Brooke Eden began cutting her teeth in honky-tonks at an age when most were still going on play dates with pals. Growing up, the Florida native loved singing with her dadâs country band (he was the drummer). At age five, she started playing honky-tonks with them and her love for the stage took hold. By... Read more »...more
You know what sounds good after a day of shopping? Palo Duro Popcorn — deep fried pickled jalapeÃ±os — and then a Trailboss T-Bone and a smooth glass of Woodford Reserve bourbon. And now that Miranda Lambertâs new Pink Pistol location is opening right by the new Love + War barbeque and music joint, the... Read more »...more
Earlier this year, Martina McBride released her Reckless album. But long before that, sheâd been living up to its name. In a recent radio interview, McBride revealed that sheâs done some things in her life that could be considered reckless (Although probably not as senseless and jumping all the fences and abandoning all the rules... Read more »...more
9/27/16 - A Poynette man has been arrested for poisoning a dog last year. Trent Hebel is accused of killing Gander, a four-year-old Golden Retriever who died last May in the Village of Arlington. Columbia County investigators say they found suspicious container and food in the fenced in yard. The 28-year-old Hebel is facing felony charges of Mistreatment of Animals.
9/27/16 - Cash bond was set at $50,000 yesterday for a Watertown man accused of harming a 94-year-old woman. Thomas Ciganek is facing felony counts of Strangulation and Suffocation and Aggravated Battery. The 67-year-old told officers he was holding a Bible study on Saturday with a relative and family friend. After reading a passage from scripture, Ciganek reportedly took a heavy piece of phone cord out of his pocket, wrapped it around the woman’s neck, and pulled tightly. The family friend told officers that the woman’s eyes went shut and she began shaking uncontrollably, like she was having a seizure. If he is found guilty, Ciganek faces up to 22 years in prison. His preliminary hearing is October 6.
9/27/16 - Mayville’s 2017 capital improvements plan currently calls for purchases totaling $377,000. Projects such as street resurfacings and purchasing a new dump truck are among $277,000 that would be borrowed while the other $100,000, which includes replacing the police department’s communication radios, would count against the tax levy. Last night, the joint committee forwarded an employee health and dental insurance plan that would cost the city $517,000, roughly a two-percent increase from the current year. Treasurer Lois Krueger says that is well below the seven-to-13-percent increase in employee health costs that is typically seen. Krueger says the city also expects to receive an additional $11,000 in state aid compared to the number received during last year’s budgeting season. Last month, Mayor Rob Boelk introduced a budget with a $2,840,000 tax levy, which is slightly below the current year. The city’s mill rate is expected to be fairly similar to the $9.34 per thousand dollars of assessed value that homeowners saw last December. City officials will continue reviewing the budget in the coming weeks ahead of a November approval.
9/27/16 - Dodge County officials still have not been able to identify the person killed in Thursday’s two-vehicle head-on collision in the Town of Theresa. The driver of a northbound vehicle on Highway AY died when he collided with a southbound vehicle driven by 43-year-old Jonathan Murray of rural Mayville, who sustained minor injuries in the crash. The Dodge County Medical Examiner’s office is working toward confirming the person’s identity.
9/27/16 - The name of the Randolph man who died after he crashed his bicycle into a ditch in the Green Lake County Town of Manchester on Friday morning has been released. 65-year-old Kenneth Prol was heading north on Valley Road at County Highway X when he was thrown off the bike and landed near a cornfield. Rescuers efforts to try and resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
9/27/16 - The Waupun School Board adopted their preliminary budget for the current school year at the annual meeting last night. The $20-million-dollar budget includes a tax levy of $9.5-million dollars, a decrease of over $1-million dollars from the budget adopted last year. That will result in a mill rate estimated at $9.90-per-thousand dollars of assessed value, down one-dollar and one-cent ($1.01) from last year. Superintendent Tonya Gubin says the lower tax impact is the result of $600-thousand dollars in increased state aid, which directly reduces property tax obligations, and also refinancing of old debt. The budget was adopted with a deficit of a half-million dollars. Gubin says that red ink will be in place each year for the next three years before being absorbed by the elimination of a million dollars in post-retirement benefit obligations starting in 2019. The budget will be formally adopted at the district’s board meeting on October 24 once final state aid and property valuations are known. Starting next year, the Waupun School Board will be able to eliminate the early budget adoption which officials say has been in place for cash flow purposes. Next year’s budget adoption is slated for October 30, 2017.