Walworth-Fontana area

DNR wants state parks open to hunting and trapping

By Bob Peryea Correspondent The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has sent its recommendations for hunting and trapping on Wisconsin state parks to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) for approval. The opening of state parks is a significant part of the Sporting Heritage Act (Act 168) passed by the legislature […]


Lake Geneva Fire Dept. raises funds for free mammograms

Lake Geneva Fire Dept. raises funds for free mammograms

The Lake Geneva Fire Dept. raised $2,150 to support the free mammogram program at Aurora Cancer Care – Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, firefighters sold pink T-shirts for $15, with all proceeds going directly to […]


Hopping back to life

Fontana’s famous frog is looking bright and cheery once again after being restored by Stan Fairchild. (Photo by Penny Gruetzmacher)

Iconic Fontana frog gets refurbished By Dave Fidlin Correspondent After years of neglect, it seemed all but certain an iconic 14-foot frog structure along Highway 67 was about to croak. But the more than life-size replica in Fontana has since received a second lease on life, thanks to a few […]


Some county employees face pay cuts

But more will see higher pay as a result of new wage scale By Maureen Vander Sanden Contributor Recent approval by the Walworth County Board of Supervisors to create a new pay scale that officials say better aligns public employees’ wages with those in the private sector, sparked outcry Nov. […]


Fontana native serves on Community Foundation

Fontana native serves on Community Foundation

Dawn Ripkey of Fontana, is among three new board members welcomed at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin’s annual meeting in October. Ripkey, a member of the Geneva Lakes Conservancy, represents Walworth County on the board. She is the regional director-trust with BMO Private Bank in Madison and Janesville, responsible […]


Christmas Open House at Agape House set

The Agape House, 215 S. Main St., Walworth, will host a celebration of the birth of Jesus at a Christmas Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. The open house provides an opportunity for anyone interested in Agape House and the services provided to girls and young women […]


Bay takes first steps toward building new school

By Bob Peryea  Correspondent The Williams Bay School Board has begun steps to build a new elementary school in the Village. The new school is expected to serve approximately 450 to 475 students at a time. Accordong to Vance Dalzin, the District Administrator, there is a future growth study  being […]


Sharon man allegedly stole tools from barn

Sharon man allegedly stole tools from barn

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27 for a Sharon man charged with burglarizing a barn in the Town of Walworth. Corey W. Shumak, 34, was charged Oct. 31 in Walworth County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling and obstructing an officer. According to the criminal […]


Old theater, Showette more than milkshakes and movies

     “It was the end of an era. It was a wonderful little theater, and the Finins were wonderful people who worked hard.” – Jeanie O’Dierno McReynolds Rarely has a piece of wood signified as much as it did at the Thursday, Oct. 25 meeting of the Historical Society of […]


Village awards John’s Disposal trash, recycling contract

By Bob Peryea Correspondent After hashing out the decision over three meetings, the Walworth Village Board on Monday opted to contract a new service provider for its garbage disposal services. John’s Disposal of Whitewater was awarded a five-year contract to provide automated recycling and refuse service to the Village. John’s, […]