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Speaking from the heart

December 23, 2010
Michael and Joan Lyon are answering the call. The ministers of the Spirit of Charity Church have overcome their own tragedy and devastation and they are sharing their knowledge and experiences from the past to help others facing similar difficult times now. "Our calling is to give away what's been given to us," Michael said. "What has been given to me is that I had no hope, no alternative and no place to go. What happens when you get in that place, you finally remember there is a God and then you get down on your knees and ask for help."

Serving Christmas dinner to needy

December 23, 2010
Christmas Day is a time to be spent enjoying family, friends and a special dinner. It's not a time to be alone or in need. Five families from Immanuel Lutheran Church are trying to make sure everyone in the area has an option to enjoy Christmas dinner on Saturday night. Led by Ashley Miu and her family, it will be the second straight year a free Christmas dinner will be served at the church, 1229 Park Row. Last year, Miu started the free Christmas dinner because similar events are held in cities such as Milwaukee. But, she said nothing was being done here in Lake Geneva. She said the church has a breakfast program twice a week and people attend that for the food and companionship.

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Silent no more
December 16, 2010
Several times, Erin Merryn was ready to give up on life. She attempted suicide at 16, cut herself with needles when she was 17 and became anorexic in college.But, her story starts like most others — with childhood innocence and happiness. When she was 5, those feelings were replaced by confusion, anger, frustration and silent secrets which haunted her for years.Merryn’s story is about sexual abuse, a topic most people don’t want to discuss.
Sheridan Springs will have traffic signals
December 16, 2010
The Edwards Boulevard extension north has been open since October, but one more piece remains to put the finishing touches on it.In time for summer, traffic lights and a reworked intersection at Sheridan Springs Road and Interchange North will be installed to improve traffic flow and safety in the area.On Monday night, the City Council voted to spend more than $282,000 for the work and another $20,000 for project engineering, which will widen Interchange North, revise the sidewalk and intersection and add traffic signals at the location.
City tax bills on the way
December 09, 2010
They’ll appear in your mailbox a little earlier this year. But, don’t expect that arrival to bring good news.Lake Geneva property owners are expected to receive their 2010 tax bills at the beginning of next week and with it comes an overall tax rate increase of 2.2 percent to $21.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The 2009 tax rate was $21.12.That 2010 figure includes slight drops in the state to $0.18 per $1,000 of assessed value and county to $4.48 for Lake Geneva residents. The city’s tax rate remained the same at $5.51 per $1,000 of assessed value, while Gateway Technical College increased slightly to $1.51.
Man faces charges after fatal crash
December 09, 2010
Elkhorn — Jeremy C. Dees sat in an orange jail jumpsuit with a neck brace hunched at a table in an arraignment room in the Walworth County Correctional Center. He was visible only to those in court Friday via closed-circuit television.With the Dorwin family watching in the courtroom, Dees was charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of reckless driving causing injury.The charges are a result of a Nov. 16 crash that killed 9-year-old Eastview Elementary School student Carter Dorwin and injured his mother, Nicole, and brother, Bradley.
UPDATE - Braun, Food Pantry part of Lake Geneva Christmas Parade Saturday
December 02, 2010
This year's Lake Geneva Great Electric Christmas Parade Grand Marshal will be Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Braun, one of the best players in Major League Baseball and 2007 Rookie of the Year, is the owner of Ryan Braun's Tavern and Grill and has spent several days in Lake Geneva, at his restaurant, enjoying the lake and the atmosphere of the city.
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