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Local businesses, organizations get ready to give this holiday season

By Kelly Bauer | November 22, 2011

DeKalb is gearing up for the season of giving.Several local organizations and businesses have started collections for their annual charities. Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop, 1812 Sycamore Road, is collecting a variety of winter clothes to distribute to impoverished...

Local shelter opens expansion with ceremony

By Kelly Bauer | November 18, 2011

A little over $1 million went into Hope Haven's newly-opened expansion.The ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion occurred Wednesday. Executive director Lesly Wicks said Hope Haven, a homeless shelter, did not use federal or state grants to build the...

Public hearing brings full house to DeKalb City Council

By Kelly Bauer | November 15, 2011

A public hearing on the proposed vacation of a portion of North Third Street drew a full house to Monday's City Council Meeting. Members of the community were allowed to speak about the proposal, which supporters said was necessary for an expansion for...

NaNoWriMo writers work together to meet 50,000 word count goal

By Kelly Bauer | November 7, 2011

Word Count: Three. That won't do. After all, it's National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): a time when every participating writer is given a goal of spewing out a 50,000 word novel in one month. That's a minimum of 1,667 words a day. But thousands...

DeKalb City Council considers changes to city’s energy supplier

By Kelly Bauer | November 6, 2011

A referendum for changes to DeKalb's energy supplier could be on the ballot by March 2012.The change would entail finding a different energy generator, one that would supply energy to local businesses and families for less money. DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen...

Security measures at new DHS cost $660K

By Kelly Bauer | November 1, 2011

A new facility with around 120 motion-detecting cameras, an intercom system, telephones in each classroom and fire-retardant gates does not come cheap. However, these safety measures - installed in the new DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road - were...

Shelter, food pantry see rise in dependants

By Kelly Bauer | October 31, 2011

While a stagnant economy is not the only cause of homelessness, it plays a role in the rise of displaced individuals and families, said Michael Newman, Hope Haven emergency shelter coordinator.Newman said people at Hope Haven have also become homeless...

Mother struggles to rise above homelessness

By Kelly Bauer | October 31, 2011

Elissa Vonderheide is homeless. That does not mean she dons rags or sits on the street, begging for cash. Vonderheide searches for jobs, is a pre-nursing student at Kishwaukee College and raises her 3-year-old daughter. She lives and baby-sits for free...

Physician accused of improperly issuing drugs to patients

By Kelly Bauer | October 27, 2011

  A doctor from the Sauk Medical Center, who has offices in Sterling and DeKalb, has had his physician & surgeon and controlled substance licenses suspended for allegedly prescribing drugs to patients without properly evaluating them, according to...

Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) speaks with a group of
NIU students during Wednesdays March on Springfield. The students
asked Pritchard questions about why the state has delayed paying
NIU the money it owes the university.

Students rally in Springfield to support MAP grant funding

By Kelly Bauer | October 26, 2011

College students need grant money, and they're willing to fight for it. NIU students marched on Illinois' capitol Wednesday, intent on gaining support for increased - or, at least, a stabilization - of monetary award program (MAP) grant funding. Delonte...

City Council reviews redistricting options

October 24, 2011

DeKalb's City Council is one step closer to ward redistricting.At the meeting Monday, city manager Mark Biernacki showed four possible redistricting options to the council, with the wards being split alternately between population and voter turnout. The...

Homeless at park move on

October 18, 2011

The number of homeless men and women that occasionally move through or stay in Prairie Park has probably fallen since the death of Toni Keller, said DeKalb Police Lt. Carl Leoni.Leoni said the Park District has been more "on top of" reporting homeless...