• Breaking news: Cooling centers open
    The Jo Daviess County Health Department has opened a cooling center for today through Friday at its office location, 9483 U.S. 20 W in Galena.  The hours for the center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be some activities available for children. Other Jo Daviess County agency cooling centers: • East Dubuque District Library, 122 Wisconsin Ave., East Dubuque, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday • Elizabeth Township Public Library, 210 Myrtle St., Elizabeth, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday • Galena Public Library, 601 Bench St., Galena, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday,  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday • Hanover Township Library, 204 Jefferson, St., Hanover, 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed on Friday • Stockton Township Library, 140 W Benton, Ave., Stockton, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday • Warren Public Library, 210 Burnette Ave., Warren, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Closed on Friday A heat advisory has been issued. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s with heat indexes approaching 100.  With• questions or more information, contact the health department at 815-777-0263.










  • The county board is asking for a new election for the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). Is it DMOver?
    GALENA–The Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) was given new life by the county board after a motion to cease all discussion and action with the DMO was rejected by a narrow 8-6 vote on Tuesday, July 12.
  • GALENA–Illinois Bank & Trust branches in Galena, Stockton and Elizabeth will participate in the bank’s annual summer celebration, a free picnic open to the public, on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23.
    ELIZABETH–After just over 11 years with Jo-Carroll Energy, President and CEO Michael Hastings is preparing to move from one beautiful area of the country to another.
  • Three decades later
    SCHAPVILLE–Thirty years ago this month Freda Weis was in the middle of a cross country trek with about 500 friends who joined together in The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament.
  • A year abroad in Finland
    GALENA–When Rotary exchange student Olivia Hastings first learned she was going to spend a year abroad in Finland, she was surprised and nervous.
  • CNN hero visits Chestnut Mountain
    HANOVER–Chad Pregracke, 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, gave Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) interns a river tour ending at Chestnut Mountain on Thursday, July 14.
  • History in the palm of your hand
    GALENA–Former Galena Primary School fourth grade teacher Paula Schonhoff taught her students the rich history of the town that they lived in.
  • Quite the catch
    GALENA–The prairie restoration at Galena’s Gateway Park has been taking place for the past three years, so now seems the perfect time to gauge the success of the restoration efforts.
    
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  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:09 PM
    There’s fun planned this week in Elizabeth as the annual Elizabeth Community Fair kicks into gear Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24.
  • IBT supports Camp Casper
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:58 PM
    GALENA–Illinois Bank & Trust recently donated $8,000 to the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF)in support of Camp Casper, a week-long, educational day camp for children ages 5-13, held June 20-24.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:21 PM
    GALENA–During the Monday, July 11 meeting, the Galena City Council unanimously approved the purchase of nine new tasers for the Galena Police Department.
  • Ecological diversity and healthy landscapes presentation
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:44 PM
    GALENA–The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation and the Galena Territory Association will host a presentation on “Pollinators of Native Plants” by Heather Holm, environmental educator, horticulturist, landscape designer and author, at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at the Galena Territory Owner’s Club.
  • Churches hold Hunger Luncheon
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:42 PM
    GALENA–The United Churches of Galena held its annual Hunger Luncheon at the Galena Convention Center on Tuesday, July 12.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:25 PM
    FREEPORT–The next Regional Transportation Committee meeting for Region 1 (Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties) will be held on Thursday, July 28 at 10 a.m., at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport.
  • Heroes for History
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:12 PM
    GALENA–The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society, in partnership with first responders from throughout the Galena area, will commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special event to challenge the strongest of athletes and also honor the brave, selfless men and women who protect us every day.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:56 PM
    GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Board approved Betsy Kaage to be hired as an independent contractor for work as social media specialist for the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), on Tuesday, July 12.
  • Allison Roemig joins Illinois Bank & Trust
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:54 PM
    GALENA–Illinois Bank & Trust has hired Allison Roemig as its commercial loan portfolio manager at the bank’s Gear Street Banking Center in Galena.
  • Riding for a cause
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:50 PM
    GALENA–1,600 miles, eight to 10 hour days and enduring all forces of nature.
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  • Paint the Barnyard Run
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:34 PM
    ELIZABETH–The week before the Elizabeth Community Fair began with the third annual Paint the Barnyard run and walk at the Elizabeth Community Building on Saturday, July 16.
  • 18 holes of golf in 400 square feet?
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:25 PM
    GALENA–Nathan Studtmann is wearing a few hats these days as sales manager and designer at First Galena Corporation, his family-owned real estate and development business.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:20 PM
    The Pirate Alumni Summer Classic basketball game is scheduled to be held at the Galena High School on Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Canoeing for the splash of it
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 1:47 PM

    HANOVER–On the morning of July 3 in Hanover things begin to buzz in the early hours as grills are set up and patios get swept before the annual Hanover Days parade and canoe race to take place later in the evening.

