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Hospice volunteer training begins March 1

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
LEE COUNTY -- There is no time like the present to add life to each day of a hospice patient. That is exactly what hospice volunteers do. They provide companionship and support to the terminally ill and their loved ones. They share stories, write letters, provide a listening ear and more. All because they care.
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AFC Elementary School kindergarten registration

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
FRANKLIN GROVE -- A walk in kindergarten registration will be held at Ashton-Franklin Center Elementary School on Wednesday, March 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will need to register your child if he/she will turn five on or before Sept. 1.
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Post 497 pancake breakfast set

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
BY BOB LOGAN
FRANKLIN GROVE -- The Franklin Grove American Legion Post #497 will hold its annual pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday March 19 from 6:30 a.m. until noon. The pancake breakfast is held annually to keep the mission of the American Legion fresh in the minds of local citizens. The cost for this year's breakfast is $7 for
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Greenhouse construction progressing

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Construction is continuing on the BrightFarms greenhouse located on Steward Road in Rochelle.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last August as the grower announced plans to build the $10 million, 160,000 square foot greenhouse that will produce a variety of ‘greens.'
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Farm Bureau to offer breakfast for 50 cents

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
DIXON -- The Lee County Farm Bureau will be hosting their annual Farmer's Share Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Loveland Community Building in Dixon.  The breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. and costs only $0.50 per plate!
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Public Facilities Referendum overview presented at meeting

Posted: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016
ASHTON -- Lee County Sheriff John Simonton and several members of the Lee County Board were on hand at the Ashton Village Board meeting to present information on the Lee County Detention Facility Public Facilities Referendum that will be on the March 16 primary election ballot.
An overview of the current facility, which was built in 1970 was given. The
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Meetings set regarding referendum on primary election ballot

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
LEE COUNTY -- Lee County Board Chair Rick Ketchum has announced a schedule of public and community service organizational meeting on the Detention Facility Referendum scheduled to be on the ballot for the March 15, primary election.
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St. John’s prepares for Lent

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
ASHTON -- Please join the congregation at St. John's Lutheran Church, 803 Paddock Ave., in Ashton as they travel through this Lenten journey together. On Wednesday, Feb. 10 they will have Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m.
On the following Wednesday evenings, they will be using the Holden Evening Prayer service at 6:30 p.m.: Feb. 17, 24, March 2,
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Multiple charges filed in recent weekend arrest

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
LEE COUNTY -- On Jan. 31 at 7:27 a.m. the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a report of numerous street signs damaged in Amboy.  The string of signs led back to 126 South Davis, where a Case IH 7210 tractor was located. 
The tractor was taken from Vaessen Implement 542 US 52, south of Amboy.  
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Prairie Farm milk caps support Farm Bureau Foundation

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
AMBOY -- The Lee County Farm Bureau Foundation is now part of the Prairie Farms Our Caps Your Cause program, and is looking for your support. For every cap entered, the Lee County Farm Bureau Foundation receives 5 cents to go toward agriculture education programs for the youth of Lee County. 
 On Prairie Farms white or flavored milk in gallon or
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Bushman recaps amazing experience

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
ASHTON -- In September, 18 year old Tristan Bushman traveled to San Francisco with his parents and younger brother to try out for the American Idol.
For his initial audtion, he sang "Brother" by Needtobreathe.
"My most favorite moment of the Idol experience was receiving the Golden Ticket," said Bushman. "Performing in front of Keith, Jennifer and Harry
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