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Rochester High School and Rochester Junior High had ten students honored as award winners at the annual Scholastic Art Awards for the Illinois Mid-State Region. Due to COVID-19, a virtual awards ceremony will held Sunday, February 14.

Senior United States District Judge Richard Mills sentenced Chase Brown, 21, of the 1000 block of Heathrow Lane, Rochester, to serve 37 months in federal prison for operating a sham medical equipment reseller business that defrauded businesses and individuals from various states.

Rochester village trustees voted to approve the 2020 tax levy and an ordinance amending the village code to allow water connections outside the village as part of a busy agenda at Monday’s regular meeting.

Deena Powell recently received the Illinois Business Education Assocation Teacher of the Year - Secondary Award for 2020. The announcement was made during the virtual opening session of the IBEA’s 58th annual Fall Conference.

The Rochester Library is opening a StoryWalk® in lieu of the normal Holiday Party with Santa. It will open Friday, December 4 and remain open until Christmas Day, December 25.

David Henton updated the Rochester village board on the Public Works Department at the board’s November 9 meeting.

Jon Schwartz was honored as the 2020 Rochester Citizen of the Year and the Rochester village board took action to allow the village to move forward with becoming a K-9 police department at Monday’s one-hour regular meeting.

Rochester High School seniors Aki Hasegawa-Johnson and Carson Siddens have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 The Rochester Police Department announces its third annual ELFs program. The RPD designed the program to help families dealing with financial hardship receive the Christmas they deserve. The department’s donations along with support from the community and local businesses have succeeded in …

The Rochester Public Library will host a series of five College Nights starting November 6. Teens and parents, mark these dates on the calendars for upcoming college visitor nights - some advisors will be virtual only. Bring all your questions regarding new practices and policies regarding C…

The Rochester Public Library District Board of Trustees announced a vacancy at its regular board meeting held October 8. The board will fill the current vacancy by appointment. 

The Village of Rochester and the Rochester Lions Club are again sponsoring the Citizen of the Year Contest to recognize a person making an outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life in Rochester. Eligibility requirements are: - a Rochester-area resident over five years; - live…

The Rochester village board took action to approve several appointments to the Planning & Zoning Commission and an amendment to the village code pertaining to sign regulations at Tuesday’s 55 minute regular meeting. President Joe Suerdieck participated on all votes as only three trustees…

A blood drive to support the Central Illinois Community Blood Center will be hosted the Rochester Public Library Wednesday, October 14. The Bloodmobile will be outside the library from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

The Rochester Farmers Market will be held each Sunday during the month of September in the parking lot of the village hall/ library, concluding Sunday, September 27. 

At a special meeting held Tuesday, August 26, the Rochester CUSD 3A Board of Education voted to appoint Don Carley to the position vacated by the resignation of Randy Hawkins. Following the vote, Mr. Carley was sworn in. 

Following a meeting with local and state school officials, health officials, physicians and superintendents this past Saturday, Rochester CUSD 3A superintendent Dan Cox has decided that the district will start the 2020-21 school year with remote learning only. 

Randy Hawkins, a 22-year Rochester Board of Education member, resigned from the board at the end of Monday’s special board meeting at the RHS Learning Center. 

Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open for all Rochester CUSD 3A students. Parents can access online registration through Skyward Family Access. The Skyward Family Access link is located on the district’s website www.rochester3a.net.

Chad Williams, 41, Pastor of Rochester First Baptist Church, died unexpectedly and suddenly while hiking with his wife and missionary friends in Denali, Alaska Monday, July 13.