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Death of 1967 classmate

November 7, 2018 by Barb Shlikas Cornwall (Register to contact)

Kristin "Kris" Jensen Meier passed away on October 8, 2018 at the age of 68. Full obituary is shown in this publication.

Death of 1967 classmate

September 22, 2018 by Barb Shlikas Cornwall (Register to contact)

Vicki A. Nelson Harrison passed away on September 18, 2018 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.

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Guilford graduates joining the military sworn in  WIFR

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Students at Guilford High School who have enlisted in the military were honored for their decision to serve our country with a special ...



Guilford High to host IESA Track and Field Sectional  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Eisenhower, Flinn and Lincoln middle schools will host the Class AA Illinois Elementary School Association Track and Field Sectional at 10 a.m. ...



Guilford High School hosts basketball game for students with disabilities  WREX-TV

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Students with disabilities got to feel like star basketball players on Friday. Guilford High School's team for students with disabilities ...



Armato accepts Guilford basketball coaching job  WREX-TV

Carl Armato is back in the high school basketball coaching game on a more permanent basis. Armato accepted the Guilford head coaching job after serving as ...



Teacher uses humor to “trick” students into learning  WREX-TV

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Brian Maier is a history, economics, and business law teacher at Guilford High School. He uses his wit and humor to capture students ...



Four arrested on Guilford High School rooftop  WIFR

Tuesday night around 11:08pm, the Rockford Police Department received calls from Guilford High School maintenance workers reporting subjects walking on ...



Top Illinois high schools ranked in national report  WIFR

Nearly 650 Illinois high schools were recently ranked in the U.S. News & World Report 'Best High School Rankings.'



Former Guilford coach Huels named new Byron boys basketball coach  MyStateline.com

Byron High School welcomes a New Head Coach to the Boys Basketball Program. Matt Huels was approved at the May 23rd board meeting and will take over ...



Hononegah volleyball beats Guilford in NIC-10 play for first time since 2015  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Even though Hononegah has ended Guilford's volleyball postseason each of the past two years, the Vikings have had the Indians' number in ...



Chicagoland Summer Showcase Tips Off in Rockford  WREX-TV

ROCKFORD – The first Chicagoland Summer Showcase unfolded with a packed schedule of games on Saturday at Rock Valley College and Guilford High ...



Rockford students put their skills to the test by building cardboard canoes  WIFR

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford area engineering students put their skills to the test and created cardboard canoes. "It was my idea I'm pretty sure to do Nemo ...



Community Foundation awards $264K in scholarships for 2019 - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois awarded $264000 in college scholarships on Thursday to 135 students from across the region.



Bazsali makes it clear why he’s no longer the head football coach at Rockford Guilford  MyStateline.com

Click on the above video clip to hear Bruce Bazsali's complete, unedited explanation of why he is no longer the head football coach at Guilford, and how his ...



Rockford Guilford grads open Milwaukee bobblehead museum - News  Rockford Register Star

MILWAUKEE — A new museum may well hold the largest collection of bobbleheads anyone has ever seen, displaying more than 6500 figures of athletes, ...



Armato passionate about coaching, ready to take over fulltime at Guilford  MyStateline.com

Carl Armato has gone from assistant coach to interim head coach to now 'the' coach at Guilford High School in a little over one year.



Guilford students build home for Rockford family  WIFR

Guilford High School students complete a Habitat for Humanity project for a Rockford family.



Showcase goal: Win enough to play "super pool" teams  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Auburn got thrown into the deep end of the pool in the inaugural Chicagoland Summer Showcase I.“That's fine with me. That's who we want to ...



Rockford labor workers participate in domestic violence training  WIFR

Rockford Labor Union members learn the warning signs a victim of domestic violence might show at work.



Auburn, Guilford among America's Most Challenging High Schools  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Auburn High School and Guilford High School are among America's Most Challenging High Schools, according to a recently released ranking ...



