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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.

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.