Archive for: July, 2013

County sticks with self-funded health plan; saves nearly $1 million

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer A vote by the Walworth County Board at its July meeting to stick with Walworth County’s self-funded employee health insurance plan is expected to save the county over $998,000. After a failed motion by Supervisor Jerry Grant to apply for state health insurance, the board […]


Through the Lines of Age

Open records debacle is extreme By Tyler Lamb Editor Fear. It seem in the past 10 years, or so, a growing sense of fear has prompted numerous local, state and federal entities to make bold thrusts at civil liberties and open records alike. Now fear over the potential of a […]




Carolyn Carlson, 74, died July 13, 2013, in Delavan, Wisconsin with her loving husband, Chuck at her side. She was born in 1939 in Elgin, Ill., to the late Ralph and Hazel Phillips. She attended Cornell College where she met and married Donald Allen Jones and had two children, David […]




Lucille Mary Anna Carlson, 95, of Delavan, died at her home July 16, 2013. She was born July 12, 1918, in Clinton, to the late Theodore and Wilhemena (Westphal) Zick. She married Harry Carlson Dec. 12, 1945, at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, Ill. She worked at Sta-Rite […]


Sears celebrates 20 years in Lake Geneva

The interior of the Sears store that Chuck Platts’ parents opened in Elkhorn in 1964 is seen here during its grand opening.

Sears Hometown Store of Lake Geneva, at 351 Peller Road, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month. To commemorate the occasion owner Chuck Platts will offer a “throwback” promotional weekend celebration Friday and Saturday. This year marks two decades since Sears, Roebuck and Co. did a final run of its […]


‘Hank bought a bus’

Hank Butitta is seen inside the bus in which he will travel across the country and experience the “tiny house movement.” (Photo by Michael S. Hoey)

College student creates cabin on wheels By Michael S. Hoey Correspondent Hank Butitta of Delavan took the usual path for many mainstream Americans after high school. He went to college. He got a degree. He earned a master’s degree in architecture, which might be where “mainstream” ends for Butitta. As […]


Dave “Elvis” Ehlert to swivel into Elkhorn

Dave “Elvis” Ehlert to swivel into Elkhorn

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer Dave “Elvis” Ehlert is strapping on his blue suede shoes and preparing to swivel his way into the hearts of area residents as he gears up for two one-of-a-kind performances July 27 at Elkhorn’s Sprague Theatre. Ehlert, who has been performing as an Elvis impersonator […]


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 […]



Inez D. Lundborg, age 91, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully at her daughter Pam’s home on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Inez was born in Minnesota on June 27, 1922, the daughter of the late Oscar and Anna (Rudd) Odell. She married Paul Lundborg on March 7, 1943. Inez was a […]



Doris R. Hoffman of Hayward, passed away on June 29, 2013 at the age of 94. She was born on June 19, 1919 to Charles and Viola Pruefert in Troy. Doris attended Troy Elementary and graduated from East Troy High School in 1936. She married Herb Hoffman in 1951 and […]