Rockford woman wins discussion with governor

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‘I wasn’t there for the lunch’ by BETH ALTENA When Rockford resident Sandra Cox includes in her preference of job openings the word “dental” because she formerly worked as a dental hygienist, employment programs include in her list of choices jobs that offer dental benefits. This is just one observation Cox was able to share […]

Lemonade sale hopes to give girl last wishes

Lillian Evans needs your help in order to carry out her bucket list.

Ten-year-old’s transplanted organs failing by BETH ALTENA Lily Evans would love to ride a horse, stay in a cabin with her family, have a girl party with friends and see a movie in a theater. According to her doctors, she has just six months to one year to do any of these things. Lillian Josephine […]

Promotions a ‘milestone step in merger’

YOUR NEW LEIUTENANTS—Lieutenants Ron Vincent, Dave Robinson, Jamie Davies and Mike Miller are pictured with Public Safety Chief Dave Jones (left) and Rockford City Manager Michael Young (right). The promotions are the most recent step in a move away from traditional emergency response departments to an innovative, money-saving structure unique to Rockford.

New leadership role defined for Rockford Safety Department by BETH ALTENA A “milestone development” in a new structure designed to save the City of Rockford and its residents over $200,000 annually took place Monday, July 9 during the regular Rockford City Council meeting. Three employees were promoted to the position of lieutenant and placed as […]

NKSA agreement—‘We anticipate great savings’

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Townships consider cost agreements for sewer infrastructure by BETH ALTENA “What you see happening in 2012 is what we anticipated in 1997 and perhaps earlier.” During Plainfield Township’s Monday, July 2 board meeting, Plainfield Township Manager Robert Homan discussed a  proposed agreement for the North Kent Sewer Authority (NKSA) management and staff replace the Kent […]

Huge trees taken down on Main, Elizabeth streets

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Original plantings were to keep roads in place by BETH ALTENA  The face of Rockford changed somewhat as two old trees were removed at the corner of East Main and Elizabeth streets Monday, July 9. The pair of maples, as big as 60 to 70 feet high, were suffering from some dead wood, and according […]