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Photos: Freeport's first day of school  Freeport Journal-Standard

Students in the Freeport School District returned to the classroom Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, for the first day of school after summer break. Freeport Middle School ...



Freeport schools make state funding gains  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Millions in additional state funding for underfunded schools and consistent payments has some area school districts feeling something they ...



Freeport man identified as fatal crash victim by his mother  WREX-TV

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The man killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 20 in Rockford has been identified by his mom. The mother of 32-year-old Robert Strong ...



Freeport High School graduates 280  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — As he stood before his peers of the Class of 2019, Jaden Johnson shouted to his class “What's up Class of 2019” as he began to deliver the ...



Freeport High School announces honor roll - News  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Freeport High School announced its honor roll for the second semester.Student who achieved a GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 are seniors Adam Acevedo,* ...



Freeport High School senior receives a full scholarship to Harvard  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — When Esther Xiang enrolled at Freeport High School during her junior year she got involved by joining Speech Team and being active in the ...



Freeport High Schools Showtime 39 cast and crew hit the road to perform annual variety show  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Allie Daggert said she is living out a childhood dream when she steps out onto the stage for Showtime 39.Daggert, a senior at Freeport High ...



Freeport High School to transition to new career academy model  WREX-TV

FREEPORT (WREX) - Freeport High School says it is struggling to get students motivated to learn. "We started looking at what other schools like us had.



Freeport student wins car giveaway  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Freeport High School junior Keegan Hodges didn't even think he'd get the chance to try his key Wednesday during a car giveaway at his school.



Hamilton trip brings music education to life for Freeport High School students  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — It was an afternoon matinee they won't soon forget.The story of Alexander Hamilton came to life onstage for 135 Freeport High School students, ...



Freeport High School graduate experiences special ceremony  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — It was been a week since more than 250 graduates walked to pomp and circumstance to receive their diplomas at Freeport High School.



‘Consider Yourself’ at home in Freeport with the musical ‘Oliver’  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — While the enrichment program of Summer University with the Freeport School District does not begin until June 10, auditions have been held to ...



Freeport junior wins giveaway car for GPA, attendance honors  WIFR

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- One lucky student at Freeport High School is ending the school year with a new car. Ten students were entered into a pool for the ...



Freeport High Schools ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ an homage to 1960s rock and roll  Journal Standard

FREEPORT — The cast of Freeport High School's production of "Bye Bye Birdie" is getting ready for opening night Thursday, and there is a whole lot of shaking ...



UPDATE: Freeport High School looks to move forward after 10 students are arrested after fights  WIFR

After 10 Freeport High School students are arrested on Friday after a fight, school leaders say they want students to be able to come back to class and feel safe.



Acevedo earns full-ride academic scholarship to Stanford  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Freeport High School senior Adam Acevedo first knew that he wanted to attend Stanford University when he saw its band on a visit.The band ...



Freeport High School graduates nearly 250 seniors  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Katelynn McIlwain proudly showed off her diploma following commencement Sunday at Freeport High School.McIlwain, along with her classmate ...



Harlem ends Pretzels softball title hopes  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Macy Olson didn't think much when she stepped in against Harlem sophomore Cheyenne Nietz, whom Olson catches for on their summer travel ...



13 to join Freeport High School Hall of Fame  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — While many high schools reserve the hall of fame for athletes, all that matters at Freeport High School is that you're a source of Pretzel pride.



Major Dedmond named Boys Athlete of Year  Freeport Journal-Standard

ROCKFORD — Major Dedmond never expected to be named the All Star Preps Boys Athlete of the Year, the best athlete spanning 31 schools in six counties of ...



Stuckey, Stewart lead strong Freeport City golf field  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Two-time defending champion Brady Stuckey wants a third title. But he wants style points, too. He's hoping to win the Freeport City Golf ...



