE — Fuel costs have risen around $2 per gallon between just before spring planting and now for Steward-area corn, soybean and cattle farmer Dean Svela. Fuel tanks on tractors can range between 250-425 gallons. “That adds up a lot when you're filling up a tractor,” Svela said. “$5...
Rochelle News-Leader

Papke retires from RMS after 30 years as shop teacher

ROCHELLE — Mark Papke’s mantra as a shop teacher at Rochelle Middle School when speaking to students was “plan your work, work your plan.”. Papke retired earlier this year after 30 years at RMS. The reason he got into teaching was because he enjoys helping others and showing them how a process goes. He likes seeing students’ eyes light up when they learn something. He wanted to teach kids to present the best possible project when they take it home finished for their moms and dads.

National foundation pays full mortgage of fallen Sterling firefighter

In honor of Independence Day, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Thursday it has paid, in full, the mortgages held on the home of fallen Sterling Fire Captain Garrett Ramos, Chicago Police Officer Paul Nauden, and Wayne County Deputy Sheriff Sean Ian Riley. On December 4, 2021 Sterling Fire Captain...
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RMU Generation Plant works to cut power costs in the summers

ROCHELLE — Last summer, operators at the Rochelle Municipal Utilities Generation Plant worked 24/7 for 15 straight days to power the downtown area due to a transformer issue. That’s just one ability that the facility at 127 N. 9th St. has. Most of the time, it’s used as a...

Buc-ee’s Better Watch Out, Missouri & Illinois Have Wally’s

Have you ever heard of Wally's? I hadn't until I started road tripping back to Chicago and stumbled upon Wally's in a cornfield off of Interstate 55 in Pontiac, Illinois. I was intrigued by the gas station/monument to consumerism but just kept on trucking since I figured I could go several more exits before having to fill up my tank. When I saw Only In Your State talking about Wally's off of Interstate 44 in Fenton, well I knew I had to learn a little bit more about it.

Fire District Benefits From Moore Foundation, Ambulance Service Adds Drivers

The Prophetstown Fire Protection District learned they were the recipient of two donations from Prophetstown’s Moore Foundation during their June board meeting. The fire department received a grant in the amount of $22,000 for 20 portable radios and signal repeater. The system will help boost communication in the southern part of the district.
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RCH staff plays role in caring for stroke patients

ROCHELLE — Rochelle Community Hospital recently had its designation as an acute, stroke-ready hospital (ASRH) renewed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. “That designation requires us to show that we provide certain aspects of stroke care,” RCH Emergency Services Manager Janis Astle said. “And we're small of course, however, we're good at what we do. A lot of it is recognition, diagnosis and quick transfer. It's an important service that we offer the community.”

A foggy and cool start Saturday morning

It’s a foggy start to the day for some Stateline counties this morning. Most places are up to full visibility but Rochelle is currently under a mile of visibility. Savanna is down to seven miles, Rockford down to nine, and Sterling down to three as of 6:15am. The comfortable...

Illinois State Police make arrest for aggravated distracted driving after fatal Ogle County crash

DOWNERS GROVE – The Illinois State Police say they arrested 53-year old Frank Hightower III of Rockford for Aggravated Use of an Electronic Communication Device Causing a Death. In February, troopers responded to a fatal traffic crash involving two vehicles on Interstate 88 westbound near Rochelle. They say a westbound tractor-trailer struck the rear of a passenger vehicle, killing the driver. During the course of the investigation, authorities say Hightower was unlawfully using an electronic communication device while driving at time of the crash. The Ogle County State’s Attorney Office approved one count of Aggravated Use of an Electronic Communication Device Causing a Death against Hightower. He was taken into custody and is being held at the Ogle County Jail on a $100,000 bond.