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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:13 PM

    EAST DUBUQUE–East Dubuque School District Superintendent Greg Herbst, placed on paid leave by the school board July 1, has released a statement to the press. 

    Herbst wrote: 

    One of the unfortunate tendencies of human nature is to “fill in the blanks” in the absence of information. In this context, it is reasonable for people to wonder if I have embezzled funds or committed some illicit act, for it is these types of behaviors that elicit the type of professional consequence that has been imposed upon me. I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.

    People who have known me personally and professionally are demanding some sort of explanation, so in defense of my reputation, my professional life’s work for the past twenty-seven years, I offer this—I have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a hearing on my performance. It is my opinion that the origin of this event is in regard to my investigations into the performance and effectiveness of another school official. It is also my opinion that some external collusive relationships may have unduly influenced some of the Board members.

    Seeing your photo in newspapers and on television and having people question your integrity are understatedly unsettling. However, I am not ashamed, because I have done nothing for which to be ashamed. I stand very proudly next to my body of work while serving the students and families of this amazing community.

    As for now, my family and I find ourselves oscillating between disbelief, sadness, and anger. My)wife, Lois, and I could not be more proud of our three daughters, Emily, Ashley, and Hannah, for they refuse to allow themselves to be collateral damage in this process. The outpouring of support from our extended families, school family, this community and others has been ineffably humbling and appreciated. We like to think of it as community equity, a reciprocal byproduct of investing yourself fully in people.

     Respectfully, Greg Herbst

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:07 PM
    GALENA–If there’s one thing that gives Jeff Saylor, area manager for American Water Contract Services, a major headache, it’s “flushable” wipes. 
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:04 PM

    GALENA–Ramona Trabanino Vincent, owner of LeFevre Inn & Resort and Grant Hills Motel, and Birgit Radin, owner of the Goldmoor Inn, have been appointed to the board of directors. is the official destination marketing organization for Galena.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:59 PM

    EAST DUBUQUE–Eight years ago, when Cohen Meyer was born with severe cerebral palsy, the news his parents, Shane and Jody, received from doctors wasn’t very encouraging.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:57 PM

    GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Health Department will be holding an immunization clinic from 1-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at its Galena office.

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    GALENA–The 2015 Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair is quickly approaching. 
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:29 PM

    After receiving complaints about previous singular voice resolution amendments, the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau changed a couple of conditions in a proposed resolution that, if passed, would create a new singular voice tourism board for Jo Daviess County.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:24 PM

    Six years ago, the Galena ARC put art back in its building.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:09 PM

    EAST DUBUQUE–Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) recently announced a $1.2 million grant for Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency in Freeport to help with Head Start programs in East Dubuque and Freeport.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:01 PM
    HANOVER–When JoAnn Richmond Nolan was in high school, she played clarinet in the Hanover High School Red Devil Pep Band. 
  • Murdock joins Dubuque firm
    Tuesday, July 07, 2015 1:59 PM
    DUBUQUE, IOWA–Michelle Murdock, Galena, will be heading a new venture for the New Eagle Group. 
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:22 AM

    GALENA–The Galena School District continues to offer a series of informational tours of the current school district facilities.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:19 PM

    Galena, Hanover and Stockton all have plenty of fun activities planned to celebrate Independence Day.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:01 PM
    HANOVER–Were you a member of Green Hills Girl Scout Legacy Council as a girl, adult or volunteer? 
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:00 PM
    GALENA–The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce is making a short move, from the second story of the Old Train Depot to the ground level. 
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:57 AM

    EAST DUBUQUE–Thirty-nine Iowa mathematics, science and technology teachers have been matched with local businesses and agencies across Iowa for this summer’s Real World Externships, a program of Governor Terry Branstad’s STEM Advisory Council.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:53 AM

    SPRINGFIELD–Nearly $7.5 million in Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) funding for fiscal year 2016 has been named in the governor’s latest budget cuts and will be “suspended” July 1 if a balanced budget cannot be reached by the General Assembly.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:52 AM

    JO DAVIESS COUNTY–With summer here, the Jo Daviess County Building & Zoning Department is urging homeowners to take the time to check outdoor areas for potential safety hazards.

  • Storm causes damage to farm
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:43 AM

    GALENA–Last Monday morning, June 22, Eldie, Cindy and Olivia Middendorf were in their house at their farm on North High Ridge Road when the skies turned dark and the wind picked up.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:16 AM

    GALENA–After 15 years of serving as president of the Jo Daviess County Board of Health, Jim Lander turned the reins over to Ron Lubcke during a Thursday, June 25 meeting.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:32 AM
    ELIZABETH–Is your business expanding but you aren’t sure how to navigate to the next level? 
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:19 AM

    Eleven-year-old Madisen Glasgow recently donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love in honor of her aunt, Jill Peeters, who died in 2013 from cancer at the age of 46.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:07 AM

    GALENA–In anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday, Galena Police Chief Lori Huntington is reminding residents that the city code addresses–and in many cases prohibits–the use of fireworks.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:06 AM

    GALENA–The wheels of a single Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway locomotive left the track south of Galena during the afternoon of June 25.

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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:34 AM

    GALENA–When the call comes, Fran Hill answers.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:27 AM

    GALENA–Randy Nyboer, a natural areas surveyor with the Illinois Natural History Survey, has been intrigued for years with the unique habitats and unusual plants and animals that call the driftless area of northwest Illinois home.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:08 AM

    MENOMINEE–It wasn’t a phone call Cal Cain, chief of the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Department, wanted to take.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 8:55 AM

    GALENA–After 50 years of providing the community with arts, sports, fitness, childcare and early education, the Galena ARC is outgrowing its Bench Street home.

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    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.

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    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. 
  • 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 10:54 AM
    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. 
  • 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 9:59 AM

    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.

  • 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 23, 2015 9:25 AM
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 8:27 AM

    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.

  • 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. 
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:43 AM

    ELIZABETH–The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 928 Northwest Illinois had their annual election on May 2.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:36 AM

    FREEPORT–Highland Community College’s 42nd annual GED recognition ceremony and open house, to honor students completing their GED studies\will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at the Community Service Center (Building R), in the south lobby.

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