• Guest Column: A four-year college education is not for everyone

    By Michael Sears People in Rockford and across our great nation want to get back to work. Sounds simple enough, but I believe our educational system is over-thinking the subject. Let’s face the fact that, unlike what...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Top Wisconsin, Illinois filmmakers to compete at BIFF 2014

    Staff Report BELOIT, Wis. — One of the great opportunities afforded by the expanded 10-day Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF), Feb. 14-23, 2014, will be the chance to see the work of some of this region’s most...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • DeKalb County Community Gardens needs your support

    I know we all get many end-of-the-year appeals for donations. However, I really believe in the work of this organization — so much so, in fact, I am a board member. The DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG)...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Guest Column: Donations to Comprehensive Community Solutions make a difference

    Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Editor and Publisher Frank Schier. Message from the Executive Director As we come to the end of our 21st year serving the Rockford community, and begin the 19th year...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Celebrate the New Year at Burpee Museum

    Staff Report From 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., will host “New Year’s Around the World.” Admission to the event is free with museum admission ($8...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Bill would crack down on ‘knockout game’

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer A member of the Illinois House of Representatives says it’s time to stiffen penalties for those convicted of attacking random people as part of what has become known as the “knockout game.”...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Country Thunder headliners announced

    Staff Report TWIN LAKES, Wis. — Country Thunder is preparing for a massive musical onslaught from July 24-27, 2014. Country music fans will two-step the night away with Jason Aldean, reigning ACM “Male Vocalist of the Year.”...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Literary Hook: Celebrating the coming of a new year

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet Here is a poem that celebrates both Christmas and the coming of a new year. Unwinding the Old Year If each ornament is a memory, mixed blessings hanging from your tree,...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Cast announced for 2014 MAC Radio Live Showcase of Talent

    Staff Report MONROE, Wis. — For a 16th consecutive year, the Monroe Arts Center (MAC) will present MAC Radio Live Showcase of Talent. This annual event gives area performers a chance to showcase their talents in an...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Key traffic safety laws to take effect Jan. 1

    Staff Report Two important pieces of legislation initiated this year by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) will take effect as new laws Jan. 1 and include measures that strengthen the state’s heralded Graduated Driver Licensing...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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