Council backs non-binding referendum on Sunset Pool

By Bob Peryea Correspondent   On Monday night, July 15, the Elkhorn City Council chambers were packed with a crowd which flowed out into the hallways of City Hall. Much of the crowd had arrived to speak to the council regarding the Sunset Pool referendum that will be put before […]


Board extends option to purchase park property

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer   With the option to purchase the Clark property in the Town of Lyons to be used as a potential park expiring Aug. 16, a divided Walworth County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of authorizing staff to seek an extension of the option at […]


Former wrestling coach sentenced for sexually suggestive text messages

Former wrestling coach sentenced for sexually suggestive text messages

By Tyler Lamb Editor   A former Elkhorn wrestling coach will serve four years in prison for sending sexually suggestive text messages to a 17-year-old boy he coached. Walworth County Judge John Race on July 11 also sentenced the coach, Steven Springsteen-Hensel, 31, to six years of probation. As part […]


Between the Lines of Age

Independent to launch ‘Connections’   By Tyler Lamb Editor In my humble opinion, communities such as Elkhorn need newspapers more than ever before. Newspapers create and encourage conversation, touch on issues that may otherwise go unshared, as well as serve their perspective communities. Part of serving the community also means […]


Elkhorn Police Reports: June 28 – July 2

Police reports The City of Elkhorn Police Department responded to the following reports between June 28 and July 2: Alcohol – A woman was cited for drunken driving July 1 after police received a report that she had left the laundry mat near the 10 block of North Wisconsin Street […]


Highway 12 expansion project underway

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer The long-awaited Highway 12 expansion project gained some steam June 30 after Gov. Scott Walker signed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project into the State Budget Bill. The EIS will help the Department of Transportation determine which option is best for the improvement […]


Finance OKs phone system proposal

By Tyler Lamb Editor Members of the Finance and Judicial Committee Monday approved an offer by Internet and phone provider TDS Telecom to upgrade the aging municipal phone system. According to Mary Hinske, finance director/comptroller, Heartland Business Systems (HBS) completed an information technology network audit for the city earlier this […]


Customized staircase to assist area children

Customized staircase to assist area children

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer An area mother’s inspiration led to the installation of a new therapeutic staircase by several area contributors at Elkhorn’s New Berlin Therapies. Stairs have been used for therapeutic purposes at New Berlin Therapies in the past with children, however, the new set has one side […]


School board OKs preliminary budget

By Bob Peryea Contributor The Elkhorn School Board met June 24, to discuss preliminarily approval of the 2013-14 district budget. The Wisconsin State Budget, which was approved by Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday, will increase per pupil spending by $150. This amount will be reduced by $50 per pupil that […]


Elkhorn mayor not seeking re-election

By Bob Peryea Correspondent   Following last Monday night’s Elkhorn City Council meeting, Mayor Howie Reynolds, in an interview with the Independent, said that he would not run for re-election as mayor during this spring’s elections. “It’s been 14 years in government, 10 as an alderman and four as mayor,” […]