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  • ‘Million Dollar Experience’

    Dale Maddy, a former resident of Sheffield, recently released his new book, “Million Dollar Experience.”Maddy is the son of the late Gordon ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Returning to Kenya

    A year ago, I began my adventure in Kenya with a service program through Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, Pa. I endured a rich but challe ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:42 pm
  • Gorka wows Coffeehouse crowd

    John Gorka, singer/songwriter of Minnesota, performs Saturday evening at the Princeton Coffeehouse at the Open Prairie United Church of Chri ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:56 pm
  • Prep football notes

    The Red Devils’ offense had their first opportunity to showcase their skills during the Red-White Scrimmage Friday night at Richard Nesti St ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:06 pm
  • Golf roundup

    The Princeton boys and girls golf teams brought home some hardware from weekend events.At Byron: The PHS boys finished second of six teams i ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:14 pm
  • Storm Sack

    Bureau Valley's Payton Moore brings down a Newman ballcarrier in Saturday's eighth-grade JFL action in Manlius. Newman won 28-14 ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:10 pm
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  • Auction Calendar

    Aug. 28 – Joann Johnson, furniture, collectibles and household, 4 p.m., 1722 S. Euclid Ave., Princeton, Tumbleson Auction Co., auctioneers.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • The many faces of the Bureau County Fair

    Aidan Rossler of Malden took some time away from the rides and the animals at the 159th Bureau County Fair to have his faces painted. The fair offered ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:23 pm
  • SVE prepares for grand opening

    SPRING VALLEY — Teachers, students and administration are revving up for Thursday’s grand opening of the new John F. Kennedy School addition.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:06 pm
  • Keeping cool in hot times

    PRINCETON — Monday’s high temperatures and humidity caused a National Weather Service two-day heat advisory for the Illinois Valley.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:07 pm
  • County fair deemed a success

    PRINCETON — The 159th Bureau County Fair was a success, in spite of the occasional rain and the hot, humid weather.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:07 pm
  • ‘Million Dollar Experience’

    Dale Maddy, a former resident of Sheffield, recently released his new book, “Million Dollar Experience.”
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • City takes action at recycling center

    PRINCETON — New signs will go up at the Princeton Recycling Center to clarify what things are ... and are not, accepted for recycling.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:46 pm
  • Gorka wows Coffeehouse crowd

    John Gorka, singer/songwriter of Minnesota, performs Saturday evening at the Princeton Coffeehouse at the Open Prairie United Church of Christ. Gorka ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:56 pm
  • On the Street

    What is your favorite part of the fair? “I like riding on the Orbiter and hanging out with friends.” ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:28 pm
  • ISP reports fatal accident

    SPRING VALLEY – A Geneseo woman has died following a single-vehicle accident Wednesday on Interstate 80 in eastern Bureau County.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 2:23 pm
  • Happenings

    BOCCE BALL Labor Day Tournament TOLUCA — The annual Labor Day Bocce Ball Tournament will be held Sun ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Friday Night Lights

    High school football season gets underway Friday night in the area with all local teams playing on the gridiron. Princeton will host Morrison at Bryan ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Senior Spotlight — Sarah Crowe

    Name: Sarah Crowe. School: Princeton High School. Date/place of birth: March 17, 1997, Rockford. Hom ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Friday Night Lights rehearsal

    Area football teams staged a rehearsal for Friday Night Lights.  Hall’s A.J. Gaeta plays like Superman, diving in for a touchdown in the Red-White Scr ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:18 pm
  • Storm Sack

    Bureau Valley's Payton Moore brings down a Newman ballcarrier in Saturday's eighth-grade JFL action in Manlius. Newman won 28-14
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • 2014 Cross Country Preview

    The area returns two all-state cross country runners in Hall senior Al Baldonado and Amboy sophomore Megan Grady, and another, Bureau Valley’s Regan W ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:12 pm
  • Golf roundup

    The Princeton boys and girls golf teams brought home some hardware from weekend events.At Byron: The ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:14 pm
  • Tomasson named interim AD at IVCC

