‘Balls of fire over Rockford’ mystery solved

Nate, a sophomore at Rockford, sets off a wish lantern in honor of his father, who died in a car accident a year ago on September 15.

by BETH ALTENA We know there are plenty of mysteries in the night skies of Rockford because we heard all about them last week from callers. The “balls of fire” in the sky over Rockford the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 15 no longer remain one of those mysteries, however. The calls started coming in quickly […]

What’s in your attic? Toy collector displays favorites at Herman’s Boy

Show open during Harvest Fest by Beth Altena Nate Brown always loved toys and admits he never really grew up, but early on in his collecting days he learned a valuable lesson: Don’t throw out the box. Brown has hundreds of antique toys on display at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Drive. He is out back […]

Rockford artist shares rainbow cookie visions

by BETH ALTENA When looking back on a life of accomplishments, local artist Philip Glass sees rainbows—in cookies. The long-time resident may be known for his career as an artist here. He once had a oil painting gallery in the South Squire street red kaboose now occupied by Reading Books and once painted a mural […]

Rockford grad in midst of breaking world news

Burt DeWilde, Rockford’s 2003 salutatorian, is pictured with the ATLAS detector. The machine made world news Tuesday, March 30, when it successfully began atomizing protons at nearly the speed of light in a giant facility built underground in Switzerland.

Man’s most complex machine to answer questions of the universe by BETH ALTENA Several years ago, the world media was filled with worries that Earth’s first particle collider would create a black hole and suck in the planet with everyone and everything on it. Last week, the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC) first successful proton collision […]

Schools ban field trips until township sets sex offender policy

Rockford Superintendent angry over proximity of offender, school by BETH ALTENA Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler had harsh words to say about Plainfield Township officials’ failure to notify him that a convicted sex offender was working practically within arm’s reach of elementary students. Forty-year-old Jeffrey Hawkins was fired from his job as firefighter […]