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Thu
08
Nov

Voters kind to schools on Election Day

The Gresham and Bonduel school districts saw their referendums pass in Tuesday’s election. The Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District saw mixed results with the first question on the ballot passing and the second failing.

Gresham’s referendum to borrow $6.5 million received 55.86 percent of the voters’ approval. The funding will be used to demolish the 1935 portion of its building, which has outdated infrastructure and is not compliant for disabled access, and build additional, modernized classrooms for the middle and high school students, according to the Gresham School District.

Property taxes for the district are expected to go up an additional $1.84 per $1,000 of equalized valuation.

Thu
08
Nov

Inn donates furniture to Habitat for Humanity


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Helping load furniture donated by the Best Western Wittenberg Inn to Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County are, from left, Angi Schreiber, Rodney Ullman, who provided his semi for the move, Tom Duke, Daniel Whipple, Roger Fuller, Pastor Kellen Lewis, Sally Jo Stevens and Warren Wagner.

What do you do with the leftover furniture when you’re renovating a hotel?

Sally Jo Stevens, general manager of the Best Western Wittenberg Inn, started out selling items by word of mouth and on Facebook. She quickly realized she would need an easier option.

Stevens, who also serves as vice president of the Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce, discussed the situation with chamber President Travis Rose, who suggested donating to Habitat for Humanity in Antigo.

“Travis got me in touch with Angi (Schreiber), and they were delighted for the donation,” Stevens said. “When they came, they went into a little shock on the amount, I think. Good thing it was a big semi.”

“This is the first donation where we filled an entire semi,” said Schreiber, executive director for the Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County.

Wed
07
Nov

Bieber, Tauchen hold onto seats in election


Leader photo by Greg Mellis Bowler election officials Colleen Cortright, Lou Ann Herzberg and Pat Zeinert Tuesday morning at Bowler Town Hall polling place.

Unofficial results of Tuesday's election in key area races. The tallies still need to be confirmed by the Board of Canvass.

• Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber defeated challenger Keith Sorlie, an independent candidate and former sheriff’s department detective, by a vote of 10,193 to 7,531. Bieber was running for a second four-year term.

• Assembly District 6, which includes much of Shawano County, saw incumbent Gary Tauchen hold onto another two-year term against Democratic challenger Richard Sarnwick and Libertarian challenger Mike Hammond on Tuesday night. With 98 percent of the vote in, the tally was 8,605 for Tauchen, 4,639 for Sarnwick and 1,235 for Hammond.

• Assembly District 35, which includes the western section of Shawano County, incumbent Mary Czaja-Felzkowski defeated Mark Martello by a vote of 17,140 to 9801

Wed
07
Nov

Tourtillott to fill vacant school board seat


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Starlyn Tourtillott, the newest member of the Shawano School Board, recites her oath of office Monday as Lori Sherman, administrative assistant for the board, holds up the written oath. Tourtillott will fill the board seat for the next five months until an election is held for a new three-year term.

The Shawano School Board has nine members again after the board voted to appoint Starlyn Tourtillott to its vacant seat on Monday.

Tourtillott was appointed to fill the city of Shawano position vacated by Derek Johnson, who resigned Oct. 1 after he took a job in New Mexico. Tourtillott will hold the seat until April 2019, when an election will be held for a three-year term.

Tourtillott was one of four Shawano residents to submit a declaration of interest for the position. The board interviewed all four applicants, which also included Mart Grams, Melissa Neuthals and Bryanna Wendt and selected Tourtillott with six votes via secret ballot; the seventh vote went to Grams.

Tourtillott has two children that go to Shawano public schools and noted a third child is due to be born early next year. Besides working as an attorney, Tourtillott also serves on the Shawano Redevelopment Authority and the school district’s Title VI committee.

Wed
07
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 5

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 200 block of Willow Wood Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 300 block of West Fourth Street.

Fleeing — A 37-year-old Shawano man was arrested for resisting/obstructing an officer and a probation violation after he fled from officers on a bicycle and then on foot at Andrews and Center streets. He was apprehended a short time later walking alongside a residence in the 200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Nov. 4

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Wed
07
Nov

Bonduel library offering programs next month

The Bonduel branch of the Shawano County Library has a range of programs for all ages on the docket for November.

A demonstration on how to use essential oils in cooking will be held Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will participate in a simple cooking process, try some treats and take home information about how to incorporate essential oils in the kitchen.

An end-of-life planning seminar will be held Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home will present information and tips on things to think about while in good health.

String Theory is being held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. This weekly meet-up is for those who love creating with needles. Bring knitting, crocheting or other projects with you.

Story time will be held Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. and feature a variety of stories, songs and activities for preschool-aged children.

Teens can enjoy a drop-in craft and creation time Nov. 21 from 3-7 p.m. Stop by and create something new to take home.

Wed
07
Nov

United Cooperative members share in profits

Members of United Cooperative will share in its profits this month as part of October’s National Cooperative Month.

The co-op announced that it had $647 million in sales in 2017 and returned $30.1 million in total patronage to members. Forty percent of those dollars were distributed in cash in April, while 60 percent were retained in equity credits.

This month, the cooperative will revolve more than $7.1 million to members and retire $1.1 million in stock for patrons at age 77 and pay all estates as requested.

“It’s the foresight of the board of directors (made up of farmer members), the management and employees of the cooperative to recognize and plan for member-owners’ changing needs and industry trends,” said David Cramer, president and CEO. “United Cooperative responds to changes at the farm gate by investing in strategically positioned assets that support agricultural producers.”

Wed
07
Nov

Paper Clover campaign funds 4-H scholarships

Wisconsin 4-H youth will experience valuable hands-on learning opportunities as a result of Tractor Supply’s 2018 Paper Clover Campaign, a biannual fundraiser held in partnership with the National 4-H Council. Wisconsin Tractor Supply stores collectively raised $18,207 through donations this year.

Customers at Wisconsin Tractor Supply locations purchased paper clovers at the stores and online from Oct. 3-14, donating $10,547. Those funds will be added to donations collected earlier this year to help fund scholarships for numerous state-level 4-H programs, including camps and leadership conferences.

“Supporting today’s youth means supporting tomorrow’s leaders,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company.

Sat
03
Nov

Transportation, public safety key issues in Assembly race

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of Question and Answer sessions held with the three candidates for the 6th District Assembly seat.

Incumbent State Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, will face Democratic candidate Richard Sarnwick, a Shawano doctor, and Libertarian candidate Michael Hammond, a former Shawano area dairy farmer, on the Nov. 6 ballot.

In this final installment, the candidates discuss transportation, party affiliation and compromise.

Q: What should the state be doing to address transportation and public safety needs?

Sat
03
Nov

Interest high in upcoming election

Area voters’ interest in Tuesday’s election appears to be high, judging by the absentee voting that has already taken place in the city of Shawano, according to Deputy Clerk Lesley Nemetz.

“We have seen a large number of individuals coming in and voting in the office, as well as receiving their absentee ballots via mail,” Nemetz said.

There were still absentee ballots being issued and in-person votes being processed mid-afternoon Friday, but the numbers seemed to be at least on track with the 2014 governor’s race and could be higher when the counting is finally done and early voting wraps up.

In 2014, the city issued 563 absentee ballots. As of mid-afternoon Friday, 523 had been issued, with an estimated 75 to 100 more still to be processed, according to Nemetz.

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