News Briefs 8/21/2023: it's hot and getting hotter


The National Weather Service warns that a heat advisory will be in effect Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., with a high near 91 and a heat index as high as 102. But the excessive heat warning continues: Wednesday and Thursday will also be sunny and hot, in the high 90s, but heat indexes may reach 115 degrees. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Vehicles can become solar ovens.

Speaking of heat, the Talcott Free Library board meets again Monday night. A resident reportedly plans to present cost figures for the recent pro-drag and anti-drag protests. We told our source that we can't publish any figures without documentation, which we have requested from them. We have reached out to both sides for comments. Rockton Pride was active on two separate days, while Rockford Family Initiative held protests over five days.

Rockton Firefighter and EMT Thea Melcher passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic exam.

Tim Storm, the founder of tech firms Fatwallet and RockTek who moved from Rockton to Hawaii a few years, gave us a report last week on the fires in Maui:

We are on Maui, but on the other side of the island from Lahaina. The closest fire is/was about 5 miles away and does not pose a threat due to the prevailing winds and general higher levels of rain on this side of the island.

The Roscoe Lions Club has released details about the Fall Festival, which runs September 8-10, 2023 at Leland Park. We have the schedule and Jean Seegers will be highlighting each event in future stories. (more)

The City of South Beloit is holding a Liquor Commission meeting and a City Council meeting on Monday night. (more)

We announce several deaths for Roscoe, Rockton, and South Beloit in recent weeks, including James Ellis, Janet Bruschi, Leonard Cerrentano, Mary Lynn Adleman, Dean Stackhouse, and Kathy Johnson. (more)

Elvis was in the building Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Historic Auto Attractions in Roscoe, for Elvis Tribute Day, where visitors could view the exclusive exhibit dedicated to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, including his car. (more)

Over 200 corn lovers got their fill of sweet corn, corn dogs and more, at the 2023 Roscoe VFW Post 2955 Corn Boil, on Saturday, August 19. 2023. (more)

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Upcoming stories in Rockton-Roscoe News: the Rockton Doggie Swim, more from Hononegah's Purple and Gold celebration, and the dedication of new playground equipment at Rockton schools. What else would you like to hear about?

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