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Rising Queens Co-Founder Nikita Pittman, Rare Breed Motorcycle Club member Carl Davidson, Rising Queens Co-Founder Tracy Dumas and bikers Roy Collins and Crystal Garmon gather for a photo in Riverside Park on Tuesday. The Rising Queens, official coordinators for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive for all kids in Rock County, are preparing a kickoff event on Oct. 2 which will include a motorcycle parade.


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COVID-19 cases increase among school age children

The number of 4 to 18-year-old children who have tested positive for COVID-19 is increasing, according to data from the Rock County Public Health Department.

From Sept. 1-7, there were 26 new cases among 4 to 13-year-olds, and 10 new cases among 14 to 18-year-olds in the county.

“Overall, we have seen a higher number of cases among school-age children in the last three to four weeks,” said Public Health Communications Specialist Jessica Turner.

The School District of Beloit had 15 active cases as of Wednesday, and 43 total cases since Sept. 1, according to data on its website, www.sdb.k12.wi.us/Page/5078. The number includes both staff and students

The Clinton School District has had 15 cases of COVID-19 in the district including staff and students since Sept. 1, according to information from the district.

The Daily News had not obtained information on the number of cases at the Beloit Turner School District by press time, and the health department said it is not disclosing a breakdown of cases per school district unless there is substantial spread or an immediate need for concern, according to information from the department.

According to the Illinois Department of Health website at www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/school-exposures, the schools with potential exposures resulting from contact tracing as of Sept. 10 were as follows: Blackhawk Elementary in South Beloit, less than 5; Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, 5-10; Hononegah, more than 10; Kinnikinnick School, 5-10; Ledgewood Elementary School, fewer than 5; Prairie Hill Elementary School, fewer than 5; Rockton Elementary School, 5-10; Roscoe Middle School, fewer than 5; South Beloit Senior High School, 5-10; and Stone Creek School in Roscoe, fewer than 5.

The South Beloit School District started school on Aug. 18 and reported the following number of COVID-19 cases up through Sept. 13: Clark, 0; Riverview, two; Blackhawk, one; Junior High, one; and High School, 8, according to information provided by Superintendent Scott Fisher.

On Sept. 8, the Daily News had an article stating a handful of cases were reported among Hononegah High School students. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported that between 5 to 10 cases had been reported in a classroom setting at the high school, but school officials said the state incorrectly reported the cases as being in a classroom setting when in reality the cases originated during “an extracurricular event.”

One area educational institution is offering incentives for the vaccine. Current Blackhawk Technical College students and employees who show proof of full vaccination status by Oct. 1 will receive $250.

On Wednesday, Rock County reported six new COVID-19 cases and one death, however, the data included a note stating the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Surveillance team identified a system performance issue resulting in a lag in data being processed into the state system and Wednesday’s reported data may appear artificially low.

There were 19 people hospitalized as of Sept. 14 in Rock County.

There were 61.9% of eligible people in the county who received both doses of the vaccine. Eligible people would be those age 12 and older.

As of Wednesday, the average new cases per day in Wisconsin for the past seven days has been 1,864. The seven-day average of deaths per day in the state has been 16, and the seven day average state positivity rate was 7%.

As of Sept. 14, the latest data available there were 1,048 people hospitalized in Wisconsin.

There were 3,060,694 people in Wisconsin who have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series, or 52.6% of the population, and 6,896,896 in Illinois who received both doses or 54.1% of the population, according to health agencies in both states.

As of Wednesday Winnebago County reported 214.8 cases per 100,000, a rate which is increasing. The positivity rate was 6.5%. There is 44.9% of the county that is fully vaccinated. The average age of someone with COVID-19 in the county is 36.6.

On Sept. 10, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 26,062 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 197 additional deaths since reporting Sept. 3.The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Sept. 3-9, 2021 was 5.1%.


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Get your motor runnin,' Autorama back in full splendor this Sunday

TOWN OF BELOIT—The 45th Annual Autorama Car Show and Swap Meet will be back in its full form at Preservation Park from 8 a.m.—4 p.m. on Sunday.

Hosted by the Beloit Evening Lions Club, Coachmen Street Rod Club, Blue Ribbon Classic Chevy Club and the XLR8 Car Car Club, the event will feature thousands of vehicles on display in addition to great food, a variety vendors and other automotive attractions.

“I’m just glad to be back,” said Autorama Chair Todd Nelson.

