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Classes resume at DeKalb High School after soft lockdown  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School was placed on soft lockdown on Friday.



Additional police, counselors to be at DeKalb High on Monday after weapons referenced in video  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A DeKalb High School senior who alluded to weapons and violence while engaging with people on social media won't be in school Monday – but ...



Illinois Report Card: Majority of DeKalb schools underperforming  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Five of the 11 schools in District 428 are commendable, according to the Illinois Report Card data released Wednesday by the Illinois State Board of ...



DeKalb High presents annual Madrigal Dinners  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School Music Department's annual Madrigal Dinners will be held Dec. 8 at DeKalb High School and Dec. 14 and 15 at Northern Illinois ...



DeKalb High commits to preparing more students for college  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Erica Teagus, a senior at DeKalb High School, wants to work in the medical field, so she has got plenty of options along her career track. She could ...



DeKalb accepts invitation to join DuPage Valley Conference  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The facilities, the students, the community – DeKalb athletic director Peter Goff said the member schools of the DuPage Valley were impressed with ...



DeKalb School District 428 unveils diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Parents weigh in on impending equity-focused institutional changes.



Public forum tonight on DeKalb schools diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A public forum on the DeKalb School District's diversity plan will be at 5:45 tonight in the forum room at DeKalb High School, 501 Dresser Road.



DeKalb names Kerkman new golf coach; McIntosh announces resignation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – It was a busy day for DeKalb coaches, as on Thursday changes were announced affecting three different head coaching positions.



Bienvenue a DeKalb: French diplomat emphasizes importance of languages to DHS teens  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When asked what she did in school this week, DeKalb High School senior Bethany Billips can say she got to talk to a French diplomat in her top-level ...



DeKalb High School Marching Barbs to host Irish band  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb High School Band will welcome the Finglas Concert and Marching Band from Ireland this weekend. There will be a free concert featuring ...



DeKalb School District 428 to vote on Dupage Valley Conference invitation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Tuesday's DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting is expected to include a vote on whether the district should accept an invitation to join the ...



DeKalb hosts 'Premier Night' for athletes, parents Friday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School athletic department will host premier Night on Friday at the football stadium, a fundraising event for all athletes.



Mock prom crash staged at DeKalb High  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb firefighters use the jaws of life to extricate a "victim" from the wreckage as DeKalb High School juniors and seniors attend a mock prom crash scenario ...



DeKalb police: Teen sent threatening message; D-428 goes into soft lockdown  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DEKALB – A 13-year-old boy has been charged with disorderly conduct and released after police said he posted a threat on social media involving DeKalb ...



Our view: Good luck to successful DeKalb football coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Thumbs-up: To the most successful football coach DeKalb has had in recent memory. On Thursday, school officials announced that Matt Weckler was stepping ...



Prep football: Weckler resigns as DeKalb football coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Stepping down as the DeKalb football coach was one of the easiest decisions Matt Weckler said he ever made. He also said it was one of the hardest ...



DeKalb school board approves diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Events spanning about 15 years, starting with accusations of racial discrimination at DeKalb High School in 2004, led to the creation and adoption of ...



Plan your holidays with this calendar of events  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

December's near, which means there are loads of holiday sights and sounds to enjoy. Here's a list of local performances and events to help you plan.



DeKalb Class of 2018 celebrates commencement at NIU Convocation Center  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Families flocked to the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on Saturday to watch 442 DeKalb High School students receive their diplomas ...



Barbs strut their stuff in DeKalb homecoming parade  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Barbs strut their stuff in DeKalb homecoming parade.



Northern Illinois University powers up with regional high school students  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Regional high school students put their renewable energy-powered engineering skills to the test Thursday at Northern Illinois University. It wasn't ...



Report of gun seen on bus leads to lockdown at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Administrators at DeKalb High School placed the building on a “soft lockdown” as students took final semester exams Friday, in response to reports ...



Two St. Olaf Band members return to DeKalb County during tour  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Two DeKalb County natives are coming back to their old stomping grounds to perform as members of the St. Olaf Band from the Northfield, Minnesota ...



Longtime DeKalb softball coach Jeff Davis to coach baseball  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When spring rolls around, Jeff Davis will be in the same place he has been a head coach since 2005 – on the DeKalb High School diamonds.



DeKalb School District 428 Board to review tentative budget surplus  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A tentative budget with a surplus of about $2.4 million will be presented at the Tuesday night DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting.



$50K in raised funds expected from this year's Sycamore vs. DeKalb First National Challenge  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – After surpassing $1 million in donated funds last year to Sycamore and DeKalb athletics since the First National Challenge fundraiser's inception in ...



