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Stillman teen pleads guilty to reckless homicide

Modified: Friday, May 27th, 2016
OREGON -- The Stillman Valley teen, who was driving the car involved in a crash last summer that killed a passenger in her vehicle and another driver, was sentenced Thursday to probation and community service after she pled guilty in juvenile court to reckless homicide.
Alison Seiler, 18, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and will be on
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Hats off to the Grads

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Ashton Franklin Center held its 12th annual graduation ceremony on Saturday morning in Ashton. Senior Ryan Rod gave the valedictorian address and senior Adam Mairs gave the salutatorian address. Above, graduates receive congratulations from staff members following the AFC commencement ceremony on Saturday moring. Right, Trevor Reinhart hugs his mom, Julie Reinhart, during the graduation ceremony. Graduates were given a
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Memorial Day parade set in Franklin Grove

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
FRANKLIN GROVE -- The annual Franklin Grove American Legion Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 30 with lineup beginning in front of the Legion Hall at 1 p.m. and the parade set to step off at 1:30 p.m.
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Lee County Board approved wind energy project extension

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
LEE COUNTY -- The Lee County Board approved an extension for the Green River Wind Energy Project, by a vote of 14-9 at its meeting on May 17. The extension was granted despite several residents and board members speaking out against the extension.
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Water/Ways exhibit on display

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
FRANKLIN GROVE -- Franklin Grove Creek and Preservation Corporation invites residents of the Sauk Valley and surrounding areas to experience Water/Ways, an exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. at the Franklin Creek Grist mill located in the Franklin Creek State Natural Area. The exhibition will be available for viewing from Saturday, May 28 through Saturday, July 9.
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World War II museum open to the public Memorial Day

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
ASHTON -- Roberts Armory World War II Museum will be open to the public from 1 - 4 p.m., on Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day. The Higgins Boat will be open for viewing, weather permitting.
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Weather doesn’t stop annual car show

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
FRANKLIN GROVE -- The 5th Annual Lincoln Highway Car Show held May 14 in downtown Franklin Grove. It is one of the first car shows of the season and the 40 degree temperatures put a chill on those attending but not on their enthusiasm. The main street through downtown was lined with many classic cars, many of which were shown at
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Annual Memorial Day ceremony set

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
ASHTON -- The Ashton American Legion Post 345 will host the annual Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 at the Mills and Petrie Building.
Guest speaker for the service will be Jerry Griffin, former Ashton resident. He is a member of the Sons of American Legion, Forreston Squadron 308.
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AFC board makes personnel appointments

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
ASHTON, The AFC School Board voted unanimously to hire Julie Melsness as a Spanish teacher for the 2016-17 school year. Melsness has 19 years experience and comes highly recommended.
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AFC students receive honors

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
ASHTON -- The AFC High School hosted the annual awards night on Wednesday, May 4.
The following students were recognized with awards and schoolarships.
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Clark hired to replace retiring Van Dam

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
ASHTON, The Ashton Village Board voted unanimously, 5 yays and one abstaining, to hire Meghan Clark to replace retiring village clerk Sharon Van Dam. Clark who currently serves as a village trustee, will resign that position effective June 1. She will work at will with Van Dam for the month of June at the rate of $16 per hour.
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