Rascal Flatts will return to Las Vegas in October for their all-new Night to Shine production. The 1,800-seat Venetian Theatre will host the eight-show engagement, running Oct. 6 through 21. The Venetian Theatre has previously hosted Vegas shows by Diana Ross, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the Judds and Willie Nelson and The Moody Blues.... Read more »...more
Album cycles for most Grammy-winning acts usually involve taking their music on the road on a national tour. Little Big Town are doing the opposite for newest album The Breaker, forcing the party to come to them. Their 2017 residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium continued this weekend (May 19 and 20) with two sold-out shows... Read more »...more
Did you hear the collective sighs of all the women tuned in to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 21)? When Blake Shelton took the stage to accept his top country artist award, he gave his girlfriend Gwen Stefani the sweetest, most romantic compliment ever. “Wow! That was pretty cool. I had a... Read more »...more
5/22/17 - Appreciation for the sacrifice a State Trooper made for love of community was shown Saturday with the dedication of the Trooper Trevor J. Casper Memorial. Hundreds attended the tribute in Fond du Lac to the trooper who died in a shootout with a bank robbery and murder suspect in March of 2015. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney quoted from Casper saying the idea of being able to help someone and put a positive impact on people’s lives is the reason he decided to be a police officer. Major Anthony Burrell of the State Patrol said of the memorial, “It’s not the slate or the marble. It’s emotion, tears, passion it represents. These emotions are a lasting appreciation and will be remembered forever through a community effort.” A Girl Scout troop gave roses to the Casper family, which they then laid on the memorial bench in the center of the memorial garden. The new memorial lies just mere yards from the impromptu memorial that inspired it. That smaller memorial is still decorated with flowers, plaques and mementos and is tended with care.
5/22/17 - A school supply drive is underway that aims to help orphaned children abroad. School officials in Columbus are asking residents to donate school supplies that will be shipped to a Honduras orphanage. Columbus Middle School Assistant Principle Cori Denk says that a lot of items such as desks and chairs accumulated in their school basement. After a community garage sale the school still had a few items left over and the school administration was wondering what to do with them. Denk said they got in contact with the World Orphan Fund, an all-volunteer organization that assists orphanages in third-world countries. A volunteer with the group and co-coordinator on this project Kevin Roche says the orphanage needs diapers, laptop computers, tennis shoes, notebooks, pencils, and clothes. The Honduras orphanage is called Our Little Brothers and Sisters and has over 500 children, making it one of the largest there. The World Orphan Fund founder RJ Johnson says they work closely with the community. He says they have kids from newborn’s all the up to 18-year-olds and work with kids that have been sexually and physically abused. The donation drive will take place from today until June 2 at the elementary, middle, and high schools in Columbus during school hours. There will also be a collection barrel at St. Jerome School and the public library in Columbus. Also at St. Katherine Drexel Church in Beaver Dam after their May 27 mass. For more information on the drive you can check out Columbus’ Facebook page at Columbus Community Learning Services.
5/22/17 - Fires damaged a residence and three garage units within a quarter mile of each other in Hartford early Saturday morning. Washington County Sheriff's officials say the first fire reported was at a residence on Highway 83 shortly after 5am. The home belongs to an 82-year-old woman. An off-duty Hartford firefighter stopped and rescued a cat from her home before other firefighters arrived. Meanwhile, a deputy setting up traffic control down the road saw heavy smoke coming from the 16-unit garage structure at the Oriole Pond apartment complex in the City of Hartford. Nine fire departments battled the two blazes. The garage and contents at the woman's residence sustained severe damage and a vehicle was a total loss. Three garage units were damaged at the apartment complex, which is a new construction and had no tenants. Both fires are under investigation.
5/22/17 - State Representative Mark Born says current laws governing the most violent sex offenders are so strict that if something does not change judges will be forced to grant release without supervision. The Beaver Dam Republican says the changes he is proposing would give counties more control over placement, waiving 1500-foot residency restrictions. The remaining criteria would remain so that local officials can decide what is best for that county. There are very few so-called Chapter 980 sex-offenders in Wisconsin – around 15 each year – but there are currently two in Dodge County, in Born’s district, who are still in a detention facility long after their release date because adequate housing options keep falling though. Eventually, Born says, the state judges will have to support the constitutional rights of an offender and they are going to have to be released. The current law requires the state to return Chapter 980’s to their county of origin for supervised release, unless housing cannot be found. The new law would have each county create a temporary Chapter 980 Committee for each release comprised of stakeholder groups including representatives from the counties association, public defenders, district attorneys and human services. Born says a good example is Portage County, where an offender could not be placed near a school even though he would have been right next door to a jail. If the offender does not follow the rules of supervised release, then they are returned to a detention facility. Democrats have criticized the inclusion of the law change in the state budget and say it should be a standalone bill. Born says that would be his preference too but the matter has to be addressed before the program is deemed unconstitutional and judges grant Chapter 980 offenders their freedom without supervised release. The statute change would not effect the majority of sex offenders in the state and if a Chapter 980 offender does successfully complete supervised released, they would still be held to the 1500-foot residency restriction.
Listen to our interview with Born here:
5/21/17 - Residents in the city of Fox Lake could soon have a new waste collection provider. The Fox Lake City Council will decide the city’s garbage disposal provider next month. The city is contracting with Advanced Disposal through the end of May. Fox Lake has a bid by Waste Management for two different options. The first is a weekly pickup of both garbage and recycling costing $14.71 per household. The second option is a weekly collection of garbage and bi-monthly pick-up for recycling which would cost $12.46. The bid also includes an annual bulk waste pick up at no cost. Right now, Fox Lake households pay $13.63 for weekly garbage pickup and bi-monthly recycling. If Fox Lake decides to continue with Advanced Disposal their new contract proposal would go down to $11.54 for the same service. The council will vote on the waste contract at their June 7th meeting.
5/21//17 - The Committee of the Whole in Fox Lake discussed several outdoor related projects at their meeting this week. Among them, the construction of a sledding hill located behind the municipality building. City officials are considering tearing down the current fencing around the baseball diamond and they would decide after next winter if more work should be put into the sledding such as making it higher. The other project involves transforming the little league diamond, located near the north end of Booth Street, into a dog park. The committee discussed putting the park below the dam on Mill Road. Using the little league diamond would save around $8,000 dollars on fencing. The council will vote on the projects at their June 7 meeting.