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Month: November 2018

Jo Daviess County Sheriff Warns of Telephone Scam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11-30-18 Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner is warning the public about a possible telephone scam occurring in Jo Daviess County. The SCAMMER telephones a resident and will impersonate an officer with the Social Security Office. The scammer will then attempt to convince the victim that there will be legal action brought against them, and to wire a significant amount of money or obtain personal information. Sheriff Turner urges the public to exercise extreme caution if they receive telephone calls of this nature, and to not to wire money or give out personal information to anyone...

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Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Extension Unit Calendar of Events – Winter 2018/2019

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop, Next Date, December 6, 10:30am, York Township Public Library, Thomson Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Thomson Public Library. Register online at...

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*Special Weather Statement* From Carroll County Sheriff

*Special Weather Statement* Light Freezing Rain and Sleet Possible Tonight. Areas of light precipitation may move in from the west this evening, and continue to spread eastward across the Mississippi River into portions of northwestern Illinois through midnight. This precipitation may initially come in as a mix of rain and sleet, but then transition to freezing rain after dark as the evening progresses. Sleet may continue to mix in with the freezing rain well into the night. Even after the rain decreases and moves out, there may be patchy freezing drizzle late tonight into early Friday morning. Given the...

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Transformers Team Note of Thanks

The Transformers Team owes thanks for Jingle Fest’s success to many people. Bakers Deanna Allen, Carol Brown, Diann Cassens, Janie Dollinger, Pat James, Andrea Rausch, Katie Reifsteck, Natalie Reifsteck, Marsha Roberts and Denise Williams provided samples of their favorites for “A Taste of Holiday Treats.” Nearly 100 tasters sampled the goodies in the Valentine building, made available to us courtesy of the Cornerstone Project. Diann Cassens’ Cranberry Christmas Cake was the top vote-getter, with Carol Brown’s Golden Pecan Cups a close second. Carl Conover made a great Santa, eliciting smiles from even the most reluctant tykes. Mercedes Stelhl was a wonderful...

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Eastland to Host Basketball Shootout on Saturday, December 1 – Schedule

14 Teams Will Compete on Saturday ADMISSION: Adults $5.00   Students $5.00 Conference and other passes will not be accepted for this event.  Only people on the Pass List will be admitted free. 2018 Eastland Shootout -- Saturday, December 1st     10:00 amAmboyvs.Warren 11:30 amByron vs.Serena 1:00 pmStillman Valleyvs.West Carroll 2:30 pmAnnawanvs.Indian Creek 4:00 pmEast Dubuquevs.Chicago Legal Prep 5:30 pmEastlandvs.Monmouth Roseville 7:00 pmWethersfieldvs.Marengo Teams listed first will be considered the home team, will wear white, and will be seated on the right hand side of the scorer’s table as you’re facing it.  Teams listed second will be considered the guests,...

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Lanark’s Jingle Fest Brings Holiday Cheer to Downtown

Christmas cheer filled Lanark’s downtown during Jingle Fest on November 24. Santa brought smiles to kids’ faces, carolers warbled familiar melodies and shoppers acquired unique gifts. Visitors sampled goodies, children made Christmas ornaments at Lanark Public Library, Girl Scouts supported the local food pantry, and bargain hunters made the most of specials during Shop Small Saturday. There was something for everyone, and a great time was had by all! Jingle Fest is sponsored by the Transformers Team, United for Change.   (Photos courtesy Denise Krysiak, except when otherwise...

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Eastland Holds National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

LANARK — On Wednesday, November 28th, Eastland High School held a ceremony to honor its current and also the newest National Honor Society (NHS) Inductees. The following students were inducted into the NHS: Current members of the NHS are: Chloe Anderson, Erica Dambman, Justus Dobish, Kaden Henze, Elizabeth Kloepping, Gabrielle Snyder, Andrew Stengel, and Haley Wilson. Inductees: Shelby Beyers, Lydia Coatney, Elijah Dertz, Jenna French, Madie Gallentine, Jenna Green, Erin Henze, Meredith Janssen, Ira Markley, Macy Misiewicz, Claire Mitchell, Naomi Mullen, Emma Norton, Stephen Reifsteck, Danielle Rush, Daniel Sauer, Jake Thede, Kaitlyn Wilczynski, Theo Woessner, and Alexander York. Congratulations...

