• Scholarship recipient.JPG
    Scholarship recipient
    Aug. 14, 2014
    Brianna Koenig of Stillman Valley her scholarship from the Ogle-Lee Retired Teachers Association. Brianna was chosen from a field of outstanding applicants. She is a student at Illinois State University pursuing a degree in Math Education. Our association is happy that there are so many young people from Ogle and Lee Counties studying to be teachers! Congratulations Brianna!

  • purple and gold photo 7.JPG
    Purple and gold prepare for upcoming season
    Aug 28, 2014
    BELVIDERE – It was Purple and Gold night at Belvidere High School’s Funderberg stadium on Friday Aug. 22 as the members of all sports teams dressed in their uniforms for their official team photographs for the yearbook, were introduced on the field, and the girls volleyball and boys football teams played their first **see the Belvidere Daily Republican for full story**

  • Byron Woman of the Year.JPG
    Char Greil chosen Woman of The Year
    Aug 28, 2014
    BYRON - Each year the Byron Women's Club recognizes a member for outstanding service to their club and the community. This year Char Greil received the 2014 Byron GFWC Woman of the Year award not for one year only but for her years of commitment. **see the Tempo for full story**

Aug. 28, 2014
J & J Competitive Dancers bring home awards from Nationals
PECATONICA - On June 27 - July 2 ten of the competitive J & J Charmer dancers traveled to Orlando, FLA., for the Hall of Fame National Dance Competition for their second year in a row. This seasons dancers included; Madisyn Gearhart (Winnebago), Kristi Luna (Winnebago), Sierra Revell (Pecatonica) Gracie Carter (Pecatonica), Mycah Cornish (Durand), Kerigen Hoffman (Pecatonica), Jaden Gocken (Pecatonica), Payton Kasper (Pecatonica), Cole Newcastle (Michigan) and Auberie Gilson (Winnebago).
The dancers received numerous awards such as; The Entertainment Award for "Fire", The Sassy Award for "Thats what I Like", The Intensity Award for "Sail", The Top Choreography Award for "Beautiful", and The Best in Tap Category Winner for "Accapella".
Madisyn Gearhart's solo was Second overall for the teen soloists and qualified for the Solo Showdown where she received Second Overall.
The Senior Contemporary dance to "All Kids Go" also qualified for the showdown where they received 4th place overall.
We are so proud of all of these ladies and gentlemen for their accomplishments this season. We are starting our 51st annual dance season with 40 competitive dancers. If you need more information regarding our programs, please feel free to contact the main office at 815-239-1558 for a private audition for our Charmer Competitive Dance Team.