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BREAKING - Man drowns in Geneva Lake

July 14, 2011
A 24-year-old Chicago man who jumped off a boat to help a fellow swimmer in Geneva Lake late Wednesday afternoon died after being found 20 feet below the surface of the water. The man's name is still being withheld until the family is contacted. Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Chief Tom Hausner reported Thursday morning the 24-year-old and two others were on a boat near Lake Geneva Country Club in Linn Wednesday at about 5 p.m.
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New wards could change your alderman

July 14, 2011
Longtime Lake Geneva Third District Alderwoman Arleen Krohn wasn't happy at all Monday night. She had good reason. It is likely Krohn no longer will be in Aldermanic District 3 once the decennial redistricting in the city is complete. On Monday night, the City Council established new ward boundaries to reflect population changes according to the 2010 census. City Clerk Jeremy Reale said the city's number of wards went from 27 down to 10 to follow state statutes, which require wards to be no smaller than 300 and no larger than 1,000 in population.
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Horticultural Hall seeking green thumbs to help with garden

July 14, 2011
Editor's Note: This is part of a continuing series on Horticultural Hall events planned for the first week of August in honor of the building's 100th birthday. The gardens of Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva have been cared for by master gardeners, professional horticulturists and volunteers over many decades, and now a new feature will be added on the north side of the building.

Purchase could expand trail

January 20, 2011
Lake Geneva city officials are a few steps closer to purchasing about 60 acres of environmentally sensitive land which weaves along the White River through the former Hillmoor property. While the long-term future of the Hillmoor land remains unknown, the city apparently is moving toward buying part of the property with help from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Rivers Grant. City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the 50-50 grant is expected to be about $90,000. He said the city will have to chip in the same amount as the state.

Historians want to save theater

January 20, 2011
Since the summer of 1928, the Geneva Theater has been a fixture in downtown Lake Geneva. For a long time, it was the only theater in the area. But, things have changed. The property has been on the market for $949,000. Now, with a possible purchase of the property in the works, some local historians are hoping a piece of the building's history can be saved. Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Committee Chairman Ken Etten said a number of interested community members have met to discuss the future of the building. He also has discussed the possibilities with local leaders and groups.

Recent Lake Geneva News
BREAKING - Police need help finding burglars
July 07, 2011
The Lake Geneva Police Department is investigating a forcible burglary that occurred on June 27, at 4:55 a.m. at the Next Door Pub, 411 Interchange North, where a large amount of cash was taken.The forced entry was maded by what appears to be two men, seen on camera, using a pry bar and sledgehammer. The office door of the business was breached and a Sentry safe was taken from the business with a large amount of currency and coin in it. Also in the safe were nine bank bags that were taken, including four green Firststar bank bags, three First Banking Center bags and two blue Community Bank bags.Anyone with knowledge of these burglars or any information regarding this situation should call Det. Jeff Nethery at the Police Department, (262) 248-4455. There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 being offered for a tip that assists in solving the crime or an arrest.
School levies, tax rates drop
Teacher concessions key to proposed decreases
July 07, 2011
In March, Lake Geneva Schools administrators said teacher and staff contract concessions would result in lower taxes for district property owners.The preliminary numbers are in and school leaders were right on target.The tax levy and rate are proposed to decrease in both the Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School (Badger) District and the Lake Geneva Area (Joint 1) District. The levy is proposed to drop 3.59 percent in the Badger district and 0.01 percent in the Joint 1 district. Lake Geneva School Business Manager Warren Flitcroft called those figures “unbelievably conservative” and he expects the levy and tax rate to be even lower.
Designs ready for skate park
Exact location still in limbo
July 07, 2011
There’s more work to be done, but several city officials and 16 BMXers and skateboarders had their first look at the design and location for the Lake Geneva wheel friendly plaza at Dunn Field next to Eastview Elementary School.Last Wednesday, Park Board members, city officials, and a number of BMXers and skaters along with Mike McIntyre, a world-renowned skate park designer, gathered at the Riviera for the second time to talk about where to locate a skate facility and what a new skate park could look like.As McIntyre huddled with the younger people at a table to talk about the details and elements of the skate park, local officials, including Mayor Jim Connors, Public Works Director Dan Winkler and Park Board Chairman Doug Skates, gathered around a screen showing the park location as they discussed the location and its implications. Much of those talks revolved around what the School District officials think of the location, snow removal and avoiding water and sewer lines during and after construction of the park.
Horticultural Hall events scheduled for birthday
Celebrating a centennial
June 30, 2011
One of Lake Geneva’s most well-known landmarks, Horticultural Hall, is celebrating its birthday with a number of events this summer.Built in 1911, the Hall’s roots actually began in 1877, when summer lakeshore residents enlisted their gardeners and estate foremen to assist in raising money for the support of Holiday Home Camp. By auctioning fruits and vegetables and staging mid-summer fairs, they were able to support the home. One account reveals that a watermelon brought $100 and a bunch of grapes sold for $75.
Lawsuit against city on hold
Geneva Ridge requests plan amendment
June 30, 2011
United States District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller has put the $123 million case between Geneva Ridge Joint Venture and the city of Lake Geneva on hold until the end of August in anticipation of a possible settlement in the suit.The order to stay the case, filed late last week, followed a June 17 motion asking the court to delay the proceedings until Aug. 31. Geneva Ridge and the city have been in negotiations since April to resolve the suit.“The parties have participated in a mediation process supervised by the Honorable William E. Callahan Jr., Magistrate Judge,” the motion stated. “That process has produced an understanding and agreement on certain principles, which, if finalized would result in full settlement between the parties and a dismissal of this litigation. The parties anticipate resolution of the mediation process, one way or the other, on or before Aug. 31.”
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