Freeport senior headed to Harvard University this fall  WIFR

Freeport, Ill (WIFR) -- Esther Xiang is an ambitious Freeport High School senior who is headed to the ivy league. Last week she committed to Harvard University ...



WC hires new principal  Carroll County Mirror-Democrat

By BOB WATSON. An administrator with the Freeport School District will become West Carroll's next high school principal. The employment of Ben Asche was ...



Freeport Noon Kiwanis Club awards scholarships  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — The Freeport Noon Kiwanis Club recently awarded three college scholarships to area graduates Gannon Ruckman, Jenna Diehl and Jaden ...



Pretzel Pride reigns at FHS Homecoming Parade  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — A sea of orange and black filled the streets Wednesday as students and staff from the Freeport School District celebrated with the community in a ...



As I See It: Freeport’s parks have been gems for generations  Freeport Journal-Standard

The city of Freeport may wave its banners high when it pays tribute to the national recognition of July as National Park and Recreation Month.Last week we ...



Freeport High School announces honor rolls - News  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Freeport High School announced its honor rolls for the first semester.Students who achieve a 3.5-4.0 GPA are seniors Jeffrey A. Apodaca,* ...



Freeport area high school, elementary students perform for veterans  WIFR

Freeport High School and Blackhawk Elementary School students combined talents in a musical performance for area veterans.



Freeport High School prepares for 2016 Hall of Fame awards banquet  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — For the third year, Freeport High School leaders and volunteers are getting ready for the Pretzel Hall of Fame Awards and Banquet, to be held on ...



Freeport's Malique Johnson helps UAB make school history, gears up for bowl game vs. NIU  WREX-TV

Malique Johnson graduated from Freeport High School in 2013, and his football career took him on a long journey.



Freeport High School graduates nearly 300 students​  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Phylinese Brooks proudly showed off her high school diploma as she walked the recessional following commencement Sunday at Freeport High ...



Freeport High School Class of 2017  Freeport Journal-Standard

155th commencementGraduation: May 21Graduates: Leonel Acevedo, Badea Alamidi, Quiande Andrew Lynel Alexander, Jered Allan Allison, Mariah Kay ...



Men shot in Cedarville remembered as fathers, friends  Freeport Journal-Standard

CEDARVILLE — Two men who were killed in a shooting in Cedarville early Sunday morning will be remembered by friends as caring fathers who loved sports ...



Freeport High School NJROTC air rifle team finishes fifth in national tournament  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — The Freeport High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps' air rifle marksmanship team is not just one of the best in a conference, ...



New champs, new players in Freeport doubles tourney  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — The annual Freeport city tennis is more than 100 years old, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's mostly about the tennis community having ...



Photos: Photos: 2019 All Star Preps top honorees  Freeport Journal-Standard

The Rockford Register Star and Freeport Journal-Standard named MVPs for 24 high school sports on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, during the annual All Star Preps ...



Freeport native honored in military service 61 years later  WIFR

FREEPORT, Ill (WIFR) -- Kenneth Hickman was 18 years old when he joined the United States Navy. He went missing at sea when he was 22 in 1958.



Freeport High School 2016 graduates  Freeport Journal-Standard

154th commencement. Graduation: May 22. Graduates: Alhussein Ali Abdulameer, Luz Maria Acevedo, Mariano Acevedo Torres, Ahmed Alamidi, Mohammed ...



Freeport senior earns full-ride scholarship to Stanford University  MyStateline.com

FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — Freeport High School student Adam Acevedo is benefiting from a lot of hard work, as the graduating senior earned himself a full-ride ...



Freeport High School speech team heads to state competition  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Dan Rials, a senior at Freeport High School, said he is up to the challenge of a second straight trip to the speech state championships.Rials will ...



Pretzels start own MLK tourney  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — When the IHSA expanded basketball schedules to 31 games last year, Freeport knew it wanted to start playing in an MLK tournament. And rather ...



