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Singer-songwriter John Prine dead at 73 after battling COVID-19

Staff Report NEW YORK  — Singer-songwriter John Prine died Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a battle with COVID-19. He was 73. A message posted on Prine's Twitter page Sunday said the "Angel from Montgomery" singer has been hospitalized since Thursday and his condition worsened on Saturday. "This is hard news for us to share," Prine's family added. "But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you…

RACVB announces Stay Home Songs contest

Staff Report ROCKFORD - As our region continues to stay home and safe, the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is increasing its interactive online program options with the announcement of Stay Home Songs, a free community songwriting contest for all ages and genres now through April 24. The Rockford region is home to exceptionally talented musicians, and this contest seeks to shine light on the creative excellence and strength of our community. The winning song, which will…

Your Horoscope – April 1, 2020

ARIES You’ll finally succeed in sellingyour home. If you’ve lived there for many years, you’ll feel nostalgic and maybe a little rueful about the change. TAURUS You have everything it takes to become a public figure. Your ideas and opinions could bring people together to defend your interests. People will listen attentively to what you have to say. GEMINI A complicated financial situation won’t make a difficult romantic relationship any easier. It’s important to be affectionate…

Country singer Joe Diffie dies from complications related to COVID-19

Staff Report NASHVILLE - Country singer Joe Diffie, who topped the charts in the '90s with a string of No. 1 hits, has died from complications related to COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The death was announced Sunday, March 29. Diffie was 61. “Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” a statement released by his publicist read. “His family respects their privacy at…

Your Horoscope – March 25, 2020

ARIES An action-packed week lies ahead. You may need to shake things up with certain people. Even if you’re a pacifist at heart, your inner warrior must come out sometimes. TAURUS You’ll have a spiritual awakening or epiphany this week. You’ll see things from a different perspective and with newfound compassion. GEMINI One of your friends will be a source of inspiration this week. This will help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Your path to happiness will be…

Your Horoscope – March 18, 2020

ARIES You won’t have much spare time this week. At work and elsewhere, you’ll deal with all sorts of emergencies. It won’t be easy to juggle work and a busy family life. TAURUS You’ll plan a romantic vacation so that you can reconnect with your partner. A business trip out of town to satisfy a client may also be required. GEMINI Emotions will run high this week, and you’ll have to keep your wits about you in order to deal with the situation. You’ll find a creative way to deal with…

Voices from the Grave: The Mystery in the Wall

By Kathi Kresol Contributor The Grinnell Senior Center sits on one of the most historic streets in Beloit, Wisconsin. According to the Historic Preservation booklet, "A Guide for Property Owners," published in 1997, Bluff Street is one of the first residential streets in the city.  The neighborhood was formed shortly after the building of the first bridge crossing the Rock River in the late 1840’s.  It hosted some of the most elaborate and distinctive homes built in the early days of…

AMC closes all US locations for 6 to 12 weeks

Staff Report LEAWOOD, Kan. - AMC Theatres, the largest theatrical exhibition company in the United States, announced that as of Tuesday, March 17, all locations in the United States will close for at least six to 12 weeks, in compliance with local, state and federal directives, and as a precaution to help ensure the health and safety of moviegoers and theatre staff. AMC will continue to monitor the situation closely, and the company will remain flexible on reopening, in accordance with CDC…

Your Horoscope – March 11, 2020

ARIES You’ll get the green light at work to take a course that could lead to new career opportunities. Abundance will follow. Your relationship could benefit from a break in the same old routine. TAURUS You’ll save someone from an unfortunate situation by simply listening for a few minutes. This person will be forever grateful to you. GEMINI You’ll probably hear about a birth in the family. Also, you’ll be faced with an opportunity to acquire a home that perfectly suits your needs…

Your Horoscope – March 4, 2020

ARIES Your health is an essential component of your happiness. New eating habits will transform your life and you’ll be proud to have persevered. TAURUS Everyone around you is a critic this week. You’ll have no choice but to build a solid argument to defend yourself. Your comments could put you in the spotlight. GEMINI You’ll receive an unexpected financial windfall, possibly from an insurance claim that was accepted. You find yourself very popular this week, especially in your…

RAMOO presents RAMI Spring Benefit March 21

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Area Music Outreach Organization and 100FM invite the public to the "Roaring into the 20's," the 22nd annual RAMI Spring Benefit March 21 at Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road. The night will feature include a silent auction, live music, dancing and food. The Missing Links, Vintage Vinyl and a surprise DJ will be provide entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for local music scholarships and programs. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the…

Your Horoscope – February 26, 2020

ARIES A disconcerting image will allow you to create a masterpiece. You’ll make a lifestyle change in order to achieve your aspirations. Everything will be fine as long as you don’t swim against the current. TAURUS You’ll appreciate having some time to recharge your batteries. You’ll be more tired than usual, so you may need to spend a few days resting. You may also develop your artistic or esoteric talents. GEMINI With a more active social calendar than usual, you’ll expand your…

Your Horoscope – February 19, 2020

ARIES You’ll be offered the opportunity to travel with a group. If you’re in a relationship, you’ll feel especially romantic this week. Single? Someone who’s interested in you could make their feelings known in a rather impressive way. TAURUS You may experience a whole range of emotions this week. You’ll be inspired to take a trip that will guarantee relaxation and a way to find mental and physical balance. GEMINI Someone close to you may make a declaration of love that will leave…

Your Horoscope – February 12, 2020

ARIES If you’re in a new relationship, you may start to talk about living together. Valentine’s Day will be a good time to meet someone if you’re single. TAURUS Expect good things at work this week. Incredible growth in your client base will get you working extra hard but will ensure you a more stable future. GEMINI Your self-esteem could use a boost. You devote yourself to certain people but it’s important to put yourself first sometimes, especially if others won’t. CANCER…

Film star Kirk Douglas dies at 103

By Hillel Italie AP National Writer Kirk Douglas, the intense, muscular actor with the dimpled chin who starred in "Spartacus," "Lust for Life" and dozens of other films, helped fatally weaken the blacklist against suspected Communists and reigned for decades as a Hollywood maverick and patriarch, died Wednesday, his family said. He was 103. "To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to…