DeKalb Fire Chief Jeff McMaster was honored by city officials recently ahead of his Nov. 26 retirement. He was presented with a plaque and a retirement ax during the ceremony at the DeKalb Fire Station on Pine Street. During his more than 25-year DeKalb career, McMaster has served in every rank in the DeKalb Fire Department. He'll receive additional recognition during Monday's city council meeting, Nov. 22.

Downtown Sycamore’s holiday season kicked off Friday with Moonlight Magic, a family friendly event featuring local businesses, live window displays and a special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event was put on by Discover Sycamore through the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce.