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Limited edition, numbered crock commemorating Ashton’s 150th anniversary for sale

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
ASHTON -- Numbered, limited edition, custom-made half gallon Red Wing crocks are now available. Only 150 of these were made especially for Ashton's 150th celebration.
They are $45 each. Because these are highly collectible and to make it as fair as possible, we ask that anyone who wants to purchase a crock, get their payment and phone number in
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Ashton Gazette celebrates 120th birthday on February 28

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
ASHTON -- The Ashton Gazette recently celebrated its 120th birthday. The first Gazette was published on Feb. 28, 1895.
The first to publish the Gazette were Charles A. Bancroft and Cora John.
It was later purchased by Ralph J. Dean in June or 1904 who was the publisher until his death in 1946. His son Robert took over at
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Man dies in house fire

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
ASHTON -- A house fire in rural Ashton left one man dead Sunday.
On Sunday, March 1 at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff's Department, along with fire departments from Ashton, Amboy, West Brooklyn, Compton, Sublette, Dixon rural, Dixon city, Paw Paw, Advance EMS and Ogle County, responded to a house fire at 1765 Brooklyn Road. When deputies arrived,
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Hearing offers chance to address concerns about changes to school

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
ASHTON -- It was announced recently that if the board approves the proposed reorganization plans, seven teachers in the Ashton-Franklin Center School District may lose their jobs, Iin addition to the teachers who are already on course to retire at the end of the year.
Officials held a public hearing on Tuesday, March 3 to give teachers, non-certified staff,
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Severe weather spotter talk

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
DIXON -- March 1 through March 7, is Severe Weather Preparedness week and time to prepare for the upcoming weather season. 
The Ogle County Emergency Management Office and the Lee County Office of Emergency Management are hosting a weather spotter training presentation by the National Weather Service on Thursday, March 5, at the Sauk Valley College in room
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Chana United Methodist Church to host annual dinner

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
CHANA, You are invited to the Chana United Methodist Church annual Chicken-Noodle and Lasagna Supper serving from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.
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Franklin Grove candidates file for spring elections

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
FRANKLIN GROVE -- When the filing period officially closed for candidates in the April 7, 2015 Consolidated General Election just enough candidates had filed to fill the open positions on the Franklin Grove Village Board and the Franklin Grove Library Board.
Three seats were available for filing as candidates on the village board and of the incumbemts, only Tony Schaneberg
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Franklin Grove builders awarded

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
FRANKLIN GROVE,, Rural Renovators, of Franklin Grove, has been honored with the National Frame Builders Association Award for 2014 Building of Year.
This award is presented annually and was received at the 2015 NFBA Exposition held in Louisville, Ky. Feb. 18 through Feb. 20. Rural Renovators competed among nationally recognized industry professionals throughout the United States.
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School board votes to move students out of middle school

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ASHTON -- The AFC School Board took action on only what they refer to as Step 1 of the district reorganization plan on Monday night. The board voted to assign K-sixth grade students to the current elementary school and seventh through 12th grade to the current high school.
The current middle school will be used for athletic practices and games
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