Freeport

Freeport, Stephenson County Transit Ridership Doubles

Feb 18, 2015
Pretzel City Transit

Bus ridership has nearly doubled in Freeport and Stephenson County in the first six months following service expansion. 

Kevin Cooley, the program compliance oversight monitor at the Freeport senior center, is confident ridership will continue to increase. 

“We’re already well over 30,000 rides--we’ve already pretty much completed everything we did last fiscal year and we have the whole year to go,” Cooley said.

Freeport School District

Freeport School District Superintendent Roberta Selleck has submitted her resignation to the Freeport School Board.

Freeport School Board Investigating Superintendent

Aug 18, 2014
Freeport School District 145

The Freeport School Board says it is investigating the district superintendent for “certain administrative actions and decisions.”

In an August 17 written statement, Board President Janice Crutchfield says that the Board decided to place Superintendent Roberta Selleck on paid administrative leave on July 15 while the Board pursued its investigation.

Guy Stephens

Freeport aldermen approved a plan to sell part of a sprawling industrial compound plagued by environmental problems. For more than a decade, city officials have been removing contaminated soil and lead paint from the Rawleigh complex, the site of a former food processing center. The Freeport Journal Standard reports city leaders agreed to businessman Pete Alber's bid of $100 to buy Building D of the complex.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

The Civil War monument sits outside of the Stephenson County Courthouse. It was built the late 1860s. County officials have said there is no public money available to fix it up, so local residents started raising money. A new base was installed last fall. Ron Werntz is one of the main fundraisers behind the project. He says organizers were stuck at the halfway mark to continue restoration efforts. But recently received an anonymous donation of $40,000 from a local veteran.

"God bless him. Now, once the weather breaks, we have the money to complete the monument," said Werntz.

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