The voice memo Dierks Bentley sent Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman at 6:30 a.m. with the original chorus idea for “Black” is still saved on Gorley’s phone. But there wasn’t enough time to bust it out at Thursday’s (June 22) party celebrating the song’s success. Plaque presentations for and speeches by the three hitmakers lasted... Read more »...more
Kenny Chesney is calling on students from Nashville’s Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro to create the new video for Cosmic Hallelujah‘s next single “All the Pretty Girls.” The student director who submits the winning entry will receive a $5,000 scholarship that will be allocated to their tuition and a world video... Read more »...more
The Hollywood Walk of Fame that runs up and down Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street will soon be home to another country star’s star. Carrie Underwood is one of the latest honorees who will grace the sidewalk in 2018. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the class of 2018 on Thursday (June 22). Underwood’s star,... Read more »...more
6/23/17 - It was a record-setting year for the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon. The 27-hour marathon broadcast raised money for ten Dodge County-area non-profit agencies that work with kids. The fundraiser, that wrapped up this morning around 9:30am, brought-in $126,852.74… all of which will be going to the organizations. That number exceeds the previous record set in 2012 of just under $121,949. Last year’s total was $111,504. Noel’s Angel Walk and Nate’s Lemonade Stand raised $7600. The dessert auction raised $2500. The Eagle Riders Motorcycle Ride raised $3200. Each year, the agencies that benefit from the Radiothon pair-up and compete to see who can contribute the most money to the final total with the winner receiving the coveted Dodge County Service Cup trophy. This year’s winning team was Green Valley Enterprises and ARC Dodge County who raised $6300, with the lions share coming from an Elvis fundraiser earlier this year. The final tally was also bolstered by an anonymous donation and a last-minute donation of $10-thousand dollars by Chuck and Randy Neuman. The ten organizations benefiting are People Against A Violent Environment, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County and the Watertown Community, Green Valley Enterprises, YMCA of Dodge County, Clothes for Kids, the Watertown Family Center, ARC Dodge County, Community Care Preschool and Child Care, the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and – new this year – Church Health Services.
6/23/17 - Columbia County hit an all-time low unemployment rate in May logging a 2.4-percent, down a full percentage point from last May. Columbia County was one of five counties that experienced a record-setting month. Washington County also reported a 2.4-percent. Dodge County was not far behind reporting a 2.5-percent jobless rate last month, also down a full percentage point from May of 2016. Fond du Lac County recorded a 2.3-percent, down just over a full-percent from year-to-year. Green Lake County was down nearly a point and a half from last year with a 3.1-percent. Dane and Lafayette counties had the lowest rate in the state at 2.2-percent. Iron County dropped 2.3-percent to 5.3-percent, the highest rate in the state. The preliminary rates in all 72 counties dropped when compared to May of last year. Sixty-eight (68) counties either declined or remained the same last month when compared to April.
6/22/17 - The WBEV/WXRO Children's Radiothon is here with a 27-hour marathon broadcast to benefit ten local charities. It begins with a live on-air auction Thursday morning at 6am, which will continue through 9am Friday morning. The Ninth Annual Noel's Angel Walk is at Waterworks Park with registration at 6am and the walk beginning at 7am. The Angel Cakes Breakfast follows from 7:30am until 10am at the nearby Girl Scout House. John Kraft is traveling around the county Thursday as the organizations benefitting from the Radiothon compete to raise funds with the winner taking home the Annual DCS Trophy Cup. Brenda Murphy will host an on-air dessert auction from 9am through 11am. There will be a kid’s carnival, brat fry and ice cream social at the Verizon Wireless Zone of Beaver Dam on North Spring Street from 11am to 2pm. New this year at the kid’s carnival is Nate’s Lemonade Stand. Seven-year-old Nate Smith is the son of Scott and Lori Smith, who organize Noel’s Angel Walk. As part of a virtual lemonade stand, lemonade packets were previously handed out to raise money. There will also be an actual lemonade stand today at the kid’s carnival. We will again be collecting cash donations on the roof of the Stoddard Street radio station. Kevin Haugen will be the “News Guy in the Sky” on the roof for the entire duration of the Radiothon along with Vilay the Verizon Guy. He will be joined by local officials including Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt and Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen. Tonight, the Radiothon Bash will be held at Bayside Supper Club in Beaver Dam from 6:30pm 8:30pm with bingo from 4pm to 6pm. The ten organizations benefiting from the Children's Radiothon are People Against A Violent Environment, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County and the Watertown Community, Green Valley Enterprises, YMCA of Dodge County, Clothes for Kids, the Watertown Family Center, ARC Dodge County, Community Care Preschool and Child Care, the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and – new this year – Church Health Services. For more information on the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon, go to:
6/22/17 - Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel is urging the public to check to see if their dehumidifier is on a recall list. A dehumidifier was said to be the cause of a basement fire on the 100 block of Cleveland Street Tuesday morning. Mannel says they have had several fires that can be traced back to defective dehumidifiers that are on the recall list. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of millions of dehumidifiers last fall because they can overheat and start on fire. The recall affects around 3.4 million Midea dehumidifiers of varying sizes sold under dozens of brand names including GE, Kenmore and Frigidaire that were manufactured by GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd. of China and sold at department stores including Menards from January 2003 through December 2013.
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6/22/17 - A toddler was struck by a minivan near Pardeeville yesterday. Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards says the boy ran into the roadway near County Highway EE in the Township of Scott north of Pardeeville. The westbound minivan was driven by 53-year-old George Buss of Lake Mills of was not injured. when the two year old male ran into the roadway. The two year old male sustained multiple injuries and was transported by Med Flight to an area hospital. The accident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol. Pardeeville Fire, Pardeeville EMS and Divine Savior EMS assisted at the scene.
6/22/17 - A Juneau woman charged in connection with a series of abusive acts toward children entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. Anna Marie Lloyd is facing two counts of felony Physical Abuse of a Child Intentionally Causing Bodily Harm and misdemeanor Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Prosecutors say the 48-year-old has 13 children but the state of Oklahoma had previously removed most from her care. She reportedly left the Arkansas-based Tony Alamo Cult in 2008, in advance of a police raid that resulted in the children of cult members being placed in protective custody. A local school district contacted Child Protective Services after learning that the children were not in school and were not registered with the state for homeschooling. Among the allegations outlined in the criminal complaint: Lloyd would smack a baby and pre-teen multiple times a week with a closed fist across the head to gain compliance; the baby would play in a litterbox, drink out of a toilet and eat dishwasher tablets while Lloyd stared blankly at a computer screen for hours and an older child tended to diapers; Lloyd reportedly smoked cigarettes before, during and after the birth of a child; a preteen who was said to be homeschooled could not read, write or count and would have used a computer program for homeschooling but did not know the password. Lloyd also reportedly condoned molestation saying the child was “fine with it.” She also allegedly told a preteen to smoke marijuana. Lloyd apparently admitted to some of the charges to investigators saying that the incidents only happened once not multiple times like she is being accused of. If convicted, Lloyd faces over 12 years in prison.