• Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:22 PM

    GALENA–Negotiations between the Galena School Board and the Galena Federation of Teachers are at a bit of a standstill. 

    Although the contract between the board and teachers’ union was on the Tuesday, Nov. 17 agenda for possible approval, board president Chuck Korte announced in open session that the teachers union opted not to ratify the tentative agreement during a meeting Friday, Nov. 13. 

    Later in the meeting the board convened in closed session with collective bargaining matters as one of the reasons listed. 

    No action resulted from closed session. 

    Korte said following the meeting that he couldn’t say much about the situation but he did confirm that no further negotiation meetings have yet been set. He assumes that will take place the week after Thanksgiving. 

    The 2012-2015 contract between the GFT and the board expired in August.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:05 PM
    GALENA–The Galena School Board wants to add an agriculture program at Galena High School as soon as the 2016-17 school year. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:00 PM

    GALENA–How and why The Galena Territory manages its deer population was the topic of discussion during the city of Galena’s deer committee meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:55 AM

    EAST DUBUQUE–The East Dubuque School District has a shortage of substitute teachers and in response, the East Dubuque School Board approved an increase in substitute pay at its Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:53 AM

    GALENA–During a Nov. 10 meeting, the Jo Daviess County Board approved two one-year contracts between the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and McDaniel’s Marketing Agency for a combined total of $226,200.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:52 AM
    GALENA–Last spring the issue before the Galena City Council was whether or not to shell out $21,000 for a study of the city’s east side water system. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:50 AM

    EAST DUBUQUE–East Dubuque City Council’s intention to purchase the current city hall at 185 Wisconsin Ave., may have hit a snag–a big snag–at the Monday, Nov. 16 council meeting.

  • Hartlep denied motion for new trial
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:48 AM

    GALENA–Jo Daviess County Circuit Court Judge William Kelly denied Brian Hartlep’s motion for a new trial on Friday, Nov. 20 after considering testimonies from Hartlep’s fiance and her father.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:47 AM

    GALENA–Musicians from Galena’s churches are preparing now for the annual United Churches of Galena Christmas Concert to be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 227 S. Bench St., Galena.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:43 AM
  • Firefighters canvas with dance tickets
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:41 AM

    GALENA–Members of the Galena Fire Department will be out and about in the coming weeks, canvassing neighborhoods with tickets for the annual fireman’s dance.

  • Bauer named secretary/treasurer of ICAHN
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:25 AM

    SPRINGFIELD–Tracy Bauer, president and CEO of Midwest Medical Center was named secretary/treasurer of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network board of directors at its annual member meeting on Nov. 11 in Springfield.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:24 AM
    FREEPORT–Timely topics for beef producers will be presented at the Extension beef cattle meeting. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:02 AM
    FREEPORT–The Highland Community College Board of Trustees approved the 2015 tax levy at its Nov. 17 meeting. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:46 AM

    SPRINGFIELD–Jo Daviess County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:42 AM

    GALENA–The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner and business awards program Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the DeSoto House Hotel.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:41 AM

    SCALES MOUND–The Scales Mound School Board heard a presentation from special education teachers Jonna Stayner-Dittmar and Renee Simmons on the school’s special education program at the Monday, Nov. 16 meeting.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:31 AM
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:29 AM

    APPLE RIVER–Thirty-two years ago Roger Dorneden’s neighbor suggested the Apple River nature photographer enter some of his photographs in the Palisades Art League’s annual show and contest.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:23 AM
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:11 AM
    STOCKTON–The Jo Daviess County Democrats will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the back room at The Bottle Shed Bar and Liquor Store, Stockton. 
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:09 AM

    GALENA–New Covenant Assembly of God has regretfully decided to cancel the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:00 AM

    GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Democratic Central Committee will be holding a special meeting to adopt bylaws on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. at West Galena Township Hall, 607 Gear St., Galena.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 9:55 AM

    The American Red Cross is hosting two blood drives in Jo Daviess County in December.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:03 AM

    GALENA–The Galena City Council, Monday, Nov. 2, approved an agreement with the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) for a $52,650 grant towards a 32.5 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array at city hall.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:20 PM
    GALENA–Celebrate the new vintage with wine-inspired lunches, dinners and tastings in Galena Nov. 20-21. 
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:19 PM

    Galena’s Susan Steffan was sent home on the third episode of the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” after, in her own words, her ornament cake “looked like Santa sat on it.”