Autorama was cancelled in 2019 due to flooding in the park, and in 2020 the event was scaled back due to COVID-19 with a scavenger hunt road rally held in lieu of the traditional car show. Although the road rally might return next spring or summer, organizers are eager to host the large-scale event in the park again to show off the region’s coolest cars and trucks. Car clubs from other states will be arriving to “show and tell (a lot)” and check out the competition.

This year’s show will feature Corvette, Street Rod, High Performance, Stock, Modified, Truck, and Import classes similar to what was offered in previous years. More than 1,200 autos are typically featured in Autorama, but since the event was off for two years, Nelson said there could be more vehicles for viewing.

In past years the event has attracted 3,000 to 4,000 spectators.

The entrance fee is $15 for show cars. Online registration is available until the night before the show. After that vehicle owners will need to register at the show.

Spectator admission is as follows: age 8 and under free; 8-15-year-olds, $5; and 15 and up is $10.

Vendor spaces are 20-by-20 feet and the cost is $25 per spot. Vendors can set up on Saturday from noon—5 p.m. Gates will open to vendors at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

People can visit “Autorama” on Facebook with links to registration forms for vendors and those with show vehicles.

Nelson encouraged everyone to remember the vendors, 32 which had registered as of Wednesday. Midwest Mixes had offered to donate 50% of its sales the day of the show to the Lions Club.

The Lions Club will have a tent selling hamburgers, brats, hog dogs, beer, pop and water.

The fundraiser typically raises around $35,000 which is given back to the community to organizations such as Project 16:49, VetsRoll and the Boys & Girls Club to name a few.

This year’s car show winners will receive Autorama’s signature handmade clock trophies. This year they are featuring an air cleaner in the design.

Nelson advised everyone to remember to be cautious when driving to the show. Highway 51 was redone down to two lanes with a center turn lane in 2019, and Autorama has not had a show using the new lane configuration.


Senior Stuart Hale has been effective as a runner and receiver.


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Stateline Area municipalities to receive large influx of pandemic-related aid

Municipalities in the Stateline Area are at various stages of planning how they will spend pandemic-related federal funding, with the City of Beloit set to host a public input meeting before determining how dollars might be allocated.

Beloit

A public meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Beloit City Hall, 100 State St., to discuss the city’s future spending of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

Beloit will receive approximately $15.2 million in federal aid, the 12th highest allotment out of all cities in Wisconsin, according to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Beloit Finance Director Eric Miller called the aid “once in a lifetime funds that can make a significant impact on our community and the entire region.”

Beloit residents will have multiple opportunities to provide feedback prior to adoption by the Beloit City Council. Once the thorough review process is complete, the city will announce the intended use for the dollars.

Town of Beloit

The Town of Beloit will receive $809,088 in federal assistance, and town clerk Karry Devault said it currently is not clear whether the township would host a public meeting on how the dollars would be spent.

Janesville

The City of Janesville is set to receive approximately $11.6 million in funding. A representative for the city did not immediately respond to request for comment on Wednesday.

Cities, villages and towns in Illinois are also slated to see an influx in funding thanks to the pandemic assistance.

Roscoe

The Village of Roscoe is set to receive around $1.2 million in aid.

Village Administrator Scott Sanders said the village is in the “due diligence phase” allowing village officials to be in a position to make the most informed decisions on appropriating the funds.

“We are currently exploring options with both Northpark Water and Four Rivers Sanitation to see if there’s a way to build upon the federal dollars to realize a larger project in the Roscoe area,” Sanders added.

Rockton

Rockton is slated to net $919,319 in funding, but the village has not yet announced whether or not it will host a public meeting on the allocation.

Village Planning and Development Administrator Tricia Diduch said officials were “in the very beginning stages of thinking about how to spend the money.”

“It has briefly been discussed at Village Board committee meetings that are always open to the public,” Diduch said. “At those committee meetings, the brief discussions have centered around the Village’s commitment to strategically spending it in a wise, fiscally responsible manner.”

South Beloit

The City of South Beloit will see $941,929 in pandemic aid. City Clerk Tracy Patrick said the funds are to be used for “an overdue required improvement” of the Bluff Street lift station of the city sewer system. No public meeting is planned to be held, Patrick confirmed.

“All the funds are intended for this single use,” Patrick said.

All funds must be earmarked for spending by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. The U.S. Treasury Department announced that funds can be used to support public health expenditures; address negative economic impacts caused by public health emergencies; replace lost public sector revenue; provide premium pay for essential workers; and invest in various infrastructure improvements.


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