Freeport High School student combats food insecurity, wins award  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Inspired by her own struggles early in life, one Freeport High School student is paying it forward.Esther Xiang, a junior, was recently named a ...



Highland Community College honors its 2019 graduates  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT -- An unfavorable weather forecast that forced the Highland Community College commencement indoors Saturday did not put a damper on the ...



Cedarville shooting victim Shaun Bradbury's memorable touchdown catch  MyStateline.com

A shooting incident outside a bar in Cedarville, Illinois last Saturday that took the lives of two former Freeport high school athletes has brought back to mind one ...



Freeport Lincoln Douglas Kiwanis Club - News  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — The Freeport Lincoln Douglas Kiwanis Club will meet at 6:50 a.m. July 24 at Beltline Café & Catering, 325 W. South St.The speaker will be ...



Cade Budenz, Katie Rieger named Freeport High School homecoming king and queen  Journal Standard

FREEPORT — Cade Budenz and Katie Rieger were named Freeport High School homecoming king and queen.On Sept. 20, people lined Empire Street for the ...



Aquin Schools to celebrate Homecoming 2018 - News  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Aquin Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2018 from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6.This year's theme is “Aquin Age: Eons of Bulldogs.” The annual ...



Attorney running for Freeport City Council  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — An attorney is running for the 1st Ward seat on the Freeport City Council.Eric Borneman, who has been an assistant state's attorney in ...



Pretzel Bash and Pub Crawl support FHS athletic teams  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Against a backdrop of the Freeport High School colors and lighted pretzel signs, dancers took to the floor to celebrate school spirit at the annual ...



Freeport High School NJROTC shows off at pass-in-review ceremony  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — About 100 people gathered at Freeport High School's gym Thursday to check out the NJROTC cadets perform in their annual pass-in-review ...



A tale with a twist: Heres why Freeport is the Pretzel City  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — A day that's practically made for Freeport is just a few days away. National Pretzel Day is Thursday.Freeport's moniker as the Pretzel City is likely ...



History and hilarity center stage with ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ in Freeport  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — New York City in the 1950s was an innocent time when people dressed up for the office, drank and smoked on the job, all with confidence in the ...



Freeport High School student, teacher tour Europe with Illinois music group  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — At least one Freeport High School student will have an exciting summer story to tell on the first day of class.Sophomore Sarah Webster, Freeport ...



Freeport High School student selected for Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — A Freeport High School student will help policymakers with decisions that have an effect on the entire state.Carter Shockey, a junior, is one of ...



Freeport Pretzels only constant in sports conferences 100-year history  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — In 1916, the Chicago Cubs played their first game in what would later become known as Wrigley Field; the Professional Golfers Association of ...



New dress code policy, laptops highlight new school year  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Freeport School District students returned to school on Wednesday, and many of them looked a little different than they did a year ago.It wasn't ...



Girls soccer: Boylan beats Freeport, closes in on NIC-10 title  Rockford Register Star

FREEPORT — Boylan wanted no part of sharing the NIC-10 title for a second straight year.After their 2-0 victory on Freeport's home turf Thursday, the Titans ...



From the Old Pine Rocker: Celebrating renovation, 60th birthday of Krape Park carousel  Freeport Journal-Standard

On July 4, 1959, when philanthropist and former Freeport Park District commissioner Robert Koenig donated the Krape Park carousel, he is quoted as saying, ...



Oldest tennis player Chuck Stocker a young 95  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Chuck Stocker used to be known for two shots in tennis.“I had a good serve, and of course, a backhand. Ask Ed here. He'll tell you,” Stocker said.



Former Freeport star Steve McShane ready to impress at Steelers minicamp  Freeport Journal-Standard

Steve McShane wasn't preoccupied with the NFL Draft this past weekend. He was busy starting in left field for the Western Illinois baseball team in all three ...



Freeport High School teacher shines in world-ranked barbershop quartet  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — When Dan Wessler isn't directing the choir at Freeport High School, there's a good chance he's performing with one of the world's best ...



