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History awakened: Eames family legacy tied to Independent’s robust past

History awakened: Eames family legacy tied to Independent’s robust past

By Tyler Lamb Editor Its been said a good local newspaper keeps the community talking to itself. For the better part of the 20th century, the Eames family kept the conversation flowing in Elkhorn. The Elkhorn Independent was established in 1853, and is now in its 160th year of publication. […]

 
 

Weekend ahead: Elkhorn celebrates Festival of Summer

Enjoy the sounds, smells and tastes of summer this weekend during the 44th annual Festival Summer. Hosted by the Elkhorn Rotary Club, the festival will be held at Veterans Park on the square. The Festival of Summer will run from 11 a.m. Friday, July 26 until 11 p.m. Saturday, July […]

 
 

County sticks with self-funded health plan; saves nearly $1 million

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer A vote by the Walworth County Board at its July meeting to stick with Walworth County’s self-funded employee health insurance plan is expected to save the county over $998,000. After a failed motion by Supervisor Jerry Grant to apply for state health insurance, the board […]

 
 

Through the Lines of Age

Open records debacle is extreme By Tyler Lamb Editor Fear. It seem in the past 10 years, or so, a growing sense of fear has prompted numerous local, state and federal entities to make bold thrusts at civil liberties and open records alike. Now fear over the potential of a […]

 
 

Dave “Elvis” Ehlert to swivel into Elkhorn

Dave “Elvis” Ehlert to swivel into Elkhorn

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer Dave “Elvis” Ehlert is strapping on his blue suede shoes and preparing to swivel his way into the hearts of area residents as he gears up for two one-of-a-kind performances July 27 at Elkhorn’s Sprague Theatre. Ehlert, who has been performing as an Elvis impersonator […]

 
 

Get ready for the 164th Walworth County Fair

Media outlets from across the county were introduced to this year’s fair last week, as the Walworth County Fair readies for its 164th year. The annual media day was held at the Elkhorn Garage. There, Sue Pruessing, fair media director, and Ed Sokolowski, president of the Walworth County Fair, revved […]

 
 

Sweet corn boosts state economy by nearly $130 million

Sweet corn boosts state economy by nearly $130 million

  All that sweet corn ripening in fields across Wisconsin produces an annual state economic impact of nearly $130 million when it’s processed, according to a new report from UW-Whitewater. “Value-added vegetables have an enormous economic impact in this state,’’ said Russ Kashian, a professor of economics and director of […]

 
 

WISTAX examines state’s ‘Transportation Funding Dilemma’

New state-budget plans to borrow almost $1 billion–or about one in six dollars spent–to pay for state transportation programs over the next two years is one of several warning signs the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) cites in a just-released report, “Wisconsin’s Transportation Funding Dilemma.” Now celebrating its 81st year, WISTAX […]

 
 

DPW approves improvements to County Judicial Center

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer The Walworth County Department of Public Works approved bid specifications for Court Security improvements at the Walworth County Judicial Center at its July 15 meeting. According to County Administrator David Bretl, a U.S. Marshall went through the courthouse last year at their request and the […]

 
 

Elkhorn councilman announces bid for mayor

Elkhorn councilman announces bid for mayor

  By Bob Peryea Correspondent Elkhorn has received its first mayoral candidate for the 2014 spring elections. Alderman Brian Olson announced he would be running for mayor during the spring election cycle. In an earlier announcement, Mayor Howie Reynolds informed the Independent he would not be seeking re-election to another […]