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Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends Meet at CMT Crossroads

Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:50pm

Charles Kelley’s love for Earth, Wind & Fire goes back to his high school days when one of his first jobs in music was working as a DJ for weddings and middle school dances. Back then, Kelley’s going rate was $300, but most of his paycheck would go right back into buying more music for... Read more »...more

Miranda Lambert: How Her Songs Are Like Dogs

Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:24pm

If you want Miranda Lambert to open up in an interview — like really, really open up — just pour some puppies on her. In a new video interview with Buzzfeed, Lambert was covered in little rescue dogs, and she talked about everything from vodka to Audioslave. First, the vodka. “My favorite mixed drink is... Read more »...more

Robert Cray, Iris Dement, Graham Nash Tapped for Americana Honors

Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:10pm

Blues singer-guitarist Robert Cray, singer-songwriter Iris Dement and rock legend Graham Nash will receive special honors during the Americana Music Association’s 16th annual Honors & Awards ceremony taking place Sept. 13 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The event kicks off the 18th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference which runs through Sept. 17 at venues throughout... Read more »...more

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The WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon Is Here

Jun 22, 2017 -- 12:06am

6/22/17 - The WBEV/WXRO Children's Radiothon is here with a 27-hour marathon broadcast to benefit ten local charities. It begins with a live on-air auction Thursday morning at 6am, which will continue through 9am Friday morning. The Ninth Annual Noel's Angel Walk is at Waterworks Park with registration at 6am and the walk beginning at 7am. The Angel Cakes Breakfast follows from 7:30am until 10am at the nearby Girl Scout House. John Kraft is traveling around the county Thursday as the organizations benefitting from the Radiothon compete to raise funds with the winner taking home the Annual DCS Trophy Cup. Brenda Murphy will host an on-air dessert auction from 9am through 11am. There will be a kid’s carnival, brat fry and ice cream social at the Verizon Wireless Zone of Beaver Dam on North Spring Street from 11am to 2pm. New this year at the kid’s carnival is Nate’s Lemonade Stand. Seven-year-old Nate Smith is the son of Scott and Lori Smith, who organize Noel’s Angel Walk. As part of a virtual lemonade stand, lemonade packets were previously handed out to raise money. There will also be an actual lemonade stand today at the kid’s carnival. We will again be collecting cash donations on the roof of the Stoddard Street radio station. Kevin Haugen will be the “News Guy in the Sky” on the roof for the entire duration of the Radiothon along with Vilay the Verizon Guy. He will be joined by local officials including Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt and Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen. Tonight, the Radiothon Bash will be held at Bayside Supper Club in Beaver Dam from 6:30pm 8:30pm with bingo from 4pm to 6pm. The ten organizations benefiting from the Children's Radiothon are People Against A Violent Environment, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County and the Watertown Community, Green Valley Enterprises, YMCA of Dodge County, Clothes for Kids, the Watertown Family Center, ARC Dodge County, Community Care Preschool and Child Care, the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and – new this year – Church Health Services. For more information on the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon, go to:


BDFD Urges Public To Check For Recalled Dehumidifiers

Jun 22, 2017 -- 12:05am

6/22/17 - Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel is urging the public to check to see if their dehumidifier is on a recall list. A dehumidifier was said to be the cause of a basement fire on the 100 block of Cleveland Street Tuesday morning. Mannel says they have had several fires that can be traced back to defective dehumidifiers that are on the recall list. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of millions of dehumidifiers last fall because they can overheat and start on fire. The recall affects around 3.4 million Midea dehumidifiers of varying sizes sold under dozens of brand names including GE, Kenmore and Frigidaire that were manufactured by GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd. of China and sold at department stores including Menards from January 2003 through December 2013.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission website can be found at:


Toddler Struck By Minivan Near Pardeeville

Jun 22, 2017 -- 12:03am

6/22/17 - A toddler was struck by a minivan near Pardeeville yesterday. Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards says the boy ran into the roadway near County Highway EE in the Township of Scott north of Pardeeville. The westbound minivan was driven by 53-year-old George Buss of Lake Mills of was not injured. when the two year old male ran into the roadway.  The two year old male sustained multiple injuries and was transported by Med Flight to an area hospital. The accident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol.  Pardeeville Fire, Pardeeville EMS and Divine Savior EMS assisted at the scene.

Juneau Woman Arraigned On Child Abuse Charges

Jun 22, 2017 -- 12:02am

6/22/17 - A Juneau woman charged in connection with a series of abusive acts toward children entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. Anna Marie Lloyd is facing two counts of felony Physical Abuse of a Child Intentionally Causing Bodily Harm and misdemeanor Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Prosecutors say the 48-year-old has 13 children but the state of Oklahoma had previously removed most from her care. She reportedly left the Arkansas-based Tony Alamo Cult in 2008, in advance of a police raid that resulted in the children of cult members being placed in protective custody. A local school district contacted Child Protective Services after learning that the children were not in school and were not registered with the state for homeschooling. Among the allegations outlined in the criminal complaint: Lloyd would smack a baby and pre-teen multiple times a week with a closed fist across the head to gain compliance; the baby would play in a litterbox, drink out of a toilet and eat dishwasher tablets while Lloyd stared blankly at a computer screen for hours and an older child tended to diapers; Lloyd reportedly smoked cigarettes before, during and after the birth of a child; a preteen who was said to be homeschooled could not read, write or count and would have used a computer program for homeschooling but did not know the password. Lloyd also reportedly condoned molestation saying the child was “fine with it.” She also allegedly told a preteen to smoke marijuana.  Lloyd apparently admitted to some of the charges to investigators saying that the incidents only happened once not multiple times like she is being accused of. If convicted, Lloyd faces over 12 years in prison.

Fond du Lac Authorities Look For Speeding Motorcycle

Jun 22, 2017 -- 12:00am

6/22/17 - Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying two individuals involved in a high-speed chase between a motorcycle and sheriff’s deputy on Interstate-41 last Thursday about 11:30pm. Sheriff’s Captain Ryan Waldschmidt says a deputy was conducting radar operations when he clocked a motorcycle going 91 miles an hour near County Highway N.  When the motorcyclist increased speed the pursuit was cut off near the Fond du Lac/Winnebago County line. The last speed the deputy got on his radar for the bike was 123 miles per hour. Waldschmidt says because of the speed, time of night, and because there was a passenger on the back of the motorcycle the chase was cut short. Because the bike had a distinct look; a silver-colored Yamaha with white and blue auxiliary lighting around the engine and undercarriage, the deputy doubled back to see if the motorcycle had stopped for gas along I-41. Waldschmidt was able to locate a gas station where the bike had stopped and got video for still photos that were posted on the Sheriff’s Facebook page. The motorcycle also had a very loud exhaust and also has leather saddle bags and only one rear view mirror on the left side. Anyone who can identify the individuals is asked to call (920) 929-3390 or you can leave an anonymous tip at 906-4777.

Dodge County Refinances Old Debt

Jun 21, 2017 -- 8:06am

6/21/17 - Dodge County will save close to $830-thousand dollars by refinancing old debt. The Dodge County Board last night approved the sale of over nine-million dollars in bonds. Financial advisor Ehlers Incorporated says Wells-Fargo of North Carolina had the lowest bid out of the six groups that applied. The original $16.3-million-dollar in borrowing was from 2011 to pay for the county highway shop in Juneau and phase two of the Clearview project.

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