Friday, April 2, 2010

Sterling slashing budget: City may lay off 
firefighters, mandate some furlough days

800-798-4085, ext. 521

STERLING – While the city’s proposed budget doesn’t include any increases in taxes or fees, it’s far from painless.

City jobs will be lost through layoffs or attrition. Employees will be asked to pay a greater percentage of the city’s health insurance costs. And there will be wage freezes and furloughs for most.

The city of Sterling’s nearly $20 million spending plan for fiscal year 2010-11 was released last week. A budget hearing will be Monday.

The plan calls for a spending increase of more than $800,000 over the 2009-10 budget. City Manager Scott Shumard said most of that is grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sauk Awards Single Parents Grants to 23 Students for ’09-‘10

Twenty-three single parents who are also Sauk Valley Community College students recently received a boost with their education through the Sauk Foundation and private donations.

Amy Viering, Sauk’s director of foundation and grants, said recipients of this grant work extremely hard to balance family and work while pursuing their education.

“We are pleased to be able to provide financial support to assist them to improve their lives and the lives of their children,” Viering said.

The winners and their hometowns include:

AMBOY: Crystal Richardson and Patricia Rood.

Maria Duncan, Patricia Hobdy, Shannon Smith, Tasha Morton, Wendy Williams, and Lacey Stinson.

FRANKLIN GROVE: Leeniece Rumoro.

LYNDON: Lindsey Steele.

Sabrina Williams.

OREGON: Devinn Grimes.

Ashley Holland, Heather Gould, Jessica Schuessler, and Sherry Kline.

STERLING: Darcy Allie, Valerie Howes, Tracee Randall, Andrea Regalado-Prado, Jennifer Reyle, LeAnn Shipman and Molly Quick.

The Sauk Foundation is a non-profit corporation that broadens the educational opportunities and services that SVCC provides for its students. Each year the Foundation awards numerous scholarships that total more than $160,000. For more information on the Sauk Foundation, call 815/288-5511, ext. 345.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Open for Business: DC Computers

What does DC Computers offer? We offer computer service and repair, we build and repair computers, PC network support, business high-speed Internet service, and off-site backup services for businesses.
What’s new? We have been in business since 2006, and recently remodeled our building and opened our retail store.

What makes your business special? The turnaround time on repairing computers is 24 to 48 hours. We can fix anything that goes wrong with your computer, including viruses, and we stand behind our work 100 percent.

How many do you employ? Three, and we’re looking for a part-time Web developer.

Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Doug Carlson, I’m 25, and I am the owner. My wife, Alicia, 24, and I graduated from Dixon High School in 2003; we still live there, with our 6-year-old son, Coty. Alicia is an insurance verification specialist at KSB Hospital.

What do you do for fun? I work.

Do you belong to any clubs or organizations? I am a member of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.

Anything else you’d like us to know? Our customers continually tell us that they are extremely satisfied with our work and that they really are surprised by how quickly we solve all of their computer problems.

742 N. Galena Ave., Dixon
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Contact: 815-973-4695 (for after-hour emergencies, too)
815-288-0147 (fax)


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Layoffs, fee hikes coming 
for schools


MORRISON – Tuesday was a difficult night for the Morrison School District.

The seven-member school board voted unanimously to lay off four teachers and cut back hours on others. It also increased a host of fees for students and sports fans for next school year.

Administrators expect the measures will save the district about $600,000 in the 2010-2011 school year, as it braces for up to $1.2 million in cuts from the state, Superintendent Suellen Girard said.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling, IL Request Donations

St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling, IL is in need of clean, small, clear plastic jars (such as peanut butter jars), used padded mailing envelopes, ping pong balls and rice. Collection tub in the East Room along with samples of items needed and completed crafts.

To donate:
703 Third Avenue
Sterling, IL, 61081


Monday, March 8, 2010

Fidler on the Roof - Newman Central Catholic High School to put on Musical

Fidler on the Roof - Newman Central Catholic High School to put on Musical

Tickets on sale now! Call 815-625-0500 ext.10
Mar. 19 & 20 at 7 pm ;
Mar. 21 at 2 pm  
Adults $9,
Senior Citizens $7,
Students $5

Friday, March 5, 2010

28 percent of Lee County vaccinated against H1N1: Residents reminded flu season continues


DIXON – The Lee County Health Department has conducted 59 H1N1 flu clinics so far this season, and estimates that 28 percent of the county is vaccinated against the virus.

In addition to 17 vaccination clinics at the health department’s Dixon office, 23 clinics were held at schools, 13 at businesses, 5 at long-term care facilities throughout the county, and at the Dixon Elks Lodge.

Countywide, 7,552 were vaccinated against H1N1 flu, a particularly aggressive influenza virus that has claimed at least 2 lives in the Sauk Valley.

An additional 2,483 citizens received vaccinations from other providers, for a total of 10,035 doses.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

School district in crisis? Parents voice concerns; officials say they may need to cut $1M more


DIXON – Gov. Pat Quinn’s recent decision to reduce this year’s state education budget by 15 percent means the Dixon School Board, struggling to find a way to cut $1.6 million from next year’s school budget, now may need to find a way to slash $2.5 million.

That was the message Wednesday night from Superintendent Michael Juenger and Business Manager David Blackburn. The pair spoke at an informational meeting at Dixon High School, attended by more than 100 people who were there to learn about proposed staff and program cuts.


ILLINOIS PRISONS: Standing room only

They were imprisoned for prostitution, robbery and drug trafficking. They were dog fighters, arsonists, sex offenders and repeat drunk drivers. Almost 2,000 criminals of nearly every stripe short of homicide were released early from Illinois prisons between September and December 2009.

In Sangamon County alone, at least 13 inmates were released early, many serving just a fraction of their sentences. One repeat drunk driver served only a month of his year-long sentence, while another inmate serving time for possession of more than 15 grams of cocaine spent only two weeks of his five-year sentence behind bars.

Part of a plan to save $5 million in prison costs by cutting the state’s inmate population, the releases are troubling by themselves. But they also highlight a much bigger problem in the Illinois correctional system: overcrowding. It’s a problem with multiple causes and some troubling – and expensive – side effects. Critics say overcrowded prisons lead to violence, higher imprisonment costs and undermined rehabilitation efforts.


Too much crime, or just too much reporting of it?

Author Grammar Moses

In a recent Monday, the Telegraph reported on Page 1 that an Honor Flight group was organizing in Lee County as a tribute to World War II veterans.

(You might recall the 2-week series of front-page profiles we did of WWII veterans from Whiteside County who took the Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., last fall to see the war memorials. We sent a reporter and photographer along to chronicle the trip.)

The cover of that same Monday edition also included a story and picture of local Girl Scouts who were learning computer safety in a workshop at Sauk Valley Community College.

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