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August wins primary after recount

September 30, 2010
Elkhorn — Adam Gibbs may be the unluckiest man in Walworth County. And now his bid to be the Republican on the ballot for the 32nd State Assembly District race appears to be over. Following the Sept. 14 primary, Gibbs entered the recount with a slim four-vote advantage over Tyler August in the six-candidate race. But, by the evening of Sept. 26, after a five-day recount, the lead had drifted away, giving August an even slimmer three-vote victory, according to totals released by the Walworth and Kenosha county boards of canvassers.

Census may help keep jail population under control

September 30, 2010
Elkhorn — The nonprofit Pretrial Justice Institute will review Walworth County Jail census data to determine who is in jail, why they're in jail, and what can be done to keep some people out of jail to relieve jail crowding, said Sheriff David Graves. PJI will use jail data from 2005 to 2009 to figure out exactly who makes up the jail population. Once that's done, PJI and the county will decide whether it can divert some of that jail population into other programs and free up jail space, Graves said.

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BREAKING - August wins recount
September 23, 2010
It appears Tyler August has won the Republican primary in the 32nd Assembly District, after a recount put him three votes ahead of Adam Gibbs. At the end of voting on Sept. 14, Gibbs held an unofficial lead of four votes over August. Six candidates ran in the primary, but it was Gibbs and August who were neck-and-neck to the end. When it appeared that Gibbs had won the election with just four votes out of nearly 7,000 ballots cast, August filed for the recount.
Unexpected mansion up for auction in rural Darien
September 23, 2010
Darien — Beyond the electronic gate and well-tended woods, down the black-topped drive, is something one doesn’t expect in this part of rural Walworth County.Rising up like a European manse on a groomed baronial estate is an 18,000-square-foot home called Knollwood. And it’s for sale.Homes of this grand size and design are typical in the Geneva and Delavan lakes area. But finding one here, about two miles northeast of Darien, according to Google Maps, and just down the road from working farms and soybean fields, is something of a surprise.
Flap slows recount
September 23, 2010
Elkhorn — A recount of ballots in the 32nd Assembly District Republican primary was put on hold Tuesday morning when the winning candidate’s father complained that his son was not able to officially respond to notification of the recount.However, Tuesday at 3 p.m., the notification was filed and the recount is scheduled to continue Wednesday morning.Tyler August, one of six candidates who appeared on the Republican ballot for the 32nd District, filed a request for a recount at 1:17 p.m. Monday. That was approved by the state Government Accountability Board, which now oversees state elections.
Proposed levy up 2.88 percent from last year
County administrator imposes limited hiring freeze
September 16, 2010
Elkhorn — The proposed 2011 levy for Walworth County shows a bare 2.88 percent increase over this year.But with countywide unemployment up and county property values in decline for the first time in more than a decade, the County Board must continue to economize and keep expenses under control, said County Adminstrator David Bretl.Bretl brought his proposed levy numbers to the Walworth County Board on Thursday to start the annual budget process. The proposed 2.88 percent fits within the County Board’s guidelines set earlier this year that the levy increase for 2011 not exceed 2.89 percent.
Burn camp a healing place for victims and firefighters
September 09, 2010
East Troy — Samantha Paton looks like any other 14-year-old at camp, sitting under a tree and sucking on snow cone. But Paton, of Sussex, was badly burned on her back when she was 2. And this camp isn’t any camp. It’s the annual Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth at Camp Timberlee sponsored by the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety. Timberlee is on 600 acres near the southern part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest near East Troy.
Karen Schlichter named 2010 Fairest of the Fair
September 09, 2010
Elkhorn — Karen Schlichter, 21, of Elkhorn was named Fairest of the Fair Sept. 1at the Walworth County Fair. And so was Hannah Eucker, only not for now. Eucker, 19, also of Elkhorn, will be royalty for the 2010 Fair. Then, during a special ceremony in June 2011, she will be crowned Fairest for 2011 and Samantha Simen , 19, of Burlington, daughter of Dawn Simen, will be royalty.
BREAKING: 6-year-old dies after accident with alleged drunken driver
September 02, 2010
Town of Troy — A 6-year-old boy was killed after a suspected drunken driver allegedly blew a stop sign Thursday causing a two-vehicle crash.Scott Dragotta, 44, East Troy, is being held in the Walworth County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. He was arrested on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and operating while under the influence causing great bodily harm.During a Friday bail bond hearing, District Attorney Phil Koss said Dragotta failed field sobriety tests and had a 0.19 blood alcohol level, according to a portable breathalyzer test.
GOP hopefuls bring their best policy faces to the forum
September 02, 2010
Elkhorn -- Tom Lothian, 32nd Assembly District incumbent, is not running for re-election. Now six contenders are vying for the Republican nomination in the Sept. 14 primary.On Aug. 26, the Walworth County GOP sponsored a candidates forum on neutral ground, at Sperino’s Restaurant, which is just outside the official 32nd District boundary, and across the street from the county GOP headquarters. Not really a debate, moderator Kim Howarth read off a series of questions that were culled from the Republican faithful to test their candidates.This was not a homogenous group, although some themes attractive to Republican voters were developed, like the need to cut taxes to attract business, slash spending to balance the state’s wobbly budget, and undo the economic damage that Republicans blame on the incumbent and majority Democrats.
Terry and Kegley’s lives center on helping 4-H youth
August 26, 2010
East Troy — For Terry and Dianne Kegley, of rural East Troy, the Walworth County Fair has been a lifelong commitment. They were active in the Fair and the local 4-H as children.As a youngster, Terry would show livestock at the fair, and was named Outstanding 4-H Boy, had a Grand Champion Barrow and was Senior Leadership President.
Breaking: Gun found in Highlands Channel
August 19, 2010
Elkhorn — The Walworth County Sheriff’s Department retrieved a gun that is believed to have been used in an Aug. 5 shooting in the town of Walworth.In the murky waters of the Highlands Channel, the dive team located the weapon at 10:25 a.m. Aug. 18. The gun has been sent to the State Crime Lab for further analysis. On Aug. 5 at 3:46 p.m., Eric Grethe, 20, Lake Geneva, was shot with a small caliber handgun. Law enforcement found Grethe lying in a driveway near Townline Road and Bennett Street.
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