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What do you do when you win the Super Bowl and named MVP of the game, of course, you go to Disneyland. The 24-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes spearheaded the Chiefs’ come from behind win over the 49ers in Super Bowl 2020, 31-20. He was named MVP for the Super Bowl. Mahomes is the youngest...
In the fall of 2019, the DeKalb Elks Lodge 765 offered a financial challenge to the DeKalb American Legion Post 66 Honor Guard. The Elks offered a matching grant of $3,500.00 to the DeKalb American Legion to help purchase uniforms for the Legion Honor Guard. It was...
During the past Christmas holidays, one local veteran became Santa to help make the holidays a little more special for local military veterans that live in some of the local DeKalb area nursing homes. Manuel "Manny" Olalde, a US Marine veteran, wanted to do something special for local veterans...
On December 2, the United States Postal Service issued a "Healing PTSD" semipostal stamp that will raise money to be used by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the National Center for PTSD. With this semipostal stamp, the U.S. Postal Service will raise funds to help treat those impacted by...
The DeKalb Elks Lodge 765 has challenged the DeKalb American Legion Post 66 with a matching grant program. This grant is in the amount of $3,500.00 with a dollar for dollar match for the purchase of American Legion Honor Guard/Color Guard Uniforms.   To help support this project the DeKalb...
The Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships, the Small Business Administration assists and protects the interests of small business concerns. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is an autonomous U.S. government agency established in 1953 to bolster and promote the economy in...
Local DeKalb County Veteran Don Beesly, a member of Sandwich VFW Post 1486 and Plano Legion Post 395, was recently awarded the French Legion of Honor medal in recognition of his service during WW II. Nick is a long-time member of Leon Burson Post 395 and was a long-time businessman in Plano following his return to Plano at the conclusion of his...
DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder Doug Johnson and the DeKalb County Board proudly inducted two new Veterans into the DeKalb County Veterans Honor Roll on Wednesday night's Board Meeting. Each veteran received a certificate of this honor. Mr. Benjamin Byrd served in the U.S....
Local Army Veteran Robert Lester Reuss, 90, of Sycamore, Illinois passed away October 1, in Sandwich while living at the Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion. Last Friday the Funeral Home Director put out the word that Robert had no immediate family and that no one would be at his...
Papa John's Pizza in DeKalb will be honoring local DeKalb hometown military veterans.     The local Papa John's Pizza store is excited to announce a new veterans incentive program related to the local "DeKalb Hometown Hero" banner program. Papa John's Pizza will feature four...
Joseph Newby graduated from Sycamore High School in 1996. Newby is one of many heroes that have made the great sacrifice of serving our country. Joseph Newby served in the marines for 4 years.In one of his most memorable experiences, after the bombing of the United States...
During the Monday night DeKalb City Council Meeting the City of DeKalb, Mayor Jerry Smith and City Manager Bill Nicklas will pay homage to the DeKalb American Legions Post 66 and DeKalb Legion Commander Dan Gallagher for their outstanding support of the various veteran projects for the City of...