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  • Position now posted full or part-time

    GALENA–The Galena School Board will take up the issue of whether or not to hire a half-time or full-time vocal music instructor at their committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. in the Galena Middle School Library.

  • East Dubuque remains #herbststrong

    EAST DUBUQUE–The East Dubuque School District isn’t giving up much information on the investigation that led to the superintendent being placed on paid administrative leave.

  • Former teacher ‘writes her own story’
    GALENA–For the past six years, former Scales Mound English teacher Riley Ann Schultz has been inspiring her students to follow their dreams.
  • Historic Bartell house in danger
    GALENA–“When you think of the rural landscape of Galena, you picture driving on 20 and seeing the Bartell house with the roly-poly rural farm scene and the beautiful trees around it and a lawn that was always manicured,” said Matt Oldenburg.
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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:17 PM
    FREEPORT–Highland Community College is seeking nominations for its 21st annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. 
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    In a July 20 River Ridge School Board meeting, the board discussed keeping the 2015-2016 general student fee the same as the year prior.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:47 AM

    GALENA–The informal monthly meeting of northwest Illinois retired police officers will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, in the Grant Room of Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor, Galena.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:46 AM
    In last week’s Gazette, the story “Wedding in a Window” incorrectly stated the Night of the Luminaria would be on Sunday, Dec. 12. 
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:44 AM

    EAST DUBUQUE–Plan A for a new East Dubuque City Hall may be dead in the water, but a Plan B may be quickly developing.

  • Miners reunion slated for August 8 in Galena
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:39 AM
    GALENA–The area’s former lead and zinc mine workers are invited to participate in a reunion in Galena on Aug. 8. 
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:50 AM

    GALENA–Registration for families in the Galena School District who have students returning for the 2015-2016 school year will be the same as last year which includes the option to pay electronically.

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:49 AM
    HANOVER–Registration for the 2015-16 school year in the River Ridge School District will be Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Wednesday, Aug. 5.  
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:45 AM
    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Highland Community College is one of eight northwest Illinois institutions of higher education receiving federal grants to support students, according to Rep. Cheri Bustos. 
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  • Doty wins FLW event
    Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:46 AM
    WINNECONNE, Wis.–East Dubuque’s Ryan Doty weighed three bass totaling nine pounds, seven ounces on Saturday July 11 to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament on the Wolf River Chain. 
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:42 AM
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:38 PM
    THOMSON–The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge has announced the 2015 applications for the special deer hunt at Lost Mound are available. 
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:24 PM
  • Varsity basketball: Clint Sitzmann Memorial Shootout
    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:22 PM
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:19 PM

    GALENA–The Galena Pirate alumni football team looked to defend last season’s victory over the East Dubuque alumni on Friday, July 10 at Galena High School.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:23 PM

    GALENA–The first Clint Sitzmann Memorial Shootout is planned for Saturday, July 11 at the Galena High School.

  • Buck Hill runners
    Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:17 PM
    GALENA–Several local athletes spent the morning of their Independence Day with a unique physical challenge: The Buck Hill Run. 
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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:15 PM

    EAST DUBUQUE–Gerald J. “Bud” MacFarlane, 83, of East Dubuque, passed away at home on Sunday, July 26, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, and 9:00-9:45 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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  • Monday, July 27, 2015 2:57 PM

    GALENA–Betty J. Holland, 65, of Galena, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

    Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday Aug. 1, at the Galena Bible Church. Friends may gather after 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

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  • Monday, July 27, 2015 2:56 PM

    ROCKFORD–Florence “Poemie” Mary Knobbe Dimke, 91, passed away on July 24, 2015, at Independence Village, Rockford, surrounded by her family.

    A committal service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 30, in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Galena. There will be fellowship immediately following the committal service at Emmy Lou’s Restaurant, Galena.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Rockford Park District’s Foundation, Help Me Play Kids’ Fund.

    Online condolences maybe left at

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  • Monday, July 27, 2015 2:54 PM

    ELIZABETH–Edward H. Freeman, 89, passed away at his home on July 25, 2015.

    Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m., Thursday, July 30, at the Miller and Steinke Funeral Home in Galena. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a contribution to Hospice of Dubuque in Edwards’s name.

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  • Monday, July 27, 2015 2:48 PM

    EAST DUBUQUE–James E. “Jim” Leibold, 75, of East Dubuque, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015, at UPH-The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, with his loving family by his side. 

    Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with the Rev. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial was in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

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  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:33 AM
    A recent article by Dr. Jeff Ritterman, M.D. described in detail the dangers of added sugar in our diet. 
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:32 AM
     you have the good fortune to live anywhere close to the banks of the mighty Mississippi, you might hear the appellation “river rat” applied to some of the local residents. 
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:30 AM
    Mitakuye Oyasin.” We are all related. 
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:29 AM
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:24 AM
    Dr. Fred Baltz said it once, twice, three times and several more times as he talked about the miracle of Jesus feeding the masses. 
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:47 PM

    Some of the toughest volunteer jobs in any community involves serving on an elected board, especially a city council or village board or a school board.

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:45 PM

    Last week, meeting as a committee of the whole, the Galena School Board was presented with a recommendation from administration to hire a half-time vocal music instructor to fill the shoes of Mark Baglione, who is leaving the district to take on a new role with the Oak Lawn School District.

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:43 PM
    Ah, The Palace Campgrounds of Galena! 
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:42 PM
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:41 PM
    Perhaps you can chalk it up to age-related forgetfulness or selective memory, but this July 4 we had occasion to renew a whole lot of almost forgotten family memories. 
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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 11:30 AM
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    St. Paul Lutheran Church, Elizabeth will hold its 10th annual our junque your treasure rummage and bake sale on Friday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon. 
  • Night viewing
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 11:26 AM

    GALENA–The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation and the Planetary Studies Foundation invite the public to a night sky viewing event on Saturday, August 8 from 7-11 p.m., at Horseshoe Mound Preserve.

  • Hello Galena! features Holm and Bell
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:54 AM
    GALENA–Hello Galena! announces Connie Holm and Carol Bell as August featured artists. 
  • Togo back by popular demand
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:52 AM

    GALENA–Masina Pascal Ategou will return to the Galena Center for the Arts to teach a second togo dance class due to the success of the first class and requests for a second class.

  • HCC Servant Leadership Program celebrates 18 years of volunteerism
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:48 AM

    FREEPORT–High school students, mentors, parents, school personnel and guests attended the end-of-the-year celebration of the 2014-2015 Highland Community College Servant Leadership Program on Sunday, April 26.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:47 AM

    The Hill Unit of Jo Daviess County Association of Home, Community and Education (HCE), held its meeting on May 18.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:45 AM
    LENA–Ladies Day Out is preparing for a “cool” holiday show on Saturday Nov. 21 at the Lena School District from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:31 AM

    STOCKTON–The 48th annual Willow Folk Music Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 and 9, at the Willow Church grounds, three miles east of Stockton on U.S. 20 to Willow Road, turn right and travel south six miles.

  • Grace church features Klingler, Checker works
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:27 AM
    GALENA–The opening reception for the dramatic paintings by Janet Checker and woven baskets by Toni Klingler will be held on Friday, July 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Parish House. 
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