Well-wishers from all over Music Row joined Keith Urban Monday afternoon (Aug. 22) at Jack Whiteâs Third Man Records complex in Nashville to toast Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, the writers of Urbanâs recent No. 1 single, âBreak on Me.â Celebrants stood shoulder to shoulder in a room that appeared to have been decorated by... Read more »...more
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum heralded the opening of its Alabama: Song of the South exhibit with an elegant reception for several hundred guests Monday evening (Aug. 22). The gathering was held in the high-ceilinged sixth-floor event hall that looks out on Nashvilleâs ever-changing skyline. The guests of honor were Alabamaâs founding... Read more »...more
The 10th annual ACM Honors has added an all-star tribute to Glen Campbell featuring Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban. The foursome will sing a medley of Campbellâs biggest hits culminating with his iconic song âRhinestone Cowboy.â Campbell, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Alzheimer’s disease, will be honored with the Academy... Read more »...more
8/24/16 - Waupun school officials are planning a public information campaign in advance of the $36-million dollar referendum that will appear on the November ballot for district voters. The school board this week gave the final approval for the school funding question. Referendum consultant Kit Daily with architect Eppstein Uhen provided an update on the process to the school board Monday night. Daily says there will be opportunities for the public to learn more about the referendum. In addition to using social and traditional media, Daily says the schools will be open to the public at select times and at least three open houses are planned. If approved by voters, the referendum will fund secure, visible main entrances at Meadow View Primary, SAGES School and Rock River Intermediate; address aging infrastructure and ADA accessibility at all four district schools, including HVAC upgrades, window replacement, and parking lot improvements among other projects; build a track and tennis courts at the Junior/Senior High School; and renovate classrooms and create flexible learning areas to support college and career-readiness, make age-appropriate updates, establish large group instructional spaces, and upgrade cafeterias and gymnasiums. The district had considered building an additional gym at the high school but decided instead to use the money on deferred maintenance items and make the gym at Meadow View regulation size.
8/24/16 - A Kenosha truck driver accused in the 1990 killing of Berit Beck has asked a judge to drop his murder charge. Sixty-three-year-old Dennis Brantner was put on trial in June, but a jury could not reach a verdict. Now, defense lawyer Craig Powell tells Fond du Lac County Circuit Judge Gary Sharpe (sharp) that trying Brantner again would amount to double jeopardy. District Attorney Eric Toney says a mistrial was never officially declared, although the judge could rule on that September sixth when a hearing is scheduled on the D-A's request for a fresh trial. The 18-year-old Beck was killed in July of 1990 in Fond du Lac, while going from her Racine County home to a computer training seminar in Appleton, and her body was found near Waupun. Brantner was not charged until March of last year after investigators said they found evidence that he was in Beck's van.
8/24/16 - A Kenosha truck driver accused in the 1990 killing of Berit Beck has asked a judge to drop his murder charge. Sixty-three-year-old Dennis Brantner was put on trial in June, but a jury could not reach a verdict. Now, defense lawyer Craig Powell tells Fond du Lac County Circuit Judge Gary Sharpe that trying Brantner again would amount to double jeopardy. District Attorney Eric Toney says a mistrial was never officially declared, although the judge could rule on that September sixth when a hearing is scheduled on the D-A's request for a fresh trial. The 18-year-old Beck was killed in July of 1990 in Fond du Lac, while going from her Racine County home to a computer training seminar in Appleton; her body was found near Waupun. Brantner was not charged until March of last year after investigators said they found evidence that he was in Beck's van.
8/23/16 - A new apartment complex could be coming to Horicon. Sword Financial Corporation, the holding company that owns Horicon Bank, is looking into the possibility of constructing a 40-unit apartment building with one or two retail spaces on the ground level on their property at 124 Barstow Street. Horicon’s Common Council tonight approved rezoning that property from residential to commercial. Mayor Steve Neitzel says Sword is working with a Madison-based developer that has created similar apartment complexes in places like Watertown and Chilton. Neitzel believes the apartments could give people looking to move to the area for work a quality place to live. He says tenant requirements would include having a job and being of moderate income, likely $14,000-$40,000. The project could cost around $6,000,000. Sword Financial is in the competitive process of applying for tax credit revenue to help with the potential project. If the apartment complex is constructed, the goal would be to have it open for residency in 2018.
8/23/16 - The Beaver Dam Police Department is investigating two church burglaries and an attempted break-in at a third church. Beaver Dam Police Lt. Terrance Gebhardt says all three incidents occurred Sunday night or early Monday morning. Grace Presbyterian on Gould Street and First Lutheran at North Center and Mackie streets both had their safes broken into. Gebhardt says $16-thouand dollars in Scrip cards were taken. Churches – along with schools, sports teams and other non-profits – buy the Scrip cards at reduced rates and sell them to supporters who pay the full value for use at restaurants, gas stations or other participating businesses. Gebhardt says authorities are working to determine how much and where all the cards were generated as multiple businesses can issue script cards. Nothing else was apparently taken. There was also an attempted break-in at Trinity United Methodist on North Center and Oneida; custodians told police that they discovered one of the doors had pry marks but entry was not gained. Gebhardt notes that Trinity is directly across the street from First Lutheran so it is believed that efforts were made to try to burglarize Trinity as well. Anyone with information should contact Beaver Dam Police at 887-4612 or Lt. Terrance Gebhardt at (920) 887-4614 ext. 503.
8/23/16 - A Beaver Dam woman is accused of breaking into the home of a family member and stealing nearly two thousand dollars in cash, jewelry and electronics. Cecilia Tovar is charged with Burglary as a Repeat Offender, which carries a maximum sentence of over 18 years in prison if she is convicted. The 34-year-old allegedly broke into the Town of Calamus residence in April. She was captured on a hidden camera taking the items after manipulating a backdoor to gain entry. Bond was set at $1000 yesterday and a judge will decide in October if there is enough evidence to order a trial.