Cathy’s Hallmark hosts

PRIZES GALORE—(l-r): Kathy Barr with grand prize winner Donna Brinks.

by CARRIE YEOMANS   On Thursday, May 7, Cathy’s Hallmark held a first of its kind-Ladies Night. Women enjoyed 20 percent off everything in the store, were invited to sample Gillham and Grand candy, Wind and Willow dips, a delicious cake supplied by Arnies and cookies donated by D&W. As the ladies shopped and snacked, […]

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Downtown Sparta businesses staying

CONSTRUCTION SEASON—Corner of Union and Division St. in downtown Sparta taken 4/16/09.

Through the orange barrels, closed sidewalks, and large piles of gravel, the downtown Sparta businesses can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and are keeping a positive attitude through it all. Dollar N’ More owner Phil Potter uses the construction project to show that a big pile of dirt isn’t holding their […]

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Marjorie Wiltse to retire after 35 years

After more than 35 years of teaching piano lessons to Rockford-area residents, Marjorie Wiltse will enjoy a well-deserved retirement beginning this June.  Over the course of her career, she challenged and inspired her 200+ students and instilled in each of them a lifelong love of music. Many of her current and former students, as well […]

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RHS student accepted at world-renowned music conservatory

George  Goad.

Success is no stranger to Rockford High School senior George Goad, as indicated by his recent full-scholarship acceptance into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. George is first chair trumpet in Rockford High School’s wind ensemble as well as first chair trumpet in the MSBOA All-State Orchestra. In addition to his musical talents, […]

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Rockford High School presents Allison Stephens, Example in Excellence

Allison Stephens.

Great things come in little packages Allison Stephens, age 18, is the daughter of Maureen and Robert Stephens and sister to Kelly Stephens, Michael and Colleen Hastings, and Timothy and Molly Matusak. Allison was chosen as Rockford High School’s Example in Excellence for qualities of introspection, honesty, compassion, and open-mindedness. She exhibits these qualities in […]

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