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 […]

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 […]

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 […]