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$104475 awarded to graduating seniors across DeKalb County  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – More than 86 scholarship awards totalling $104475 were presented to graduating DeKalb County high school seniors this year.



DeKalb man, founder of DeKalb Wrestling Club named in scholarship memorial fund  The MidWeek

SYCAMORE – The late Donald "Tank" Anderson, a DeKalb native who died in 2013, is being honored with a memorial fund to benefit the DeKalb wrestling ...



DeKalb set to hire Galesburg's Reynolds as boys basketball coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Mike Reynolds, head coach at Galesburg, is set to be named the next head boys basketball coach at DeKalb, according to the DeKalb School District 428 Board ...



Annual Biking with Beanzie ride set for July 14  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DAILY CHRONICLE. The Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb invites cyclers to DeKalb for the 21st annual Biking with Beanzie ride on July 14. Over the past 20 ...



Photos: 2019 DeKalb High School graduation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Check out photos from the 2019 DeKalb High School graduation ceremony Saturday at Northern Illinois University.



DeKalb High School graduates thank teachers who helped them  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – "Shrek." Kendrick Lamar's "Humble." "The Lord of the Rings." Those pop cultural touchstones (and several others) got shoutouts during a nostalgic ...



DeKalb High School to stage 'She Loves Me'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School theater department's spring production is the classic musical comedy, “She Loves Me.”



DeKalb High School Dean Maurice McDavid joins effort to increase teacher diversity  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When Maurice McDavid was in eighth grade, his older brother, Henry, gave him some words of warning for surviving freshman year at DeKalb High ...



DeKalb High School has high hopes for coding program; D-428 board to considered it at next meeting  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Students at DeKalb High School will have continued opportunity to learn coding, which administrators are calling a “21st-century foundational skill, ...



DeKalb School District 428 administrators set to receive pay raises  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School's dean of students, Maurice McDavid, could be the new assistant principal at Cortland Elementary School beginning July 1.



Boulos Scholarship recipients named  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

A total of $93000 in scholarships has been awarded by the Chris & Katherine Boulos Scholarship Foundation for the 2019-2020 academic year, according to a ...



McDavid in as new DeKalb School District 428 Board president  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The newly elected DeKalb School District 428 Board members showed the power of their combined vote Tuesday, as Samantha McDavid was ...



DeKalb School District 428 Board hopefuls to take part in forum  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The candidates vying for a seat on the DeKalb School District 428 Board will square off in a candidates forum Monday at DeKalb High School.



Tickets going fast to see Bears coach Matt Nagy at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – You better grab your seat sooner rather than later, because tickets are going fast to see Bears head coach Matt Nagy in person, when he speaks at ...



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 School District 428 unveils diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Parents weigh in on impending equity-focused institutional changes.



Final DeKalb School District 428 Board forum addresses race head-on  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When DeKalb District 428 School Board candidate December Richardson responded to a question about the district hiring more diverse teachers, ...



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 students with special needs help the homeless  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Glenn Armatead, 19, carried an armful of paper towels to the entrance of Hope Haven on Friday, talking about his excitement delivering donations to ...



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 graduates thank teachers who helped them  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – “Shrek.” Kendrick Lamar's “Humble.” “The Lord of the Rings.” Those pop cultural touchstones (and several others) got shoutouts during a nostalgic ...



DeKalb, Sycamore school officials address latest teacher shortage reports, substitute shortage  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

When Cristy Meyer was in elementary school, she spent a lot of time with deaf and hard-of-hearing students as part of a special program her school offered.



DeKalb School District 428 Board approves lease of Chromebooks  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board voted, 4-1, to lease 2250 Chromebook to students at their regular meeting Tuesday night. To put it in financial ...



DeKalb School District 428 Board approves minibuses, summer building projects  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board spent a lot of money Tuesday, as it approved a contract with Midwest Transit Equipment to lease three 2018 ...



Kish College, DeKalb County public schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb and Sycamore schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, administrators announced Monday night.



DeKalb County school districts close as cold expected to persist through midday Thursday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Thursday morning's temperatures will not bring a reprieve for DeKalb County, and could in fact be colder than Wednesday morning's, according to the National ...



Oscar nominee takes in the shape of his alma mater at DeKalb High  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb High School Athletic Director Peter Goff presents Richard and Sharon Jenkins with school spirit wear as Principal James Horne looks on Monday ...



DeKalb: 4 newcomers win District 428 seats, 3 new faces on City Council  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Voters elect four new faces to D-428 board; three newcomers to council.



Local students honored as 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced the 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars. These students rank in approximately the top 10 percent of high ...



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 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 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.



2019 Community Expo chance for residents, business community to merge  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Visitors partaking in the Community Expo on Thursday in Sycamore should wear comfortable shoes, and come hungry and prepared to walk, said ...



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 native Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Richard Powers, a 1975 graduate of DeKalb High School, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book “The Overstory.”



2019 Election Central: A preview of candidates in contested races  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Election Central offers preview of contested races in DeKalb County.



DeKalb School District Unveils Diversity Plan | WNIJ and WNIU  WNIJ and WNIU

A public forum was held last week at DeKalb High School to officially unveil District 428's Diversity Plan. The seven part plan has been in the works for.



Election 2019: Tracy Smith, DeKalb Ward 3 Alderman  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Office sought: 3rd Ward Alderman City of DeKalb. Occupation: Operations Manager at Voluntary Action Center. (Trans-Vac/Med-Vac). Education: Graduated ...



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 students inducted into National Honor Society  The MidWeek

DeKALB – Fifty-nine students from DeKalb High School were inducted into membership of the National Honor Society on March 13. The students were selected ...



Mother of victim in DeKalb stabbing questions dropped charges  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – The mother of a 15-year-old boy injured in a stabbing at Hopkins Park said Thursday that her son remains hospitalized after his right leg was ...



First National Challenge raises $55000 for DeKalb, Sycamore athletics  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – For Nancy Korth, Sycamore native and die-hard Spartans fan, a Friday night well spent means getting the whole family together for the annual First ...



DeKalb police to ramp up patrol for Distracted Drivers Awareness Week  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Drivers tempted to use their cellphone or text while driving next week will have a greater chance of being pulled over.



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 ...



Local farm owner named Citizen of Year  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

KIRKLAND – A local resident has been recognized by the village of Kirkland for his role in creating programs for adults with disabilities.



DeKalb choir students perform in ADCA conference  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb School District 428 was fortunate to have 12 students selected for the national honors choir at the recent American Choral Directors Association ...



DeKalb Park District pursuing nature trail extension on Shodeen property  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Park District is again pursuing extending the Nature Trail through the development known as Irongate, owned by the Shodeen Group, ...



DeKalb Music Boosters announce Hall of Fame inductees: Ann Montzka Smelser, Judy O'Connor  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Music Boosters have named Ann Montzka Smelser and Judy O'Connor, both music educators in DeKalb School District 428, to the ...



DeKalb Public Library on hunt for vintage '70s, '80s yearbooks  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb Public Library is looking for DeKalb High School yearbooks from the era of disco and Pac-Man to complete its digital collection. The library, 309 Oak ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Bears coach Matt Nagy: 'It's about the players, not the plays'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Surely, Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy saw shades of the oldest of his four sons when 9-year-old Gavin Pickert stepped up to the microphone.



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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: Top local stories of 2018  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

It was another eventful year in DeKalb County. Here's a somewhat chronological rundown of some of the most important stories that unfolded and continued ...



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 ...



Keicher's Youth Advisory Council gives students a voice  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, discussed issues that are important to local high school students when he met with his 2019 Youth Advisory Council this ...



DeKalb, Kish College candidates to take part in forum at Egyptian Theatre  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The spring election is a couple of weeks away, and residents can learn more about the candidates during a forum Tuesday night at the Egyptian ...



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.



Ceremonies held in DeKalb to honor fallen service members  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – U.S. Army veteran Robert McCann said that for many Memorial Days he didn't know how to respond to the phrase, “Thank you for your *service* .”.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Bears Coach Matt Nagy Is Coming to DeKalb Next Weekend  q985online.com

Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy will be speaking at DeKalb High School about 'building successful teams' next Sunday.



Registration now open for NIU summer arts camps  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University has theater, jazz, visual arts, percussion and brass on the summer camp agenda for June and July.



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 ...



Partnership creates internships at Kish Hospital for people with special needs  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Donna Larson, assistant principal at DeKalb High School, has seen first-hand what people with special needs can do – when given the opportunity.



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.



How field tile matters in DeKalb County  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

If you visited the newly opened DeKalb County History Center you may have overlooked a nondescript artifact in a display case near the far wall from the ...



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 ...



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 ...



Educators, staff recognized during DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Two DeKalb School District 428 music teachers were recognized with awards for excellence in education at Tuesday's district board meeting.



Trial soon for St. Charles man accused of DUI, reckless homicide  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – The St. Charles man accused of driving drunk and killing a DeKalb High School senior is headed to trial, but first the judge who will preside must ...



Honors Recital to feature CSA Talent Scholarship winners  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Six talented young musicians will perform in the annual CSA Honors Recital at Northern Illinois University at 1:30 p.m. March 2. All are recipients of this year's ...



DeKalb player parts with Steph Curry shoes in incredible act of kindness  MyStateline.com

The focus during high school basketball games is often on the scoreboard and which team won and which team lost, But this week at a DeKalb High School ...



Olson: New resource officer should be woman or minority  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Jeromy Olson asked District 428's superintendent on Tuesday if the district's third school resource officer could be a woman or person of color, ...



DeKalb deputy fire chief to retire, seeks Janesville chief job  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Jim Zarek plans to retire after 29 years with the DeKalb Fire Department, and you probably can guess where he applied for his ideal retirement job: ...



Will DeKalb land in the DVC?  Chicago Daily Herald

Football: This week's Eyes on Five looks at even more conference changes making an impact in DuPage County.



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

School to host 2nd annual Taste of CRMS fundraiser.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Heimerman: Today, I spell accuracy SLOW  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Great googly moogly. Get that reference, fans of sports and Snickers? Remember the commercial where the grounds worker misspelled Chiefs as Chefs in the ...



7 honored at First National Bank New Leaders Reception  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Seven people were honored at First National Bank's New Leaders Reception on Thursday at the Barsema Alumni and Vistor's Center at Northern Illinois ...



Collins Dental welcomes massage therapist  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Adhering to its vow to hire locally and invest in the community, Collins Dental Group has added Renee Larson to the office family. Born and raised in DeKalb ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



Barry Schrader: Richard Powers makes DeKalb proud  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb's Richard Powers has just received the rare recognition for a novelist – the Pulitzer Prize for the best fiction novel of the year.



'Two years is a long way out:' Mockup of districts released  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb is in effect joining the NIC-10 after all – at least that's what a mock released to schools on Wednesday shows for the Barbs. In the letter released by the ...



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 ...



Family of DeKalb High School student killed in crash trying to heal  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Money. What can it do? It can't replace a son lost in a tragic car crash, or his eyes – the eyes that looked just like those of his mother. It can't bring ...



New DeKalb School District 428 Board members sworn in  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Although change occurred for the DeKalb School District 428 Board during Tuesday's meeting when two new board members were sworn in, some ...



Sycamore names IMEA All-District Musicians  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Fifty-four high school and 38 middle school students from the Sycamore School District were recently selected to participate in the 2018 Illinois ...



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