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:58 PM

    GALENA–“We are not talking about just a school building, we’re talking about the future,” Galena School Board President Chuck Korte said to the crowd at Galena City Hall, Thursday, Nov. 2.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:55 PM
    The Galena River Trail is closed during deer-hunting season. 
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:52 PM

    ELIZABETH–Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) sessions will be held throughout Illinois in December, including one Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Community Building.

  • Cunningham pleads guilty to intimidation
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:43 PM

    GALENA–After pleading guilty to a felony county of intimidation for threatening to kill an Illinois State Police (ISP) officer via 911 calls, Stockton resident Chad Cunningham received a sentence of 166 days of jail time and 30 months of probation in Jo Daviess County Circuit Court on Thursday, Nov. 12.

  • New sales and marketing director for CVB
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:41 PM

    GALENA–After being away from his home state of Illinois for 15 years, Jeff Graack has finally returned as the new Galena/Jo Daviess County Sales and Marketing Director.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:25 PM

    WOODBINE–“While it’s fresh, write those next chapters in your own personal books. Don’t settle on one book.”

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:23 PM

    GALENA–Applicants have until Friday, Dec. 4 to submit their applications to become the next superintendent of the Galena School District.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:51 PM

    After a decade of continually operating business, a few different owners and two fires, Elizabeth Garage celebrates its 100th year of serving its community with cars and automotive services.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:37 PM
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:36 PM
    GALENA–It’s been a busy week at the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Galena & U.S. Grant Museum. 
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:31 PM

    ELIZABETH–On Tuesday, Nov. 3, six teenage boys got up early to paint a building for their assignment at the Jo Daviess Carroll Career Technical Education Academy (CTE).

  • Jo-Carroll honors Cheri Bustos
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:29 PM
    ELIZABETH–Leaders from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives and Jo-Carroll Energy were on hand Tuesday, Nov. 10 to honor Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline, 17th Congressional District) with the 2015 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. 
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:22 PM

    GALENA–Come take a hilarious trip to the backwoods of Georgia this weekend, as the Galena High School (GHS) Drama Club presents Larry Shue’s comedy “The Foreigner” on Thursday, Nov. 19, Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Turner Hall, 115 S. Bench St., Galena.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:20 PM

    GALENA–A joint committee meeting between representatives from the Galena City Council and the Jo Daviess County Board met Nov. 3 to discuss the creation of a new Destination Marketing Organization (DMO).

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:19 PM

    GALENA–A lawsuit filed by Galena resident Craig Brown citing illegal property tax collection on behalf of Jo Daviess County was dismissed in court last month; however, Brown will be amending his suit and filing a property tax petition before the Nov. 15 deadline.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:18 PM

    GALENA–Domestic battery charges against Steffan and Heidi St. Michael were dropped in the Jo Daviess County Circuit Court on Friday, Oct. 23 after an investigation concluded they did not physically abuse their daughter.

  • Steffan advances
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:14 PM

    GALENA–Farmers Guest House’s Susan Steffan made it into the top three of Sunday night’s “Holiday Baking Championship” episode on the Food Network.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:13 PM

    GALENA–When Peter Spurr graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in December 1993, he wanted to teach.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:04 PM
    GALENA–There are still two more opportunities to learn more about the facilities issues facing the Galena School District. 
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:58 PM
    GALENA–The Galena Winter Farmers Market and Craft Fair will return on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. for its third season. 
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:57 PM

    GALENA–The members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 127 South High St., Galena, welcome members of the community to three coming special events.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:48 PM
    GALENA–Years ago there were some intense evenings of bingo at Turner Hall. 
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:46 PM
    GALENA–The sixth annual Festival of Trees will kick off the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 28 in the DeSoto House Hotel Ballroom from 1 to 5 p.m. 
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