12 Students Arrested at Guilford High School After Fight  WIFR

A Dozen students are arrested at a local high-school after a large fight, caught on surveillance video.



Game on: Guilford High School in Rockford launches eSports team  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Graham Eichstaedt has been gaming his whole life but only recently ventured into the world of high school eSports and scholarship ...



Rockford Promise awards 31 scholarships to RPS students - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Rockford Promise, a nonprofit that works to improve the local economy by awarding college scholarships to students of Rockford Public Schools, ...



13 Investigates: Complaints prompt health inspection at RPS 205 schools  WREX-TV

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Students and parents at East High School reached out to 13 News, saying they were unhappy with the quality of food that was served.



Guilford coach Bruce Bazsali moves to assistant for health reasons; Denny Diduch takes over as head coach  Rockford Register Star

Two-time state champ coach was 'the perfect guy in place by fate'



Rockford film falls short of Oscar - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — And this year's Oscar for best feature documentary goes to ... someone else."Minding the Gap," a Rockford-based documentary by former ...



Second Weekend of Chicagoland Summer Showcase Tips Off  WREX-TV

The Forest City will welcome an even bigger group of teams for the second weekend of the Chicagoland Summer Showcase.



It's about to be the best day ever for five area teachers  Rockford Register Star

The Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford makes its annual rounds Thursday to surprise five educators with the coveted Golden Apple Teacher Award.



Man Shot Near Guilford High School  WIFR

Rockford Police are looking for the suspect they say shot a 25-year-old man near Guilford High School at the intersection of Shaw Woods and Spring Creek.



Rockford woman goes from battlefield to operating room  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — U.S. Army Medic Erin Braun knew she found her calling.It was when she was tying tourniquets and staunching the blood flowing from smashed ...



New principals named for Rockford Auburn, Guilford and West  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The Rockford School District announced three key leadership changes Friday that will affect thousands of students across the district.Janice ...



Gunfire prompts Rockford police to give football games extra attention  Peoria Journal Star

ROCKFORD — Football players and fans may notice increased police or security personnel at or around Friday's games in response to the gunfire that occurred ...



Rockford Art Museum to open Young Artist Show March 3  Northern Star Online

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 78th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, March ...



Girls soccer: Guilford knocks off Hononegah for big early-season conference win  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The NIC-10 girls soccer season is only two weeks old, but that doesn't make Guilford's 2-1 victory over Hononegah on Thursday night any less ...



Judge Patrick Yarbrough to retire from 17th Circuit Court  WREX-TV

Associate Circuit Judge K. Patrick Yarbrough will retire from his position on Aug. 31, 2019.



Rockford Association for Minority Management celebrates $1 million in college scholarships  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — After 38 years of awarding scholarships to college-bound high school students, the Rockford Association for Minority Management hit a ...



Moeller wins, Jefferson earns Showcase consolation title - Sports  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Eight seconds remained in the final game of the inaugural Chicagoland Summer Showcase when Jefferson grabbed a rebound, trailing by one.



Coast Guard names field house after Rockford pioneer Hallie Gregory  Rockford Register Star

Hallie Gregory was, so often, the first, wherever he went.And now his name will last.The Coast Guard held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 6, naming the fifth ...



Guilford High School's student newspaper The Voyager to run one more year  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Guilford High School's student newspaper, The Voyager, will stay in print another year. “For one year only, the course will run as a blended class ...



Rockford students showcase artwork at 78th Young Artist Show  WIFR

The Young Artist Show in Rockford gives students a chance to showcase their work to the public.



Bing Liu talks about Oscar-nominated film on 'The Daily Show' with Trevor Noah  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Late-night TV host Trevor Noah talked with former Rockfordian Bing Liu on "The Daily Show" on Monday about staying true to friendships while ...



Rossato, Maestranzi named coach at Jefferson and Guilford  MyStateline.com

RPS 205 has filled two basketball head coaching openings in Rockford. Jefferson assistant boys basketball coach John Rossato will take on the head coaching ...



