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Sat
24
Feb

More than $1 Million in Scholarship Aid Available to Area High School Students

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region has more than $1 million in scholarship money available to students from 60 schools in the region, including students in the Shawano County area. The Shawano Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Appleton-based community foundation. Many scholarship applications are due by March 1.

The lists of 200 available scholarships can be found www.cffoxvalley.org/scholarships and searching by school. Most are for graduating seniors, but there are scholarships for nontraditional students returning to school or those already attending college.

The foundation manages charitable funds so they can provide scholarship money year after year in the manner the donor indicated, as well as overseeing the application process.

Sat
24
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 22

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of East Center Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 22

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on Genesee Street in Wittenberg.

Drug Offense — Charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were referred against a 40-year-old Eagle River man on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

Fire — Authorities responded to a chimney fire on County Road Q in the town of Wittenberg.

Fri
23
Feb

PSC grants Shawano electric rate hike

The Public Service Commission granted Shawano Municipal Utilities an overall 2.88 percent electric rate increase Thursday but only about half of what it sought for its largest customer, Aarrowcast, Inc.

Thursday’s rate increase comes barely a year after SMU’s last increase, which the utility has since said has not produced enough revenue to prevent its non-industrial customers from subsidizing the cost of serving Aarrowcast with power.

“By our calculation in 2017, we lost $840,000 in the cost of purchased power alone to Aarrowcast,” said Brian Knapp, city administrator.

Although SMU can adjust its rates as the cost of power it buys wholesale fluctuates, it can only do so within the average cost of power for all customers. The cost of wholesale power it supplies its largest industrial customer, Aarrowcast, is billed at rates lower than the average cost of power, Knapp explained.

Fri
23
Feb

Primary turnout slightly above average

Nasty weather and icy roads slowed down voting during the morning hours of Tuesday’s mayoral primary in Shawano, but by the time polls closed at 8 p.m. the city saw a slightly better than average turnout for a primary election.

The total count was 1,133 voters, or 29 percent of the 3,947 voters registered in the city.

“That’s a little higher than normal,” said Deputy City Clerk Lesley Nemetz. “The mayor’s race caused a definite upswing in interest among the people who showed up.”

There were concerns early Tuesday that the weather would dampen turnout.

“It was definitely slow in the morning, while the roads were iffy,” Nemetz said. “In the afternoon, we saw a definite pickup in (voter) traffic.”

The 2016 primary, which had six mayoral candidates and no incumbent on the ballot, drew 28 percent of registered voters.

Fri
23
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 21

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 34-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Green Bay Street and Green Bay Court.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Fraud — Police investigated an internet scam complaint in the 300 block of Madison Way.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 1200 block of East Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 21

Deputies logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 42-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant on County Road Y in the town of Belle Plaine.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Spaulding Street in Tigerton.

Fri
23
Feb

SACF provides grants to 12 organizations

The Shawano Area Community Foundation has approved $35,750 in grants from its Shawano Area Fund to 12 charitable organizations serving people in Shawano County.

The Shawano Area Fund is an endowment that accepts donations of any amount to be used to provide annual grants. The foundation’s volunteer grants committee selects grant recipients through a competitive application process each fall. The grant dollars come from the endowment fund and proceeds from the foundation’s annual Harvest Moon Soirée fundraising event.

The 2017 Shawano Area Fund grant recipients are as follows:

• Belle Plaine EMS – To supply each first responder with required equipment to ensure the survival of patients who need emergency assistance. Amount awarded: $2,500

• Bridge the Gap Inc. – To provide a social skills and daily living skills summer camp for clients ages 5-21 with autism spectrum disorders. Amount awarded: $4,000

Fri
23
Feb

More than $1 Million in Scholarship Aid Available to Area High School Students

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region has more than $1 million in scholarship money available to students from 60 schools in the region, including students in the Shawano County area. The Shawano Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Appleton-based community foundation. Many scholarship applications are due by March 1.

The lists of 200 available scholarships can be found www.cffoxvalley.org/scholarships and searching by school. Most are for graduating seniors, but there are scholarships for nontraditional students returning to school or those already attending college.

The foundation manages charitable funds so they can provide scholarship money year after year in the manner the donor indicated, as well as overseeing the application process.

Thu
22
Feb

RDA mulls next steps on blighted property priorities

With action still pending on two blighted downtown properties, the Shawano Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday cast an eye to remaining priority properties on its to-do list.

The RDA directed Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard to renew contact with the property owners to see where things stand on their efforts to make improvements to the properties.

Though some have presented plans in the past, there hasn’t been any subsequent action on most of the properties, all of which are currently vacant.

The properties include the former El Mariachi’s building at 635 S. Main St.; the brewery building at 713 S. Main St., which was purchased by Dan Hartwig and is undergoing renovation; and the former Main Street Pub at 135 N. Main St.

Four other properties on the list are all owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology or its subsidiaries.

Thu
22
Feb

Clintonville seeks to repair dam

The city of Clintonville will be seeking bids to fix its dam, after the Common Council approved a resolution Feb. 13 to move forward with the repair project — hopefully with assistance from the state.

A dam inspection in 2014 by Ayres Associates revealed some areas of the concrete had become soft and unsafe due to previous repairs. Kray Brown, public works director, said at a recent meeting of the Clintonville street committee that repairs are estimated at $471,000.

However, a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources could alleviate some of those costs, according to Sharon Eveland, city administrator. If approved, the DNR grant would pay 50 percent of the dam project, up to $400,000. From $400,000 to $800,000, the grant would pay 25 percent.

Brown said that as of now, he knew of only two other municipalities that are applying for the DNR grant.

Thu
22
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 20

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 42-year-old Shawano man who was intoxicated and causing a disturbance at the Shawano Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., was arrested for a probation violation.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 100 block of Woodlawn Drive.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of West First Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 20

Deputies logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Sandy Drive in the town of Washington.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to an intoxicated person complaint on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

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