Guy Stephens

Reporter

Guy Stephens produces news stories for the station, and coordinates our online events calendar, PSAs and Arts Calendar announcements.  In each of these ways, Guy helps keep our listening community informed about what's going on, whether on a national or local level.  Guy's degrees are in music, and he spent a number of years as a classical host on WNIU.  In fact, after nearly 20 years with Northern Public Radio, the best description of his job may be "other duties as required."

Illinois State Police

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Putnam County man accused of killing his sister-in-law in 2016. Clifford A. Andersen, Jr. faces charges of first degree murder in the death of Deborah Dewey.

Dewey went missing in late August 2016.  The Ladd resident’s body was found about a month later, in mid-September, in a shallow grave in Standard, Illinois. Soon after, Andersen -- Dewey’s brother-in-law and a Standard resident -- was charged with concealing a homicide. In November 2017, a Putnam County grand jury indicted him for Dewey’s murder.

 

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Forget “knee high by the 4th of July.” Thanks to a combination of rain and high temperatures, corn is tasseling, or silking, much earlier than usual in parts of Illinois. Some people are already eating sweet corn. Soybeans are blooming early, too.  

Mark Tuttle farms in DeKalb County. He described his land as being in something of a “sweet spot” this year. Everything – both corn and soybeans – is developing fast. He said he’s not alone.

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There’s no trash collection on a holiday, but a number of DeKalb residents likely have it on their minds. The city’s move to change waste haulers garnered a fair amount of attention in the community. And a recent vote by the DeKalb City Council on the matter proved to be anything but routine. 

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A baker's dozen of monumental sculptures will be coming to Rockford later in June. 

John Groh, President and CEO of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said a public display of sculptures in 2015 proved to be very popular, and there seems to be an appetite for more. Groh said the Bureau and its partners had hoped to bring ten sculptures to the city – up from nine by two artists that were on display a couple of years ago. But Groh says fundraising exceeded expectations, and thirteen works by nine artists will make Rockford their home for the next two years.

Olson Funeral & Cremation Services

The memory of two Rockford teenagers killed by their father in February is being kept alive through a scholarship program. A benefit concert for the fund takes place Wednesday night at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles

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