With five nods each, Maren Morris, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead the list of nominees for the 50th annual CMA Awards. Morris underscored her status as one of country’s hottest newcomers by scoring her first-ever CMA nominations. IN additin to new artist of the year, she’s also nominated for female vocalist, album of the... Read more »...more
The night before Luke Bryan played Chicagoâs Wrigley Field, Billy Joel had packed in a sold-out crowd at the iconic baseball field. And by the time Joelâs road crew was finished loading out early Saturday morning (Aug. 27), it was time for Bryanâs crew to load in. And it was pouring rain. So when I... Read more »...more
Dolly Partonâs Pure & Simple debuts this week as Billboardâs No. 1 country album. Itâs her first chart-topping collection in 25 years, her last having been Eagle When She Flies in 1991. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Pure & Simple sold 20,107 copies in its first sales cycle. Also debuting in the Top 5 albums array... Read more »...more
8/31/16 - The Waupun Police Department is continuing its efforts to establish a new K-9 program in the city. Police Chief Dale Heeringa says their current dog Yako is close to retirement. Heeringa says at 8-years-old, Yako is showing his age and the best plan of action will be have continuity with the program and keep a K9 on the street. Heeringa says a cornerstone of the fundraiser is the sale of plush K9 dogs for $15 each. He says they have been so popular their just ordered their third batch of one hundred after the first two batches went quicker than ever anticipated. There are also brat fry’s planned Friday and Saturday at Waupun Piggly Wiggly. More information is available at waupunpd.org.
8/31/16 - Three Columbia County men have been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries targeting Amish homes in multiple counties. Sheriff Dennis Richards says the investigation started on Sunday, August 14 following multiple reports of home burglaries in northcentral Columbia County. A week later, more residential break-ins were reported in Columbia and Marquette counties, leading to a joint investigation by the two counties. Another week later, more Amish home burglaries were reported in Vernon and Monroe counties. The sheriff says numerous detectives worked the case and tracked down various leads. That included two different vehicles: a red 4-door car and a silver Hyundai car. Both were reported as possible suspect vehicles after they were seen in the areas of the burglaries. On Monday, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office worked with investigators from Monroe County and a suspect vehicle was identified. Detectives searched two homes and two vehicles for stolen items. Richards says guns, cash, coins, jars, bows, documents, and safes were all recovered. Three people arrested on charges of felony Burglary are: 21-year-old Grant Pulver of Portage, 20-year-old Alex Moulton of Portage and 20-year-old Dylan Bartaczewicz. Authorities are currently working with the victims to get the stolen items returned to the rightful owners.
8/31/16 - The school portion of taxes for residents in the Cambria-Friesland School District will likely be higher this year than last. The district’s $5,800,000 preliminary budget calls for a tax levy of $2,200,000, up roughly $300,000 from last year. The projected mill rate is $11.78, a $1.47 increase from what homeowners paid last December. That would mean the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $1,178 for the school portion of their tax bill. When the district provided residents with information ahead of the successful spring 2015 referendum, this year’s mill rate was projected at $11.14. Superintendent Tim Raymond says the $0.64 bump was largely due to the district losing $134,000 in state aid. Since property values are not expected until October, Raymond says the district estimated it at $205,000,000, which is in between the $209,000,000 valuation from last year and the $199,000,000 total from 2014-15. The board is expected to vote on the final budget in October.
8/31/16 - Officials in Waupun are working to rebrand their image to make the city more inviting to new residents and business. The common council last night approved the first steps in a plan to market the City of Sculpture more aggressively. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve explained to the council the benefits of creating a city-run Tourism Commission versus hiring a local tourism company. She says the benefits of a local commission would be that it would control more local dollars with the potential to strengthen community engagement and support local events. The downside would be the lack of marketing expertise on the local commission and a lack of dedicated staff focused on marketing. Conversely, she says the benefits of hiring a company should translate to an increased impact of limited dollars from a professional staff invested in a comprehensive web and social media presence that understands how people make purchasing decisions. The cons of using an outside company includes losing representation from Waupun itself along with the challenge of differentiating the city from others in a regional approach to advertising the city. The state legislature wants room tax dollars to continue to be used to promote tourism for a municipality but recent changes will mean that city has to a hire tourism company. While a city-operated commission is optional, if such a local commission is established officials would have to decide how much of its tourism dollars should be handled locally and how much should be allocated to the private company. The council last night unanimously agreed to establish a Tourism Fund for future tourism promotions and development using $30-thousand dollars in the existing room tax fund. A second motion gave Schlieve the green light to seek Requests for Proposals from companies interested in managing Waupun’s tourism dollars and help make a final recommendation of the use of room tax dollars. The goal is to have city officials approve all the necessary steps and have a final in place by January 1.
8/30/16 - Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Hartford woman accused of fleeing the scene of an accident. Alyssa Busateri is facing one felony count of Hit and Run Involving Injury. In July, the 18-year-old allegedly drove off at speeds around 100 miles per hour after striking another vehicle from behind in the Town of Rubicon. The driver of the other vehicle suffered multiple injuries, including a herniated disc. If she is convicted, Busateri faces up to nine months behind bars. Her preliminary hearing is October 20.
8/30/16 - Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Horicon woman accused of lying to a police officer. Faith Murphy is facing counts of felony Identity Theft and misdemeanor Obstructing an Agency, both as a repeat offender. An officer saw the 27-year-old walking in the Town of Hubbard on Wednesday night. When he stopped his squad car and began to turn around to check on her well-being, Murphy allegedly dashed into a nearby wooded area. She reportedly provided officers with a false name, stating she was the mother of her ex-boyfriend’s child. Officers believed Murphy lied about her identity since she had been drinking, which was a violation of her probation. If she is convicted on both counts, Murphy faces up to ten years in prison. Her preliminary hearing is October 20.