Darien to host tree lighting festival

The Village of Darien will host its annual Tree Lighting Festival Saturday, Dec. 5. It will begin at the Darien Village Hall, 24 N. Wisconsin St. at 6 p.m. with a candle-lit walk to the Darien Public Library, 47 Park St. The tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. […]


Treasury poised to open

The interior of The Treasury is bright and airy but fea-tures a variety of black and gold accents. The build-ing, which was built in 1909, also features four vaults. It’s expected to be fully open by the holidays. (Kristina Lorraine Photography)

Event space in former bank aims for high end By Heather Ruenz Staff Writer When a person has a dream and not only a clear vision of how to make it happen but what it will look like once the goal is reached, there’s likely very little that can get […]


The plot thickens

Detective Sgt. Erik Voss stands near the Walworth County Cemetery in Elkhorn next to a plaque naming those who are buried there including unknowns, one of whom he wrote a book about, weaving historical facts into an international conspiracy. (Heather Ruenz photo)

Cop writes about unsolved deaths (and adds a little conspiracy) By Heather Ruenz Staff Writer Erik Voss didn’t plan on becoming a cop but a ride along with an officer when he was in high school swayed him as he had planned to become a history teacher. He’s found a […]


Going, going, gone

Going, going, gone

Aaron Nieuwenhuis holds up items for bid while auctioneer Terry Schmaling works the crowd Nov. 7 at Delavan Christian School’s Annual Benefit Auction, “2020 Love One Another.” More than 775 items were donated to the event that raised approximately $60,000. The fundraiser featured live and silent auctions and there was […]


COVID shuts Darien Elementary

Virtual learning in place until at least Nov. 30 By Michael S. Hoey Correspondent Darien Elementary School closed on Nov. 11 and will not re-open until Nov. 30 because of a possible exposure to COVID-19 as well as staffing issues. A letter was sent home to parents explaining the need […]


Winter sports in local schools on thin ice

Winter sports in local schools on thin ice

Board OKs activities, but pandemic may interfere By Michael S. Hoey Correspondent The Delavan-Darien School Board spent the bulk of its meeting last week discussing whether or not to move forward with the winter sports seasons. The board voted 6-1 to do so but even those who voted in favor […]


Delavan library friends to sell ornaments

Delavan library friends to sell ornaments

Through the generosity of Tom and Bonnie McQueen of White Swan Pewter, the Friends of Aram Public Library in Delavan have the opportunity to bring community members what they’re describing as a stunning array of finely-crafted pewter ornaments just in time for the holidays. From now through December – while […]


Photographer captures ‘ghost’ at park

Photographer captures ‘ghost’ at park

By Heather Ruenz Staff Writer Ivan Baublitz of Inspiration Photography says he happened upon a great Halloween season story recently and not only swears that it’s real, but provided what he says is proof. “I was snapping some photos for a family in Delavan for a photo shoot and I […]


Changes to Thanksgiving dinner announced

There will be some changes to this year’s annual Walworth County Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The event won’t be held at its usual location of the Community Park Building in Delavan because the building is being remodeled. Food will be prepared and delivered from the kitchen at the Village Supper Club, […]


Sorg’s will be back, owner vows

An Oct. 25 silo collapse at Sorg’s Quality Meats and Sausages in Darien damaged much of the meat processing portion of the building. Though the facility has remained open, it’s operating at reduced capacity currently. (Mike Hoey photo)

Meat processing plant recovering from silo collapse By Michael S. Hoey Correspondent Sorg’s Quality Meats and Sausages in Darien will be back, owner John M. Sorg said Monday night, just over a week after a silo collapsed and crushed much of the meat processing portion of the business. While the […]