New court program offers treatment to local veterans

By Jean Matheson Correspondent Veterans who have run afoul of the law because of problems with alcohol or drug abuse or with mental illness may be getting some extra help through the court system. A new veterans treatment court will go into session Nov. 14 in a three-county area, members […]


Three men charged with burglarizing Elkhorn apartment

Three Illinois men were scheduled to appear in Walworth County Circuit Court last month on charges stemming from the Aug. 13 burglary of an Elkhorn apartment. Gennaro A. Cavallino, 20, of Normal, Ill., Daniel P. McGovern, 20, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and David O. Nudelman, 20, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., […]


Cheering with special needs squad is life-altering for local girl

The Charmers cheer squad gears up just before another big performance.

“In the world of The Charmers there is no such thing as a disability. When they’re together they can do things they would never think they could do alone.” –Kristi Hay By Chelsey Hinsenkamp SLN Staff “There was not a dry eye in the house.” That’s the way Kristi Hay of […]


Elkhorn parks programs in limbo after Council eliminates director from city payroll

“It’s the anger of the state. Everybody in the state is so angry and that translates down to school boards, cities, villages and towns.”  – Mayor Howie Reynolds   By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN staff “I don’t know what to say. There’s no plan, there’s no nothing.” Those were the […]


One-room schoolhouse gets restored relics

Another recent improvement to the classroom is the restoration and repair of the antique Seth Thomas clock that hangs on the back wall. Students who visit the school will now hear the classic tic-tock of the clock. (photo by Maureen Vander Sanden)

By Gwen Tveter Contributor The 1889 Blooming Prairie School, under the auspices of the Walworth County Historical Society, located on the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., in Elkhorn was moved to its present location in 1959 from its original location at the intersection of old 89 and Highway […]


County sees drop in debt, administrator touts no more borrowing

      “The borrowing ends. We’re done, at least into the future.” – David Bretl, Walworth County Administrator By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN staff Despite the ongoing impact of a sluggish economy, Walworth County Administrator David Bretl proudly reported Sept. 6, when he unveiled his proposed 2013 budget, that years of […]


Lucy takes the lead

Linda Kouzes, director of the Lakeland Players up-coming production of “Annie” shows off the first character cast in the show, Lucy the golden-doodle, who is surrounded by her owners, Emmett (from left) Anna and Maggie Clair of Williams Bay. Lucy will play the part of Annie’s companion Sandy and is the only star to be cast prior to auditions for the Lakeland Players production of “Annie.” (photo by Vickie Graham)

Auditions for the upcoming Lakeland Players presentation of “Annie” will be held at the Walworth County Performing Arts Center (old Sprague Theater) at 15 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. for girls 7-14 years of age, and on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. for […]


Fair sees dip in attendance

Thousands flocked to the 163rd Walworth County Fair from Aug. 29 to Labor Day. Despite a number of new attractions and activities, the fair saw a dip in attendance this year. Officials speculate that hot and humid weather, combined with fairgoers’ strapped for cash due to the economy, was reason for a smaller turnout.

Officials say weather, economy are factors By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN Staff The Walworth County Fair came to an end Monday, marking the area’s final summer hoorah, and for the fifth consecutive year, attendance was down. During the six-day event, 134,408 fairgoers passed through the gates, a decrease of about […]


A new place to grow

Worshippers raise their hands in praise and thanksgiving during the grand opening service at Living Waters Assembly of God church. (Photo by John Koski)

Property swap benefits two diverse congregations John Koski Correspondent They each had something the other party was interested in. For the Jehovah’s Witnesses it was piece of property on which to build a new Kingdom Hall. For Living Waters Assembly of God it was a church home of their own. […]


Elkhorn’s newest eatery offers ‘wholesome’ experience

Elkhorn’s newest eatery offers ‘wholesome’ experience

By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN staff Stepping into Elkhorn’s latest downtown eatery, customers are instantly greeted with soothing aromas of lavender and citrus countered by the robust smell of freshly ground coffee beans. The inviting scents coming from inside The Essential Café & Bistro are quickly matched with warm greetings […]