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Village needs time to decide fate of Highway

Board considers TIF district, grants, referendum to proceed with project

April 21, 2011
Walworth — Another discussion on the Highway 14 project brought a packed house to a joint meeting between the Village Board and Plan Commission Monday night. Basically, two options are on the table. One would widen the turns around the village square. That plan would require the state to purchase and raze the Antique Mall and King Dragon. The second option, which was developed by the village's Plan Commission, would require the state to purchase the Antique Mall and a neighboring home. Highway 14 would run completely north and south, eliminating all right-angle turns, but would bring the road closer to Walworth Elementary School.

Teacher, support staff cuts save Bay district about $400,000

April 21, 2011
Williams Bay — Cutting four teachers and reducing the hours on another three saved the district $259,252, said District Superintendent Fred Vorlop. At the April 11 School Board meeting, the board approved laying off four elementary school teachers and cutting the hours of two high school teachers and one junior high school teacher. Those layoffs will be final as of June 30. In addition, two support personnel at the high school will be laid off and one retiring teacher will not be replaced. That will save another $141,500, said Vorlop. That makes a grand total of $400,752 in personnel cuts.

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Breaking: Big Foot students, Lake Geneva woman hurt in car crash
April 14, 2011
Walworth Township — Two Big Foot seniors and a Lake Geneva woman were seriously injured in a head on car crash April 13 at 5:41 p.m. on Highway B.Rebecca N. Tanner, 18, of Walworth was flown Flight For Life to a Milwaukee-area hospital.Dean E. Smith, 18, of Zenda, and Laura M. Sherin, 56, of Lake Geneva, were transported to Lakeland Medical Center with nonlife threatening injuries.
Saturday fundraiser to benefit two local families
Donations go to child with cancer, family that loss mother
April 14, 2011
Walworth — One family is coping with the sudden loss of its mother, and another family is helping a second-grader battle a rare form of cancer.Both families are tied to Walworth Joint 1 School District and the school is planning a fundraiser to help them with some of their financial needs.On April 16, the school will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., the cost of the dinner is $5. There also will be silent auctions and raffles for the gift baskets that have been collected. Bingo and a 50-50 raffles will also be featured at the event.
Bay cuts 4 teaching jobs
Board also reduces 3 positions, cuts field trips, teacher requisitions
April 14, 2011
Williams Bay — If nothing changes and events continue as projected, four Williams Bay teachers will not be back next school year.Another three will be working reduced hours.Under provisions of the teachers contract, the Williams Bay School Board on Monday voted unanimously to send preliminary layoff notifications to four teachers: Hanna Coddington, first grade; Nancy McCabe, kindergarten; Dawn Raufman, third grade; and Jessica Reinstad, second grade.
Gage, Spadoni, McGreevy win seats on board
April 07, 2011
Fontana — “How can you get upset when the people voted,” Trustee Micki O’Connell said shortly after learning she lost her re-election bid.O’Connell didn’t garner enough votes in Tuesday’s election to win a fifth-term as a trustee. Incumbents George Spadoni and Thomas McGreevy and political newcomer and business owner Bill Gage were elected to the Village Board. Challenger Rick Pappas, who ran as an independent in the 32nd assembly race last November, didn’t make the cut either.
Marra beats Weyhrauch for Village President
Landgraf, Pfeil elected to School Board
April 07, 2011
Williams Bay — John Marra held back tears and hugged supporters after finding out he will serve as the next Village President.“I’m thrilled and humbled by the trust the Williams Bay voters gave me today,” he said.Don Weyhrauch, who served as village president for 10 years, wasn’t available for comment. Marra received 457 votes and Weyhrauch earned 325.
Internet exclusive: Williams Bay candidates
Races for Village President and School Board
March 31, 2011
The following are candidate questions and answers for the Williams Bay Village President race and the race for the Williams Bay School board. Some questions and answers did not appear in the March 31 Lake Geneva Regional News for space reasons. In the case of questions that did appear, many of the answers were cut and edited to fit the available space. Here the answers are uncut and unedited.Race for Williams Bay Village President, candidates Don Wehyrauch (I) and John Marra. Four questions.
Walworth welcomes residents to new Town Hall
Voters will cast ballots at new location
March 31, 2011
Walworth Township — The new Town Hall is open for business — just in time for the April election. As of Monday, the town’s offices moved to its new Brick Church Road location, which features a larger meeting room, offices for town staff and a larger garage for town vehicles.During the April 5 Spring election, town voters will cast their ballots at the new facility. Town Chairman Joe Abell said instructions and directions will be posted at the old building to help redirect voters who aren’t aware of the change.
Internet exclusive: Fontana Trustee Candidates
March 31, 2011
Here are additional candidate responses that weren’t posted in the March 31 addition of the Regional News.In the past few years, the village has opted to increase user fees instead of property taxes. Is this the right approach? Or, to balance the budget, should the village look at cutting services. Include specifics in your answer. (limit: 150 words)
Army dad reunites with kids
March 24, 2011
Walworth — Holding flowers, dressed in camouflage and wearing a big smile, Army SSG. Aaron Stamm, who had been in Iraq since October, marched toward the stage at Walworth Elementary School where his kids were waiting with their eyes closed.Moments before, in front of the entire school, his son, Kenton, 6, was asked by his teacher to make a wish, and he yelled into the microphone that he wanted his dad to come home “foreeeever.” After he made his wish, he and his sister, Kayla, 4, and the rest of his classmates were asked to keep their eyes closed, cross their fingers and to wish really hard for Aaron to return home.The excitement was too much for Kenton, who couldn’t keep his eyes closed for very long. He peeked, ran toward his father, screamed “daddy” and jumped into his arms. His dad hugged him and carried him back to his seat where he also was reunited with his daughter.
It’s a layoff, not a nonrenewal
Semantics change reduces stigma
March 24, 2011
Williams Bay — In order to spare seven teachers the stigma of the state nonrenewal process, the Williams Bay School Board in a special March 14 meeting approved an agreement with the Williams Bay Teachers Association to change the layoff process back to the one spelled out in the teacher contract.Preliminary layoff notices will now be issued April 15 and layoffs won’t occur until July 1, said Williams Bay Superintendent Fred Vorlop.In late February, because of uncertainty over the effects of the new state budget and budget repair bills on teacher-school district contracts, the school board sent preliminary notices of nonrenewal to seven teachers as required by state law.
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