Freeport High School students offer advice for freshmen  Journal Standard

FREEPORT — Freeport High School hallways were filled with bustling upperclassmen seeking out their first-hour classrooms — and more than one lost-looking ...



Freeport Alternative High School helps keeps students on track  Journal Standard

FREEPORT -- Destini Bullock, 18, found she was having a difficult time staying motivated while a student at Freeport High School."It was horrible. There were ...



Their View: Student-run business ventures a success at Freeport High School  Freeport Journal-Standard

As Freeport High School continues to focus on preparing students for success in college and careers, students have a unique opportunity to get involved in two ...



Red Ribbon Week at Carl Sandburg Middle School takes stance against drugs, bullying  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Students at Carl Sandburg Middle School gathered Friday to celebrate the culmination of Red Ribbon Week, a week of learning about the ...



Former pros to headline Freeport girls basketball camp  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — New Freeport High School girls basketball coach Greg Bridges is planting the seeds for a revitalized program.He's hosting his first basketball ...



Girls soccer: Freeport, Boylan set to clash again in regionals  Rockford Register Star

Boylan defeated Freeport less than two weeks ago in a match that decided the outright NIC-10 title. But the Titans know that doesn't ensure them a bigger prize ...



Freeports girls soccer season ended by Boylan  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — A thrilling second-half comeback temporarily saved a Freeport girls soccer season that was filled with promise from the start.But the Pretzels ...



Would a field house help Freeport athletics?  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Hallways and cafeterias weren't really designed for sports, but Freeport High School athletes make it work.With Rockford schools recently adding ...



Freeport High School expands Wellness Room for behavioral health  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — With more than 1200 students at Freeport High School, there has always been a place reserved for the social worker and guidance counselors to ...



Childrens Hands-On Museum finds permanent home  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — About five years after achieving nonprofit status, the Children's Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois has a permanent home.Board members ...



You didnt ask but ... Freeport has more than its share of famous people  Freeport Journal-Standard

This is Black History Month. Did you know that former Freeporter Robert Johnson is one of the people who met with then president-elect Donald Trump during ...



Gunfire halts Rockford Auburn-Freeport football game - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The Freeport-Auburn season-opening high school football game came to an abrupt end Friday night when gunfire rang out and spectators fled.



Tran takes 2nd, 3rd to lead Pretzel swimmers  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Matt Tran swam neck-and-neck with Hononegah's favored Jacob McCabe.“It was so fast, I didn't know who won until I looked at the clock,” ...



Freeport High School Class of 1952 holds 65th reunion  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — The Freeport High School Class of 1952 recently held its 65th reunion.Attendees are Glen Auman, Phyllis Wahlstrom Barreoetabena, Betty ...



Freeport Middle School wrestlers enjoy successful season  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — It's been a historic year for the Freeport Middle School wrestling team.About two weeks ago, the team won the school's first regional title and ...



Former Freeport resident named one of Time magazines Silence Breakers  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — A former Freeport resident has been recognized as a trailblazer for women's rights.Kelly Martin, 54 , is one of about 60 “Silence Breakers” named ...



Freeport grad Marciea Allen takes aim at MMA title, UFC contract  Freeport Journal-Standard

Marciea Allen, now 36 years old, earned three college degrees, traveled the world as a supervisor for a growing electronics company, and then started and now ...



Prom police: Northern Illinois schools crack down on revealing outfits  Freeport Journal-Standard

ROCKFORD — The hottest looks in fashion are getting girls across the country in trouble on prom night, and Rockford is no exception.Bare midriffs, plunging ...



From the Old Pine Rocker: Freeport musician recalls Nashville career  Freeport Journal-Standard

These days Freeporter Lee Garner surrounds himself with a few good friends and lives a rather quiet life since returning to his home town in 2012, but the ...



