Sycamore en Remembering Mr. Pumpkin <p>The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival kicks off this week.&nbsp; It will be a bittersweet start to the festival's 51st year.&nbsp; This is the first year since the death of the Festival's founder, Wally Thurow, affectionately known as "Mr. Pumpkin."&nbsp; Sycamore author Tom Oestreicher has written a biography of Thurow and the festival.&nbsp; The book is called <em>Mr. Pumpkin &amp; The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: A 50 Year History.</em> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jenna Dooley 20066 at Remembering Mr. Pumpkin Half-sisters testify for prosecution in trial's second day. <p><strong>Playmate recalls the last time she saw Maria Ridulph</strong></p><p>Three half sisters of accused murderer Jack Daniels McCullough testified for the prosecution Tuesday in the 55-year-old disappearance and death of little Maria Ridulph. Two contradicted their parents’ statement that the accused was home that fateful night, and one recalled their mother’s deathbed declaration about the case.</p><p>They were preceded on the stand by Kathy Sigman Chapman, Maria’s playmate on Tuesday evening, December 3, 1957. A member of the prosecution team brought her to the witness stand before the session started. Chapman – with close-cropped grey hair and wearing a dark skirted suit – tested the chair, looked around, chatted briefly with the court stenographer, then smiled and stepped away.</p><p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:50:46 +0000 Victor Yehling 18231 at Half-sisters testify for prosecution in trial's second day. Two dead in Sycamore hospital shooting <p>Sycamore police say it appears one or both &nbsp;of the two people found dead in a Sycamore hospital Tuesday died of self-inflicted gun shot wounds. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in a patient's room after shots were heard in Kindred Hospital, an acute care facility.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 03:36:42 +0000 Susan Stephens 17854 at Two dead in Sycamore hospital shooting Will Sycamore join the video gaming roster? <p>Video gambling is on the agenda for the Sycamore City Council tonight, a week after DeKalb approved allowing machines in qualifying establishments.</p><p>Several bars and fraternal organizations have indicated their interest to City Manager Brian Gregory, while three restaurants and a winery have said they are not interested. Officials have estimated the city could realize almost $100,000 annually from the machines, although Mayor Ken Mundy believes that number is high.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:48:14 +0000 WNIJ 17838 at The foods of summer: Ollie's frozen custard <p>DeKalb County&#39;s summer haven from the heat is none other than <a href="" target="_blank">Ollie&#39;s Frozen Custard in Sycamore</a>.&nbsp; The hotspot features tasty treats and a recognizable logo: Ollie, a smiling man with a bowler hat and bushy mustache.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Jenna Dooley 15173 at The foods of summer: Ollie's frozen custard