Walworth-Fontana area

Parading for the past

Parading for the past

A horse-drawn hearse led by Philip Nelson, director of the Sharon Toynton Funeral home and horse owner Philip Nielsen parade down the street in celebration of the Village of Walworth’s 175th anniversary held Aug. 25. The wagon hearse was used for local funerals in the past. (Photo by Penny Gruetzmacher)


Downed aircraft kills pilot

Downed aircraft kills pilot

A Darien man was killed Wednesday after crashing his aircraft into a Town of Walworth airfield. Walworth County Sheriffs Department and Walworth Fire and Rescue Units responded to a report of an Ultralight Aircraft going down in a cornfield alongside the Big Foot Airfield on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at approximately […]


Public meeting set US 14 reconstruction

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southeast Region is proposing a project to rehabilitate US 14 between County K and the Illinois State Line in Walworth County. The project scope includes resurfacing in the rural areas and reconstruction in the village of Walworth. Construction is expected to take place between 2017 […]


A howling good time

A howling good time

 Tucker Milligan, middleweight division (from left), Pedro Sierra and Charlie Chalcoff, both heavyweight division, were among the Big Foot Wolves that were having fun playing on the wooden train playground equipment at Toynton Park during the Big Foot Wolves Pig Roast Fundraiser held last Saturday.   Lily Arntz was in the […]


School Board gets first peek at early budget

By Bob Peryea Correspondent The Big Foot High School Board got its first look at the 2012-13 preliminary school budget last Monday, which will be ready for citizen approval at the Annual Meeting at the end of October. District Administrator Dorothy Kaufmann, who presented the preliminary budget to the School […]


Biking for business

Lon Haldeman rides tandem with Hope Wandersee, Watertown, during a recent 250-trek from the Missis-sippi River back to the annual burn camp in East Troy, where she and about 70 other kids, were treated to a variety of other outdoor activities.

Organizers hope Cycling Series will brand Sharon By Christopher Bennett Correspondent “We’re trying to bring money into these little towns. It might not be a ton of money, but we’re hoping that in five years, if it catches on, there will be more…” – Lon Haldeman, Sharon Cycle Series organizer […]


Take a walk through the cemetery, revisit the past

As part of the Village of Walworth’s 175th anniversary celebration, a Cemetery Walk & Re-visitation will be held at the Walworth Center Cemetery, County Highway B, Walworth, on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. Local residents will tell about their ancestors or old Walworth families including Bruce Thompson […]


Yerkes relaunches youth astronomy camp

Rebecca Russell, organizer of the YAAYS program, explains to Cayden Wittrock (from left), Sean Ahler of and Ethan Hay, all of Elkhorn, how the group of campers will use the big colorful balls to represent the size of earth as they line them up to mimic the diameter of the sun in comparison.

      “It’s a fun experience where kids can just have fun and they’re learning… It starts their dreams out in what they want to do.” – Rebecca Russell, YAAYS coordinator By Chelsey Hinsenkamp SLN Staff  Every child, perhaps only briefly, dreams of flying to the moon in an astronaut suit, […]


Things are looking up for Bay School District

Citizens approve balanced budget, with minimal tax levy increase By Bob Peryea Correspondent Williams Bay citizens on Monday unanimously approved a $7 million school district budget, which includes a $6.92 million tax levy. School Board President Dianna Woss told the small turn out of voters that this is “our opportunity […]


Cemetery walk commemorates fallen soldiers

Cemetery walk commemorates fallen soldiers

Visitors to the Springfield Union Cemetery Walk on Saturday, July 21 were treated to cool breezes and living history in the shady hillside setting. The Walworth County Genealogical Society and Springfield Cemetery Board sponsored the event to remember the families and honor the veterans buried in this historic location. Deb […]