News Briefs 2/6/2024 for Rockton, South Beloit, and Roscoe


With two Hononegah girls on this co-op hockey team, the Rock County Fury are going to be 2024 Badger Conference Champions.  This newly-formed team lost their first game in November, but now have a 16-6 record. If they win their next game on Tuesday, Feb. 6, they will be undefeated in conference play.

The Villages of Roscoe and Rockton [PDF] met Tuesday night, Feb. 6, 2024, with few major items on the agenda. Rockton trustees were expected to agree to spend $16,649 for a sludge press replacement for their waste water treatment plant. Roscoe trustees discussed the proposed 2024 budget.

In South Beloit's meeting [PDF] on Monday, Feb. 5, commissioners were asked to consider allowing a planned use development for the Pearl Lake Beach resort at 1220 Dearborn Ave. Another proposed planned use development at 1322 Gardner St. would involve a zoning change from Single-family to Adult–Use Cannabis. The building is currently the location of Artisan Restaurant. Final decisions are generally only made after a second reading, unless the board votes to suspend that rule.

Emily, the owner of Hi Beautiful Bridal, posted on Facebook that "it is time for me to close Hi Beautiful Bridal. I am so grateful that I was able to create something that I thought was impossible. Now, it’s time to step back and enjoy the sweet moments with my family. Our kids have grown up too fast!" She is holding their Best Sale Ever - One Day Only (their last sale) on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at on 201 W Main St. in Rockton.

The Rockton Lions Club and the Legion of Snow Sculptors are disappointed to announce that we have to cancel the Snow Sculpting Exhibition in Settlers Park during Rockton Yeti Fest this year. Current temperatures and conditions in the park have made it impossible to make snow and to build blocks in time for the event to take place.

Michelle Perez of Rockton was part of the University of Alabama coed cheerleading team that placed second at the UCA National Competition held at Walt Disney World in Orlando January 14, 2024.

Three Hononegah alumni completed degrees from the University of Iowa in Fall 2023.

Joshua Coduto of South Beloit, IL, who graduated from Hononegah in 2014, earned a PhD in chemistry at the University of Iowa last fall. He says he "became an expert in electrocatalysis and electrochemistry" along the way. He adds, "I not only learned, I learned how to learn." He is currently based in St. Louis.

Emily Lopata of Rockton was awarded a master of science (MS) in finance. She was chosen to manage the $19.8 million Henry Fund, an endowed equity portfolio belonging to the University of Iowa. She also has a degree in agriculture business. She graduated from Hononegah in 2019.

Corey Haselton, also of Rockton, earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy. In graduate school, he plans to study either clinical neuropsychology or cognitive neuroscience, and says he's "interested in the link between mind-wandering, metacognition, and creativity." 

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