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  • 45 years of ‘making swimming fun’
    GALENA- On a sunny June morning, swimming lessons students at the Alice T. Virtue Water Park splash around as they play pool games to celebrate the end of their two-week swimming lessons session.
  • Country Fair awards $48,969 in grants
    GALENA–Twenty-seven Jo Daviess County not-for-profit organizations received a total of $48,868.70 in grants at the 12th annual Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities, Inc., grant presentation held on Thursday, June 18 at the Galena Elks Lodge.
  • 40 years of service

    STOCKTON–Forty years ago, in May 1975, when Stockton’s Bill Mitchell filled out an application to be part of the Jo Daviess County Mounted Patrol, he had no idea what an important part of his life his involvement with the organization would be.

  • Bustos heads discussion on train safety

    United States Congresswoman Cheri Bustos held a meeting Monday morning with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, the Environmental Protection Agency and local officials to discuss the response to the March 5 BNSF train derailment and focus on best practices to support the first responders in the event of a future accident.

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  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 11:53 AM
    GALENA–A growing number of people are joining forces to revitalize the Democratic Party in Jo Daviess County. 
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 11:30 AM

    GALENA–Annual hunger luncheons have been held for many years to benefit the United Churches of Galena Community Food Pantry, but this year’s hunger luncheon will be unlike any before.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:55 AM

    GALENA–The Galena School Board approved milk and lunch fees for the 2015-16 school year at its meeting Tuesday, June 16.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:53 AM

    GALENA–A recent grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is going to save the city of Galena some money. 

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:36 AM

    GALENA–For the ninth consecutive year, The Galena Gazette has been honored as the best newspaper in its class in Illinois.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:35 AM

    GALENA–Several officials from the Galena School District recently joined representatives from 30 other school districts for an invitation-only regional education summit focused on improving teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:34 AM

    The Galena Historic Preservation Commission discussed a potential new pre-approved color chart at a June 18 meeting.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:36 AM

    GALENA–A festival celebrating the wines of northern Illinois and beyond will come to Galena’s Depot Park this Saturday, June 27.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 11:07 AM

    GALENA–The Galena City Council isn’t so sure spending $50 apiece on 25 hanging flower baskets for Main Street is the best way to spend taxpayer dollars so it’s back to the drawing board.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:44 AM
    ELIZABETH–For the fourth year, the Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District (JDSWCD) will be sponsoring a team of AmeriCorps volunteers for five weeks this summer to perform conservation work throughout Jo Daviess County. 
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  • An all-star cast
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 11:31 AM
    For the better part of 20 years, Galena residents Bill Salzmann and Mike Feldermann have been spending their summer weekends on the water. 
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:04 AM
    WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis.–The Tri-State Elite Girls AAU Basketball teams, featuring athletes ranging from grades 6-11 and hailing from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, earned first-place championships at the Noah’s Ark Summer Shootout in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. 
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:03 AM
  • All-conference teams selected
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:01 AM

    With the 2015 NUIC baseball season officially under wraps, following another stellar regular season from area power house Warren-Stockton and a Cinderella run in the post season from River Ridge-Scales Mound, the IHSA has officially announced the NUIC all-conference selections.

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 11:51 AM

    LA CROSSE, Wis.–Scales Mound standout athlete Brittany Davis has put together quite the career for the Hornets over her four years of varsity sports.

  • NUIC West all-conference teams announced
    Tuesday, June 09, 2015 11:49 AM

    Following a softball season that served as a complete program turnaround for Scales Mound-River Ridge, the NUIC West all-conference teams have been announced.

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 3:02 PM
  • Tri-op boys, girls succeed at state
    Tuesday, June 02, 2015 2:59 PM

    CHARLESTON–The Galena-East Dubuque-River Ridge track and field teams have seen their fair shares of success on the track throughout the last few years.

  • Wildcats top Panthers, Indians to advance
    Tuesday, June 02, 2015 2:55 PM

    LENA–Last season, River Ridge/Scales Mound looked poised to capture a regional crown as they took the Le-Win Panthers in the championship game.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:34 AM
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  • Monday, June 22, 2015 11:37 AM

    GALENA–Donald James Anthony, 87 of Galena, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Community in Galena.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 25,  at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena.

    Friends may gather from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at the funeral home until time of services. Military honors will be accorded by Galena VFW Post 2665 and American Legion Post 193 following the services. Burial will be held at a later date.

    Online condolences maybe left at

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  • Monday, June 22, 2015 11:36 AM

    HANOVER– Joe Simon Pash, 89, of Hanover died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque IA surrounded by his family.

  • Monday, June 22, 2015 11:34 AM

    TUCSON, Ariz.–Deborah Ruth (Chapin) Becerra, 55, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Elizabeth, died unexpectedly at home on June 10, 2015, of complications due to lupus disease.

    Private services were held in Arizona; a family memorial service will be held at the Church of St. Mary, Elizabeth, in July.
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  • Friday, June 19, 2015 4:23 PM

    CHICAGO–James P. Mahoney, 76, of Chicago, formerly of Galena and Wilmette, passed away on June 18, 2015.

    Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 24, 3 p.m. until time of memory service at 6 p.m. at the Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home, 203 South Marion St., Oak Park. Interment will be private.

    In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association ( are appreciated. Funeral info: 708-383-3191

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  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:03 AM

    HANOVER–William “Billy” D. Brink 65, of Hanover, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Community in Galena.

    In keeping with his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and services will be held at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, is assisting the family.  

    Online condolences maybe left at

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  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:22 PM
    DUBUQUE, Iowa–The Bell Tower Theater is pleased to announce its 10th annual kids-for-kids production, “Snow White, A New Musical,” directed by Sue Flogel. 
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:20 PM
    GALENA–The Galena Artists’ Guild will present the artwork of Charlene Buran Price during July at Chestnut Mountain Resort for July/August. 
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:14 PM

    GALENA–This July the Galena Festival of the Performing Arts will once more bring a series of varied musical concerts to Galena for the enjoyment of the entire community.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:11 PM

    There are certain supplements that can help to improve sports performance and, in some instances, help to prevent injury.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 2:19 PM
    GALENA–This Friday evening, June 26, will be the first movie for the Friday Flicks for Kids series at the Galena Center for the Arts. 
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 1:49 PM
    FREEPORT–The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will participate in the Elkhorn Creek Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 1:47 PM
    EAST DUBUQUE–The East Dubuque School District was awarded the 2015 Paddle Nation grant of $2,500. 
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 1:06 PM
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 1:03 PM

    PECATONICA–University of Illinois Extension invites the public to an early summer pasture walk at Short Leg Farm, 498 N. Farwell Bridge Rd., Pecatonica, on Wednesday, June 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Hanover Vacation Bible School fun
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 1:03 PM

    HANOVER–“Everest” was the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) held June 8-12 in Hanover at the Hanover Township Hall.

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