• To the Editor: District 205: Don’t Forget to Vet

    Editor’s note: Carolyn Kelley is a retired teacher from the Rockford School District. The following poem expresses her thoughts about the recent District 205 situation with Dr. LaVonne Sheffield. Played us like a violin! She’s the victim?...

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • WNIJ news reporter wins three AP awards

    The Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association recently announced winners in the 2010 Journalism Excellence Contest. WNIJ (89.5-FM) reporter Susan Stephens claimed three honors this year in the Downstate Radio division. Her story, “Fire Ops 101,” was chosen...

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • Dr. Julia’s Inn: Gardening outside for health and activity

    By Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Scientific studies have confirmed that when you eat a diet high in raw fruits and vegetables, particularly the darker, deeper colors, you have less heart disease, cancer, diabetes,...

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • Astrology: Your Horoscope, Week of April 27-May 3, 2011

    By Denise Guzzardo Week of April 27-May 3, 2011 This Week: It may appear the more you tried to mend something, the more complicated it became under these past planetary influences. The new moon in Taurus May...

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • Racing: Byron Dragway hosts Spring Nationals April 30-May 1

    By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist This Sunday, May 1, the Byron Dragway will host their 8th Annual Spring Nationals. The playground of power will host nostalgia nitro funny cars including Tom Hoover’s Showtime, The Chi-Town Hustler, A....

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • Guest Column: District 205: School library is a classroom

    By Lori Drummond-Cherniwchan At the March 29 school board meeting, members voted to eliminate all school librarians. Because of the profound effect this cut will have on students, I hope the board will reconsider its recent vote....

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • Jim Post’s Mark Twain and the Laughing River May 1 at Memorial Hall

    Staff Report Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts welcomes back an old favorite, Jim Post, in his inimitable role as Mark Twain. This popular act, combining theater and music, will be presented at 3 p.m., Sunday, May...

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • Yoga: Taming your ‘monkey mind’

    Yoga Rockford By Jennie Williford Pranayama Yoga Studio Many meditation techniques compare the workings of the mind to the behavior of a wild monkey. Our thoughts never stop; grasping for the next best branch, the ripest fruit,...

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • Area mega-dairy cited for pollution, permit violation

    By Jim Hagerty Online Editor The Illinois Attorney General ended a six-month investigation of a Jo Daviess County mega-dairy last week by citing the operation with five violations. Traditions Dairy was cited Wednesday, April 20, for discharging...

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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  • Hockey: Tales from the Trough: Looking toward the 2011-12 IceHogs season

    Tales from the Trough By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist It seems like just a few weeks ago I was writing about the new prospects coming into the IceHogs, and now I’m writing about the next season. As...

    • Posted April 27, 2011
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