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Month: July 2018

Interview with Ken Groezinger: A Man on a Mission

Shannon Cyclist Talks About What Motivates Him To Ride On the surface, Ken Groezinger is just a normal guy from Shannon, Illinois. He’s been married to his wife, Jeanne, for over 40 years, he takes wonderful nature photos, has a strong faith in God, and has been known to spend some time with his grandkids. RiverReader recently spoke with Ken about his lifetime and cycling achievements and accomplishments.  Ken has spent most of his life working and raising a family, and has spent the past 8 years working for an interior design and home furnishings company called Roughing It...

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Local Projects Sought for Safe Routes to School Program

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals through the Safe Routes to School program for projects that help children walk and bike to school. “Encouraging children from an early age to walk or bike to school promotes a healthy and active lifestyle that also benefits the environment,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “We are pleased to offer this exciting program to help communities throughout Illinois create safe and appealing routes to school to support these efforts.” Administered by IDOT using federal funds, Safe Routes to School supports projects and activities that improve safety and reduce...

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New Lottery Game to Benefit Families of Fallen Police Officers

House Bill 5513 Signed Into Law CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed a bill to create a new Illinois Lottery scratch-off game from which proceeds will fund police memorials, support for the families of officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty, and protective vest replacements for officers. “Our police officers stand in the face of danger every day to keep us safe. We are proud to stand with them and support their families when they are faced with a devastating loss,” Rauner said. “This new ticket will help fund scholarships for their children and honor...

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Savanna Moves Toward Allowing City Officials to Have Liquor Licenses

BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org Savanna — City officials in Savanna may soon be able to acquire and operate liquor licenses, thanks to a revised ordinance discussed on Tuesday, July 24th at the city council’s regular meeting. The city’s previous liquor license ordinance had not allowed the mayor or any city official to possess such a license, but City Attorney Phil Jensen said that the revised ordinance merely puts the city in step with state law, which allows municipalities with populations under 55,000 such latitude.  He noted it’s quite common for smaller towns to make such an allowance.  He...

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James A. Shurman

James A. Shurman — June 25, 1969 – July 24, 2018 James A. Shurman, age 49 of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A memorial gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Mt. Carroll Fire Station. A celebration of life gathering will be held immediately following at the Mt. Carroll Bowling Alley. A memorial fund has been established in James’ memory. James was born on June 25, 1969, the son of Pete and Brenda (Brauer) Shurman...

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The Illinois Litter Control Act: Are you in Compliance?

The Illinois Litter Control Act was originally passed in January of 1974, and to most people, what is written in it is common knowledge. Most folks adhere to the act pretty closely, but there are some very common things we all do that might actually violate this law. Don’t get caught violating this well-known law that includes some less-understood gray areas. One such publicly-perceived gray area is the issue of property owners who mow ditches or yards running along public roadways. The grass clippings may end up being directly deposited on public roads. You might be asking “Why is...

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John David Dykhuizen

John David Dykhuizen — February 21, 1931 – July 27, 2018 John David Dykhuizen, 87 of Milledgeville, died Friday, July 27, 2018 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. John was born in Morrison, IL to William and Elena (VanWieren) Dykhuizen on February 21, 1931. He married Alberta Ann Smith in Fulton, IL on September 25, 1953 who survives. A graduate of Morrison High School in 1951, he was the first member of his family of nine to attend and graduate college. He graduated from Northern Illinois State Teachers’ College (now NIU) in DeKalb, IL June 1955 with a B.S. Degree in...

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Fatal Car Crash in Ogle County Results in Death of Sheriff’s Deputy – Investigation Continues

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, at approximately 1 :27 a.m., the Illinois State Police (ISP) responded to a traffic crash on IL 72 at Oak Court in Ogle County. ISP troopers arrived and found Unit 1, a 2003 Dodge pickup, had been traveling eastbound on IL 72. Unit 2, a 2007 Jeep SUV, was traveling westbound on IL 72 at Oak Court. Unit 1 had crossed the center line, striking Unit 2 head on. Unit 1 driver was Randall L. Hilliard, a 50 year old male from Byron. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Unit 2 driver was...

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Visit the New Discovery Farm at the Carroll County Fair! Volunteers Needed!

Brought to you by the Carroll County Farm Bureau and 4-H! Volunteers needed! Contact Paula Adams at plafarmgirl@gmail.com, or contact the Carroll County Fair Board. Located in the north portion of the tent just east of the 4-H building Come pet, feed, and learn about the animals Demonstrations Daily Wednesday 8/8 4:30p – 7:30 p.m.  Wool Spinning By Cyndi from Muller’s Lane Farm Thursday 8/9 Noon – 4:00 p.m.  Homesteading Demonstration Watch Cyndi make egg noodles from scratch, make cheese from fresh cow’s milk, churn butter from fresh cream, and learn about soap making By Cyndi from Muller’s Lane Farm 5:00 p.m....

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Charles (Chuck) G. Fischbach

Charles (Chuck) G. Fischbach — March 31st, 1928 – July 26th, 2018 Charles (Chuck) G. Fischbach, 90, of Sterling died July 26th at CGH Medical Center.  He was employed by Sterling Multi Products, Prophetstown, as Plant Superintendent for 25 years. Chuck was born March 31st, 1928, in Sterling, the son of Charles and Dorothy (McCoy) Fischbach.  He attended Lincoln and Central grade schools and Sterling Township High School.  He met his future wife, Patricia (Patty) Stanley at Singing Wheels Skating Rink during High School. She had fallen and skinned her knees.  Chuck helped her get up and called the next day to see how she was doing...

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FTC: Warn Your Friends About Tech Support Scams

by Amy Hebert Consumer Education Specialist, FTC July 27, 2018 Tech support scams, which get people to pay for fake computer help or steal their personal information, are convincing. You might already know the signs of a tech support scam, but do your friends and family? Here’s what they need to know now: Companies like Microsoft don’t call and ask for access to your computer. If you get a call like that, it’s a scam. Real companies also won’t ask for your account passwords. Only scammers do. Tech support scammers try to convince you they’re legitimate. They’ll pretend to...

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Hepatitis Cases Are Increasing, Says Illinois Department of Health

Timely testing and treatment of viral hepatitis can save lives SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, July 28, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging people to talk with a health care provider to see if they should be tested or vaccinated for hepatitis A, B, or C.  Viral hepatitis is caused by several different viruses that can infect the liver.  Each virus is transmitted differently, though in general, they are highly transmissible through bodily fluids, sexual contact, and contaminated water. “A person with hepatitis B or C may not show symptoms for years or...

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Cornerstone Project, NFP, Holds Second First Friday Event – A Sock Hop (with shoes, please)

The Cornerstone Project, NFP, held an inaugural First Friday event on Friday, July 6th, at Lanark’s Valentine Building, 109 N. Broad St., Lanark, IL 61046. The busy event was the site of a live band, The Southpaw Stance, dancing, and a whole lot of camaraderie and inspiring conversation. echo adrotate_group(5, 0, 0, 0); The next installment of First Fridays will be held Friday, August 3, 2018, between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. at the Valentine Building. (See “Sock Hop” poster). The event will feature 50s and 60s music, dancing, and banana splits! There is also a chance to get a short swing...

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Donna Kay Ratzlaff

Donna Kay Ratzlaff — October 9th, 1951 – July 20th 2018 Loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Donna Kay Ratzlaff, 66, of Rockford passed away Friday July 20th 2018. She was surrounded by her loving family. Donna was born on October 9th, 1951, in Elizabeth, Illinois to Victor and Wilma Pieper (Nadig). She graduated from Stockton High School in 1969. Donna married the love of her life, David Ratzlaff, on October 27th 1984. She was employed by Green Giant/General Mills for thirty-four years. In her spare time, she enjoyed watching hummingbirds and loved tending to her flowers. One of her...

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FTC Returns Money to People Targeted by Phony Debt Collection Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 597 checks totaling more than $184,000 to people who were allegedly tricked into paying phony debts. In October 2015, the FTC and the State of New York charged a group of defendants known as Delaware Solutionswith collecting on debts that they knew were bogus. According to the complaint, the defendants ignored evidence that the debts were invalid, failed to identify themselves as debt collectors, falsely portrayed themselves as process servers or attorneys, and falsely threatened arrest or litigation for failure to pay. The defendants agreed to – and in August 2016, a federal...

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Illinois Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation Information Now Available Online

Online application period for IDNR-managed sites begins Aug. 6 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Controlled pheasant hunting opportunities will be available at 18 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) sites during the 2018-19 hunting season.  Dates and permit reservation information are now available online. Sixteen of the sites are operated by the IDNR, while two other sites continue to be operated in a public/private partnership arrangement between the IDNR and concessionaire T. Miller, Inc. “Controlled pheasant hunting provides an upland game hunting experience for thousands of hunters in Illinois each year, and it is a great chance for young hunters to...

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The Amish Cook – Grandma Hangs Tough

By Gloria Yoder Our days are filled with their own twists and turns. Grandma (Mommy) has outlived all the guesses made by the doctors and nurses. Hospice is in and out each day since Mommy was brought home from the hospital. Over a week ago they told us that it’ll only be hours, but still she is hanging on. Late one night after we were all in bed and sound asleep I was summoned to her bedside since it looked like it could be her last moments due to her shallow breathing. When I arrived her children were all...

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Samuel E. Anderson

Samuel E. Anderson — September 11, 1949 – July 22, 2018 Samuel E. Anderson, age 68, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton Iowa. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A memorial gathering will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A memorial fund has been established in Samuel’s memory. Samuel was born on September 11, 1949, the son of William and Hazel (Green) Anderson in Savanna. He worked in the Roundhouse for the Milwaukee Railroad in Savanna for over 20 years before...

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Allen J. Beyer

Allen J. Beyer, age 83, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018 at home. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Derinda, Illinois. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Derinda. A memorial fund has been established in Allen’s memory. Allen was born March 5, 1935, in Elizabeth, Illinois, the son...

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Warren Waltrip

Warren Waltrip —  September 30, 1934 – July 21, 2018 Warren Waltrip, age 83, of Bryon, Illinois, formerly of Thomson, Illinois, died on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. A funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Cremation Rites will be accorded following the service. Burial of his cremated remains will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, at a later date. Memorials may be given...

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Phillip J. Miatke

Phillip J. Miatke — Aug. 2, 1949 – July 21, 2018 Phillip J. Miatke, 68, of Sterling, died Saturday, July 21, 2018, at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1949, the son of Darrel and Aloise (Landheer) Miatke. Phil was baptized at the former Second Avenue Lutheran Church. He married Linda M. (Remenih) Miatke on June 1, 1974, at St. John Lutheran Church in Peru, Illinois. Phil grew up on his parents’ farm in Coleta, where his love of farming was nurtured. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Plant Industries, and spent his career in...

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Small Business Tax Tip: Like-Kind Real Estate Exchanges

Like-kind exchanges — when you exchange real property used for business or held as an investment solely for other business or investment property that is the same type or “like-kind” — have long been permitted under the Internal Revenue Code.  Generally, if you make a like-kind exchange,  you are not required to recognize a gain or loss under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031. If, as part of the exchange, you also receive other (not like-kind) property or money, you must recognize a gain to the extent of the other property and money received. You can’t recognize a loss. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Section 1031 now applies only to exchanges of real property and not to exchanges of personal or intangible property. An exchange of real property held primarily for sale still does not qualify as a like-kind exchange. A transition rule in the new law provides that Section 1031 applies to a qualifying exchange of personal or intangible property if the taxpayer disposed of the exchanged property on or before December 31, 2017, or received replacement property on or before that date. Thus, effective January 1, 2018, exchanges of machinery, equipment, vehicles, artwork, collectibles, patents and other intellectual property and intangible business assets generally do not qualify for non-recognition of gain or loss as like-kind exchanges. However, certain exchanges of mutual ditch, reservoir or irrigation stock...

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Carroll County Partial July 2018 Docket

07/01/18 at 11:57 pm Darlene L. Moore, 39 of Lanark, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Trespass to Land. Bond was set at $1,500.00 10% applies. Moore posed bond and was released with a court date. 07/02/18 at 12:20 am Michael D Moore, 55 of Lanark, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Trespass to land. Bond was set at $1,500.00 10% applies. Moore posed bond and was released with a court date. 07/02/18 at 1:13 am Christopher J Nortunen, 34 of Savanna, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on...

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Paula R. Shipman

Paula R. Shipman — March 1 , 1948 – July 20, 2018 Paula R. Shipman, 70, of Freeport, passed away on July 20th 2018 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison after a brief battle with leukemia.  She was born on March 1st , 1948 in Great Falls, Montana the daughter of Michael A. Kavran Sr. of Great Falls and Eleanor E. Kuntz of Freeport. When she was about 2 her father brought the family to Freeport where she continued to grow up. She was a graduate of St. Joseph grade school and a 1966 graduate of Aquin High School...

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Julius S. Roberts

Julius S. Roberts — March 24, 1930 – July 10, 2018 Julius S. Roberts, age 88, of Donna, Texas, previously of rural Morrison, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Texas State Veteran’s Home in McAllen, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 28th at the funeral home. Burial of ashes will take place in Center Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll with full Military Rites. Julius was born March 24,...

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Taxpayers Who Filed for an Extension Have Until Oct. 15 to File

Extension filers can avoid making these common filing errors To make sure they meet their tax obligations, taxpayers should file accurate tax returns. If a taxpayer makes an error on their tax return, it will likely take longer to process and could delay a refund. Taxpayers can avoid many common errors by filing electronically, the most accurate way to file a tax return. All taxpayers can e-file using IRS Free File or Free File Fillable Forms. Here are common errors for taxpayers to avoid when preparing their tax return: Missing or inaccurate Social Security numbers. Taxpayers should be sure...

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Fri 21

Lena Community Blood Drive

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon 24

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

September 24 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 24

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

September 24 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 24

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

September 24 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 29

All Alumni Reunion – Milledgeville High School

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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