Freeport High School graduate, Dollar Tree executive Michael Witynski offers words of wisdom  Journal Standard

Michael Witynski, the 1981 Freeport High School graduate who recently became Dollar Tree Inc.'s chief operating officer, has some words of advice for ...



Freeport's boys soccer season ends in regional semis  Rockford Register Star

FREEPORT — Finding the net consistently has been a struggle for Freeport this season.So when Belvidere scored for a third time Tuesday night, the odds were ...



First Look Frenzy: Aquin Bulldogs  WIFR

Broc Kundert takes over at Aquin after six seasons as the defensive coordinator at Freeport. The Bulldogs have been to the playoffs nine of the last ten years.



Woman injured in 4th shooting in Rockford in less than 48 hours  Freeport Journal-Standard

ROCKFORD — Marking the fourth shooting in Rockford in a two-day span, a 24-year-old woman was shot inside an apartment Monday night on the city's north ...



Doug Firebaugh Observatory celebrates 50 years  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — For more than 50 years, local astronomers have been able to take part in the planetary experience.What began as the Junior Engineering ...



Freeports Deion McShane one of many storylines at boys state track meet  Freeport Journal-Standard

In area boys track & field, there are two major storylines in play at the IHSA state meet, along with a few minor ones. Can Deion McShane carry Freeport on his ...



Pecatonica High School senior receives engineering scholarship award  Freeport Journal-Standard

PECATONICA — Pecatonica High School senior Katie Lameyer recently received the Chancellor Scholarship in Engineering from the University of Platteville.



Freeports Adam Ross remembered for humor, passion to help kids  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Adam Ross will be remembered for his passion for helping kids and his sense of humor.A huge Michael Jackson fan, the 32-year-old especially ...



Its a Pretzel spring: Freeport excels in 5 sports at once  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Ally Hasken has a team-leading 17 goals for a team that is threatening to win the first NIC-10 girls soccer title in Freeport history.That doesn't ...



Stephenson County Historical Society to display 19th-century Arcade toys made in Freeport  Freeport Journal-Standard

Back in the 1880s, a factory in Freeport began putting out a line of sturdy cast-iron and wooden toys that sold wherever the railroads took them throughout the ...



High school to offer more career-oriented classes  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that with the increasing number of career choices, about a third of the workforce will change jobs every 12 ...



FHS Dance Team comes in 20th at IHSA state finals  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — For members of the Freeport High School Dance Team, they knew heading to the IHSA state final competition in Bloomington-Normal on Friday ...



Radio voice Don Werntz honored by IHSA  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Don Werntz's career in sports radio literally came about because of a lucky break.That break was a bone in his wrist.And 43 years later, that ...



Upward Bound program available at HCC - News  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — The Upward Bound program is available at Highland Community College.Upward Bound is a TRiO program that helps eligible students prepare ...



2 dead, 3 injured in shootings outside high school football games in 3 states  ABC News

A spate of shootings outside high school football games in three states on Friday night left two dead and at least three injured. The football season is just getting ...



Freeport student honored for volunteer work helping peers  WIFR

A Freeport High School student is recognized for her work to help her peers.



Freeport 5 aim for state in final soccer season  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — Ally Hasken, Sam Brooks, Cassidy Grunewald, Montanna Stewart and Josie McDermott have been playing varsity soccer since their first year at ...



Holy Temple COGIC, St. Louis H. Ford District to present District Explosion  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — The Holy Temple Church of God in Christ and the St. Louis H. Ford District will present the third annual District Explosion at 7 p.m. June 27-28 ...



Concrete field trip takes Freeport students to quarry  Freeport Journal-Standard

FREEPORT — ConMat and FNH Ready Mix teamed with chemistry teacher Uli Dornhagen on Friday to give Freeport High School students hands-on ...



Local farmer donates grant money to Freeport Rural Fire Department  Journal Standard

FREEPORT — In appreciation for help received by the Freeport Rural Fire Department on two separate occasions, Greg Miller of Freeport, a local farmer, ...



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