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Kishwaukee Hospital offers classes to keep kids safe

By Thomas Verschelde | April 5, 2011

DeKALB | The Kishwaukee Community Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, is offering several classes to promote safety for children. Margaret Dohnalik, Community Wellness Coordinator, said the classes include the safe-sitter program, the infant safety and CPR...

2,300 Illinois bridges ‘structurally deficient’

By Thomas Verschelde | April 4, 2011

DeKALB | A recent study deemed 2,300 bridges in Illinois "structurally deficient." According to, 14 bridges within a 50 mile radius of DeKalb are deemed "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete." The Bethany Road bridge in...

Sycamore 3rd and 4th Wards alderman candidate profiles

By Meaghen Harms and Thomas Verschelde | April 3, 2011

Greg Taylor: Candidate for Sycamore 3rd Ward alderman (INCUMBENT) Experience: Taylor served as alderman for the last four years. Education: Attended Ohio State University Why running for alderman: Taylor said it's very important to him that there be someone...

DeKalb 5th Ward alderman candidates

DeKalb 5th Ward alderman candidates

By Thomas Verschelde | April 3, 2011

Ronald Naylor: Candidate for DeKalb 5th Ward alderman (incumbent) EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bradley University in 1965 EXPERIENCE: Naylor said he has lived in DeKalb for over 45 years. He has raised a family here and has...

Get rid of your yard waste

By Thomas Verschelde | March 29, 2011

DeKALB | Yard waste pickup will begin the first Monday of April in Dekalb and Sycamore. The pick up service is available to anyone who uses Waste Management as their primary garbage service. There is no additional charge to the citizens said Fred Busse,...

A DeKalb middle school may face restructuring

By Thomas Verschelde | March 22, 2011

DeKALB | DeKalb School District 428 is considering restructuring Clinton Rosette Middle School, 650 N. First St., after the school failed to meet standards set by No Child Left Behind. Clinton Rosette Middle School has not shown steady enough improvement...

Northern area school libraries awarded $16K from state

By Thomas Vershelde | March 20, 2011

DeKALB | Seven northern Illinois school districts recently received state funding in the form of the School District Library Program for use in their school libraries, including DeKalb and Sycamore districts. A total of $16,000 was awarded to libraries...

Task force discusses DeKalb landlord, tenant issues

By Thomas Verschelde | March 10, 2011

The Safe and Quality Housing Task Force meeting was held Tuesday at the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house. The main issues discussed in the meeting were landlord and tenant issues, the safety of DeKalb, providing quality housing for the residents of DeKalb,...

Sycamore School District 427 cuts programs to help balance the budget

By Thomas Verschelde | March 8, 2011

DeKALB | Sycamore School District 427 will cut a total of 35 staff positions and three programs, effective next school year. Two of the programs that will get cut include intramural sports and the Spartan Academy, a summer school program for kindergarten...

John Steers speaks of the importance of creativity in society

By Thomas Verschelde | March 7, 2011

DeKALB | In a country where standardized testing is dominant, creativity becomes an important asset. This is what John Steers, General Secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design in the United Kingdom, is expected to talk about when...

The Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St., is holding a fundraiser to replace the current seats at the theater, which are over 80 years old. The current seats have old and malfunctioning mechanics to go along with a less than ideal comfort level for patrons.

Egyptian Theatre over halfway to donation goal

By Thomas Verschelde | March 1, 2011

DeKALB | The Egyptian Theatre is more than halfway to its $400,000 goal to install larger, more comfortable seating. The theatre, located at 135 N. Second St., is currently having a fundraiser to help replace all of the original seating in the theatre....