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The month-long investigation into the robbery of the Head West Sub Shop has culminated in an arrest. Officers from the Rochester Police Department, with assistance from the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department, arrested the suspect Friday, January 10. 

The Rochester Rockets Robotics FIRST LEGO League team #12893, The Squad Crafters Rising, will be advancing to the Tesla State Championship competition held in Champaign Saturday, January 25. The Squad Crafters Rising qualified from the Regional competition held December 8.

Representatives from the James Orlandini Foundation were at the Bruce Hays Administrative Center last Thursday to present a donation of $20,500 to the Rochester Education Foundation to benefit the students of Rochester CUSD 3A.

Darrell Maxheimer, Highway Commissioner for Rochester Township, was unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Township Officials of Illinois during the Association’s 112th annual Educational Conference held November 10-12 in Springfield. 

Officers from the Rochester Police Department responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Head West Sub Shop in Rochester at approximately 5:25 p.m. Friday.

Santa Claus will be arriving on a fire truck for a visit at the Rochester Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14. Games, snacks and crafts will be available while children wait for a chance to visit with Santa.

The Rochester school board held a special meeting Monday afternoon to approve the hiring of Dan Cox as the new Superintendent of Schools beginning with the 2020-21 school year. Cox was unanimously approved by the board and received a three-year contract starting July 1, 2020.

Rochester Schools hosted the annual Veterans Day Assembly Thursday, November 7. Over 50 local veterans were honored for their service, including (left to right): Lt. Col. Scott Swinford of the Army National Guard, World War II veteran Harold Wilson and Major Mark Wheeler of the Army National Guard.

A community scrap metal collection is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Rochester United Methodist Church parking lot. The public is invited to bring unwanted metals and aluminum to the site for recycling.

The public is invited to the annual Rochester Fall Festival, coordinated by Operation Hometown Santa. The festival will be held Sunday, October 20 from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rochester Fire Protection District, 700 East Main, Rochester.

Ruth Ann Theis accepts a key to the village from President Joe Suerdieck after being named the 2019 Rochester Citizen of the Year at the opening ceremonies of the Rochester Sesquicentennial celebration Saturday morning.

The Rochester Fire Rescue Department and Rochester Police Department will host the first Boots vs. Badges community blood drive Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Rochester Christian Church, 325 South Walnut Street.

Rochester area students from pre-K to those who have completed 8th grade can compete in the 12th annual Rochester Fishing Derby Saturday, September 14 at the Village Park Pond.

This year’s Rochester High School Homecoming Parade will be held Wednesday, September 18 at 5:30 pm. The parade route will be the same as previous years, with line up at the Rochester Baptist Church, going right on State Street, left on Main Street, right on North Walnut Street and ending in…

The Rochester village board took action on several items at Monday’s 55 minute regular meeting but decided to table taking moving forward on one major issue, an excavation project on State Street being mandated by the Illinois Envrionmental Protection Agency.

Officers Justin Harris (top) and Matt Henton and Mikel Ollech (bottom) meet with residents Saturday at the Rochester Police Department’s Neighborhood Awareness event for The Meadows and Camelot Subdivision at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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.

Rochester High School will have an official enrollment of 770 for the next two sports seasons, following the release of next year’s enrollments by the Illinois High School Association. The IHSA has altered its enrollment policy for the start of the current school year and will now use a scho…

David Randall Western of Rochester graduated with honors during commencement ceremonies held May 17-18 at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla. Western graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

Workers from Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating and Martin Engineering install a new water line along Cardinal Hill Road on the Catholic Diocese property. Larry Bietfeldt, the owner of Coe Commons, is moving forward with putting the water line in across the Diocese property and his propert…

On Saturday, June 1, the Rochester Pack 40 Cub Scouts constructed a pollinator garden in Rochester Community Park with the help of a grant obtained through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Schoolyard Habitat Program. A total of 44 native pollinator plants were obtained for the ga…

One of the events at this year’s Rochester Sesquicentennial Celebration will be the 5K/10K Walk-Run to be held Saturday, September 14. The event will start and finish in Rochester Community Park.

Yet another stretch of heavy rain over a two-day period sent the Black Branch out of its banks over the weekend. Park Street in Rochester was completely flooded at the Mill Street intersection Saturday morning.