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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. 

Rochester Superintendent of Schools Dan W. Cox reiterated the administration’s goal is to return to in-person learning for the start of the new school year in a message to the district issued Friday, June 19. 

The Abe Lincoln Chapter of the Illinois Education Association Retired Teachers are announcing that Danielle Booth, daughter of Ray and Dione Booth of Rochester, and Macy Byer, daughter of Chris and Shanda Byer of Loami, are the 2020 recipients of the Sharon Miller Memorial Scholarship. Each …

The Rochester village board took action to upgrade the Public Works Department fleet with the purchase of two new trucks at Monday’s 45 minute regular meeting. All trustees were present, with Joe Hill participating remotely via Zoom.

Rochester CUSD 3A has announced this year’s winners of the Those Who Excel Teacher of the Year and Support Personnel/Team of the Year, as well as the Impact Award, given to a staff member in their first or second year at Rochester.

The Rochester Police Department issued the following statement on its Facebook page concerning the village’s burn pile adjacent to Community Park. 

As per Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, as the Central Illinois region enters Phase 3, the Rochester Public Library District will open its building Monday, June 1.