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Lake Lawn still has time to recover

Employees given notice, closing date in sight

October 14, 2010
Delavan — If the owners of Lake Lawn Resort can't find new investors or a fresh infusion of funds in the next six weeks, it's likely the 132-year-old hotel and spa will close by Nov. 30, or soon thereafter. Such a closing would send shockwaves through the local economy. According to the state Department of Workforce Development website, a 60-day layoff notice was sent to the 126 full-time resort employees at the resort on Oct. 8. Under Wisconsin's WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act, the hotel has to register when and how many employees will be laid off.

Forum set for Assembly race

Chamber hosting member showcase at same time

October 14, 2010
Geneva Township — The public will have a chance to hear the candidates who are vying for the 32nd State Assembly debate Oct. 19 at the Lodge at Geneva Ridge. The Geneva Lake West Chamber is hosting the event in conjunction with its semi-annual member showcase. Both events are free and open to the public. The members showcase will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and the candidates forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Man who cut reverend's throat heads to prison

Nelson will spend 15 years behind bars, 15 year on extended supervision

October 14, 2010
Elkhorn — In what prosecutors painted as a domestic abuse crime, a 23-year-old man who cut a reverend's throat while out on bond for another violent crime will spend the next 15 years in a state prison. Martin J. Nelson, who lived in rural Whitewater, also was sentenced to 15 years of extended supervision. Nelson previously pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted homicide after he cut the Rev. Michael L. Obinger's throat Aug. 20 in La Grange Township. During Tuesday afternoon's proceedings, Nelson apologized to Obinger for the attack and the "embarrassment these proceedings have put him through."

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Deputies find dead couple
October 07, 2010
Whitewater — The Walworth County Sheriff’s Department reported that the bodies of Birger Juell, 93, and his wife, Anne S. Juell, 77, both of Whitewater Township, were recovered from Whitewater Lake at about 3:42 p.m. Oct. 2.The two victims were spotted floating face down near N7378 Chapel Drive, Whitewater. Deputies responding noted that both victims appeared to be dead and notified the Sheriff’s Dive Team to recover the bodies and check the surround waters for evidence.
Delavan youth finds burn camp experience rewarding
October 07, 2010
Delavan — It’s hard to believe that 17-year-old Ronald Warrenburg is a burn victim.The 17-year-old Delavan-Darien High School senior is an avid bowler, takes EMT training at Gateway College, is a teacher’s aide at Wileman Elementary School, Delavan, and wants to study dairy farming and hospitality management when he goes to the University of Wisconsin-Madison next year.He said he’s taking EMT training because “I want to be someone’s hero.”
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.
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.
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.
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