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Rock Falls home condemned due to infestation of bats

"I've heard that is probably in the hundreds, is a good guess. The neighbors say they have counted up to 280 coming out in the nights and evening," said city inspector Mark Searing.


City of Rock Falls evacuating specific areas following 'high pressure gas leak'

ROCK FALLS, Ill. (KWQC) -The city of Rock Falls is evacuating parts of the city following a high-pressure gas leak.The city posted to its Facebook page around 8:30 a.m. saying the area of 2nd Street between 1st - 4th Avenues were blocked off. The city said due to wind speed and direction, the locati


Rental property condemned after bat invasion

Carla Dennison rents the upstairs apartment at 406-406 1/2 Seventh Ave. from Wedad Farraj, who lives in Polo. Dennison, who has been battling breast cancer, now must find a safe place for herself and two family members. It was also recommended that they get rabies shots.

SAUK VALLEY DAILY GAZETTE - 2018-08-16 00:00:00

First Look Frenzy: Dixon Dukes

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR)For any high school coach, you will take all the help that you can get and for Dixon's Dave Smith, he's getting just that from his upperclassmen.

WIFR - 2018-08-15 21:48:00

Jury renders guilty verdict in shooting trial

A jury trial commenced Monday for Dairramey C. Moore, 32, 101 18th Ave. North, No. C. The jury on Wednesday found Moore guilty of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a class C felony, and reckless use of a firearm, an aggravated misdemeanor. The jury returned a not guilty verdict on one count of g

CLINTON HERALD - 2018-08-16 22:23:27

Nippon Sharyo confirms closing of Rochelle facility

Although the railcar manufacturer will no longer be in Rochelle, city officials said they are working together with Nippon Sharyo to fill the facility, which will brings jobs back to the community.

ROCHELLE NEWS-LEADER - 2018-08-17 15:33:32

Bigger, better and brand new: Challand welcomes public to fine arts center and gym

The public got a look at the newly completed fine arts and gymnasium center at Challand Middle School in Sterling on Wednesday during an open house. The 42,000-square-foot, $8 million expansion, which was finished Friday, features four basketball/volleyball courts, fitness and athletic training room


Fiery vehicle crash slowed I80 traffic near Geneseo

A Kia was traveling westbound on I80 in at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic, and following too closely to other vehicles when it struck a truck in the left lane.

KWQC - 2018-08-16 22:00:00

Locals react to Nippon Sharyo closing

Closing for good. By the end of August, Nippon Sharyo will be shutting down their plant in Rochelle. Since 2015, the Japanese company has shrunk its workforce due to a decreased workload.

MYSTATELINE.COM - 2018-08-17 03:12:27

It's the Year of the Dog: Spotlight on America's Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers

STERLING, Ill: According to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the year of the dog, which makes the annual Dirty Dogs Campaign even more poetic.

NEW KERALA - 2018-08-17 12:38:20

Local police agencies searching for domestic violence suspect

STEPHENSON COUNTY, Ill. - Police are searching for a suspect, Ryan "Kyle" Johnson, who is wanted in connection with a domestic battery incident that occurred Wednesday morning.


Rochelle's Nippon-Sharyo manufacturing plant to close

ROCHELLE, Ill. - Rochelle's Nippon Sharyo railcar manufacturing plant is set to close and the building is up for auction, city leaders confirmed on Thursday.

MYSTATELINE.COM - 2018-08-16 21:15:10

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including Illinois

The states included are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.


Fulton schools hiring a school resource officer

FULTON, Illinois -- Fulton Police officer Jeremy Leitzen will walk the halls of Fulton Community High School beginning this October, following the City Council's vote to provide funding for a school resource officer.

WQAD - 2018-08-15 22:36:38

Caleb's miracle: 'Everything they said he couldn’t do, he is doing'

Caleb Clausen, 7, was involved in a near-tragic accident involving a motorized scooter and a tanker truck last September, but has fought back from his many injuries.

QUAD CITIES ONLINES - 2018-08-15 22:20:00

Dixon woman cited following fatal accident

Diane Shipman, 50, of Dixon was charged with failure to yield at an intersection after the accident that happened at 12:22 p.m. Saturday at Route 251 and North 46th Road, north of Mendota, Illinois State Police District 17 said.


Visitors consume 25 tons of corn at Sweet Corn Festival

Buy NowMendota High School marching band plays in the parade at the 71st annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival. The band won the Queen’s Choice award, according to Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce, which announced parade unit judging results.


Huge downtown building on the market again

Snyder, one of the owners of Midwest Commercial Wholesale, a Sterling-based auction house, bought the building in 2014.


Bureau County seats board member, works with architect

PRINCETON — Bureau County Board on Tuesday seated a new board member, heard reports about mounting costs for having an insufficient jail and approved payment to an architect.Six things to know from Tuesday’s meeting:New board member:Christy Crowther, a Ladd Democrat, said she had been approached in


Clinton Police make "Lost and Found" Facebook Post

CLINTON, Iowa (KWQC) —The Clinton Police Department has shared a "Lost and Found" post on Facebook. The department is in custody of personal property that it hopes to reunite with its rightful owner in the next 90 days.The lost items range from suitcases to bikes, guns to iPhones and even an air com