A World War II veteran from DeKalb shares his unique story

“DeKALB – On Nov. 10, 1942, 19-year-old Eugene “Gene” Metcalfe realized he didn’t do his algebra homework for Mr. Hoppe’s algebra class at DeKalb High School. When asked if he completed it, Metcalfe responded, “No, sir, I did not. In fact, I don’t plan to ever do math homework again.” When asked how he expected to graduate in June without …

Veterans deserve incredible honor

“Growing up, I had three veterans in my immediate family, as well as a few others spread throughout my family tree. Having veterans in my family means that I take a great deal of pride in their service and in observance of Veterans day on Monday. This day means more than just saying thank you. It is a day to …

HSC to open Saturday

“DeKALB — The ground floor of the Holmes Student Center, along with a Starbucks and The Depot, a convenience store, will open 8 a.m. Saturday. Students and alumni will be able to see the results of the Holmes Student Center renovation project that began in the fall of 2018. The university has expedited the opening date to align with Homecoming so …

Teacher Highlight: Littlejohn Elementary School

Proudly DeKalb would like to present a series of Teacher Highlights to showcase some of our town’s outstanding teachers. We want to highlight individuals who work hard to create a welcoming community and strengthen our Proudly DeKalb spirit! This week we talked to Principal Billy Hueramo from Littlejohn Elementary. We were seeking a teacher who stood out and went above …

Hustle for Hearing 5k

This month we got a chance to learn about a local race that gives all their proceeds go to an organization called Hear the Cheers. The event will be held on September 21, 2019   “Hustle for Hearing is a 5K run/walk event that raises money for children who can not afford hearing aids in the Chicagoland area! This is …

Barbed Wire Betties Roller Derby

This month Proudly DeKalb had the honor of getting to know more about the Barbed Wire Betties, a local nonprofit roller derby group. The Barbed Wire Betties are a women’s flat-track roller derby team based in DeKalb Illinois. Roller Derby is a full-contact sport played on roller skates, the object of the game is for the scoring skater to pass …

Trevor Noah to Perform Campus Comedy Show

“After a long wait, stand up comedian and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah will come to the Convocation Center. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 with ticket prices starting at $25.50, according to the Convocation Center’s webpage. Noah was originally scheduled to arrive in DeKalb Nov. 10, 2018, but pushed his appearance back to Dec. 9, …

DeKalb Municipal Band prepares for its 165th season

DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band, under the direction of Kirk Lundbeck, invites the community to opening night of its 165th consecutive season. The band will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road. In addition to the music, there will be a flag presentation in recognition of Flag …

Know Peace: Remembering Victims of Christchurch, New Zealand

DeKalb Muslims Hosting Unity Event Thursday Join the NIU Muslim Student Association and the Islamic Center of DeKalb in a gathering of strength, solidarity, and love on Thursday, March 28, 2019, as they honor the victims of the terror attacks that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Unity Event will take place from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the Sandburg Auditorium of the NIU …

NIU Professor receives NASA grant to explore life on other planets

  DeKalb (WREX)- Northern Illinois University Microbiology Professor Wesley Swingley is getting a $340,000 grant form NASA. That grant will help Swingley and a team of others look for life on other planets. Over the next two years, he will lead that team to assess which distant planets may have signs of life. The team is interested in what life …