PlayMonster named a finalist for six Toy of the Year 2018 awards

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer BELOIT — For the first time in company history, PlayMonster has been named a finalist for six Toy of The Year (TOTY) 2018 Awards — the industry’s highest achievement known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. PlayMonster’s calling on the community and its fans to cast votes at […]

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New Bell School Road clinic approved for SwedishAmerican by state regulators 

  ROCKFORD— SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, won approval this morning from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to expand its excellence in healthcare with the construction of a new 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art clinic on Bell School Road, near the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center campus. The clinic will offer nearly 100 clinic […]

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New home = record membership for YMCA

By RYAN SILVOLA Staff writer BELOIT — Membership at the Stateline Family YMCA is at an all-time high after opening the new downtown Beloit facility last month. The facility, located in the Ironworks complex, opened Oct. 5 and since then Executive Director Doug Britt said just over 1,500 new members have signed up. This puts […]

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Statue of entrepreneur Ken Hendricks erected downtown

By WILLIAM BARTH Editor BELOIT — Just a few days short of the 10th anniversary of entrepreneurial titan Kenneth A. Hendricks’ accidental death, a bronze statue bearing his likeness has been erected along the downtown riverfront. The statue, produced by artists associated with the Hendricks-owned Rivers Edge Foundry, stands near the newly-installed pedestrian bridge and […]

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SwedishAmerican turns its campus blue in honor of fallen Rockford police officer Jaimie Cox 

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is turning its campus blue in honor of fallen Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox. The hospital has placed blue bows in front of the Emergency Department, Heart Hospital and main hospital entrances to honor Officer Cox and pay tribute to all first responders. SwedishAmerican is also dedicating a tree […]

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Diversity award presented to Blackhawk Bank

JANESVILLE– Blackhawk Bank was the honored recipient of the Dorothy Haight Award at the Racial Justice Conference held in Janesville on Nov. 2. The conference is hosted by the YWCA of Rock County and the award recognizes a business within Rock County that has demonstrated recognition of the strengths provided by racial diversity and its […]

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First National Bank and Trust partners with YWCA Northwestern Illinois to provide financial education opportunities to women

BELOIT– First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) and the YWCA Northwestern Illinois recently announced a partnership to provide financial education opportunities focused on promoting economic self-sufficiency for women throughout the community. “Women comprise more than half of today’s workforce,” said Kris Kieper Machajewski, CEO of YWCA Northwestern Illinois. “One in four women are now the […]

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Event spotlights scholarship opportunities for area students

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer BELOIT — Area youth and their families are invited to attend an upcoming event on available scholarships. Hendricks CareerTek is partnering with the Stateline Community Foundation (SCF) to offer area high school seniors information regarding the wealth of scholarships available through the foundation. Students and parents are invited to […]

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Asphalt recycling plan goes to zoning board

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer ROCKTON — The latest round of proposed plans at Rockton Rock Quarry may be drawing less opposition, after an application was filed with Winnebago County officials to recycle asphalt and concrete. A special use permit request from Bob and Pam Schlichting, owners of Rockton Rock Quarry, follows strong opposition last […]

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Sweet, savory treats for the tummy

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer BELOIT — Beloit’s culinary scene was on display Wednesday evening for the third annual Taste of the Chamber event hosted by the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce at the Eclipse Center. This year’s event marks the largest yet for the chamber’s Taste series, with over 120 attendees flocking to 16 […]

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