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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.

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 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 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…

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 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.

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.

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.

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Rochester High School musical “Les Mis” in the high school office during regular school hours. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Incumbents Doug Zobrist, Matt Butcher and Maribeth Eandi will be seeking re-election for another four-year term on the Rochester village board in the April 2 Consolidated Election. The trio will be running unopposed for the three open seats on the board.

The Rochester Public Library will host a Rules of the Road review course Wednesday, January 23 at 1:30 p.m. The course gives drivers, especially senior citizens and persons with disabilities, the knowledge and confidence needed to renew or obtain a driver’s license. The course combines an ex…

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded over $1.3 million in FY19 School District Library Grant Program awards to 694 public school districts. More than 1.6 million Illinois students served by school library media programs have benefitted from the grants.

Austin Bell, a 2015 graduate of Rochester High School, recently received All-Missouri Valley Conference honors for his senior season with the Division 1 Bradley University men’s soccer team.

The Rochester High School Madrigals, under the direction of Joshua Spear, gave a special performance last Thursday evening for a small gathering at the Rochester Cemetery Chapel.

The Rochester High School Madrigals, under the direction of Joshua Spear, gave a special performance last Thursday evening for a small gathering at the Rochester Cemetery Chapel.

The Rochester High School Madrigals, under the direction of Joshua Spear, gave a special performance last Thursday evening for a small gathering at the Rochester Cemetery Chapel.

To celebrate the holiday season, the Rochester Public Library and the Rochester Fire Department will host a free holiday party for children and their families at the library Saturday, December 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The 30th anniversary of the founding of the Rochester Historical Preservation Society will be celebrated Monday, December 3 when the organization holds its annual holiday potluck meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.

Without many action items on its agenda, the Rochester school board spent the majority of its November 19 regular meeting in executive session.