Author Archives: Tim

Demmer Calls Gerrymandering in Illinois Absurd and Corrupt

Demmer Calls Gerrymandering in Illinois Absurd and Corrupt

Lawmakers in Springfield see many issues on the table to be dealt with as the first 2020 session of the Illinois General Assembly gets underway in Springfield. State Representative Tom Demmer of Dixon joined House Republicans to discuss their 2020 legislative priorities in advance of the Governor’s State of the State address.  Demmer focused his…Read more »

Milby Declared Unfit for Trial Again, Status Hearing Set for March

Milby Declared Unfit for Trial Again, Status Hearing Set for March

Following an evaluation from the defense, accused Dixon School Shooter Matthew Milby has once again been declared unfit to stand trial. The court ordered evaluation was conducted by Dr. Matthew Finn.  Dr. Finn presented his findings to Judge John Redington who determined Milby was unfit at this time. Lee County State’s Attorney Charles Boonstra said…Read more »

New Three Year Training Program Will Educate the Educators

New Three Year Training Program Will Educate the Educators

It is being referred to as educating the educators, but, in reality a new training program to come to Dixon Schools will also educate anyone who works there. The training is part of a three year agreement between the Dixon School District, Florissa and an organization out of Texas called CLEAR.  This education is designed…Read more »

Dixon Park District Dealing With a Fickle Mother Nature

Dixon Park District Dealing With a Fickle Mother Nature

The Dixon Park District cannot seem to entice the weather to cooperate. The district announced the new ice skating rink is closed for the rest of this week.  For the past couple of weeks, since its opening, the weather has been hovering around freezing or just above.  The district in their facebook post said the…Read more »

Oregon Elementary Students Learning Power of Kindness

Oregon Elementary Students Learning Power of Kindness

Oregon Elementary Schools are learning the power of kindness. According to the Oregon School District the staff and students of Oregon Elementary Schools are participating in a week long nation-wide Great Kindness Challenge.  Throughout this week students and staff are recognizing all the ways to show kindness.  On Wednesday it is Team Kindness Day, Thursday…Read more »

Marie Elena (Russell) Smith

Marie Elena (Russell) Smith, age 78, of Rock Falls, died Friday, January 24, 2020 at her home. Marie was born July 27, 1941 in Cass Lake, Minn. the daughter of Vernon Andrew and Elizabeth Marie (Nelson) Russell.  She married Clarence Crawford Smith on December 19, 1960 in Sterling.  He preceded her in death on February…Read more »

Russell “Russ” Beck

Russell “Russ” Beck

Russell “Russ” Beck, 85, of Dixon, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020, at his home in Dixon, IL. He owned and operated Beck’s Body shop from 1974-1989, prior to his retirement. Russ was born, October 1, 1934, in Deland, IL, the son of Earl and Edna (Atkinson) Beck. He married Betty Austin on October 11,…Read more »

Sally L Hippen

Sally L. Hippen, age 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, January 26, 2020 at The Citadel of Sterling. Sally was born July 21, 1937 in the state of Ohio the daughter of Dennis and Goldie Hurley.  She married Ailt “Bud” Hippen in 1982 in Dixon.  Sally was employed at Lawrence Brothers and Borg Warner for many…Read more »

Sauk Valley College Welcomes Back an Old Friend

Sauk Valley College Welcomes Back an Old Friend

Sauk Valley College has a new Vice President of Academics and Student Services and it is not a person who is unfamiliar with the position or with Sauk Valley College. At the Monday Board of Trustees meeting the members voted to approve the appointment of Dr. Jon Mandrell.  This is the second go around for…Read more »