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Vehicle ban to protect roads during inclement weather

Heavy vehicles are being banned from some county roads because of the effect of weather on the roads. Road signs announce a maximum weight of 8,000 pounds per axle for single-tire vehicles. Those with two axles are subject to an 11,000-pound limit. The maximum gross weight is 33,000 pounds.

The county has implemented weight limits because of the ill effects on roads during a cycle of freezing and warmer temperatures. The posted weight limits will stay in effect until road and weather conditions improve. For more information, call (815) 756-9513.

Low- to moderate-income taxpayers can get help filing tax forms

Six area locations are offering tax preparation help for individuals with low to moderate income with special attention to senior citizens. The free service is provided by trained local volunteers through the AARP Tax-Aide program. The last day for this help is April 13.

The services will be available at: Elder Care, Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. by appointment, call (815) 758-6550; DeKalb County Outreach, Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. by appointment, call (815) 217-0192; DeKalb Library, Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (walk in); Sycamore Methodist Church, Wednesdays, from noon to 4 p.m. (walk in); Ideal Training Center, 122 Park Ave., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (walk in); Resource Bank in Genoa on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (walk in).

Those who want help should bring last year’s tax return, a photo ID, Social Security card and all tax documents.

City accepting resumes for its first human resources director

The city of DeKalb is looking to fill a new administrative position, human resources director. The position will be a department head-level position and key member of the executive team, who reports to the assistant city manager.

The human resources director will plan and direct the city human resource many management programs including recruitment, personnel policy administration, performance management, talent management, workers’ compensation, employee and labor relations, compensation management and employee benefits.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, salary history and five professional references by 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, via email to Michelle Brening, human resources generalist,

NIU students, faculty ask candidates to focus on science

NIU, in partnership with The Science Coalition and three other universities, participated in the inaugural Super Science Tuesday initiative on Super Tuesday. Videos were created at each campus, allowing students and faculty to explain to the presidential candidates why science matters. See the Super Science Tuesday National Video Compilation on YouTube.


Medical scholarship offered to Genoa-Kingston seniors

Applications are being accepted for the annual Genoa-Kingston High School Health & Sports Scholarship. Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists awards the scholarship to Genoa-Kingston High School seniors who participate in at least one sport and plan to have a career in the medical field. Applications are available at the high school’s counselor’s office and are due by April 1.

The winner will be announced at the 2016 Senior Night. 

This annual scholarship has been awarded to Genoa-Kingston seniors since 2005. Past recipients include: Julie Loggins, Jamie Campbell, James McIntyre, Jr., Kaitlin Bock, Jami Miller, Aryelle Hanson, Matthew Volkening, David Garza, Danielle Neisendorf, Salvatore Lopez and Marcus Holley. 

Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists is a privately owned local business, which has been voted DeKalb County’s Best Physical Therapists for four consecutive years. For more information, visit or call (815) 756-8524.


Middle school student to compete In National Geographic State Bee

Blake Ross, an eighth-grader at Sycamore Middle School, will compete against more than 100 students around Illinois for the right to represent the state in the National Geographic Bee.

He and the other elementary school students who have qualified for the state Bee will face each other on April 1, for oral competitions testing their geographic knowledge.  One state champion will be chosen. 

State champions will compete May 22-25 in the championship in Washington, D.C.

Library celebrates pi and pie

The Sycamore Library will have some fun on Pi Day, March 14, mixing math and baking.

The library, 103 E. State, Sycamore, will hold a pie baking contest at noon March 13 and 14;  I Spy Pi walk/scavenger hunt during regular business hours March 14; and pie eating contest at  4 p.m. and public pie tasting at 4:30 p.m. March 14. Call (815) 895-2500.

According to, Pi Day is celebrated March 14 around the world. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.

–DeKalb County News Briefs–