The scent of Aaron Lewisâ last cigarette hangs in the air as heâs asked what Willie Nelsonâs bus smells like. Lewis smiles and says, âHeaven.â It has been a pretty legendary end of summer 2016 for the Staind front man. He just completed a run of shows with Nelson in Canada and the Northeast. In... Read more »...more
Love doesn’t last forever. And yet, the love songs about how fleeting it can be sure do. That’s why I’m sure this new song of Kelsea Ballerini‘s is bound to last. She previewed a very short portion of the song on social media, and explained where her heart was. She’d shared it on Snapchat first,... Read more »...more
When Justin Moore had his first No. 1 song in 2009, “Small Town USA,” he had a wife, but no kids. A year later, that all changed when his daughter Ella was born. And again when Kennedy was born. And again when Rebecca was born. Now the father of three little girls, ages 6, 4,... Read more »...more
9/29/16 - A former corrections worker from Fox Lake is accused of having inappropriate contact with an inmate. Jennifer Stehling is charged in Dodge County court with two felony counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault by Corrections Staff and Delivering Illegal Articles to an Inmate. The 44-year-old allegedly committed the offenses in January when she was a nurse at Fox Lake Correctional. The relationship was uncovered in June when prison officials noticed that a 30-year-old inmate attempted to make around 650 calls to a staffer and started monitoring the conversations. The two allegedly discussed whether or not the inmate had contracted any sexually transmitted diseases. Stehling reportedly admitted chatting with the inmate before later conceding that the two had consensual contact. A calendar of Stehling’s work schedule and a picture of her residence were later discovered in the inmate’s cell. If convicted, she faces a combined maximum of over 83 years in prison. Stehling is scheduled to make her initial appearance on October 10.
9/29/16 - The system that includes all Dodge and Washington county libraries is looking to negotiate a contract buyout ahead of an upcoming merger. The Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System, which includes Dodge and Washington county libraries, plans to merge with the Eastern Shores Library System, which includes Sheboygan and Ozaukee county libraries, on January 1. Only one library automation system, which handles many of a library’s online operations, will be needed but both currently have contracts with separate vendors. The Mid-Wisconsin System’s Interim Director Mike Gelhausen says the plan is to keep Polaris, which currently provides services to Eastern Shores through a contract that is renewed on an annual basis. The Mid-Wisconsin System is less than two years into a five-year deal with SirsiDynix that expires at the end of 2019. To let the Mid-Wisconsin libraries out of the contract early, SirsiDynix requested a $293,000 buyout. Gelhausen says the two sides are currently involved in negotiations over that figure. If a settlement is reached, Gelhausen says money from Mid-Wisconsin’s savings fund will be used to cover the cost. He says there would be no impact on taxpayers. Gelhausen hopes the issue is resolved by the end of 2016 and does not believe it will affect the merger from happening on January 1.
9/29/16 - The secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce Economic Update Luncheon. Each year, the luncheon offers the local business community and opportunity to hear the latest from the mayor of Beaver Dam, the chairman of the Dodge County Board and a representative from state government. Chamber of Commerce President Phil Fritsche says DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb will address the hot button issue of transportation funding. The luncheon will be held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 23 at the Beaver Dam Veterans Center.
9/29/16 - Three schools in the Beaver Dam School District have been recognized as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Distinction. The US Department of Education is recognizing Wilson, Lincoln and South Beaver Dam elementary schools for overall academic excellence on state assessments. The three schools are among 329 public and private schools to be singled out for this year. Superintendent Steve Vessey says the award affirms the hard work of Beaver Dam students, families, and staff. He notes that the National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing a school building is widely recognized as a symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
9/28/16 - The company that is supposed to provide Dodge County with a new records management system for its sheriff’s office has been bought out. On today’s edition of WBEV’s Community Comment, Sheriff Dale Schmidt said he got word yesterday that Motorola bought out Spillman, as Spillman’s owner is retiring. The sheriff has been told there will be no changes in Spillman’s operation and believes the move could benefit Dodge County as the company will work ahead of time to integrate the new software with the county’s radio communications equipment, which is Motorola brand. Schmidt says the county had no idea a buyout was looming when the contract was signed but is confident in the deal since his office currently works with Motorola. Earlier this year, Schmidt sent a letter to all Dodge County’s police chiefs, explaining their cost to sign on with Spillman. While the county is covering the software purchase, Schmidt says each municipality would pay $700 per officer on their force along with $280 in maintenance fees per computer each year starting in December 2019. Schmidt says he has received verbal commitments from roughly a half-dozen municipalities. Spillman will replace the county’s New World system and is expected to go live in January 2018.
9/28/16 - The observance of the city of Beaver Dam’s 175th anniversary continues tonight with a special historical program. Local historian Julie Flemming will be presenting a talk on the early settlement of Beaver Dam 175 years ago. Flemming will take the audience back to when the Beaver Dam area was one of the most fertile parts of a section that now is bordered by Fox Lake, Waupun, Horicon, Watertown and Columbus. She says the very earliest settlers came through the soggy mud that marked the trail south of Fox Lake to the spot where they started a new community. There were successes in the early days of the settlement and there were failures and both will be recounted in the program. The Beaver Dam History Series presentation on settlers in the city 175 years ago is free and will be a held at the Beaver Dam Community Library beginning at 6pm.