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Sammi King

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Sammi King is a freelance writer who has been writing for the Daily Herald since 1997. In her position as the Batavia columnist, she writes about the fascinating people in her hometown for the Tri-Cities edition. She also writes for the Daily Herald's Homes section, specializing in stories about old house restoration.

Her entry into journalism began in high school when she wrote a weekly column, "Bulldog Barks," for the local paper, The Batavia Herald. After graduating from Knox College, she studied advertising management at Northwestern University. King spent 15 years in corporate advertising before returning to journalism as a freelancer. King is also a singer who enjoys combining her writing and musical talents in the form of songwriting. She has written four musicals for children.

A fourth generation Batavian, Sammi and her husband spend their spare time restoring their 161-year-old Victorian home on the city's west side.

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Donate $20 to toy drive, receive Riverwalk photo

Dec 03 2014 | 2:55 pm - In an effort to help with Batavia's toy drive, Mike Hoag, an amateur photographer, has offered a Riverwalk photo that is creating quite a stir on social media. For a $20 donation to the toy drive, he will send the donor a JPEG file of the Riverwalk...

Halloween fun rules Batavia at BatFest

Oct 22 2014 | 4:36 pm - If you venture into downtown Batavia this Saturday, beware of small projectiles. A pumpkin seed spitting contest and marshmallow shooting contest are among the newest offerings at BatFest, Batavia's celebration of the Halloween season.

Batavia couple married 70 years

Oct 01 2014 | 2:33 pm - Joe and Betty Stephano of Batavia are marking 70 years as a couple this year.

Batavia native, engineer mentors girls in robotics camp

Jul 10 2014 | 10:11 am - In 2002, Denise Karabowicz was the only girl on the Rotolo Middle School’s Lego Building Club. Eleven years later, she’s running the show, along with her dad, Ron. “I know what the robotics program did for me when I was in middle...

44 years later, BHS class ring returned to owner

Jun 18 2014 | 3:07 pm - A Facebook page titled "If u grew up in Batavia" has done more than just help residents and former residents share memories. It was recently instrumental in helping a class ring that had been lost for more than 40 years find its way back to its...

Batavia resident was the ‘father of Flag Day’

Jun 09 2014 | 2:00 pm - Flag Day celebrates its 65th anniversary on Saturday, June 14. Much of the credit for the celebration of our nation’s symbol falls to a former Batavian, Bernard J. Cigrand.

St. Charles Peace Corps volunteer describes his time in Ukraine

Apr 17 2014 | 11:59 am - Most people in the Fox Valley know Mike Dixon for his commitment to historic preservation. The former St. Charles architect has been involved in several local historic restorations. So, it was a bit of a surprise when he decided to leave his firm at...

Not only did she move to Kodiak, Alaska, she became mayor

Mar 26 2014 | 1:44 pm - Kodiak, Alaska, is a long way from Batavia, Illinois. But Pat Branson, who is in her second term as Kodiak's mayor, says growing up in Batavia gave her the foundation she needed to become a community leader.

Movin’ on up: Batavia grads make their mark on the world

Jan 29 2014 | 2:28 pm - Not long ago, I spoke with Chris Burrichter, a 2004 graduate of Batavia High School. Burrichter had recently joined the prestigious law firm of Kirkland Ellis LLP in Chicago. “There were 50 new lawyers joining the firm in the Chicago...

Keeping Swedish Christmas traditions alive

Dec 20 2013 | 11:30 am - By the time Christmas comes, Sammi King says she will have made dozens of Swedish cookies, nine loaves of Swedish rye bread, 2 cardamom coffee cakes, 144 Swedish pancakes and 15 pounds of korv, or Swedish potato sausage, all to keep her Swedish...

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