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Mary A. Falls

Mary A. Falls — September 15, 1930 – November 27th, 2018 Mary A. Falls, 88, passed away Tuesday afternoon November 27th, 2018 at her home in Thomson, Illinois.  Born September 15, 1930 in Rockford, Illinois to Sarah A. McLaughlin and Leroy J. Rogers; Mary was raised in Elgin, Illinois; Sabula, Iowa; and Mitchell, South Dakota as her father’s railroad job required them to relocate quite often. Upon graduating high school, she attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S. D., but returned to Savanna in early 1950 when her father was transferred. She met her husband Robert E. Falls that same year and were married...

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Great River Outreach (GRO) Holds Community Summit

This #GivingTuesday, and for the rest of this December, make your donation dollars work for those in need in your local communities. The Great River Outreach (GRO) is a local organization that helps connect those in need with the services they require to help them get back on their feet, or even to make it to the next week or month. 

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University of Illinois Extension Introduces 2018 Master Gardener Interns

Featured Photo (above), left to right: Front Row- Darla Emmert (Lee), Debbie Thormahlen (Whiteside), Terry Durham (Whiteside); Back Row-Sheila Carey (Whiteside), Toby Green (Carroll), Lana Soldat (Carroll). We would like to introduce our 2018 Master Gardener Interns. This group of ladies started training on August 28 in Dixon and just completed their training on November 13. They will be joining a great group of volunteers in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties. If you enjoy gardening and like to learn to share your gardening knowledge, the Master Gardener program may be for you. All you need is an interest in gardening,...

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Florence E. Smith

Florence E. Smith — December 10, 1914 – November 26, 2018 Florence E. Smith, age 103 of Mt. Carroll, passed away peacefully Monday, November 26, 2018 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. She lived four years since 2014 at the Good Samaritan Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Carroll. A private burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Florence was born December 10, 1914 in Salem Township, rural Mt. Carroll. She is a 1933 graduate of the Mt. Carroll High School. She then attended Shimer College in Mt. Carroll and received her Teacher’s Certificate. On August...

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West Carroll School Board Meeting Approves Tentative Tax Levy

BY MICHAEL MILLER West Carroll Board Approves Tentative 2018 Tax Levy; Increased Tax Rate “less than expected” The West Carroll School Board approved a tentative 2018 tax levy, which saw the tax rate rise by .20, which was less than projected by former superintendent Adam Brumbaugh, thanks to some stronger than normal EAVs and other factors. District Superintendent Julie Katzenberger outlined the tentative 2018 tax levy with background information for the board to consider prior to approval. She noted that West Carroll owns land in three counties; Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson. She said that Carroll County Assessor Annette Gruhn...

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Deer Memories for the Yoders

BY DANIEL AND GLORIA YODER DANIEL: So we all like to make memories you know, and tonight was one of those nights, today was the last day of deer season for shotgun, so I told Julia and Austin that I would like to take them with me. Wow, excitement was in the air, they could hardly wait. I told Austin that he needs to take a little nap before we go, so that is what he did. After an hour, I woke him from his nap and told him we’re ready to go. He was all smiles and ready to roll. Gloria helped get Julia and Austin get bundled up for the cold evening, with goodbye kisses to Mama we left the house. Last but not least we had to wear orange which is required by law for shotgun season. Being dressed up in Daddy’s large orange vests had the children feeling quite important.  We were on our way, all the three of us. “We are going to be hunting just beyond our field in the woods,” I informed them. We made our way down thru our newly seeded wheat field and into the woods, the brush was a little tall, so I carried Austin part of the way. We were nearing our tree stand when three deer took off down thru the woods. “So we were almost on...

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Trudi “Lizzy” E. Bowen

Trudi “Lizzy” E. Bowen Trudi “Lizzy” E. Bowen, age 52, of Polo, died suddenly at her home on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at her home. Trudi was born September 5, 1966 in Freeport the daughter of Larry and Connie (Messer) Bowen. She was employed at Kable News in Mt. Morris for 20 years and was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Polo. Trudi adored her son, grandchildren, nephews and niece and loved spending time with them. She was an avid Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears fan. She will be missed by her dog, Alli. Survivors include her...

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James V. Letcher

James V. Letcher — January 6, 1946 – November 20, 2018 James V. Letcher, age 72, of Albany, Illinois, formerly of Savanna, Illinois, died on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 26, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Burial with military rites will take place in Spring Lake Cemetery, rural Savanna. A memorial fund has been established in James’ memory. James was born on January 6, 1946,...

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Mack Kenneth Brown

Mack Kenneth Brown — July 5, 1932 – November 19, 2018 Mack Kenneth Brown, age 86 of Savanna, Illinois, died on Monday, November 19, 2018 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 26, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A gathering will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Rock Island National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Mack’s memory. Mack was born on July 5, 1932,...

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Lyla Hoyt

Lyla Hoyt — May 24, 1927 – November 18, 2018 Lyla Hoyt, age 91, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away November 18, 2018 in Mt. Carroll, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private graveside memorial service will be held at Savanna Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Savanna Veterans Memorial, PO Box 72, Savanna, IL 61074. Lyla was born May 24, 1927, in Fulton, Illinois, the daughter of Louis and Ethyl (Shaw) Mickelson. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1944. Lyla married Warren Hoyt Jr. on July 23, 1960. The two celebrated 12 years of marriage, until Warren’s passing...

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Robert “Bob” B. Williams

Robert “Bob” B. Williams Robert “Bob” B. Williams, age 80, of Thomson, Illinois died on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Upper York Cemetery in Argo Fay,...

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Helen M. Weber

Helen M. Weber — October 6, 1923 – November 17, 2018 Helen M. Weber, age 95, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll. A visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Memorials may be given to the Mt. Carroll Church of God in Helen’s memory....

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Sally J. Koch

Sally J. Koch — September 12, 1950 – November 21, 2018 Sally J. Koch, 68, of Lanark, IL died Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Pearl Pavilion in Freeport. She was born September 12, 1950 in Freeport, IL, the daughter of Lester and Mabel (Johnson) Kielman. Sally married Eugene Koch July 31, 1987 in Clinton, IA. Sally worked at Forreston State Bank, Carroll County Courthouse, Economy Fire and Casualty, and Freeport School District 145. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon, the Lions Club, and the Red Hat Society. She was an election judge and active in Relay...

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Howard Kermit Wolf

Howard Kermit Wolf, 83, of Freeport, IL, passed away at home on November 21, 2018. He was born on July 12, 1935 in Monroe, WI, to Kermit O. and Hilda (Stauffacher) Wolf. He married Anita L. Lausch on September 1, 1956 at the Emmanuel Church in Cedarville, IL. He received a Bachelor’s Degree of General Business, and would later become an Antique Dealer. Survivors include his wife, Anita L. Wolf of Freeport, IL; daughter, Dionis R. (Wolf) Fleischer and husband Robert J. Fleischer of Freeport, IL; grandsons: Kyle Fleischer of Freeport, IL, Korbin Fleischer and wife Gwen of Champaign,...

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Hunters in Illinois Harvested 58,836 Deer During First Weekend of Firearm Season: Carroll County Harvests 84 More Deer Than 2017

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 58,836 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 16-18.  Hunters took 51,450 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2017. Illinois’ seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include: • Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 7-9; • Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (in select counties only) on Dec. 27-30, 2018 and Jan. 18-20, 2019; • Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 20, 2019 (archery deer hunting is closed Nov....

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The Amish Cook – An Amish Thanksgiving

BY GLORIA YODER Tuesday evening as I looked around the circle of friends, both Amish and non- Amish I just wished there was a way to reach any of you readers who are widows and give a quick invitation to join us for our annual Thanksgiving dinner for friends who are widows. Really now, if any of you would be interested in participating a year from now and bring a friend with you, please let me know, and I will be in contact for the next time around! It’s an evening I always enjoy; a time to simply show widows we care. This year Wanita took charge of coordinating the event. The meal consisted of mashed potatoes, gravy, ham, corn, salad, pumpkin, apple, and peach pies along with ice cream. I was assigned a simple job of helping with a tossed salad. All the ladies and girls from our church were invited. As I stepped into the garage with Julia and Rayni, where it was being hosted, I was greeted by the warmth of the Lehman’s wood stove and the bustle of ladies putting finishing touches on the meal. Stepping over to the attractively decorated table I greeted the ladies who were gathering for their meal. Everyone wore a smile and was super friendly, yet I knew that each one must have a story, a difficult story that brought...