Top teachers: Golden Apple releases names of 20 finalists  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The Golden Apple Foundation has released the names of 20 teachers from Winnebago and Boone counties who have been selected as finalists ...



Rockford art students show off their portfolios, receive criticism from academics  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Some Rockford area art students were determined to apply to their dream art schools Monday after showing their portfolios to academic critics.



'Minding the Gap,' a documentary about Rockford skateboarders, earns Oscar nomination  Rockford Register Star

If it wins, it would be the second film created by a former Rockfordian to win the elite award.



Guilford tennis courts finally getting fixed - Sports  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The three-year-long saga to fix Guilford Tennis Center is almost over.Three of the 14 courts at what has long been Rockford's crown jewel of ...



Finding officials a key to Rockford hosting the Chicagoland Summer Showcase events  MyStateline.com

A second Chicagoland Summer Showcase high school basketball tournament will play-out again this weekend in Rockford. This one will be bigger that last ...



High school girls soccer insider: Crystal Lake Central's Emma Bolanowski is Athlete of the Week; sectional championship preview  Northwest Herald

Bolanowski scored the game-winning goal in overtime during Tuesday's Class 2A Hampshire Sectional semifinal win over Boylan Catholic, 3-2. The goal sent ...



Rockford man who filmed footage for Oscar-nominated "Minding the Gap" remembered as 'good kid'  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Videotaping his friends skateboarding paid off big time for Kiyohiko "Dylan" Sakiyama.His name is listed in the credits for "Minding the Gap," the ...



17 lawyers apply for open associate judgeship in 17th Judicial Circuit  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — More than a dozen lawyers have applied to fill the vacancy of Associate Judge K. Patrick Yarbrough, who plans to retire on Aug. 31.Yarbrough ...



Alignment Rockford pairs high school students with businesses for job-shadow day  MyStateline.com

Local businesses have joined the effort to keep young people in the area and keep the Rockford manufacturing industry strong.



Rockford native VanVleet gets first NBA bobblehead - News  Rockford Register Star

If you're looking for a piece of Fred VanVleet 2019 NBA championship memorabilia for your desk or bookshelf, FOCO has you covered with VanVleet's first NBA ...



Retired Rockford Police Detective becomes a school teacher  MyStateline.com

From patrol officer to bomb squad, Jeff Barabasz is now working as a school teacher.



Auburn's Syreal Holland flies to state, leading local charge  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Auburn's Syreal Holland, with plenty of room to spare, raised both hands high in the air long before reaching the finish line in Friday's 100-meter ...



Guilford's 1982 state football champs inducted in 2016 RPS Hall of Fame class  Rockford Register Star

The 1982 Guilford Vikings had more than their share of stars, but the players who gave the program its only state championship hope to be remembered first and ...



High school senior scholars celebrated at RAMM banquet  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — They come from different backgrounds. Some are lifelong residents, while others came here from refugee camps.On Friday, the Rockford ...



Basketball: Huels accepts head coaching position at Byron  Rochelle News Leader

ROCKFORD — Matt Huels has coached high school basketball for nearly 20 years after graduating from Rochelle Township High School in 2002. When a rare ...



260 area athletes qualify for Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — The 2019 Special Olympics Illinois Region A Spring Games and soccer competition was held May 4 at Harlem High School with 260 ...



For Illinois rocket scientists, Apollo launched career dreams  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

ROCKFORD – Fifty years after the Apollo 11 lunar landing, some of the region's rocket scientists are recalling how the historic mission inspired them to work in ...



Rockford-based documentary 'Minding the Gap' nominated for Primetime Emmy  Rockford Register Star

Rockford-based documentary "Minding the Gap" has received a 2019 Primetime Emmy Award nomination for its 2018 airing on POV on PBS.The nomination in ...



Tony Hawk reflects on 'Minding the Gap,' skateboarding and abuse  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Last April, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk — one of the most influential pioneers of the sport — visited with Bing Liu and Keire Johnson in ...



