The search process for a new superintendent for the Rochester School District is underway, and an update was provided by board president Randy Hawkins at Monday’s regular school board meeting at the Bruce Hays District Administrative Center.
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.
The Rochester Sesquicentennial Committee, along with Sloan Implement Co., will present “Prairie & Farm Fields - A Salute to Agriculture” Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rochester Firehouse.
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.
The Rochester school board’s regular meeting lasted only 30 minutes Monday but that was enough time to complete a lengthy agenda that included approval of a new two-year contract with the Rochester Education Association.
The Rochester school board approved the hiring of Russell Clover as the school district’s interim superintendent for the 2019-20 school year as a special meeting held Wednesday, May 29.
The Rochester Public Library will once again host a Farmers Market on Saturdays starting June 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the village hall/library at 1 Community Drive.
Commencement exercises for the Rochester High School Class of 2019 were held Sunday, May 26 at Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois-Springfield.
Rochester CUSD 3A has announced that Mrs. Cassy Carey has been hired as the principal of Rochester Intermediate School for the 2019-20 school year. She will replace Kathleen Sanders, who came out of retirement in February to complete the year at RIS.
The Rochester school board agreed with a recommendation from the administration on a series of staffing needs for the 2019-20 school year at Monday’s regular meeting.
The Rochester Historical Preservation Society’s regular meeting will be held Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m., one week earlier than usual. The RHPS and the Rochester Sesquicentennial Committee invite you to step back in time to 1869 when five men from Rochester were elected to represent the town a…
The Rochester Junior High Scholastic Bowl team discusses a history question in the early going of their pool play win over North Mac in the IESA Regional Wednesday at Rochester. Left to right are: Preston Koontz, Abby Stalets, Scott Goebel, Nathan Williams and Jacob Fife. The Jr. Rockets def…
The Rochester school board handled a busy agenda in only 35 minutes of open session Monday. The board approved some changes to the 2019-20 school calendar that will include moving back the first semester exams at Rochester High School.
The Rochester Public Library District Board of Trustees announced a vacancy at its regular board meeting held Thursday, April 11. The board will fill the current vacancy by appointment.
The Rochester 5th Grade Chorus presented “Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution” before a packed house at the Fine Arts Auditorum Thursday. Performing “We’ve Got to Be One People” are (L-R): Ellie Keirs (as Gouvenour Morris), Carl Roselle (James Madison), Julian Williams (Roger Sherman) and Ab…
The Rochester village board approved its appropriation ordinance for the 2019 fiscal year as well as another measure regulating food trucks in the village at Monday’s 70 minute regular meeting.
John Fox, Martin Fairchild and Gary McBride were elected to three open positions on the Rochester Fire Protection Board in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election.
Former Superintendent of Schools Bruce Hays was hired by the Rochester school board to serve as the temporary interim Superintendent for the school district at a special meeting held Tuesday morning.
The race for three open spots on the Rochester Fire Protection Board among five candidates is only contested local race in the upcoming Consolidated Election Tuesday, April 2.
The Rochester Education Foundation will hold its annual trivia night fundraiser Friday, April 12 at Erin’s Pavilion, 4965 South Second in Springfield, starting at 6:30 p.m.
ools Dr. Lance Thurman was placed on paid administrative absence by the school board following a tumultuous three-hour regular meeting Monday.
Rochester 4th grader Ellie Tweryon won the 2019 Rochester Sesquicentennial commemorative coin contest with her drawing depicting a red-white-blue striped rocket and a football flying above a harvest-ready corn field.
Expansion of the current Pre-Kindergarten program offered by the Rochester School District will be considered by the school board at its next meeting in March.
Joe Viola tendered his resignation as principal of Rochester Intermediate School at a special meeting of the Rochester school board held Tuesday morning. Dr. Lance Thurman, in a statement, said that the board had accepted the resignation and as a personnel matter, there would be no further comment.
The Rochester Sparks in the Park Committee will hold a chicken dinner fundraiser at the Rochester Firehouse Wednesday, February 20 with pickup from 5 to 6:30 p.m.