• Chattanooga teaches valuable lessons

    In October 2002, the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce created the first annual "inter-regional leadership visit," choosing as its destination, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Forty delegates participated in the trip. Delegates paid their own ways, with the chamber providing limited scholarship funds.... Read More

  • Consumers rate Toyota Avalon high

    Phil Bouland owns three Toyotas and swears by Toyota's reliability. But then Bouland also is the general sales manager for Hesser Olds/Toyota, 2009 Milton Ave. in Janesville. Bouland, however, is not the only consumer with high praise for the vehicles.... Read More

  • Doctors should do Botox treatments

    When the FDA approved Botox injections for cosmetic use earlier this year, it got enough press to make the stuff sound like a youth serum. Before it was a wrinkle reducer, however, Botox helped doctors treat a variety of eye... Read More

  • Harley-Davidson earnings up

    MILWAUKEE (Dow Jones/AP) _ Harley-Davidson Inc. on Tuesday beat analysts' expectations for fourth-quarter earnings by two cents a share, driven by a nearly 17 percent jump in revenue from bike parts and accessories. The No. 1 seller of heavyweight motorcycles... Read More

  • Laparoscopic surgery tried for prostate gland removal

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ University of Wisconsin-Madison surgeons have tried a new way to remove cancerous prostate glands that they hope will make the operation easier for men to tolerate and cut the odds of it resulting in impotence. They... Read More

  • SBC works on distance calls

    MILWAUKEE (AP) _ SBC Wisconsin is making progress in its effort to provide long-distance telephone service, but still has some hurdles to clear, according to two new reports. A 267-page draft order from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin released... Read More

  • Finley Motors expands to Janesville

    A long established car dealership in the Stateline Area has expanded its services in South Beloit by adding a new store in Janesville. Tom Finley of Finley Oldsmobile-GMC Trucks, recently announced the opening of the new store located at 1250... Read More

  • Sears’ earnings hike after acquisition of Lands’ End

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Sears, Roebuck and Co., benefiting from the acquisition of Lands' End and a restructuring, reported an increase in fourth-quarter profit recently despite problems in its credit-card unit that had analysts predicting a decline. The retailer's net income... Read More

  • Team work is integral at DataCraft

    ROCKFORD _ Talk to Monica Glenny, president of DataCraft, and Jon Boettner, her partner and vice president of the company, and you may get the impression their team work stems from more than just office etiquette. The fact is, the... Read More

  • Real Estate Transactions

    Beloit 863 Ninth St.; Bankers Trust to Deana J. Garrett, $35,000 1980 Pioneer Drive; Prinicipal Residential Mortgate Inc. to HUD, $70,000 1944 McKinley; CRC Investments LLC to Brian & Brenda Jalas, $168,000 1349 Sixth St.; Citi Finance Mortgage Company Inc.... Read More

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