NIC-10 rejects Barbs' bid for membership, DeKalb now looks to be independent  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The Northern Illinois Conference 10 rejected DeKalb High School's bid to join the league, athletic director Nic Kearfott said Friday. That leaves the Barbs facing ...



DHS class of 1968 looking for classmates  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School class of 1968 is planning its 50th class reunion for Aug. 10 and 11.



Penguins can fly: 'Mary Poppins' opens Thursday at DeKalb High  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Daniel King needed to get out. He needed to get out of the ensemble, in the worst way. No more choruses, no more blending in with the crowd.



DeKalb High School speech team readies for first state competition in 3 years  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School Forensics Club member Joy Kewih just wants an opportunity to prove she is one of the best in the state at what she does.



Cortland woman, DeKalb High School grad joins MTV's new 'Teen Mom' cast  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

CORTLAND – Cortland resident Kayla Sessler, 19, was about halfway through her senior year at DeKalb High School when she and her boyfriend of the past ...



D-428 board, Park District advance talks of teaming up in 2019  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A long-standing, casual partnership between DeKalb School District 428 and the DeKalb Park District likely will be formalized next month.



DeKalb tire business closes after 42 years  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A notable DeKalb business is shutting its doors after 42 years of *service*. For Jim and Norma Anderson, running Illini Tire Co., 1031 W. Lincoln ...



Keicher, Syverson to host DeKalb Senior Fair  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, and State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, will host a free Health Fair for local seniors and their caregivers in ...



Girls cross country: Olsen, Barbs looking to make leap  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb senior Katherine Olsen, the reigning Daily Chronicle girls cross country athlete of the year, isn't letting last year's success affect the upcoming season.



DeKalb family waiting for heart transplant match  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Christopher Canaday is proof the correlation between someone's proverbial heart – the way they laugh, live and love for others – isn't tethered to ...



Prep golf: DeKalb wins at Belvidere North  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb golf team won at Belvidere North's two-man tournament Monday.



DeKalb native, actor Richard Jenkins talks acting, coming back home  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Most of the people in the audience raised their hands when actor and DeKalb native Richard Jenkins asked if they're all actors. When Jenkins ...



Oscar-nominated actor, DeKalb native Jenkins' tour concludes with honors  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins' public tour of his hometown wrapped up Tuesday night with a reception and a ...



DeKalb County students explore career paths during 6th Heavy Metal Tour  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore High School junior Frances Helton said she always has been a music lover – so much so that her family and friends have encouraged ...



Filicetti: Downtown DeKalb is in a holiday state of mind  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

I'm the new marketing and events manager at the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and started amid the Halloween season. Much like the commercials we see ...



Advocates hoping LGBTQ history will be incorporated into classroom  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Louis Peckys, 17, a junior at DeKalb High School, recently did a class presentation on J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. Although Peckys, a ...



DeKalb teen returns home after heart transplant  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – It's been a long time coming (seven months to be exact), but DeKalb teen Christopher Canaday returned home Wednesday night after a grueling ...



DeKalb 17-year-old receives successful heart transplant  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Most certainly, few people have gotten better news in the wee hours of the morning. The Canaday family, from DeKalb, received a phone call about 2 ...



Bond for DeKalb man accused of having sex with child reduced to $50K  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge ruled Thursday that a former Upward Bound tutor accused of criminal sex abuse of a child younger than 17 can post ...



DeKalb County school nurses remind community of illness prevention tactics  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – A sore throat here. A runny nose there. Maybe a case or two of strep or lice. Kris Tilton, school nurse at Sycamore Middle School and Sycamore ...



Upward Bound tutor accused of molesting child  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – A tutor with a program geared to help children go to college who wouldn't otherwise have the means has been charged with sexually assaulting a ...



DeKalb sports: Goff settles in as Barbs' athletic director  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – As he was standing near the football field on his first day as DeKalb athletic director, one song kept playing in Peter Goff's mind as he surveyed his ...



Election 2018 candidate: Christine Johnson, DeKalb County Treasurer  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Town: Shabbona. Office sought: DeKalb County Treasurer. Occupation: DeKalb County Treasurer/Collector. Education: Educated entirely in DeKalb County ...



DHS to stage spring musical 'Les Miserables'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The celebrated musical “Les Miserables” is making its way to the DeKalb High School stage.



DeKalb Band to take listeners around the world  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band has added a new themed concert this season – A Musical Trip Around the World. It can be heard at 8 p.m. Tuesday at ...



