March 24, 2011Delavan - It appears as though a done deal is very close for the purchase of Lake Lawn Resort.
There are reports that a deal has been struck between Anchor Bank and other financial institutions and local businessman Jim Drescher and his group of investors.
Reportedly, the deal is for $9.5 million for the property, which is assessed at about $31 million.
Drescher will make one final offer, bankers to meet at resort FridayMarch 24, 2011Delavan - Late Thursday evening, green gates blocked anyone trying to enter Lake Lawn Resort.
But, on Friday afternoon, bankers from up to 14 different institutions that have a stake in the property were expected to meet on the grounds.
Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis and prospective Lake Lawn buyer Jim Drescher told a room full of interested people Thursday night at City Hall about the scheduled gathering by the bankers. Nieuwenhuis said there are people from some of the banks involved that have never even seen what Lake Lawn looks like.
March 24, 2011Elkhorn — A woman who sold heroin inside the Walworth County jail received a 12-1/2 year stayed prison sentence during a March 12 court hearing.
Erica L. Otto, 23, of Eagle, was sentenced to seven years of probation.
If she violates the terms of her probation, she will have to serve the prison sentence and five years of extended supervision.
Next step: Find a buildingJanuary 20, 2011Delavan — The advisory council of a new Delavan-Darien Boys & Girls Club met and organized last week
Ashley Contreras, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Delavan-Darien School District, said the council will partner with the Janesville Boys & Girls Club and the new advisory council will answer to the Janesville board of directors.
The next step will be to find a facility where the Delavan-Darien Boys and Girls Club can meet, possibly a vacant building or space in a school.
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BREAKING - Lake Lawn purchase on horizon?Locals want to buy, reopen, possibly create charitable trustMarch 17, 2011Delavan - It appears a deal may be close between local investors and Anchor Bank on the sale of Lake Lawn Resort.Investors were scheduled to meet with bank leaders Friday, March 18, to discuss details of a purchase. During the past two weeks, Jim Drescher, leader of the investment group, which apparently also includes Lake Geneva's Sal Dimiceli, has made offers to Anchor Bank for about $8.5 million. However, those offers were not accepted.
Whitewater to open county’s first charter grade schoolMarch 10, 2011Whitewater — Starting next school year, Lincoln School will convert to LINCS, a new charter school, and what may be the first elementary public charter school in Walworth County.LINCS stands for Lincoln Inquiry Charter School. The name was chosen to retain connection to the Lincoln Elementary School, said Jo Bernhardt, who is now principal of Lincoln and will be principal at LINCS.Bernhardt said plans for the new charter school started in November 2009, when the newly-hired superintendent, Suzanne Zentner, announced she wanted the district to focus on 21st century learning.
Resource Fair set for March 5March 03, 2011Lake Geneva — The Family Resource Coalition of Walworth County Inc. will host its fourth annual Walworth County Active Family Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5, at the Lake Geneva Middle School, 600 N. Bloomfield Road, Lake Geneva. This event is also sponsored by the United Way of Walworth County. Admission is free.There will be more than 50 booths including: Head Start, APFV, Zainey & Zoe Boutique, Walworth County libraries, Park & Recreation Departments, Usborne Books, Department of Public Health, YMCA, Parent Connections, Elkhorn Martial Arts, Walworth County UW-Extension, SHARE, Angel Food Ministries, Discovery Toys, Big Brothers Big Sisters, SMILES, Arbonne, Lake Geneva Summer Enrichment, Community Action, Walworth County 4-H, Alternative Health Associates, Family Resource Center of East Troy, Side by Side, FLAC, Pregnancy Helpline, Lakeland Animal Shelter, Girl Scouts, LG Cares, Covenant Harbor, and more.
Map error may stand in way of plant improvementFebruary 24, 2011Elkhorn — A proposed expansion of the Birds Eye food processing plant in Darien could bring more than 100 jobs to Walworth County.The Walworth County Zoning Agency on Thursday was eager to grant the plant a conditional use to let the expansion go forward.Unfortunately, final approval of the conditional use is out of the county’s hands until what is described as a mapping error is resolved between the company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
County will seek grant to expand monitoringFebruary 17, 2011Elkhorn — Walworth County officials will apply for a $100,000 grant through the state Office of Judicial Assistance to pay for an expanded jail inmate electronic monitoring program using sophisticated electronic ankle bracelets, similar to one now being used in Rock County.The Walworth County Board’s Executive Committee voted Monday morning to direct County Administrator David Bretl to prepare the application.Program grant-worthy
Pepsi effort fizzles, Treyton field supporters soldier onBall field would be memorial for 6-year-oldFebruary 10, 2011Whitewater — The dream of getting a $250,000 grant for the Treyton Kilar memorial ballpark through the Pepsi Cola Co.’s “Pepsirefreshproject” is over, but efforts to build Treyton’s field of dreams continue, said Rob Gosh, a friend of the Kilar family and spokesman for the fundraising effort.For the month of January, the project was in the running for one of two projects that qualify for $250,000 grants.Pepsi Cola Co. has set up a website where nonprofit organizations can appeal for votes to win grants of $250,000, $50,000, $25,000 and $5,000.
County part-time position to help with jail policyJanuary 27, 2011Elkhorn — Walworth County is seeking some short-term staff help for its Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.Although the job may last only six months, whoever is hired would help the CJCC and Walworth County Board set jail incarceration policy for years to come.The Walworth County Board’s Executive Committee recommended hiring the temporary staff at its Jan. 17 meeting.
County program seeks to reduce foreclosuresBanks urged to talk with homeownersJanuary 13, 2011Elkhorn — Walworth County Judge John Race said he was disturbed by the stream of homeowners facing foreclosure who came through his courtroom.“These are good people fallen on hard times,” Race said.“It isn’t often I am disturbed by what I do in court,” Race said in a recent face-to-face interview. But he said he was watching people coming into his court in tears, frustrated in their efforts to renegotiate their mortgages, and frightened by the summons and complaint for foreclosure filed against their homes.
‘Holy Night’ warm one for men in homeless shelterSafe haven provides beds for at least 10 in needJanuary 06, 2011Delavan — It’s a holy night, the song says.It’s a good night, said Mike, one of the men staying at the Walworth County Men’s Emergency Homeless Shelter this past Christmas Eve.Without the shelter, Mike probably would have been on his own this holy night. While temperatures were not the coldest of the year, it was snowing and the wind was raw.
2010 - New beginnings, fading memoriesDecember 30, 2010An old face fades from Delavan Lake. A new face represents the State 32nd Assembly District. Finally, an East Troy man, who thought he was hiring a hitman, faces six years in prison.These are some of the top stories for 2010.