    Longtime Illinois Valley Community College softball coach Cory Tomasson has been appointed the college’s interim athletic director, President Jerry Co ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Prep football notes

    The Red Devils’ offense had their first opportunity to showcase their skills during the Red-White Scrimmage Friday night at Richard Nesti Stadium. The ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 4:06 pm
  • Annual golf scramble set for Sept. 26

    PRINCETON — The Bureau County United Way’s 11th annual golf scramble will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Chapel Hill Golf Course, Princeton.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:29 pm
  • Raymond Verdick

    ROCK FALLS — Raymond D. Verdick, 68, of Rock Falls, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at home. Services wi ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 2:39 pm
  • James Ridley

    BARODA, Mich. — James Michael Ridley, 64, of Baroda, Mich., formerly of LaMoille, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at KSB Hospital in Dixon.
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Verna (Bracey) Salazar

    LASALLE — On Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, God decided to send his chariot of angels with all their bright lights to bring his daughter, Verna Salazar, home ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:38 pm
  • Dianne Smith

    ARLINGTON — Dianne Smith, 69, of 111 Arlington Ave., Arlington, died at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:15 pm
  • Matthew Reha

    TISKILWA — Matthew "Teo" Gregory Reha, 32, passed from this life on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Matthew wa ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:12 pm
  • Raymond Verdick

    ROCK FALLS — Raymond Verdick, 68, of Rock Falls died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at his home. Arrangemen ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:28 pm
  • James Ott

    PRINCETON — James "Jim" Leo Ott, 71, of Princeton passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Jim was born ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • Walter Lawniczak Jr.

    SPRING VALLEY — A memorial service for Walter C. Lawniczak Jr., 68, of Spring Valley, who died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at his residence, will be at ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:34 am
  • Grace Renner

    HANNA CITY — Grace Anita (Hull) Renner, 89, of Hanna City passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:26 am
  • Dolores Smith

    DIXON — Dolores M. Smith, 89, of Dixon, formerly of Walnut and Milledgeville, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at her home in Dixon.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 9:38 am
  • Princeton Police

    Domestic battery William H. Warren, 27, of Tampico was charged with domestic battery and violation o ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:58 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    Deer accidentsTimothy P. Haas, 53, of Putnam was traveling at 8:23 a.m. Aug. 12 on 250 North Avenue, ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 2:21 pm
  • Illinois State Police

    AccidentKamaljit S. Kang, 28, of Sacramento, Calif., was driving a semi-trailer on Interstate 80, ea ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 2:52 pm
  • Charges dropped

    According to a document issued by Bureau County’s 13th Judicial Circuit Court, all theft charges were dropped against Matthew Mesick, 22, of Princeton ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 2:22 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Disorderly conductRose M. Storm, 51, of Princeton was charged with disorderly conduct in the 200 blo ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 2:21 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Disorderly conduct Robert T. Lucas, 49, of DePue was charged with disorderly conduct in the 600 bloc ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 2:27 pm
  • Princeton Police arrest 3 residents for felonies

    PRINCETON — Princeton Police arrested three Princeton residents late Sunday in a series of felony theft charges, residential burglary and possession o ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 5:04 pm
  • Princeton Police

    TheftEvan K. Hopson, 28, of Ohio was charged with theft from Walmart at 3:55 p.m. Aug. 8. ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 2:10 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Warrant arrest Joseph L. Kohr, 19, of Spring Valley was picked up at the intersection of Mary and Da ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 2:17 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Robert C. Bevington, 48, of Princeton was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and driving w ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 2:11 pm
  • Footing the bill ...

    In 1887, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2, ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:20 pm
  • Is it race or rage?

    July 2 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The legislation is considered a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:21 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Well, another Bureau County Fair has come and gone, and I hope you had the opportunity to attend and make some memories. While the traditional things ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:24 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    We all have a long list of reasons to be grateful. In fact, it is suggested we occasionally remind ourselves of those reasons. Good mental health and ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:45 am
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: The following is another column in the ongoing series by former BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt and her battle with breast cancer.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 3:32 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It’s fair time! I don’t know about you, but the anticipation and excitement of the Bureau County Fair still runs deep in my veins. OK, this old body d ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 3:11 pm
  • A bully by any other name ...

