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Wed
07
Mar

Cronce, Whealon to face each other in debate

Incumbent Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce and challenger Ed Whealon will face off March 20 in the only mayoral debate between the two candidates prior to the April 3 general election.

The debate — presented by The Shawano Leader, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, Shawano School District Community Education and Shawano Area Young Professionals (SAYPro) — will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. at the Shawano Community High School auditorium, 220 County Road B, Shawano. Admission is free.

SAYPro will live stream the debate via the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Cronce and Whealon were the top two vote-getters in the Feb. 20 primary election, with Cronce garnering 443 votes to Whealon’s 379 votes. Retired businessman Jim Oberstein received 303 votes, failing to advance to the general election.

Wed
07
Mar

Drug epidemic growing in Shawano, Menominee counties


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan State Attorney General Brad Schimel, center, is flanked by Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber and state Rep. Gary Tauchen at a law enforcement roundtable at the sheriff’s department Thursday where drug abuse was the dominant topic.

A multitude of drug abuse-related problems in Shawano and Menominee counties, the extent of which the general public might not be aware, were aired Tuesday morning at a law enforcement roundtable with state Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Solutions to those problems, however, along with resources to deal with them were in short supply.

Schimel has been holding roundtable discussions in counties across the state.

He was joined in a panel discussion at the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department with Sheriff Adam Bieber and state Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel).

Attendees included government and law enforcement officials from around Shawano and Menominee counties.

“We’re trying to find out what can we do at the Department of Justice to help,” Schimel said.

He said the state DOJ has already used information garnered in other counties to write applications for federal grant money to help battle the growing methamphetamine epidemic.

Wed
07
Mar

Shawano schools look at spreading message

Shawano School District wants to be the preeminent choice for parents in the area to send their kids to school, and it also wants to attract students from outside the district boundaries.

To do that, the district needs to boost its image, and a committee consisting of staff, parents and community members has formed to focus on public relations and marketing.

“We’re focusing on Marion, Tigerton, Bonduel and trying to get them to choose us,” said Troy Edwards, Hillcrest Primary School principal and the one spearheading the project, in a report Monday to the Shawano School Board. “We’re also focusing on retention, so we don’t have our Shawano students going to other districts.”

Wed
07
Mar

Bomb scare shakes up Marion neighborhood

Marion police Tuesday responded to a bomb threat after a package was found with a note stating there was a bomb inside.

The police department received a call at about 9:45 a.m. regarding a suspicious package found on the steps at an address in the 200 block of Hillcrest Drive. The package had a note attached stating the package was a bomb.

The immediate area around the residence was evacuated by the Marion Police Department and Marion Area Fire Department.

The Brown/Outagamie County Bomb Squad was contacted to investigate the package.

It was determined that the contents of the package was not a bomb and the public was not in danger.

The matter is under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Marion Police Department at 715-754-5060.

Wed
07
Mar

Taste of Shawano back for 11th year

The 11th annual Taste of Shawano will be held on March 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the commons at Shawano Community High School.

Tickets are available now at Premier Community Bank and both CoVantage Credit Union locations in Shawano. The pre-sale adult price is $15 per person. Tickets will be available the night of the event, but the adult price will be $20 at the door. Students are $10 each, while children under 5 are free.

The event will provide a “taste” of Shawano and Menominee counties. Junior Achievement, which created the event, will again be asking attendees to vote for the Best of Show vendor. New this year will be a Best of Show travelling award for one deserving vendor to proudly display until next year’s event.

A shuttle bus will be available between the high school parking lots and the door provided by Johnson School Bus Service.

Sat
03
Mar

Stubborn Brothers hopes to save historic Crescent marquee


Contributed photo A view of the former Crescent Theater circa 1950, featuring a blade-style marquee, when it was one of Shawano’s popular movie houses.

Contributed photo Renovations are underway at the former Crescent Pitcher Show which will soon become the Stubborn Brothers Brewery at 220 S. Main St. in Shawano

The marquee outside the former Crescent Pitcher Show in downtown Shawano has for many years been part of the historic landscape of South Main Street.

Though it has changed in shape and style over the decades, as time and fashions changed, it has served to designate the Crescent building since its original incarnation as a vaudeville theater since the early 1900s.

Later, the Crescent, at 220 S. Main St., became a community staple as a movie theater — the vaudeville stage hidden by a movie screen — and soon will be home to Stubborn Brothers Brewery.

It would be the usual practice in such situations to tear away the old to make way for the new — to pave paradise and put up a parking lot, to paraphrase the Joni Mitchell song — but if there’s anything these brothers are stubborn about, aside from beer, it’s history.

Stubborn Brothers is hoping to keep not only the vaudeville stage, but the historic marquee in place.

Sat
03
Mar

Clintonville capacity study shows schools have room

A capacity study has been underway in the Clintonville School District for the past three to four months and shows there is room for additional students in the schools as enrollment numbers have been declining.

Nathan Schieve, a representative from Bray Architects, presented the study to the school board, staff and community Monday.

Consideration was given to spaces within each building that are sized and located to function as classroom spaces but are not currently utilized as such. Including the additional spaces in each building’s calculation increases the amount that each school is under capacity.

The study shows Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School has eight identified spaces that could allow an additional 156 to 172 students to be served. There is room for additional students in each of the schools.

Sat
03
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 1

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A patio door was reported vandalized in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Warrant — A 39-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant in the 500 block of South Cleveland Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St.

Theft — License plates were reported stolen in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 1

Deputies logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 36-year-old Crandon woman was arrested on a warrant on Balsam Row Road in the town of Wescott.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Cardinal Lane in the town of Wittenberg.

Accidents — Authorities logged three deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

March 1

Fri
02
Mar

Bonduel principal retains license after DPI review

The state Department of Public Instruction confirmed Thursday that questions surrounding the administrative license of Bonduel Elementary School Principal Brad Grayvold have been resolved.

The DPI sent a letter to Grayvold on Feb. 14 stating that the investigation into issues related to his licensing had been concluded and that the license he was issued in 2017 remains valid.

The Shawano Leader requested documentation of the DPI’s decision several weeks ago and was finally provided with the letter to Grayvold on Thursday.

There had been no disruption to Grayvold’s job duties while the investigation was going on.

Fri
02
Mar

Incident at middle school sparks social media rumblings

A medical emergency Wednesday at Shawano Community Middle School set off a social media frenzy that included claims a girl was forced by other students to drink a cleaning solution and that the school had been put on lockdown.

Shawano police responded at 1:42 p.m. Wednesday for an ambulance call at the middle school, 1050 S. Union St., which involved transporting a girl to ThedaCare Medical Center to have her stomach pumped.

Police Chief Dan Mauel said there was no further police involvement in the incident and, despite social media postings, there was no force involved.

Shawano School District Superintendent Gary Cumberland also pushed back on some of the social media rumors Thursday.

“It is my understanding that no one was forced to do anything,” he said. “The way I understand, it was more of, ‘I wonder what this tastes like.’”

The student was in the band room, which was supervised at the time of the incident.

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