Elkhorn manufacturer working to bridge skills gap

 By Tyler Lamb Editor For decades the country’s vibrant manufacturing sector provided                  poorly educated workers a bridge to the middle class. Yet, since the end of the Great Recession manufacturers now require highly skilled workers who know their way around hi-tech machinery. Locally, a manufacturing initiative between area educators and […]


School Board OKs staff appointments

By Tyler Lamb Editor Last Monday, the Elkhorn Area School Board met briefly to approve several staff appointments. The following appointments were unanimously approved by the board: Adam Bretl, middle school assistant principal; Dana Marty, high school reading specialist; Cortney Netzel, high school vocal music long-term substitute; Kelly Adkins, Tibbets […]


Preliminary 2014 budget freezes tax levy


By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer County Administrator David Bretl presented the 2014 preliminary budget, which effectively freezes the county tax levy for the third consecutive year, at the Sept. 5 Walworth County Committee of the Whole meeting. With a total tax levy of $60,879,834 million, Bretl’s 2014 preliminary budget levies […]


Walworth County Alliance for Children announces featured speaker


Sept. 26 luncheon to benefit its Tree House facility The Walworth County Alliance for Children (WCAC) has announced Erin Merryn, a nationally recognized sexual abuse prevention advocate, will be the featured speaker at its Tree House Luncheon on Sept. 26. The event supports the WCAC Child and Family Center, also […]


Telfer speaks at Fairhaven Lecture Series

Telfer speaks at Fairhaven Lecture Series

By Tom Ganser Correspondent University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Richard Telfer opened the 30th annual Fairhaven Lecture Series with a talk entitled “Critical Events and (some) Critical People at UW-Whitewater, 1983-2013. Telfer complemented his guided tour UWW’s changes and development over three decades with photos of people, buildings and events. Following […]


Historical Society honors 150th anniversary of Civil War

Historical Society honors 150th anniversary of Civil War

By Tracy Ouellette Editor In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the East Troy Historical Society is housing an impressive exhibit of Civil War artifacts and memorabilia the month of September. Organized by Historical Society member Mike Wozney, the exhibit features pieces from several area private collectors. […]


City bumps salary for deputy clerk position

By Dave Fidlin Correspondent While a professional has not yet assumed the vacant position of deputy clerk at Whitewater City Hall, his or her salary has already been established. The Common Council last week voted to set the salary at a little more than $31,000 during the person’s first year […]


Average ACT score for D-DHS students better than state average

Delavan-Darien High School did better than the state average for composite ACT scores for the first time in nearly 20 years. “This is only the beginning,” said Principal Mark Schmitt. According to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction records dating back to 1995-96, the 2012-13 D-DHS ACT test takers are the […]


Chiefs vanquish visiting Trojans

By Dan Truttschel Sports Correspondent After a bit of a hiccup to start the week, the Big Foot-Williams Bay boys soccer team got back on track in convincing fashion Monday afternoon. And it didn’t take long to right the ship. Big Foot scored just three minutes into its Rock Valley […]


Bretl: It was a laborious weekend

By Dave Bretl Walworth County Administrator      Of all of the holidays, Labor Day has become my least favorite. It is the weekend before I present the annual budget to the County Board and, as a result, usually involves a weekend of labor as I place the finishing touches […]