Teen wants to make peregrine falcons Rockford's official bird  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — A Rockford teen is on a mission to make the peregrine falcon the city's official bird, drawing a parallel between the raptors' comeback and that of ...



Jeffrey A. Faraher  Mendota Reporter

MENDOTA - Jeffrey “Jeff” Allen Faraher, 56, of Mendota died suddenly at his home on May 14, 2019 following a complicated illness. Following cremation, a ...



Oscar hopeful 'Minding the Gap' shows behind-the-skateboards look at life in Rockford  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Henry Kaney, 13, has been skateboarding for about four years, drawn to the sport by his older brother.Some time ago, Henry broke a few bones ...



2018-19 Golden Apple finalists announced  WREX-TV

ROCKFORD (WREX) — 13 WREX along with the Golden Apple Foundation is excited to announce the 20 finalists for the 2018-19 Golden Apple Awards.



Rockford high school graduation ceremonies could move, get smaller  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — High school graduations may move from downtown's BMO Harris Bank Center to Rock Valley College on the city's northeast side, and the move ...



Klekamp leads Guilford to regional title - Sports  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Cinderella didn't want to go home.No. 8 seed DeKalb was 4-22 at one point, Coach Dedric Wright had announced he would resign at the end of ...



Rockford high school graduations to move, shrink - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Rockford high school graduation ceremonies will be held at Rock Valley College this spring, and students will no longer be able to invite as ...



Rivets earn their first win of the season 5-2 against Wisconsin Rapids  MyStateline.com

The Rockford Rivets are in the win column. They knocked off the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 5-3 Wednesday night in Loves Park.



RPS announces 2018 Hall of Fame inductees - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Five individuals and one team will be inducted into the Rockford Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Feb. 24, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel ...



Guilford High School alum Brad Benjamin makes Canadian tour  Rockford Register Star

Brad Benjamin is moving forward again.Benjamin became the only Rockford-area golfer to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2009, then later that year ...



Former RPS athletes, coaches inducted into Hall of Fame  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Before he captained the University of Wisconsin's 1960 Rose Bowl team and before he joined the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos, Jerry ...



RPS employees, parents, students protest wages, coach dismissal  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Hundreds packed the Rockford Public Schools third floor board room tonight to show their support for bus drivers, food *service* workers and ...



Orangeville comes up short in Super-Sectional softball  MyStateline.com

Orangeville's softball team has just missed out on an elusive trip to the State Tournament. The Broncos lost in 1A Super-Sectional action Wednesday 4-2 to Illini ...



Lutheran, Rockford Co-op advance to girls golf sectionals  Rockford Register Star

FREEPORT — Everything depended on Katelyn Sayyalinh.“I didn't know what the scores were. I just tried to play my best the whole round,” Sayyalinh said.



Freeport's Don Tay Thompson, Jaden Johnson have sights set on state bids  Freeport Journal-Standard

Don Tay Thompson is looking to make a name for himself this track postseason, and he's not the only Freeport Pretzel with a chance to do just that.State bids will ...



Rockford native is named 'Chicagoan of the Year'  WREX-TV

A Rockford native is named a "Chicagoan of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune.



Riley Wells wants shot at another title as boys hit sectionals  Rockford Register Star

Rockford Christian runner Riley Wells insists it's very important for him to “go out with a bang at state.” For that to happen, he's going to have to shine at this ...



Rock River Anything That Floats Race returns to Rockford  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Guilford High School teacher Mark Anderson stood ankle-deep in the Rock River, pulled a bushy fake beard over his face and a long blond wig ...



Kenneth J. Ruiz  SaukValley.com

LEAF RIVER – Kenneth James Ruiz, 80, of Leaf River, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. He was born March 18, 1938, in Rockford ...



