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Jack Ingramâs new album Midnight Motel offers many lessons to live by. The meditative âNothing to Fixâ is nothing but rules in succession, starting with his No. 1 music rule: âDonât try to sell what you wouldnât buy because youâll go to hell for telling a lie.â âI want to be out there providing the... Read more »...more
Miranda Lambert will be presented the inaugural ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award at the 10th annual ACM Honors ceremony, the Academy of Country Music announced Monday (Aug. 29). The Academy last week announced the creation of the award to recognize singer-songwriters “whose career reflects the uncompromising integrity and steadfastness of spirit embodied by the late... Read more »...more
8/29/16 - Cash bond was set at $100,000 today for the Beaver Dam man accused of breaking into multiple churches last week. Kodey Meredith is facing four felony Burglary counts, all as a party to a crime. The 26-year-old allegedly broke into both Grace Presbyterian Church and First Evangelical Lutheran Church during the overnight hours of August 21-22. Meredith reportedly stole over $16-thousand dollars’ worth of Scrip cards, which churches and organizations can buy at reduced rates and sell to supporters who pay the full value for use at restaurants, gas stations, and other participating businesses. He is also accused of breaking into First Evangelical during the overnight hours of August 7-8 to steal cash, keys, and electronics. Meredith also allegedly broke into the home of Beaver Dam Police Department Chaplain Mark Jensen on the morning of August 4 and stole his chaplain badge, along with keys to Wayland Academy, checkbooks, and electronics. Officers tracked used scrip cards back to Meredith, and a search warrant executed at his house reportedly turned up the stolen items. Meredith denied stealing the cards and claimed he was unsure how the items ended up in his home. Though Meredith did tell officers he has a heroin problem. A friend allegedly told police that Meredith confessed the burglaries to him. If Meredith is convicted on all counts, he faces over 52 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is set for September 8. While there may be other suspects in the case, none have been identified at this time.
8/29/16 - Hustisford residents will likely pay more this year for the school portion of their tax bill than they did last year. The district’s preliminary budget shows a projected mill rate of $10.91, up from last year’s $10.03. That means the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $109.10 in school taxes. The $5.5-million dollar budget would bring a $3.3-million dollar tax levy, $300-thousand dollars more than the 2015-16 levy. School officials say district property values will not be available until October. Last year’s $304-million dollar property valuation was used in the preliminary document. Finance Director Michael Gerlach says the projected levy and mill rate increases are largely due to a decrease in state aid. Hustisford is also entering the third of four years in a $240,000 technology upgrade plan. Superintendent Heather Cramer says the district has seen positive results in the first two years as parents have noted their kids are more engaged in learning through the new, interactive lessons that incorporate laptops, IPads, and smart boards. Gerlach says the preliminary budget comes with a $62-thousand dollar deficit. He says the district was in a similar spot going into the past two school years but both times eliminated the deficit by year’s end. This year’s budget hearing is scheduled for October 10 with final adoption the following week.
8/29/16 - Students in the Mayville School District will see a new superintendent when they start school this week. Scott Sabol was hired in June to replace the retiring Dr. Pat Antony. Most recently, Sabol spent six years as the superintendent in the Neosho Joint Three School District. Prior to that, he served as a high school principal in both Lake Mills and Sheboygan Falls. Sabol says he chose to come to Mayville due to the district’s focus on personalized learning. After playing a key role in Herman, Neosho, and Rubicon’s consolidation, Sabol believes he could bring valuable insight and guidance if Mayville considers consolidation in the future, as it did with Horicon until talks broke down earlier this year. Sabol grew up in Johnson Creek and currently lives north of Oconomowoc with his wife and two kids.
8/29/16 - While still in the very preliminary stages, Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy discussed the city’s 2017 budget with us Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment. Kennedy says his approach to the budget is to work with Finance Director John Somers and department heads to refine the numbers before they get to elected officials for further scrutiny. The current years 2016 budget totals $15.2-million dollars and includes a tax levy of $9.7-million dollars, up around $200-thousand dollars, or two-percent from the previous budget. The mill rate taxpayers got last December was $10.05 per thousand dollars of assessed value, down five cents. While it is too early to project what taxpayers may see this December, Kennedy says the city will be able to increase its budget by 1.33-percent this year which translates to $168-thousand more than last year’s budget. Beaver Dam will see revenues of roughly $350-thosuand dollars for being meeting the requirements of the state’s Expenditure Restraint Program, which rewards municipalities that keep their budget in check. The city has in recent years and will continue to limit borrowing to no more than $1.6-million per year for Capital Improvement Projects. Taxpayers will have more help in meeting the levy this year as the city’s equalized value has increased by $22-million dollars, to an estimated $1-billion-63-million-dollars.
8/28/16 - Dodge County’s Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting next month. At the gathering, bureau members will forward policy recommendations to the state board on emerging agricultural matters such as animal husbandry, rural broadband, and wetlands regulations. The county will also select its delegates for December’s statewide bureau meeting in Wisconsin Dells. The county meeting is September 19 at 7:30 pm at the Juneau Community Center.
8/28/16 - There could be some changes in traffic flow soon in Beaver Dam. The city’s Operations Committee last night advanced a proposal to change Fourth Street, in front of the middle school, from a two-way street to one-way. Traffic between North Spring and North Center streets would become westbound only. A final vote is anticipated in October. Next month, the council will consider making Gilmore and Grove streets a four-way stop.