Cruden, optimist, faces adversity with confidence, compassion

Rachel Cruden 10, has recently been named as one of Rockford Public Schools' "Examples in Excellence" for 2010.

Rachel Cruden, 10, is the daughter of John and Lisa Cruden and sister to Andy, 9, and Hannah, 7, and has been named as one of the “Examples in Excellence” for 2010 through Rockford Public Schools. This hardworking student is committed to accomplishing her goals and is helpful to her teachers, her classmates and at […]

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Blythefield Hills Baptist Church celebrates 20 years of Easter dramas

Jesus, played by Kevin Shuneson of Sparta, blesses the children.

Second chances give us strength to make tomorrow a better day and “The Eleventh Hour,” a modern Easter drama inspired by movies like “The Blind Side” and “The Pursuit of Happyness,” is a new, local production based on lost love, crimes and those priceless second chances. This Broadway-style musical interlaces the contemporary lives of a […]

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Gardner opts to ‘share her hair’

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Sidney Gardner, 4, of Belmont donated her hair to Locks of Love on March 23, because of the decision she made to “share her hair” with another child. Tracey Schaner of Great Clips in Rockford gave Sidney a new style, cutting off 10 inches.Sidney Gardner, 4, of Belmont donated her hair to Locks of Love […]

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USA Water Polo honors Rockford player

Conor Thelan and Coach Dave McWatters pose together at the annual Rockford Water Polo Banquet.

For the first time ever a Rockford athlete has been chosen by USA Waterpolo—the sport’s national organization—as Athlete of the Month. Conor Thelen was one of four seniors on the Rockford High School water polo team this season, and in an amazing tie-breaking move, all four contributed to the winning score, earning the team the […]

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Tiger fan celebrates 106th birthday

Mary Carpenter gives us all a goal to work toward as she nears her 106th birthday.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As you read this article, you will, in part, be celebrating lifelong Rockford resident Mary Carpenter’s 106th birthday. Mary Dunn Carpenter, born in 1904, will be an amazing 106 years old on Thursday, March 25. Now residing at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Mary has vivid memories of her life […]

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