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Savanna City Council: Ups Loan Amounts for Wacker Project

SAVANNA APPROVES INCREASING LOAN AMOUNTS FOR WATER/SEWER PORTIONS OF WACKER PROJECT The Savanna City Council approved increasing the IEPA loan amounts for both the water and sewer portions of the Wacker Road project, ensuring flexibility for all costs, at the council’s November 13th meeting. Community Funding and Planning’s Sharon Pepin explained that the city passed two ordinances for loan authorization for IEPA loans, one for water/sewer and the other for sewer improvement.  These will pay for the work to be done on Wacker Road as part of that overall project.  The amounts were initially to take care of the water and sewer mains only, as the roadways were being financed by IDOT monies and EDA grant monies.   The anticipated construction date came and went, with the city now looking at next year for a target start time, Pepin said, due to a long review time by IDOT. In reviewing the rising construction costs, Pepin said she consulted with Superintendent of Public Works John Lindeman and MSA Engineering’s Jared Fluhr on how to maximize these grant monies and forgivable loans.   “I said to Jared we need to take the average cost of whatever roadway restoration works might be necessary on the water side and sewer side and add those as part of the water and sewer loan project,” Pepin said. She said this would maximize the EDA grant...

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Thomson Village Board: No IMRF Referendum on the Ballot in November for Thomson Residents

BY MICHAEL MILLER The Thomson Village Board will not proceed with placing the village’s participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund program on the April 2, 2018 ballot, opting instead to revisit the matter at a future date, per action on the board’s November 12, 2018 meeting. President Pro Tem Charlotte Daehler explained that, if placed on the ballot, the item would need to be submitted to the county clerk by December 31st of this year, and the language of the referendum would need to be composed by December 10th. The quote given the village by the IMRF is...

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Eugene F. Kohl

Eugene F. Kohl, 81, of Freeport formerly from Pearl City passed away suddenly on Saturday November 17, 2018 at FHN. He was born in Savanna, II on July 4, 1937 to Albert and Hazel Joyce (Wood) Kohl. He married Sandra Lee Dole on July 14, 1958, and together they enjoyed 60 years of marriage. They have three children: Kathleen Kohl (Mark) Reuber, Michael (Sue Endress) Kohl, and Kevin (Carla Hake) Kohl; Grandsons: Brett Michael, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Kohl, Jeremy Kohl, and Bradley (Karin) Kohl; Great Grandsons: Braeden, Carter, Jordan and Owen; one sister, Darlene Mueller, and niece Cindy Mueller. He...

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Carroll County Farm Bureau At a Glance By Chastity Welch – Suicide and Farmers

Suicide and farmers… Since 2013, new income of farmers has dropped 50%. Women attempt suicide more, but men are more successful. Farmers are more isolated. Wife works off the farm and kids no longer have chores. All of these facts were part of a seminar that I recently attended. They were some interesting facts. While it hasn’t been an issue here, farmer suicide is becoming a concern in many areas. In Bureau County, they have had a couple recently. Farmers are workers who are generally quite private and keep their issues to themselves. They may be struggling without making it known. Some of the stories that were shared were quite heart tugging.  The speaker was a psychologist from Minnesota where there is a dedicated program to farmer suicide. He spoke on a number of topics besides suicide. One thing he said that has stuck with me is that anger by itself doesn’t exist. Love is the closest emotion to anger. Think on that for a moment.  Thank you to all who participated in the Schwan’s Fundraiser for the Carroll County Backpack program. We greatly appreciate the support through the program. While there were not a lot who used the program, it is an easy way to support a program by doing what you already do and for that we are very thankful.  The election is finally over. There were many changes...

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Carroll County Sheriff’s Blotter – 10/01/2018 through 11/18/2018

10/01/18 at 2:18 pm Matthew T Hernandez, 20, of Savanna, was arrested by Savanna PD on a Contempt Warrant. Bond was $2,5000.00 10% applies. Hernandez was later released on a recognizance bond with a court date. 10/02/18 at 09:05 am Scott Kessler, 48, of Lemont, was arrested on a Lee County Contempt Warrant. His bond was $1,000.00 10%. Kessler was able to post and given a court date. 10/05/18 at 09:07 am Cassandra L Shaw, 37, of Sterling, turned herself in on a Contempt warrant. Her bond was $1,500.00 10% applies. Shaw was able to post bond and given...

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Joyce M. Wickler

Joyce M. Wickler — December 31, 1933 – November 10, 2018 Joyce M. Wickler, 84, of Stockton, IL, passed away with family by her side on Saturday November 10, 2018, at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, IL. She was born December 31, 1933, the daughter of the late Ralph and Leona (Bausman) Luke Sr. Joyce graduated from Stockton High School in 1951 and married Allen Wickler on March 14, 1952. Joyce was born during the Great Depression, the youngest of seven children. She developed a strong work ethic and learned to be self-reliant. She was kind and self-sacrificing. Throughout her...

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Mon 21

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

January 21 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 21

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

January 21 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 21

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

January 21 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 28

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

January 28 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 28

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

January 28 @ 7:00 pm

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