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  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:22 PM

    GALENA–Negotiations between the Galena School Board and the Galena Federation of Teachers are at a bit of a standstill. 

    Although the contract between the board and teachers’ union was on the Tuesday, Nov. 17 agenda for possible approval, board president Chuck Korte announced in open session that the teachers union opted not to ratify the tentative agreement during a meeting Friday, Nov. 13. 

    Later in the meeting the board convened in closed session with collective bargaining matters as one of the reasons listed. 

    No action resulted from closed session. 

    Korte said following the meeting that he couldn’t say much about the situation but he did confirm that no further negotiation meetings have yet been set. He assumes that will take place the week after Thanksgiving. 

    The 2012-2015 contract between the GFT and the board expired in August.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:05 PM
    GALENA–The Galena School Board wants to add an agriculture program at Galena High School as soon as the 2016-17 school year. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:00 PM

    GALENA–How and why The Galena Territory manages its deer population was the topic of discussion during the city of Galena’s deer committee meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:55 AM

    EAST DUBUQUE–The East Dubuque School District has a shortage of substitute teachers and in response, the East Dubuque School Board approved an increase in substitute pay at its Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:53 AM

    GALENA–During a Nov. 10 meeting, the Jo Daviess County Board approved two one-year contracts between the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and McDaniel’s Marketing Agency for a combined total of $226,200.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:52 AM
    GALENA–Last spring the issue before the Galena City Council was whether or not to shell out $21,000 for a study of the city’s east side water system. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:50 AM

    EAST DUBUQUE–East Dubuque City Council’s intention to purchase the current city hall at 185 Wisconsin Ave., may have hit a snag–a big snag–at the Monday, Nov. 16 council meeting.

  • Hartlep denied motion for new trial
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:48 AM

    GALENA–Jo Daviess County Circuit Court Judge William Kelly denied Brian Hartlep’s motion for a new trial on Friday, Nov. 20 after considering testimonies from Hartlep’s fiance and her father.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:47 AM

    GALENA–Musicians from Galena’s churches are preparing now for the annual United Churches of Galena Christmas Concert to be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 227 S. Bench St., Galena.

  • Firefighters canvas with dance tickets
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:41 AM

    GALENA–Members of the Galena Fire Department will be out and about in the coming weeks, canvassing neighborhoods with tickets for the annual fireman’s dance.

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  • Friday, November 27, 2015 2:02 PM

    ST. PETE BEACH, Fla.–Gunther Jakel, 87, of St. Pete Beach, Fla., passed away Nov. 17, 2015, after a long fight with cancer.

    A gathering will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Cremation services were held in Florida.  A private family burial will be held at a later date. 

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 11:50 AM

    KENOSHA, Wis.–Dorothy Brinkman,90, of Kenosha, Wis., passed away on Nov. 20, 2015, at Hospice House, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

    In accordance with Dorothy’s wishes, private funeral services will be held.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances to Hospice Alliance, Inc., 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, Wis. 53158 ( or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated.

    Online condolences to:

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 11:19 AM

    GALENA–Cletus C. Tranel, 82, of Galena, formerly of Menominee, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at home.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Nativity BVM Church, Menominee, with the Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post 787 of East Dubuque.

    Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27 and from 8:45-9:45 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where complete arrangements are pending.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:34 PM

    ELIZABETH–Thomas C. Wild, 70, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home, Elizabeth.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Stockton, Illinois. Visitation will be held 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Stockton. Online condolences may be left for the family at

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 9:59 AM
    ELIZABETH–Irene Crandall, 87, of Elizabeth, passed away peacefully Nov. 19, 2015, with her loving husband, John by her side. 
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  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:39 AM
    Galena’s night of luminaria is one of the most popular events that takes place in Galena every year. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:37 AM

    "Sweet sounds, oh, beautiful music, do not cease!” (Edna St. Vincent Millay)

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:36 AM
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:50 PM
    have one of those small-world stories to share this week. 
  • Rewards of digging deep into history
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:48 PM
    "Fifty years ago today, June 18, 1857, a young man in his teens, and known to his friends as Tom McDermott entered the employ of the Illinois Central railroad in the position of office boy." 
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:47 PM
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:45 PM
    The Galena ARC is hosting the 2015 Festival of Trees at the DeSoto House Hotel on Saturday Nov. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:33 PM

    Everyone knows someone who’s served in the military.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:32 PM
    Falls can result in both physical and psychological consequences for the older adult population. 
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:30 PM

    "Lynnie, a rabbit is eating the carrots.”

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  • Hello, Neighbor! - Mary Cinto
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:34 AM

    Galena resident Mary Cinto has found her involvement in different community groups–from the Friends of the Library to the Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary–to be incredibly rewarding and great ways to meet new friends.

  • Get some exercise and benefit the food pantry
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:31 AM

    GALENA–If you’re planning on overeating on Thanksgiving and will be in need of exercise. . .or if you want to help others as part of your Thanksgiving traditions. . .or if you believe in the mission of the Galena Food Pantry, this is your chance to accomplish one or all of these goals.

  • Another busy week for Scales Mound FFA
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:28 AM

    SCALES MOUND–Scales Mound FFA members participated in another week of experiences in and out of school.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:26 AM

    GALENA–For the first time, St. Matthew Lutheran Church will offer Advent services each Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

  • Hello World - Finn Eugene Stadel
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:02 AM
    Finn Eugene Stadel 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:49 AM

    FREEPORT–The Highland Choral Music Department’s annual performance of George F. Handel’s “Messiah” will take place Sunday, Dec. 6, at United Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Stephenson St., Freeport, at 3 p.m.

  • New chef at Goldmoor
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:48 AM
    GALENA–Carlos Valdez has been named executive chef for the Goldmoor Inn in Galena, according to co-owners Slobo and Birgit Radin. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:47 AM

    GALENA–What would have happened 2,000 years ago if a neighborhood busybody, convinced that Mary of Nazareth couldn’t possibly be the “Little Miss Perfect” she seemed to be, were to hire a pair of ace detectives to get the goods on her?

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:22 AM
    Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is seeking award nominations for worthy volunteers. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:21 AM

    From the Galena Daily Gazette of Dec. 4 and 8, 1865, it was reported that President Johnson recommended that the first Thursday in December be a day of national Thanksgiving.

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