Author Archives: Tim

Gunman Holds Up Store Monday Evening in Sterling

Gunman Holds Up Store Monday Evening in Sterling

Sterling Police are investigating an armed robbery which happened Monday night. According to Chief Tim Morgan an unknown black male entered the BP Station at E. 4th Street and Freeport Road around 9pm Monday. Reportedly the suspect displayed an unknown type of hand gun.  After getting an undisclosed amount cash fled the scene on foot.…Read more »

Scott Hayen

Scott Hayen

Scott Hayen, age 38, died Friday, August 17, 2018. Scott was born on November 9, 1979 in Sterling the son of Jeffrey and Denise (Leffelman) Hayen.  He was employed as an Order Filler with the WalMart Distribution Center in Sterling.  Scott served his country in the Army National Guard.  Survivors include his mother, Denise (Kenny)…Read more »

Loren T. Beswick

Loren T. Beswick

Loren T. Beswick, of Sterling, passed away, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Liberty Court, Dixon at the age of 64.  Loren was born October 1, 1953 in Morrison, IL. His parents were Thomas Lorenzo and Marion Nora (Naftzger) Beswick. He married Ann Roberta Gomsrud on October 4, 1986 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling.  Loren’s…Read more »

Kreider Services Opens Home for Adults With Autism

Kreider Services Opens Home for Adults With Autism

Kreider Services is hosting an Open House on Thursday, August 23 from 1-2 pm at their newest home for adults with Autism. The home is located at 325 Countryside Lane. Nearly two years ago, Kreider Services began the process of building a new residential home on the land behind the Accessibility Park at 500 Anchor…Read more »

National Straw Sculpting Competition Open in Mt. Morris

National Straw Sculpting Competition Open in Mt. Morris

The Third Annual US National Straw Sculpting Competition is now open every day through August 26th on the Mt Morris campus square. Six new sculptures for 2018 are featured. This year’s competition will be judged for two awards: ‘People’s Choice’ public voting by all visitors, and ‘Artist’s Choice’ voting by the competing sculptors. The winners…Read more »

Two Special Feathered Visitors Stop in at Nachusa Grasslands

Two Special Feathered Visitors Stop in at Nachusa Grasslands

The Nature Conservancy of Illinois spied a couple of very special visitors who stopped by Nachusa Grasslands! There are only 757 whooping cranes remaining in the world and two that were reintroduced by the International Crane Foundation were spotted at the preserve. This may be the first time we’ve witnessed whooping cranes, American bison, and…Read more »

Alan “Al” Dowell Stephens

Alan “Al” Dowell Stephens

Alan “Al” Dowell Stephens, 69, of Dixon, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018, at his home. He worked for Illinois American Water Company in Sterling for 40 years in different departments, retiring as a technician. Alan was born July 31, 1949, in Peoria, IL, the son of Horace Dowell and Gladys Mae (Doyle) Stephens. …Read more »

Demmer Helps State Get Into 21st Century in Treatment of Drug Abuse

Demmer Helps State Get Into 21st Century in Treatment of Drug Abuse

In an effort to bring the State of Illinois into the 21st century, State Representative Tom Demmer of Dixon sponsored legislation designed to modernize how the state deals with substance abuse treatment. Demmer said these changes will eliminate all stigmatizing references, definitions and mandates to better reflect contemporary standards. Demmer stated the antiquated language and…Read more »