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WHITEWATER -- High school’s biggest social event for juniors and seniors often takes the biggest chunk out of their -- or their parents’ --  wallets. 

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Proms hold memories, but their expenses add up quickly: tickets, dinner, flowers, hairstyles, manicures. And the big-ticket items, like a new suit or a dress, can easily cost $200.

Not everyone can afford to spend that kind of money.

JANESVILLE -- There is little disagreement among the seven candidates for Janesville City Council on the most vexing issues facing the city, and many of the candidates agree on solutions.

But on several important issues, candidates differ sharply on the approach they would take if elected.

JANESVILLE -- Increased communication and improved transparency have been the overriding theme of this spring’s campaign for Janesville School Board.

Candidates returned to the issue time and again during a candidate forum March 16, 2016 at the Janesville Educational Services Center moderated by Laura Boettcher of the Janesville League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by the Janesville Area Council Parent Teacher Association.

Thursday, 10 March 2016 16:30

When the circus stayed in Janesville

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- One late April evening in 1874, two men walking along the banks of the Rock River in Janesville near the Monterey Dam noticed a 6-foot-long mud-colored, stationary mass jutting up from the water’s surface.

One of the men got into a rowboat and drew near to the object. When he hit it with an oar, the mass lifted a scaly head out of the water, small eyes flashing. It snapped its long, toothy jaws a couple of times before it disappeared into the river.

MESSENGER -- A lifelong reader, Ethel Himmel now shares her love of books with fellow mystery buffs through monthly meetings of the Mystery Book Club she began at the Milton Public Library.

Since 2002, participants have pored over more than 145 mysteries ranging from popular favorites like Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” to classics like Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile,” and authors that have included Michael Crichton, Dan Brown and Tony Hillerman.

The former deputy director of the La Crosse Public Library, Himmel is a semiretired library consultant at Himmel and Wilson, a firm she founded more than 20 years ago with her husband, Bill Wilson, who is a former Wisconsin state librarian.

Friday, 26 February 2016 09:50

Chordhawks carry on a passion for singing

BELOIT -- Even though John Kalkirtz has been a member of the Rock Valley Chapter of the Badger Chordhawks Chorus for more than 20 years, he still considers himself the "new kid on the block."

Kalkirtz of Beloit said he enjoys being involved with the chorus and sharing his love for barbershop singing with others.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- For Tim Owens, going out in the community and helping others breaks up the monotony of a regular school day.

Owens, 15, of Edgerton, is a sophomore at Milton Edgerton Clinton Alternative School in Milton. The school offers a community service class in which students visit different locations throughout the week to work on projects. The students may perform tasks at The Gathering Place community center, Doug’s Tree Moving, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin or Rock Haven nursing home. The students also may work with elementary school students during their gym classes, perform seasonal work or host blood drives as part of the community service class.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- A portion of a building that sat vacant for almost 50 years could now play a part in the revitalization of downtown Janesville.

Britten Langfoss of Certified Parts Corp. recently opened The Venue on the second and third floors of 34 and 38 S. Main St. An expanded Voigt Music Center occupies the first floor.

Welcome to the redesigned Walworth County Sunday, Stateline News and Janesville Messenger.

The new look papers will arrive at your home this weekend.

We hear a lot of talk about the decline of the printed newspaper and what the news business will be like a few short years from now.

Editor’s note: Staff writer Margaret Plevak interviewed Dale Wheelock for this “Slice of Life” story.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Poultry farmer Dale Wheelock remembers one of his first responsibilities as a 10-year-old farm kid was minding the family’s chickens.

“It was like whitewashing a fence; you begged to take care of the chickens at that age,” he said. “You didn’t understand you had to clean up after them, too.”

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