Family celebrates 100 years at the farm 

By ERICA PENNINGTON Features Editor JANESVILLE — From June until October, the Skelly family plays host to thousands of visitors eager to see their farm at 2713 S. Hayner Road. Nobody could’ve guessed that the homestead would become the agri-tourism destination that it has grown into, said third-generation owner Tom Skelly. “It’s really hard to […]

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Medical equipment store opens

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer BELOIT — Although purchasing a medical device can be a new experience, people will feel comfortable and informed after a trip to Integrated HomeCare Services where the staff will teach them how to use their device. Owners John and Mark Hatch held a ribbon cutting for Integrated HomeCare Services […]

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Senate approves $20M to support production of medical isotope in US

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer WASHINGTON — A bipartisan measure to include $20 million to support domestic production of a commonly used medical isotope in combating cancer and heart disease was approved in the U.S. Senate last week. The amendment to the 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriation Bill was led by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, […]

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SwedishAmerican Hospital announces new director of physical medicine and rehab services

SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce Shannon Stubbs will serve as Director of Physical Medicine and Rehab Services. She will provide oversight for the health system’s inpatient and outpatient therapy programs, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation services. Shannon has worked as a speech language pathologist for more than 20 years […]

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MetLife contributes $15K to NIDA

The Greater Freeport Partnership, designed to promote economic development, tourism, Main Street, and business services to grow the Freeport and Stephenson County region, announced recently that MetLife, Inc., has contributed $15,000 to the Northwest Illinois Development Alliance (NIDA) for the Greater Freeport Partnership. The contribution is in addition to MetLife’s annual financial investments to the NIDA as a significant business investor […]

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Blackhawk Bank CEO Chairman is retiring

BELOIT — Rick Bastian, Chairman and CEO of both Blackhawk Bancorp and Blackhawk Bank, has announced he plans to retire at the end of the year. Bastian, who joined the Bank in 2001, is turning the reigns over to Todd James and Dave Adkins. James, 54, who has been Chief Financial Officer of the Bank […]

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ABC Supply acquires assets of G & F Roof Supply

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of G&F Roof Supply in California. The company will serve customers out of its locations at 1225 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim; 13555 Imperial Highway, Whittier; 521 W. 182nd St., Gardena. The acquisition will increase ABC Supply’s footprint on the West Coast.

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Grant boosts redevelopment plans for former GM property

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer JANESVILLE — It may be a long journey to redeveloping the former General Motors (GM) site, but the effort got a boost from a $500,000 grant Wednesday, according to Rock County Development Alliance Economic Development Director James Otterstein. The grant is from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Idle […]

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Daniels of Janesville to lay off 49 employees

JANESVILLE — Daniels of Janesville, LLC, at 2822 E. Milwaukee St., has announced it will lay off 49 employees beginning Aug. 15, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. A release from the Daniels Sentry Foods grocery store states the store will close but there is a buyer for the […]

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Janesville shutdown to lay off 141 people

JANESVILLE — Ariens Specialty Brands, LLC will lay off 141 employees and close its direct marketing location at 401 S. Wright Road, Janesville. The employee layoffs are expected to begin around Aug. 20 and conclude around March 31, 2019, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Ariens Specialty Brands supplies […]

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