Armstrong: State tourism director praises DeKalb County CVB  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau was honored to host another visit from Cory Jobe, state director of tourism, on Sept. 8. We celebrated the ...



MetroNet to begin high-speed internet installation Aug. 1 in DeKalb  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Starting Aug. 1, Indiana-based telecommunication *service* provider MetroNet will begin construction of a multimillion-dollar fiber optic network in ...



National School Walkout: Hundreds of DeKalb, Sycamore students participate  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Lizzy Warner, 18, a senior at DeKalb High School, said she is the kind of person who avoids conflict, so she wasn't sure whether she could contribute ...



Tickets on sale Aug. 25 for Penguin Project's 'Mary Poppins'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The Children's Community Theatre Penguin Project will offer an evening filled with music, magic and laughter when it presents Disney's “Mary Poppins Jr.,” Sept.



Girls track and field: DeKalb wins Class 3A state title in 4x200 relay  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

CHARLESTON – Sitting 30 rows up in the bleachers, DeKalb coach Tywon Green jumped to his feet during the final legs of the 4x200-meter relay. He cheered ...



Prep football: DeKalb kicker Connor Tierney trusts the process, commits to Indiana State  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Tierney: 'Having an opportunity to play ever since I was a freshman at DeKalb has helped because I've had the opportunity to kick so many times. You can't ...



Boys basketball: DeKalb hoops reflects on 50th anniversary of state run  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – It is hard to match the magic surrounding the 1967-68 DeKalb boys basketball team. The Barbs placed fourth in the state that year – the best finish of ...



Girls basketball: DeKalb native Davis commits to NIU  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – It will have been after three years of living in Florida, but Ajah Davis is coming home. The DeKalb native, who transferred to Montverde Academy in ...



DHS Marching Band to perform at Thanksgiving Day Parade  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – WorldStrides OnStage has invited the marching band from DeKalb High School to perform at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade.



Children's Learning Center in DeKalb marks 50 years of service  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – As Nancy Teboda explained the services children receive at Children's Learning Center, she was interrupted repeatedly. Over and over on this ...



Propheter receives Palmer Family music scholarship  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Dylan Propheter of DeKalb is the recipient of the 2018 Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship award.



DeKalb High School graduates acknowledge fellow classmates who lost their lives  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Three chairs, almost empty, anything but forgotten. When the 400-plus members of DeKalb High School's Class of 2017 graduated Saturday at ...



No injuries in crash at Peace Road, Route 23  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – A two-vehicle incident on Peace Road and Route 23 on Monday afternoon resulted in a gravel truck flipping onto its side, a DeKalb High School ...



Bus tour to raise bias awareness at Northern Illinois University  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A bus will be on Northern Illinois University's campus Monday to educate people on how to mind their proverbial blind spots – as they pertain to ...



Olson: Richard Jenkins to attend final showing in film series  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The fall season is in full swing at DeKalb's Egyptian Theatre, and executive director Alex Nerad said the Richard Jenkins Film Series has been a smashing ...



Revealing exciting education developments – some of them  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

I am so “that kid” – the one who won't stop asking questions, who causes everyone to get to lunch a few minutes late because he won't stop raising his hand.



Prep football: Physical Barbs in summer practice stretch  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The pads aren't on yet, but that's not stopping players from noticing how physical the DeKalb football team has been during its summer season.



New DeKalb High School assistant principal selected  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Donna Larson, former DeKalb High School dean of students, was appointed one of the school's new assistant principals Tuesday during the DeKalb ...



Clinton Rosette Middle School to host second annual Taste fundraiser Thursday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

School to host 2nd annual Taste of CRMS fundraiser.



Gun violence prevention at schools starts with school resource officers  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – In the wake of recent gun violence in public schools in Florida, Texas and Illinois, tensions are high when it comes to keeping students safe.



MetroNet begins construction after permit delays  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – After a delay in acquiring necessary permits for the project, MetroNet has begun installing a fiber optic network that will bring its high-speed internet, ...



Upward Bound launches at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – High-schoolers eager to blaze a trail might be eligible for a powerful assist along that path with the launch of the TRiO Upward Bound program at ...



DeKalb School District 428 approves calendar with earlier start date  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – With the approval of a 2018-19 calendar for DeKalb School District 428, area schools now will be able to start their fall semester at the same time as ...



DeKalb City Council OKs new transit routes, fare system  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

New services geared to make lines more reliable, add weekend *service*.