    While browsing through the news section of Google I found myself getting lost in the comments sections of each article. Most of the people I found see ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 3:11 pm
  • Facebook, not Factbook

    As a rule, the human race loves bad news. Yes, it’s really cute and lovely when a dog rescues a cat from drowning, but you will never see that lead th ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 1:15 pm
  • Mautino is good for the Illinois Valley

    State Rep. Frank Mautino is an experienced leader who works for the benefit of everyone in the district — regardless of political party; and everyone ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 2:42 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    I happened to walk by the school supply aisle the other day, and I don’t mind telling you there was a certain pang of excitement in my soul. While it’ ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 2:41 pm
  • Local entrepreneurs create economic development initiative

    Starved Rock Country Alliance, a group of local entrepreneurs, has launched a new initiative to promote economic development in the upper Illinois Val ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Bureau County SWCD fish, tree sale

    PRINCETON — The Bureau County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for its fall fish and tree sale.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 2:52 pm
  • Farm Bureau Women’s Committee to meet

    PRINCETON — The Farm Bureau Women’s Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 at the Farm Bureau office in Princeton. At this meeting, the committee will ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 12:37 pm
  • Farm Bureau task force plans meeting

    PRINCETON — The Bureau County Farm Bureau will hold a fall task force meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4.A ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 12:37 pm
  • Behind the show

    The end of the show season is beginning to draw near. Most of the hard work and preparation on our cattle is done; hours of travel behind us; and the ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 12:37 pm
  • Ag Summary

    Scattered showers continued throughout the state for the week ending Aug. 17. The southeast part of the state received nearly 2 inches of precipitatio ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 12:37 pm
  • Grain handling class set at IVCC

    OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center will host a 10-hour general industry class specific to grain handling from 8 ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 12:38 pm
  • Klug achieves Life Associate Member status

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — After 25 years of membership in the International Association of Identification, former Ladd resident David Klug has achieved Life A ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 12:20 pm
  • Health department releases scores

    The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department makes routine and unannounced visits each month to various food service establishments in Bureau and Putnam ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 12:18 pm
  • Minnick to serve on new Iowa volunteer group

    CLINTON, Iowa — Charlie Minnick, vice president/campus director of Ashford University, formerly of Ohio, Ill., has been appointed by Iowa Gov. Terry B ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 12:13 pm
  • Circa ‘21 will present ‘White Christmas’

    ROCK ISLAND — Located in downtown Rock Island, the Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse has been treating audiences to the absolute finest in dining and profess ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Figge hosts Two Americans in Paris exhibit

    DAVENPORT, Iowa —Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood will be the first exhibition to open in the newly named Katz Gallery on the secon ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ comes to the Adler Theatre

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — As haunting and unforgettable as ever, “Jekyll & Hyde” is back and coming to Adler Theatre in Davenport Sept. 30. Tickets went on sa ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Library Corner 8-28

    PRINCETON — On Tuesdays of this month, story time in the youth services department will continue at 10:30 a.m.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Jesse White urges student readers to enter Letters About Literature competition

    Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in Grades 4-12 to enter the 2015 Letters About Literature contest, a national re ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Food Court 8-28

    Seventy-five years ago, the Nestle Toll House Morsel hit the shelves of our grocery stores. It’s difficult to believe that delicious little chocolate ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Thrivent mission trips goes to El Salvador

    Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity will send a mission trip to Santa Ana, El Salvador, from Oct. 18-26. Eight more people are needed to join the ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:36 pm
  • Auxiliary make plans for annual fundraiser

    LADD — The Ladd American Legion Auxiliary met Aug. 5 to make plans for the annual fundraiser at Rip’s in Ladd. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:38 pm
  • Jay, Lori Schultz mark 25th anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Jay Schultz of Princeton will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, today, Tuesday.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:39 pm
  • Returning to Kenya

    A year ago, I began my adventure in Kenya with a service program through Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, Pa. I endured a rich but challenging time ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 2:42 pm

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