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The Rochester Education Foundation will host a Trivia Night and Silent Auction Friday, February 28 at Erin’s Pavilion in Springfield starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $300 per table of 10 and include appetizers and beverages.

The Rochester village board took care a full agenda at Monday’s 65 minute regular meeting that included major personnel actions in both the public works and police departments. The board also announced a surplus of over $130,000 in the local TIF District’s special tax allocation fund that wi…

For the first time in program history, Robot Rebellion (Rochester’s Robotics team) has qualified for the Illinois FTC state competition. The Rockets won the Illinois FTC South and Central East league championship Saturday at Troy.

The Rochester Sparks in the Park Committee will hold a chicken dinner fundraiser Tuesday, March 4. Pickup will be available at the Rochester Village Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. 

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…