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Body found in Keith Creek

UPDATE: The body found in Keith Creek Monday has been identified as 41-year-old Jose "Buddy" Vazquez, of Rockford. He was last seen Monday, June 18, near Charles and 11th streets. A cause of death has not been announced. No foul play is…

Retiring educator rides Harley through schools on last day

By Jim Hagerty Reporter STILLMAN VALLEY – The term "riding off into the sunset" has a slightly new meaning for a retiring elementary school principal. That's because Mike Coulahan did not do so on a horse last Friday. He rode through the…

Catholic Diocese announces school consolidation

As part of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford's Faith Forward Strategic Plan, St. Peter, St. Bernadette and St. James schools will continue to operate independently for the 2018-2019 school year and combine into a newly named multi-parish…

What’s Local. Author honors Rockford West hoop titles

By Jim Hagerty Contributor ROCKFORD — A Rockford author has made sure that a group of local legends won't fade from memory any time soon. Not that anyone has forgotten the 1955 and 1956 state basketball championship teams from the old…

What’s Local: Yackle Tees a familiar Rockford brand

By Jim Hagerty Contributor ROCKFORD — What started as out as a hobbyist's venture and a local fundraising effort has quickly become a widely recognized Rockford T-shirt brand. Yackle Tees, 1706 Rural St., is a full-scale print shop owned by…

What’s Local: Noah’s Ark celebrates renovations

By Jim Hagerty Contributor DOWNTOWN — Although Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary has been at the same location for 39 years, a lot has changed since the days of housing stray dogs and cats in makeshift cages made out of chicken-wire. “A couple of…

What’s Local: A dog about town

By Jim Hagerty Contributor ROCKFORD — It is not all that unusual to rise early and go through a morning routine, especially when one has people to see and appearances to make. For Ruby the 1-year-old Newfoundland, it's typical to begin with…

What’s Local: Adamany paints Woodstock’s history

Rockford muralist tapped for major project By Jim Hagerty Contributor ROCKFORD/WOODSTOCK — The city of Woodstock is where muralist Mark Adamany has been spending his days. It is where he’ll be for the rest of the summer. The…

What’s Local: Channeling passion in business

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor ROCKFORD — There is something to be said for those who make a living doing what they’re passionate about. For one Rockford businesses owner, it was not that she was unhappy in her former career. She made plenty…