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 […]


Elkhorn church nurturing growth and comfort for area teens

Elkhorn church nurturing growth and comfort for area teens

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer An Elkhorn site formerly specializing in the growth of plants and flowers is under new management and focusing on a different kind of growth. Located across from the Walworth County Fairgrounds at 420 E. Court St., members of Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church are offering […]


Walworth County Relay For Life set for July 19

The Walworth County Relay For Life event will be held July 19 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, with opening ceremony at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Dance Away Cancer.”  Honorary Survivors, and sisters, Darcie Henriott and Debbie Kenyon will lead off the opening lap as the 100th […]


Plan Commission OKs church expansion

By Tyler Lamb Editor   The Elkhorn Plan Commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit (CUP) for a two-story addition to a downtown church last week. St. Patrick’s Parish, 107 W. Walworth St., plans to construct a roughly 7,500 sq. ft. addition to the existing parish. The proposal includes […]


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 […]