Architect George Franklin Barber

Born: July 31, 1854, De Kalb, Illinois. Married:  Laura Alice Cheney, October 8, 1879, De Kalb, Illinois. Died:  February 17, 1915, Knoxville, Tennessee. George Barber was born July 31, 1854, to Lyman and Cornelia Barrett Barber in DeKalb, Illinois. After the early and unexpected death of his father, his mother moved the family to Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1860. Barber …

Project Seth Hosts Battle of the Bands

Project Seth, a local not for profit, suicide awareness organization, hosted their second annual Sethtastic Battle of the Bands on Friday March 4th at The House Café in Downtown DeKalb. The event brought many teens and young adults together and reminded them that they are not alone.  Five bands competed this past weekend. Party Apple Peel and Bring Your Son …

A New Big Read Starts In DeKalb County With a Caribbean Flavor

The Big Read Steering Committee kicked-off the 2015-2016 Big Read of DeKalb County with a Dominican Festival at the DeKalb Public Library on February 27.  The community will be reading and celebrating “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez during the month of March. Big Read of DeKalb County and the Friends of the NIU Libraries are proud …

Gwendolyn Brooks Student Artwork Will Compete at State Level

Submitted By: Marilyn Koonce, DeKalb School District Public Relations Intern The artwork of Gwendolyn Brooks students, Gianna Gooden, Erra Sanderson-Haque, and Ellison Xu, was selected to compete in the PTA Reflections program at the state level. The National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections program encourages students to submit their artwork for the chance to be honored for their creativity.  In order …

Happy Birthday Egyptian Theatre!

86 years ago the Egyptian Theatre opened her doors on December 10, 1929.  When the Egyptian opened in 1929 it was one of over 100 Egyptian themed theatre’s around the country.  Today the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb is one of only six Egyptian Theatre’s left in the United States and the only one East of the Rocky Mountains.  The fad …

DeKalb native Richard Jenkins celebrates his 1st Emmy win

            Published in the Daily Chronicle on: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 By ADAM POULISSE – apoulisse@shawmedia.com DeKALB – DeKalb native Richard Jenkins wasn’t just handed an Emmy on Sept. 20 on live TV. He was handed his shiny new award by Lady Gaga. “My thought was, ‘What did you do tonight?’ ‘Well, Lady Gaga just gave …

DeKalb Kite Fest Celebrates 10 years!

The first DeKalb Kite Fest was held on September 6, 2006.  This amazing event came to be because an 8 year old boy, Nathan Overman wrote a letter to then Mayor Frank Van Buer expressing his desire to bring his love of kiting to his hometown, DeKalb.  According to Nathan, he broke one of his kites and his mom started …