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Columbus Seeking Liaison During James Street Reconstruction

Feb 22, 2017 -- 6:59am

2/22/17 - The city of Columbus is recruiting for a person to act as a “business liaison” and “public relations assistant” during the James Street reconstruction project. The position would act as liaison between DOT construction managers and local businesses. City Economic Development Officer Dave Carlson says applications for the intern position are due at the end of this week. Top to bottom reconstruction of James Street will get underway in March. The city expects the liaison to work about 400 hours between March and October. The DOT is holding a public information session on the James Street reconstruction project tonight (Wed) from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Columbus Middle School.

Changes In Store For Beaver Dam Relay For Life

Feb 22, 2017 -- 6:58am

2/22/17 - There are some big changes in store for this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Beaver Dam. Longtime Event Chair Kristin Fabisch is stepping down from her leadership position this year though she is remaining on to help guide the new chair of the event, Leann Tramm. Fabisch says in addition to new leadership, this summer’s Relay will be held in a different location with different hours. Because of construction at the Beaver Dam High School, the event will be held outside the Wayland Academy Fieldhouse with auction items and restroom facilities available inside the Fieldhouse. In addition, the closing ceremonies will now be held at midnight instead of 8am the following morning. Fabisch says they are trying something new this year and if it does not work they can always go back to the traditional way they had been doing it. The Relay For Life will be held on Friday, June 16. More information is available at:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY17MW?pg=entry&fr_id=80126

Horicon Schools, Chamber Preparing Community Survey

Feb 22, 2017 -- 6:58am

2/22/17 - The Horicon Board of Education discussed a community survey at their meeting this week. The questionnaire is a joint effort by the Horicon Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and the Horicon School District. Among other things, the survey will ask district residents why they choose Horicon. School District Administrator Richard Apple says the questions will focus on those who choose to commute into Horicon rather than live in the community. Around 90-percent of the survey will be done electronically, sent out via emails and published online. The survey was spurred on by the Chamber of Commerce as part of an effort to fill job opening but Apple says it also grew out of discussions at an economic development summit last summer. The survey will cost just under $6000, with each of the three entities paying one-third. Apple says the next step is to formulate and finalize the questions.

Beaver Dam Man Gets Prison For Threatening Police

Feb 22, 2017 -- 6:58am

2/22/17 - A Beaver Dam man was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday for threatening police officers.  In November, Steven Bilke pled to felony Threats to Law Enforcement and a misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct and had three other charges dismissed and read into the record. The incident happened in May, when Beaver Dam Police were dispatched to the 47-year-old’s house for a domestic disturbance in progress.  Upon arrival, officers tried to arrest Bilke for an outstanding warrant.  He refused to cooperate and pepper spray was used. Bilke threatened three Beaver Dam officers later that day at the hospital, telling them he would come to their homes and beat them. District Attorney Kurt Klomberg argued for a stiff sentence saying Bilke is a “career criminal with over 30 prior criminal convictions who has been in-an-out of prison for the last 20 years.” Klomberg says his office continues to prosecute such threats “vigorously” because law enforcement personnel deserve respect and he adds that because they are protecting lives everything must be done to support them. In addition to six years in prison, Bilke was sentenced to four years of extended supervision.

Evers, Holtz Advance In DPI Superintendent Race

Feb 22, 2017 -- 6:57am

2/22/17 - State public school Superintendent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz have advanced to the April fourth general election, after easy victories in Tuesday's primary. Evers, an eight-year incumbent, got 70-percent of almost 360-thousand votes cast. Holtz, a former Beloit superintendent, got 23-percent and consultant and former Dodgeville school administrator John Humphries was eliminated with seven percent. In Dodge County, there were 4333 ballots cast in yesterday’s race, compared to 43-thousand in November. Evers received the majority of Dodge County votes just over 2400, followed by Holtz who received around 1600 votes; Humphries secured 300 votes. The 65-year-old Evers says his large margin of victory shows that Wisconsinites are committed to public education -- and he assumed that Holtz would get funding from the private school voucher advocates that the challenger supports. The 59-year-old Holtz issued a statement which promised what he called "an alternative vision for the future of Wisconsin's students," and Humphries says he remains convinced that youngsters can "achieve so much more with the right leadership" in the state Department of Public Instruction.

Beaver Dam Chamber Hosting Spring Candidates Forum

Feb 22, 2017 -- 6:57am

2/22/17 - The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is hosting candidate’s forum next month. Those invited to participate in the panel include candidates for mayor, alderman and circuit court judge. Incumbent Mayor Tom Kennedy is facing a challenge from ward eight alderwoman Becky Glewen.  The other contested race is in the city’s ninth aldermanic district where Richard Barcus is facing incumbent Lisa Davidson. Two candidates are competing for the judicial seat previously held by Judge John Storck: Incumbent Judge Martin De Vries of Randolph and Attorney Randy Doyle of Beaver Dam. The format will allow for questions from the media, the public and the candidates themselves. The Spring Election Candidates Forum will be held at the Beaver Dam Veterans Center on Wednesday, March 22 beginning at 7pm. It will be broadcast live on AM 1430 WBEV.

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