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BREAKING - Lake Geneva woman found dead in Racine

October 14, 2010
Racine - Police have determined the body of a woman found near her vehicle on 6th and Memorial in Racine is Lake Geneva's Sandra Teichow. Teichow, 67, was found Thursday at about 4 p.m. at a park in that location. A person of interest is in custody as investigators treat the death as a homicide. Teichow was a 30-year resident of Walworth County and lived in Lake Geneva for more than 15 years. In 2007, Teichow and her husband Denny, spent 16 days traveling across all 135 bridges in the United States that go over the Mississippi River. The Regional News wrote a feature story about the couple and their trip.

City facing budget deficit head on

Departments told to cut

October 14, 2010
The city of Lake Geneva's 2011 budget situation is no different than most other communities, the state and the federal government — revenues are down and expenses are on the rise. With just weeks before adopting the 2011 budget, the city's deficit is nearly $550,000. That's why council members sent the city's department heads back to the drawing board to reduce their expenses in an effort to lower the deficit. "The overall picture is a little gruesome here," Finance, License and Regulation Committee Chairman Todd Krause said last week.

Former alderman can hold onto e-mails

October 14, 2010
After more than four months, the state's attorney general's office has responded with an opinion regarding the requirement of a former Lake Geneva official to respond to open records laws. Last week, Assistant Attorney General Lewis Beilin wrote in a three-page letter to the Regional News that "Wisconsin public records law does not require former Alderman Tom Spellman to respond to a request for records created or maintained by him during his tenure as a city alderman, but that are now under his personal control." In June, the Regional News and Janesville Gazette wrote letters to the Attorney General's office asking for help regarding requests for e-mails sent to Spellman and his response to them.

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Shooting hoops with Shalhoub
Actor promoting independent film made in Wisconsin
October 07, 2010
Lyons — Obsessive compulsive murder detective Adrian Monk would never have slipped into a white terrycloth robe that had been worn by someone else, and then strolled onto a basketball court in black flip flops to shoot some hoops.But award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub, who played the lead role on the hit USA television show “Monk,” had no problem with any of that.Although he played a former high school basketball champion in the 1999 television movie “That Championship Season” and received some basketball help on the set in the past, Shalhoub said he still plays the game “very badly, very, very badly” while he fired a couple shots at the rim on Grand Geneva’s court.
What to do with Flatiron Park?
October 07, 2010
It appears as though less is more when it comes to the future enhancement of Lake Geneva’s Flatiron Park.Two months after first presenting its Flatiron Park renovation plan, the Beautification Committee was back in front of members of the City Council Monday night to discuss the updated enhancement proposal, which includes a ceremony space, water feature, a new gazebo, sidewalks through the park and an elevated stage.But, aldermen said what they have heard from constituents is much different than the Beautification Committee’s plan.
Getting involved in the process
City will televise budget workshops, meetings
September 30, 2010
In the past, some city aldermen complained residents haven’t had enough early input into the city’s budget process.This time around, Alderman and Finance, License and Regulation Committee Chairman Todd Krause is going to make sure the 2011 budget is as transparent as it can be.Krause presented a complete budget schedule during the city’s Monday, Sept. 13, meeting and also announced that several of the workshops and committee meetings would be televised on the city’s Time Warner cable access channel 25. In the past, budget meetings and workshops have been open to the public, however, there was no schedule posted and the meetings weren’t on television.
Bridge work will start soon
September 30, 2010
In about three weeks, there will be no vehicle or pedestrian traffic crossing the Wrigley Drive bridge. And it won’t be open again until the third week of May.By mid-October, the bridge, which is located by the Geneva Lake Chamber of Commerce building, is expected to be torn out and replaced by a wider and higher-arched bridge.The nearly $1 million bridge reconstruction is being funded mostly by the state Department of Transportation through federal stimulus monies approved in late 2009. According to the most recent information, the stimulus money will fund $933,000 and the city’s portion will be about $50,000.
BREAKING - Downtown road work tonight
September 30, 2010
According to a maintenance schedule released Wednesday afternoon, grinding of the three downtown intersections will occur tonight and early tomorrow morning.Starting at 10 p.m., grinding crews will be at Wrigley Drive and Center Street areas near the launch ramp. At 1 a.m., they will be at the Main and Broad street intersection and at 4 a.m. they will be on Main Street from West to Curtis streets. Asphalt paving will start at 6 a.m. at the Main and Broad streets intersection, then at 9 a.m. by the launch ramp and then in the early afternoon on Main Street.
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