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Meet the Raiders

Modified: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
FRANKLIN GROVE -- Meet the Raiders will be held Friday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. 
The festivities will start in the old middle school gym in Franklin Grove with introductions of volleyball players, cheerleaders, and football players. 
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New facility to be built

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Hospice of the Rock River Valley recently placed this "Future Site of" sign on the land donated by The Prescott Family for the construction of the Hospice of the Rock River Valley Hospice Home. "I say congratulations to Carolyn Spencer and her board.
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Grazing bison at Nachusa Grasslands

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Pictured above, some of the bison at Nachusa Grasslands take advantage of a beautiful day and graze near the south fence. (Photo by Monetta Young)
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Lee County residents are reminded that the second installment of taxes is due on Friday, Sept. 11

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
LEE COUNTY -- John F. Fritts, Lee County Treasurer, reminds taxpayers that the Second Installment due date of Real Estate Taxes is Sept. 11.
Taxes may be paid at every bank in the county up through Sept. 11. Taxes may also be paid by mail or at the Treasurer's Office in the Old Lee County Courthouse. Questions regarding taxes should
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1st Farm Credit to give $100,000 Centennial Gift 
to Illinois Agriculture

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
NORMAL -- 1st Farm Credit Services, in partnership with Farm Credit Illinois, will make a $100,000 commemorative gift honoring the Farm Credit System's 100-year anniversary to the Illinois agriculture industry, following the Farm Progress Show.
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AFC School Board announces new hires for 2015-16

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
ASHTON -- The AFC School Board accepted the resignation of James Jackson, high school science teacher during the meeting held Monday, Aug. 17.
The board approved the following hires for the upcoming school year
Tarah Holmgren, teachers' aide
Kelly Viall, high school science teacher
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Customer appreciation day

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
The First National Bank customers were treated to a free hot dog meal on Friday afternoon. Many folks gathered and enjoyed the afternoon. (Photo by Monetta Young)
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Reynolds United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
ASHTON -- The congregation at the Reynolds United Methodist Church is honored to welcome Pastor Seamus Enright as their new pastor. Enright follows Pastor Al Meyer who retired at the end of June.
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New print schedule for the Gazette

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
ASHTON -- You may have noticed that the Gazette is arriving in your mail box a day earlier than usual. In an effort to utilize the print room schedule to its greatest capacity, the Gazette is now being printed on Tuesday morning.
Along with an earlier print schedule comes an earlier deadline. All editorial and advertising request should be
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Franklin Grove will add capital improvement fee to water bills

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
FRANKLIN GROVE -- Action will be taken following the Sept. 4 Public Hearing during the regular September village board meeting to add a capital improvement fee to each of the Franklin Grove Village water and sewer bills. The fee is earmarked for building a repari and replacement fund for the village's aging water and sewer treatment plant and an aging infrastructure.
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Law enforcement training session

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
On Monday, evening, a law enforcement training session was conducted in the Village of Ashton. Numerous squad cars and officers participated in this exercise in the area of the First National Bank of Ashton. The drill included several officers from various Lee County agencies and "hostages" from inside the bank. Pictured above, the officers attend to an injured bystander. (Photo
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