Chuck Behrends, an RVC Hall of Fame coach, has died  Rockford Register Star

Chuck Behrends, one of the six original inductees in the Rock Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame, died Thursday. He was 82. Behrends, who coached RVC's ...



Young American awards: 'You are our shining lights'  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — They are a cross-section of American youth: athletes, scholars, students making a difference in their schools and in their communities.Twenty ...



Cherry Valley cop accused of sex with teen to be released from jail  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — A Cherry Valley police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl was expected to be released from jail by Friday ...



NIC-10 all-conference cheerleading team; Madeline Burke MVP  Rockford Register Star

NIC-10 champion Belvidere North had the most first-team picks for the NIC-10 all-conference competitive cheerleading team but third-place Harlem had the MVP ...



Teacher sues Rockford Public Schools alleging sexual harassment, retaliation  Rockford Register Star

Editor's note: This story was edited to correct information about Carolyn St. Angel. According to Rockford Public Schools employment records, in January 2014 ...



Hononegah field house in Rockton could open early for students, community  Rockford Register Star

ROCKTON — The new field house at Hononegah Community High School is projected to open as planned next spring, or perhaps a little ahead of schedule, ...



Prom police: Rockford schools crack down on revealing outfits  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The hottest looks in fashion are getting girls across the country in trouble on prom night, and Rockford is no exception.Bare midriffs, plunging ...



'Minding the Gap' documentary is coming to Rockford this summer  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Following worldwide high praise, the Rockford skateboarding documentary "Minding the Gap" will make its debut here this summer.



For the first time in 5 years, Rockford will name two schools  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Naming a school — a task that Rockford Public Schools soon will face — is in many ways the community equivalent of naming a child.The name ...



Paint the Dam a rite of passage for Rockford-area high schoolers  Rockford Register Star

BELOW: How to paint the damBy Corina CurryRockford Register StarROCKFORD — In the dark of night, their hearts racing with fear, the “Silly Six” as they ...



Teammate remembers Fred VanVleet's father  Chicago Tribune

This has been a remarkable and memorable year for Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet..



Prep Quick Shots: Rockford Lutheran cheerleaders return 10 of 12 starters on state 4th-place team  Rockford Register Star

Finishing fourth in the state in cheerleading is a little like finishing fourth in the Olympics: It is an amazing accomplishment, but with no medals or trophies to ...



Belvidere North earns right to defend state cheerleading title  Rockford Register Star

BELVIDERE — The Blue Thunder cheerleading squad from Belvidere North earned the right to defend its coed state title over the weekend.The question of ...



Bear to debut original orchestral composition 'And Forever Free'  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Since graduating high school last May, 16-year-old Emily Bear is focusing solely on her music for the first time in her life, and it's taking her ...



Rockford musical renaissance is five years in the making  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Rockford School District music educators are learning just how difficult it is to rebuild a music education program as they plan for what they hope ...



Boylan unveils new running star, beats North 34-14 - Sports  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Boylan defenders are glad to see Caleb Henderson playing defense.“He brings some extra speed. That's nice to see out there,” defensive ...



Comings & Goings: Rockford has new walk-in chiropractic business  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — If you feel some neck and shoulder pain while Christmas shopping, consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic, a new 6139 E. State St. franchise ...



Four inducted into Rockford Public Schools Fine Arts Hall of Fame  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — A new tradition to honor Rockford Public Schools alum and educators who have made an impact on the arts kicked off today.Four people were ...



Byron begins football season with sights set on a championship  Rockford Register Star

BYRON — The Byron Tigers have inched their way into state-title contention the past few years, and now, it would appear, they will settle for nothing less than ...



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally tells Cheap Trick it wants the Rockford band in its Class of 2016  Journal Standard

ROCKFORD — When Cheap Trick started playing here in 1973, they never aspired to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It didn't exist then, frontman and ...



No deal: Rockford teachers vote down contract - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — City teachers have said no — a second time now — to a contract offer from downtown.This one — a three-year deal with 1, 1.5 and 2.5 percent ...



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