• Rockford composer lands on movie score

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Rockford native, songwriter Steve Mutimer, otherwise known as Poppa Steve, has been tapped by director Edoardo Ponti for music for the upcoming film Coming & Going. Scheduled for a 2010 release, Coming...

    • Posted December 30, 2009
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  • Hanging Out in Rockford: One way to fix it

    By Mike Leifheit Columnist This has been a strange December. Business is getting better. In the good weeks, we are up. In the bad weather weeks, we are down, but the trend is good. It is beginning...

    • Posted December 30, 2009
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  • Literary Hook: Writing can take you somewhere more exciting than you ever dreamed

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet Happy New Year! This time of year leads us to reflect on what has brought us to this point in our lives. Last week at a holiday party, someone engaged me...

    • Posted December 30, 2009
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  • It’s easier than ever to plow snow like a pro

    Courtesy of ARA Content As more Americans stretch their budgets in hopes of accomplishing more with less, many owners of half-ton pickup trucks are purchasing a snowplow to handle their snow removal. Owners who want to put...

    • Posted December 30, 2009
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  • NFL week 17 picks: Bears and Vikings will win, Lions and Packers will lose

    By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist The last week of the 2009-2010 NFL regular season is finally here. Thanks to the letdown by the Indianapolis Colts last week, there are no undefeated teams left in the league. I...

    • Posted December 30, 2009
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  • CD Review: Latest W.A.S.P. release captures early sound

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Metal bands that broke in the ’80s became synonymous with a heavy sound that inched toward a conglomerate that, by the 1990s, splintered the genre into several categories. Like shock-rockers of the...

    • Posted December 30, 2009
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  • Harmony Riley reunion show this Saturday, Dec. 26

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer For the first time in more than five years, the band that launched the careers of Rockford natives, Miles and Daxx Nielsen, will reunite this weekend for a special holiday show. Harmony...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Big holiday weekend planned at Big Cities Lounge

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writerd Downtown’s Big Cities Lounge will be closed Friday, Dec. 25, for Christmas. Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 26-27), the club will re-opens its doors for two shows. Saturday, blues favorite, Brother K, featuring...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Staff Column: Winning the ‘real war on Christmas’

    By Susan Johnson Copy Editor One of our columnists, Stanley Campbell, wrote a well-meaning but misleading column about the real war on Christmas. To clear up any misunderstanding, allow me to address the points he raised and...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Charles Story: District 205 war zone

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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