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Fri
15
Feb

New features coming to city’s skate park

The Shawano Common Council on Wednesday approved the addition of several new elements at the Skate Park, none of which will require taxpayer money, according to city officials.

The money will come from the park and recreation department’s skateboard park fund, which has a balance of $17,607, all of which was obtained via grants or donations.

The park, at 414 S. Elizabeth St., was opened in 2008 at a cost of about $35,000, most of which came from grants and donations from groups that held fundraisers. Shawano County supervisors provided the last $10,000. The property was provided by the city.

The skate park was intended to be built in phases, with the existing park still at Phase One.

The park and recreation department recently put out a request for proposals for Phase Two and got back only one quote, which came from American Ramp Company of Joplin, Missouri.

Fri
15
Feb

AmVets funding fallen soldier monument at Woodlawn

A new monument paid for by a local veterans group will be added to the Veterans Memorial at Woodlawn Cemetery, marking the final piece of a project that has been ongoing for several years.

The local AmVets organization has provided a $10,000 denotation for the sole purpose of adding a bronze fallen soldier monument to the cemetery’s memorial.

The memorial currently features flags and engraved benches honoring each branch of the services, as well as a stone marker honoring veterans of all wars.

The AmVets addition will be comprised of three pieces, including the main bronze fallen soldier monument at a cost of $4,995, the granite base it will stand on at a cost of $4,695 and a bronze plaque at a cost of $480.

“We definitely want to pay our gratitude to AmVets,” Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks said, “a group that obviously gave a lot through their own military service at different points in their life, and they just continue to give.”

Fri
15
Feb

Pulaski names finalist for superintendent post

The Pulaski Community School Board has named Dr. Jason Lau the sole finalist for the position of district superintendent.

On Feb. 10, a number of highly qualified candidates were interviewed by the board. Candidates were also interviewed by two advisory panels comprised of PCSD residents, parents/guardians, staff, faculty and administrators.

On Monday, the public is invited to a meet-and-greet with Lau at 4 p.m. at Pulaski High School, 1050 S. St. Augustine St., Pulaski. At 5 p.m., there will be a public question-and-answer session as well. The board will move into closed session at 6 p.m. to conduct a follow-up interview with Lau.

Fri
15
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 13

Police logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Police assisted in attempting to locate a shoplifter who fled the Highway 22 Shell, N4543 State Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine. A shoplifting incident was also reported at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Warrant — A 27-year-old man was arrested on a warrant at Lincoln Street and Highview Avenue; a 40-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 600 block of South Main Street; and a 21-year-old Kewaunee man was arrested for a probation and parole warrant and Division and Sawyer streets.

OAS — A 19-year-old Shawano woman was cited for operating after suspension at Division and Sawyer streets.

Threatening — Threatening graffiti was reported at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, and Shawano Community High School, 1050 S. Union St. The incidents are under investigation.

Thu
14
Feb

State court upholds sexual assault conviction of former bar operator


Leader file photo Darwin Davis reacts to his guilty verdict on child sexual assault charges after a jury trial in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court in November 2015. Davis lost a bid to overturn his conviction Tuesday before a state appeals court.

A former Shawano bar operator sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for child sexual assault lost a bid for a new trial Tuesday after his conviction was upheld by a state appeals court.

Darwin R. Davis, 51, was found guilty after a weeklong jury trial in November 2015 of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl in the basement of a Shawano tavern he once operated and on multiple occasions at his home in 2012.

Davis maintained he had ineffective counsel in the case, primarily because his attorney did not object when the prosecution questioned him about his connection to a Shawano woman who went missing in 2013.

Heather Szekeres, 32, disappeared in June 2013 while the charges against Davis were still pending. She had last been seen at the Final Lap Tavern, the bar Davis operated. She had been expected to testify about Davis’ relationship with the girl and had already given authorities a statement to that effect.

Thu
14
Feb

City OKs affordable housing proposal

The Shawano Common Council on Wednesday approved tapping tap two expiring Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) districts to promote new affordable housing and renovate existing units in the city, particularly in the downtown area.

“There’s been a lot of interest from building owners in the downtown to potentially use some of those funds to not only renovate their apartments but create some that have affordable housing components,” said City Administrator Eddie Sheppard.

“It’s an opportunity to make some of these incentives available,” he told the council.

The resolutions technically called for extending the life of those TIF districts, but in reality would use the last year of TIF-related tax collections in those districts to go to affordable housing.

By passing a resolution extending the TIF district for affordable housing the city can utilize the 2018 collection for that purpose.

Thu
14
Feb

SCEPI begins strategic planning initiative

Shawano County Economic Progress, Inc. has launched a series of strategic planning meetings aimed at finding ways to address things like business and workforce retention and wireless broadband in the county.

“We’re looking at the future,” SCEPI Executive Director Dennis Heling said. “And looking at things like what are the key areas that are impacting the local communities throughout our area, throughout Shawano County.”

The SCEPI Board of Directors held its first meeting on the topic Friday and plans several more over the next few months.

The first meeting started with a lot of questions.

“How are we going to, from SCEPI’s position, plan for changes that we need to make to be able to do a better job,” Heling said. “Is continuing to work on (job and business) retention, working with local businesses, still our priority?”

Heling said the strategic plan would lay out a strategy for the immediate future and over the next five years.

Thu
14
Feb

Valentine’s anniversary


Contributed photo Eunice and Walter Rosin pose on their wedding day back in June 1953. After spending close to 66 years together, the couple remembers fondly their engagement on Valentine’s Day.

(Editor’s note: To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Shawano Leader is presenting two different love stories, both honoring love that endures.)

They say that love is a gamble of the heart; one can never be certain whether they’re drawing a king or a joker. That was much the mindset of Eunice Rosin when she reluctantly agreed to spend an evening playing cards with a pastor at the request of her mother and sister-in-law.

“I wasn’t interested in a preacher,” she said, “I told my mother I’d come, but that my brother better pick me up at 10 o’clock.”

Though when her brother arrived at 10 on the nose, Eunice had been chatting with Walter, a Concordia University seminary student, for hours under the auspice of playing cards with a group of family and friends.

“Well, by that time, I wanted to stay a little bit longer,” she said.

Thu
14
Feb

The gift of time


Contributed photo Sharing a gift of time are, from left, Lilian Spitzberger, Jaime Gajewski, Nick Bartz, Lois Bartz, Augie Spitzberger and Erv Bartz.

(Editor’s note: To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Shawano Leader is presenting two different love stories, both honoring love that endures.)

Like many children, my brother and I have countless fond memories of growing up surrounded by loving grandparents. These special bonds have shaped our lives and made us who we are today.

The amazing story here is that Nick and I are now nearly 40 years old, and both sets of our grandparents are still happily married and living in their own homes. Unlike many adults who have lost their grandparents, we have been lucky enough to have this extended time with ours.

Thu
14
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 12

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 32-year-old Neopit man was arrested for an outstanding warrant and cited for obstructing an officer and operating after suspension at Wescott Avenue and Franklin Street.

OWI — A 26-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Evergreen and Richmond streets.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at Shawano Pawn Shop, 141 River Heights Drive.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 1200 block of South Lafayette Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 12

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Church Road in the town of Morris.

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on Genesee Street in Wittenberg.

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