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Zippity Doo Dah, New Lowell Park Playground Comes With Zip Line

Zippity Doo Dah, New Lowell Park Playground Comes With Zip Line

At the end of the summer in Lowell Park you or your kids may be able to zip right along, literally. It was announced at the Dixon Park Board meeting Wednesday night the district has received a grant from the IPNR for a new playground set at Lowell Park. Executive Director Duane Long said with…

Lee County Republicans to Celebrate Ronald Reagan

Lee County Republicans to Celebrate Ronald Reagan

The Lee County Republican Central Committee and the Reagan Boyhood Home proudly present an evening celebrating the life and legacy of President Ronald Reagan. Organizers say there will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks, as speaker Peggy Grande, Post-Presidential Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, will share her memories of her time working with the President.  …

City of Sterling Declares Snow Emergency Starting Friday Afternoon

City of Sterling Declares Snow Emergency Starting Friday Afternoon

The Cities of Sterling, Rock Falls and Morrison has declared that a Snow Emergency will be in effect commencing as follows: Friday January 18th, 2019 at 3:00 PM After that time, all vehicles must be parked in accordance with the City of Sterling’s Snow Emergency Parking Regulations. 1. No parking on Snow Routes until all snow…

Dixon School Board Plans Retreat, Some Say Why Bother?

Dixon School Board Plans Retreat, Some Say Why Bother?

Some on the Dixon School Board said it is important to keep pushing forward on projects and plans while others on the board said why bother for now. This discussion was held at the end of the School Board meeting Wednesday evening.  It centered at the scheduled School Board Retreat planned for the end of…

Local Sports

Girls Bowling- Dixon Edges Oregon at Plum Hollow

Girls Bowling- Dixon Edges Oregon at Plum Hollow

In Girls Bowling, Dixon started out a little slow but managed a good 2nd and 3rd games to over take Oregon for the win 3152-3039 at Plum Hollow Family Center on Thursday afternoon. Dixon trailed 626-413 after the 1st game, but used a big 2nd and 3rd game to improve to 10-0 on the season.…

Dixon Wrestling Sweeps Quad at the Pit

Dixon Wrestling Sweeps Quad at the Pit

In Boys Wrestling, the Dixon Dukes (17-2) rolled in their home quadrangular with three Big Northern Conference wins. Dixon 84 Mendota 0 Dixon 69 Genoa-Kingston 12 Dixon 81 Rockford Lutheran 0

Country News

Go West, young woman: Colbie Caillat is now in a country quartet

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Colbie Caillat, but now she’s resurfaced…in a country group. The group is called Gone West, and it’s made up of Colbie, her fiance Justin Kawika Young, her longtime songwriting collaborator Jason Reeves and his wife, Nellie Joy.  Nellie and Jason were also in a duo together called…

Sin City Funk: Mark Ronson heading to Las Vegas for new DJ residency

Sin City Funk: Mark Ronson heading to Las Vegas for new DJ residency

Collier SchorrFollowing the lead of his “Shallow” co-writer Lady Gaga, “Uptown Funk” hitmaker Mark Ronson has landed a Las Vegas residency. The hitmaking producer will be the first resident DJ at On the Record, a new speakeasy and club which opened at Park MGM on December 28. He’ll be DJing 12 exclusive dates at the…

Jason Mraz is Build-A-Bear’s 2019 Hug AmBEARsador, inspires guitar-toting teddy

Jason Mraz is Build-A-Bear’s 2019 Hug AmBEARsador, inspires guitar-toting teddy

ABC/Randy HolmesIf you were to name the artists most likely to randomly hug people, Jason Mraz would probably be on the top of your list. That’s why the “I’m Yours” hitmaker has been named Build-A-Bear’s first-ever Hug AmBEARsador for National Hug Day. On Twitter, he wrote, “I can’t BEAR it, this news is too cute &…

Is Taylor Swift recording new music?

Is Taylor Swift recording new music?

ABC/Image Group LARumors have been swirling about Taylor Swift’s next “era” for a while now, and the singer’s just added more fuel to the fire by being spotted at a New York City recording studio Thursday night. A source tells E! Online, “It appeared she was there all day as she was not spotted leaving…

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