Jamrah Middle Eastern Cuisine owners plan new downtown DeKalb location  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Owners of a local Middle Eastern restaurant said they saw the good things happening in downtown DeKalb and wanted to be part of it. The owners of ...



New DeKalb High School principal to focus on building trust, improving learning  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Becoming principal of DeKalb High School is a professional goal achieved for James Horne. Now he's eager to change the subject. Horne, in his ...



Thumbs-up for teen's new heart  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Thumbs-up: To a new heart for a local teen. Christopher Canaday, a 17-year-old senior at DeKalb High School, received a heart transplant this week at Loyola ...



Oak Crest to host Christmas Tree Walk Sunday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The 23rd annual Christmas Tree Walk and Open House at the DeKalb Area Retirement Center – Oak Crest is scheduled from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The home ...



DeKalb community celebrates Fourth of July at Hopkins Park  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Peg Hacskaylo traveled all the way from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning so she could make it to Hopkins Park in time for the city's Fourth of July ...



Boys track and field: DeKalb's Marks, Yepiz place first and second in unfamiliar two-mile race  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Junior Riley Marks and sophomore Emmanuel Yepiz found themselves in a unique position Friday evening during the eight-team Tim Holt Invite at ...



Prep football: Week 9 previews  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Last week: The Barbs (7-1) won their third straight game, 31-0, against Yorkville, to lock up a split of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East crown with Kaneland.



Happy Homecoming  The MidWeek

Oscar-nominated actor, DeKalb native Richard Jenkins returns to town.



57th annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Parade reflects 'A Pumpkin Carnival' theme  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Karen Grush and Nancy Dashner, neighbors in DeKalb, have been attending the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Parade together for about 40 years.



Prep roundup: Buggs, eight DeKalb athletes sign National Letters of Intent  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Several “oohs” and “ahhs” could be heard from the crowd inside the DeKalb High School cafeteria as girls track and field coach Tywon Green listed Brimonet ...



Kaneland approves one-year contract with Interstate Eight for 2019-2020 school year  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Kaneland has a new conference to call home beginning in the 2019-20 school year, but its stay in the newly formed Interstate Eight Conference might be a brief ...



Richard Jenkins comes to NIU | Entertainment  Northern Star Online

Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins will be at Northern Illinois University on 2 p.m. Tuesday for a Q & A with students in the Stevens Building's O'Connell ...



Kaneland comes back to stun DeKalb  Chicago Daily Herald

Kaneland rallied from 13 points down on two occassions to knock off the No. 5 ranked team in Class 6A, DeKalb, 21-20 on Friday night in Maple Park.



Town Crier for Dec. 5, 2018  The MidWeek

CORTLAND. Crochet Class. Time: 6:30 p.m.. Date: Mondays. Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road. Information: 815-756-7274 or ...



DeKalb native Richard Jenkins gets second Oscar nomination  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb native Richard Jenkins, a 1965 graduate of DeKalb High School, has been nominated for his second Academy Award. Jenkins is up for Best Supporting ...



Bond Lowered for DeKalb High School Student Mentor Charged with Sexual Assault  WspyNews

UPDATE: Our sister station WLBK reports that bond has been cut in half for a former DeKalb High School student mentor charged with sexually assaulting a ...



Prep baseball: Sykes steps into veteran role for rebuilding Barbs  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – On a DeKalb baseball team desperate for veteran leadership, senior Jarrett Sykes is hoping to fill that role.



'Tis the Season: Plan your holidays with this calendar of events  The MidWeek

December's near, which means there are loads of holiday sights and sounds to enjoy. Here's a list of local performances and events to help you plan.



DeKalb High School student killed in crash  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A St. Charles man is facing multiple charges after a four-car crash Tuesday that killed a DeKalb High School student and left many in the local ...



DeKalb School District 428 to examine bids for DHS band uniforms  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Two bids have come in to provide replacement uniforms for the DeKalb High School Marching Band. The bids will be discussed during DeKalb ...



NIU graduation: Local students among multitude celebrating  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Jack Sauter, a 2014 DeKalb High School graduate, was all set to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



41 DHS students named Illinois State Scholars  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School Principal James Horne recently announced that 41 students from the DHS graduating class of 2018 have been recognized as ...



Photos: DeKalb High School class of 2017 graduation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The class of 2017 from DeKalb High School graduated on Saturday, June 3, 2017.



DeKalb resident files suit to stop school district from enrolling out-of-towners  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – An anonymous Dekalb taxpayer has filed a federal lawsuit inhopes of stopping DeKalb School District 428 from enrolling students who don't live in ...



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