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Fiery ride for one contestant at fair’s tractor pull

OREGON — A blown fuel line made for a fiery ride for one of the drivers in the Illini State Pullers tractor pull competition at the Ogle County Fair on Thursday. Mark Kelsey, of Davis, had a pretty good run going in his International diesel super stock, " Just Add Dirt” until a fuel line burst. The large red and white tractor was fanned with flames as the diesel fuel ignited and three-quarters… → Read More

Renee Gehrke chosen as 2022 Miss Ogle County

OREGON – As a former 4-H’er and member of a farm family, Renee Gehrke is very comfortable in the friendly confines of the Ogle County Fairgrounds. And that comfort level came through loud and clear to the judges Aug. 3, when the 19-year-old from Byron was crowned 2022 Miss Ogle County. Gehrke, whose family operates a cattle farm near Byron, was chosen from a field of six in the Wednesday night… → Read More

Therapeutic riding center hopes Saturday fundraiser will help with repairs

A strong wind ripped through southern Ogle County in March and, in a matter of minutes, significantly damaged the main arena building at Pegasus Special Riders, a therapeutic riding center. Four months later, the center still is reeling from the storm’s effects. “We are still fighting with the insurance company and now we are waiting again,” said Donna Fellows, Pegasus’ board of directors’… → Read More

Some interest in former Mt. Morris school building

Superintendent gives short update to Oregon School Board → Read More

Perfect summer weather for Oregon Park District’s Color Run

Tuesday offered the perfect summer weather for the Oregon Park District's Color Run. → Read More

Grand Detour’s golf cart procession a tribute to unorthodox and unusual

Golf carts and more, were on display in Grand Detour parade → Read More

Pretrial hearing continues for Oregon mother accused of suffocating son

Sarah Safranek charged in 2021 for death of Nataniel Burton, 7, of Oregon → Read More

Town & Country Days make a splash on Saturday

POLO — The weather was perfect and the water was very wet at the Polo Fire Department’s Water Fights held Saturday during Town & Country Days. First, kids stepped up to the temporary tank in front of the fire station and tried to push a big plastic ball across the water before their opponents did. Kylee Diaz, 12, of Polo, didn’t let a broken left wrist stop her from competing. “I had to just… → Read More

Bowers family donates shotgun to Ducks Unlimited

Jon Shippert, an Ogle County deputy and K9 officer, won the Benelli Super Nova Shotgun at the Duck’s Unlimited Banquet in Byron recently. The shotgun was donated by the family of Scott Bowers in his memory. “We want to thank Pete Oliver and Smokin’ Gun Worx for his assistance in making this possible,” said Mike Bowers of Oregon, Scott’s father. “Last year we donated two sets of Dewalt cordless… → Read More

Photos: Forreston softball takes third in Class 1A IHSA state

In IHSA state softball, Forreston won its Class 1A third-place game 4-2 over Newark. → Read More

Field of Dreams realized for Oregon’s vintage base ball team

The Ganymedes fall to the Cornshuckers, but the experience was a win-win → Read More

Special surprise for one Eastland graduate on Sunday

Katlyn Spong's brother flew in from Japan to present her diploma → Read More

Oregon, Dixon, 3 other area fire departments hone their skills during practice fire on home

A rural Oregon home served as the training site Saturday for 30 firefighters from area departments. → Read More

Judge denies bond reduction for Malta man charged with killing Mt. Morris woman and unborn baby

OREGON — An Ogle County judge denied a Malta man’s request to have his bond reduced as he awaits trial on charges that he killed a Mt. Morris woman and her unborn son in 2020 and then set their home on fire to conceal the deaths. Matthew T. Plote, 34, of Malta, appeared in court Friday afternoon with his defense attorney John R. Kopp, of Geneva, in front of Judge John B. Roe for the bond… → Read More

Identities from fatal three-vehicle crash near Oregon released

Mt. Morris driver was killed in Monday's crash on Route 2 → Read More

Superintendent offers options to school board regarding what to do with “DLR Complex”

Oregon Superintendent offers options to school board regarding what to do with “DLR Complex” → Read More

Polo Woman’s Garden Club holding annual perennial plant sale

Garden raffle baskets will be on display at the Polo First State Bank and the Blackhawk Area Credit Union. → Read More

Bond reduction sought in Melissa Lamesch murder case

Matthew Plote asks for bond reduction, says he is not a flight risk → Read More

Seven area high schools participating in clay target league

Seven area high schools participating in clay target league → Read More

Winds damage Oregon therapeutic riding center

Strong winds significantly damaged the main arena building at Pegasus Special Riders on Saturday night, leaving officials of the therapeutic riding center unsure of their next move. → Read More