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Nine years cancer free

Relay for Life starts Friday

July 08, 2010
Delavan Township — Joanne Baars is in a peaceful place now, relaxing and sipping homemade lemonade on a cushioned patio chair on a beautifully sunny Friday afternoon. But it was only 10 years ago that Baars, 68, was in a war for her life. On a routine medical visit back in 2000, her doctor suggested a colonoscopy. Six weeks later, Baars was shown the cancer mass on her colon.

Man receives six years for trying to have officials killed

July 08, 2010
Waukesha — A man who attempted to put a hit on a Walworth County prosecutor, an East Troy police officer and an East Troy municipal employee will spend the next six years in prison. John K. Gorman, 51, East Troy, tried to have the three people killed because of their involvement in criminal proceedings against him. On June 24, Waukesha County Judge James R. Kieffer also sentenced Gorman to an additional five years of extended supervision. Initially, the Walworth County District Attorney's Office charged Gorman for stalking the village of East Troy municipal clerk. Later more charges were filed because he had guns in his home, which was a violation of his bond.

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Judge gives maximum sentence to con artist
Ohio man involved in Nigerian money scam
June 24, 2010
Elkhorn — A prosecutor pushed two carts of evidence into a Walworth County courtroom Thursday afternoon. The carts were filled with fraudulent money orders, cashiers checks and counterfeit checks from different businesses.The evidence was seized from the apartment of a 64-year-old Dayton, Ohio, man who attempted to scam a local man out of nearly $2,000.The District Attorney’s Office charged Faarih A. Lateef, who appears in court documents as Jerry L. Perkins, with one count of felony identity theft and one count of misdemeanor theft.
Dairy Breakfast set for June 19
June 17, 2010
Elkhorn — Saturday will mark 34 years of milk chugging, cow milking, scrambled eggs, pancakes and ice cream.This year’s Walworth County Farm Bureau Dairy Breakfast will be held from 6 to 10:30 a.m., rain or shine.Advanced donations of $5 will be accepted, otherwise, tickets are $6 at the gate. Children 5 years old and younger are free.
Short-term retnals may be long-term discussion
June 03, 2010
The issue of short-term home rentals was neither moved forward nor brushed off by the County Zoning Agency last month.The committee approved revisiting the issue at its next meeting, scheduled for June 17. A potential change in the county ordinance would allow residential homes to be rented for less than 30 days, but more than seven days.
Geese crowding fix creates controversy
Delavan approves round-up, locals voice opposition
May 27, 2010
Delavan Township — The Canada goose was considered to be extinct 50 years ago, but after preservation efforts, populations have increased substantially to the point where some areas now consider them pests.That is exactly the case in Community Park, the Delavan Highlands and the town’s inlet area.Last month, the Delavan Town Board decided something has to be done to regulate the geese population due to the prevalence of their droppings, which may contain harmful bacteria.
Will alternatives lessen jail population?
Overcrowding could lead to need for expansion
May 27, 2010
Elkhorn — Local Resident Paula McGowen appeared in front of Walworth County court and law officials last week with one main question.“Since this (Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee) has been started, what has been accomplished?” The question was asked at Friday’s committee meeting. Walworth County Sheriff David Graves, District Attorney Phillip Koss, Jail Administrator Michael Schmitz among several others at the meeting were willing to provide answers to that question.To avoid a multimillion-dollar expansion to an already overcrowding jail, Walworth County officials have been looking into other programs and rehabilitation efforts. The jail typically operates at 80 percent capacity but can sometimes overcrowd to the point where about 30 inmates must sleep on the floor in a jail basketball court.
Local women make labor of love their business
After a year, Day In Time hopes to serve more people
May 20, 2010
East Troy — Three women strolled back into St. James United Methodist Church, hand-in-hand, quietly discussing the warm weather. The elderly woman in the middle suffers from memory loss. On one arm, she had a volunteer who often keeps her company through conversation, games and other activities. On the other arm was Debbie Waldron-Smith — the woman who helped start A Day In Time, Inc., a program meant for seniors in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia.The program was set up a little more than a year ago, and has faced both triumphs and challenges, according to co-director Waldron-Smith. But through it all, she and co-director Cindy Lester have kept the true mission of the three-day care center at the forefront of their minds — to provide companionship, structure and rejuvenating activities for mind, body and spirit. But those suffering from memory loss are not the only people Waldron-Smith and Lester serve.
Organizations with common goals join forces
Grassroots group, alliance plan a partnership to create strong business voice
May 13, 2010
Geneva Township — Since December, a grassroots group involving some local business leaders have been brainstorming ways to improve Walworth County’s economy.During an economic summit Friday in The Legends Room at Geneva National, the group decided to join forces with another like-minded, more formal organization.Richard Gruber, vice president of Mercy Health System, said he feels both organizations would become stronger if they worked together with the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance.
County considers short-term rentals
May 06, 2010
Relative peace and quiet, longtime homeowners, friendly greetings from close neighbors — the character of a small, residential neighborhood is what some municipal officials fear could be threatened by a proposed county ordinance.The Walworth County Zoning Agency collecting feedback about a countywide ordinance that would allow short-term rentals of homes for vacationers. The current ordinance allows residences to be rented for no less than 30 days, however, that could change to no less than seven days if the ordinance is approved.Walworth County Board Chairwoman Nancy Russell said a citizen suggested it to the County Zoning Agency in February and it was discussed at the March committee meeting.
Change in county salt policy unlikely
Area officials fear effects on Geneva Lake environment
April 29, 2010
Municipal officials and the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency have been fighting a tough battle for more than 10 years, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped trying to convince county officials to change the salt and deicing policy.A letter from both GLEA Executive Director Ted Peters and Lake Geneva City Administrator Dennis Jordan on behalf of the City Council asked the Walworth County Public Works Department to re-evaluate how much salt they use on the roads during winter months.“We’re seeing the impact it has on the lakes and the way we’re dealing with the roads in Walworth County is not sustainable — something has to be done,” Peters said at Monday’s Public Works meeting. “Once the chloride is in the system, it doesn’t go away and it accumulates.”
Burkhardt leaves business alliance for Ohio
County organization looking for new director
April 22, 2010
Elkhorn — Thursday is Fred Burkhardt’s last day as executive vice president of the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance and marks the beginning of a new job opportunity waiting for him in Ohio.The WCEDA Board accepted his resignation at the regular meeting on April 15, president Kim Howarth said.“We are sad to see Fred leave, but confident that we can continue to provide our members and partners with the services we have promised and continue our mission as the voice of business in Walworth County,” he stated in a press release Monday.
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