  • Rowing with a reason
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 1:40 PM
    GALENA–Anyone out for a walk in downtown Galena on the morning of Saturday, July 9 may have been surprised to see a crowd of 70 people in Market House Square standing around a lineup of seven unusual contraptions.
  • A wrestling tradition far from forgotten
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 1:36 PM
    GALENA–Twila Sears sits at a table in the front of Dillon’s Tap with a scrapbook of photographs.
  • 2nd annual Clint Sitzmann Memorial Shootout
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 1:34 PM
    GALENA–The high school boys basketball season may not officially start for some time, but the middle of the summer doesn’t mean there is any shortage of intensity on the basketball court in Galena, and on the fourth anniversary of the passing of one of his former players, Galena basketball coach Scott Schaber has been busy dedicating a lot of time and thought to the memory of student and athlete Clint Sitzmann.
  • Swinging through summer
    Tuesday, July 05, 2016 2:49 PM
    ELIZABETH–It would be easy to forget that the baseball season is currently at its summer peak.
  • Tuesday, July 05, 2016 2:47 PM
    Crossfit Galena, in partnership with Special Olympics Illinois has teamed with 12 workout facilities throughout the state for a fundraiser called Row Raiser.
  • Tuesday, July 05, 2016 2:45 PM
    Galena High School graduate and current University of Louisville assistant coach Tyler Wills will be running a pair of volleyball clinics at Courtside, 2095 Holiday Dr. in Dubuque. Also coaching will be current and former college players from Loras, University of Dubuque and Clarke.
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  • James Williams
    Friday, July 22, 2016 4:56 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–James “Dawson” Williams, 102, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died May 31, 2016.

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Gilbert B. “Gib/Gibby” Kruser
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:04 PM

    Kieler, Wis.–Gilbert B. “Gib/Gibby” Kruser, 91, of Kieler, Wis., passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friday. Visitation will also be on Saturday from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center, in Kieler.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Paul Brashaw
    Monday, July 18, 2016 2:53 PM

    GALENA–Paul C. Brashaw, 62, of rural Galena, passed away with his family by his side, following a sudden illness on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wis.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Galena, with the Rev. David Reese officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Galena.

    Visitation will be from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Galena Bible Church, 11108 Highway 20 West in Galena. Visitation will also be from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Michael’s Church.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home, Galena is serving the family.

    A Paul C. Brashaw memorial fund has been established to continue the Kimberly Brashaw Servant Leadership Scholarship Fund and for the Galena Area EMS.

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 2:51 PM

    PHOENIX, Ariz.–Stanley J. Albrecht, 74, of Phoenix, Ariz., died June 1, 2016, at home.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Oct. 8, 2016, at Schapville Zion Presbyterian Church, Schapville.

    A memorial fund has been established in his name and may be sent to Mary Ellen Rife, 4112 Water Course Drive, Medina, Ohio 44256.

    The Samaritan Funeral Home of Phoenix was in charge of arrangements.

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Cornelius Curtin
    Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:56 AM

    ELIZABETH–Cornelius P. Curtin, of Elizabeth, succumbed finally after a long bout with cancer on Monday, July 11, 2016.

    Services will be private.

    Click on name above for more information.

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  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:46 PM
    Are you newly engaged or thinking about getting engaged. . .or thinking about entering that holy state of matrimony?
    Or do you know of someone in that state of mind?
  • Stories of today and stories of the past
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:42 PM
    Last evening as the sun set, when patterns of light and shadow stretched across my land, I took a long walk.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:39 PM
    If you’ve been fortunate enough to inhabit this wondrous place called “earth” and this particular little corner of it, you may just recall some special occasions.
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:24 PM

    If you are looking for a shining bright example of people working hard and finding success, look no further than the big building on the south side of U.S. 20 across the highway from the Galena Golf Club driving range.

  • Celebrating Archie Lieberman’s work
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:22 PM
    "What profit has a man from all his labor/In which he toils under the sun?
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:20 PM
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:18 PM
    It is with heavy heart that I write this column today.
  • Hall of famer
    Tuesday, July 05, 2016 3:20 PM
    As a recent recipient of the Illinois Press Association’s Distinguished Service Award, I have some sense as to how meaningful such an award is personally, professional and for friends and family.
  • Tuesday, July 05, 2016 3:16 PM
  • Vegetables! You can count on them
    Tuesday, July 05, 2016 3:11 PM
    "Mary, Mary, quite contrary/How does your garden grow?”
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  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:53 PM
    SINSINAWA, Wis.–Sinsinawa Mound is collaborating with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin to offer the Memory Café program on Thursday, July 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:49 PM
    GALENA–Illinois Bank & Trust branches in Galena, Stockton and Elizabeth will participate in the bank’s annual summer celebration, a free picnic open to the public, on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:17 PM
    SINSINAWA, Wis.–Artist Barb McKinlay of Dubuque, Iowa, will lead a class that will bring out your creative side at Sinsinawa Mound.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:14 PM
    EAST DUBUQUE–It’s an irresistible recipe for fun: cars, corn, games and music. And, it’s all on the menu of a one-night-only 30th anniversary of the Saturday Night KAT Cruise.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:19 PM
    SINSINAWA, Wis.–Sinsinawa Mound is offering a free summer program aimed at youth between the ages of 7-12 designed to connect children with the natural world.
  • Anniversary - The Kerns
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:13 PM
    Delbert and Beverly Kern, Galena, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 14.
  • First Birthday - Kellen Mathew Honerbaum
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:12 PM
    Kellen Mathew Honerbaum, son of Mark and Stephany Honerbaum, Freeport, celebrated his first birthday on July 8.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:11 PM
    July 7–Twin boys, Evan Richard and Owen Steven Goldberg, born to Andy and Ashley Goldberg, Woodridge.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:08 PM
    Randecker reunion August 7
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:59 PM
    FREEPORT–Highland Community College’s 2016 new student orientation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 3, from noon to 2:30 p.m.
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