CoVantage merges with CentralAlliance

On July 31, members of CentralAlliance Credit Union voted overwhelmingly in favor of the decision to merge with CoVantage Credit Union. The merger had already been approved by regulators.

With the recent positive vote by CentralAlliance members, which was the final approval needed to move forward, the two financial cooperatives are planning the merger to be effective Jan. 1.

Founded in 1934, CentralAlliance Credit Union serves approximately 5,200 members and has assets of nearly $80 million. According to Tonni Larson, CEO of CentralAlliance, “The staff, along with myself and our board of directors, see this as a wonderful opportunity for our members and for our community. CoVantage shares the same beliefs that we do – of service, value, and commitment to improving the lives of members and employees well into the future.”


Medical residency training center could be out

The vaunted medical residency training center that was the key element of a development agreement with the city of Shawano is likely to be gutted from the agreement amid expectations the developers won’t be able to deliver on it.

“There have been discussions about an amendment to the development agreement that would effectively remove the clinic and the hospital from that agreement,” Shawano City Administrator Brian Knapp said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.

Knapp said in that interview that the amendment hadn’t been finalized, but removal of the medical residency training center was a possibility.

“That’s uncertain, but I think it’s likely,” he said.

The Shawano Common Council met in closed session Wednesday night to discuss the developer’s agreement.

“There’s some things that are going to happen that were talked about in closed session,” Mayor Ed Whealon said after the meeting, but, he said, the agreement would be approved.


Council endorses measure against dark stores

The city of Shawano on Wednesday joined a growing effort to change a state tax loophole that allows big box stores to claim properties they vacate should be considered virtually worthless for tax purposes, and that new properties they move into should be valued by the same standards.

The Shawano Common Council unanimously approved a recommendation by the finance committee to donate $1,000 to the Wisconsin League of Municipalities’ effort to organize an end to the dark stores loophole.

“It’s affecting cities like us substantially and we’re losing all that assessed value,” said Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard.

Sheppard said the league has been trying to get the word out and get people in communities to understand the significance of the tax loophole.

“If you lose the assessed value on these businesses, communities have to make up that tax revenue somewhere,” Sheppard said, “and it could be falling onto residential properties.”


Hand dryers purchased for SCHS

Shawano Community High School students, staff and visitors will find less of a mess in the restrooms after the Shawano School Board agreed to spend more than $12,500 to replace paper towel bins with hand dryers.

The move to hand dryers started after Kori Halstead, a student at SCHS, made a presentation to the board in May and pointed out that the dryers would not only cut down on waste but save the district money.

Utilizing hand dryers at all the schools would eliminate the need for custodial staff to be constantly filling up the dispensers, Halstead said at the earlier meeting. The dryers can dry up to 1,000 pairs of hands for the same cost as a single paper towel.

Halstead had estimated that the total cost for installing hand dryers at all four Shawano School District would be $52,528.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 7

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident between a motorcycle and truck in the 900 block of Waukechon Street. No injuries were reported.

Disorderly — A 17-year-old Shawano male was arrested for disorderly conduct and bail jumping after police responded to a juvenile problem at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Main and Green Bay streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of East Green Bay Street.

OAR — A 20-year-old Shawano man was cited for operating after revocation and failure to install an ignition interlock device at Olson and Richmond streets.

Forgery — CoVantage Credit Union, 911 E. Green Bay St., reported a forgery incident.


Proposed tubing business has new location

A proposed tubing business that would let customers recreate on the Wolf River has a new location in mind, a week after its originally proposed site was shot down by Shawano’s zoning administrator and Board of Appeals.

Owner Jeff Kammerer said the new location would be disclosed later, once everything is finalized.

“I found a different building,” he said. “I’ve got the equipment, the inventory pretty much taken care of, and when the time is right, I can announce where it’s going to be. Right now, I’m just working on getting advertising and marketing and everything else going.”

The business was originally to be called Wolf River Tubing, but Kammerer said that would change so as not to be confused with Wolf River Trips and Campground in New London, which also offers tubing.

It would provide the community and tourists the ability to float the Wolf River by means of a tube, kayak or canoe, either individually or in groups, with designated pickup points.


School board approves security upgrades

The Shawano School District has received more than $85,000 in school safety grant funding from the state, but it’s not waiting for the check to arrive in the mail.

The Shawano School Board gave its blessing Monday night to three projects worth more than $110,000 intended to enhance security at the district’s four schools. All of the funding will come out of the district’s fund balance, but most of it will be replenished once the state issues the grant money.

“This grant money will cover some of these projects we need to do, but we don’t have it now,” Superintendent Gary Cumberland said. “It’s going to come, but we want to get these things done now.”

The first project will place wireless sensors on every exterior door and provide software that will immediately alert officials when a door is open during times when school is in session. The project is expected to cost $49,336.


Wittenberg man arraigned on terrorist threat charge

A Wittenberg man charged with making terrorist threats while leading authorities on a manhunt in the village Aug. 2 entered a plea Monday of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

An evaluation will be scheduled for Lawrence L. Walker III, 22, who claimed to have explosives and hostages as he communicated by phone with Shawano County dispatchers.

The incident started as a welfare check shortly after 3:30 a.m., when Walker called dispatch to say he was on the roof of Associated Bank, 504 S. Webb St., and wanted to die, according to the criminal complaint.

He claimed to have 17 hostages and said he had placed explosives around the building that he would detonate if authorities interfered, the complaint said.

Walker was eventually located and subdued with a Taser before being taken into custody.

He could face a maximum possible penalty of 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine for making terrorist threats.


W. VA man fearing conspiracy charged with fleeing from deputy

A West Virginia man arrested for fleeing from a Shawano County sheriff’s deputy Thursday said he feared for his life because of a wide-ranging human trafficking conspiracy that he wanted to report.

Thomas J. Brock, 24, was spotted by the deputy speeding on U.S. Highway 45, going an estimated 77 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the criminal complaint.

The vehicle sped up to about 100 mph when the deputy tried to pull it over.

The deputy pursued the vehicle into Langlade County where the chase was terminated.

The vehicle was later stopped by Antigo police after being spotted going nearly 80 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The Shawano County deputy responded to the scene of the traffic stop.

According to the complaint, Brock told authorities he fled from the deputy because he feared for his life.

He said there was a “national conspiracy” underway, and he was on his way to Rhinelander to talk to the mayor.


Wolf River Lutheran names Jiter as principal

Jerry Jiter has accepted the position as the new principal of Wolf River Lutheran High School.

Jiter comes to the school with more than 30 years of Lutheran school teaching experience, including 10 years as principal of St. Martin Lutheran School in Clintonville.

Wolf River Lutheran High School will also have a new office secretary, as Jean Beauprey has accepted the school board’s offer of employment. Beauprey has 21 years of secretarial experience with the Shawano Community School District.

The 2018-19 school year will begin Aug. 15 with 34 students enrolled, including 13 freshmen — which is the school’s largest class to date. The opening service will be held at 9 a.m. in the school commons area and will include the installation and rededication of the faculty.

There is still time to enroll new students. Contact Jiter at 715-245-2400 to set up an appointment or email


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