July 14, 2011Delavan — He's a new performer fresh out of the Lake Geneva area.
His name is Echo. And he has feathers.
The real talent here is Sarah Hoeft, also of Lake Geneva, who over the past eight years, taught Echo, a Double Yellow-headed Amazon parrot, everything he's needed to know to impress the judges of NBC-TV's "America's Got Talent."
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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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July 4 Support Our Troops rally draws 50July 07, 2011Elkhorn — About 50 people turned up at the American Legion’s weekly Support Our Troops ceremony on Monday, at the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn.Bob Webster Sr., who founded and leads the weekly ceremonies, said he was more than pleased with the turnout, considering it was a holiday. Among those in the audience was Army Pfc. Cody Robinson of Elkhorn. A member of the 101st Airborne Division, Robinson returned from duty in Afghanistan in June. His next posting will be at Ft. Campbell, Ky.“When I was over there, this organization sent us ‘care’ packages and made life a little easier over there,” Robinson said.
County to borrow $7.74 million for roadsGood rating means 2.2 percent interest on loanJune 30, 2011Elkhorn — Walworth County got a great rate on its recent promissory note and a pat on the back by Moody’s Investor Service.The Walworth County Board unanimously approved borrowing $7.74 million for road repairs at its June 20 meeting. The money will go to resurfacing and doing some base work on about 26 miles of road in the northern part of the county around Lake Beulah and East Troy.Work on that project has already begun using money borrowed earlier for road maintenance, said David Bretl, county administrator. But the $7.74 million borrowed by the county represents the anticipated cost of the repairs, he said.
Traffic warning: Expect congestion on I-43 SaturdayJune 23, 2011Elkhorn-- Drivers using Interstate 43 and Walworth County Highway D are warned of serious traffic congestion this weekend, according to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office. Road construction underway on I- 43 between Elkhorn and the Waukesha County line in both directions, and replacement of the Highway D bridge means traffic is already slow in those areas. A June 25 Jimmy Buffett concert at Alpine Valley in the town of Lafayette, which will draw an estimated 30,000 fans, could bring slow traffic to a crawl, the Sheriff’s Office warns.
County OWI court may be ready in four monthsJune 23, 2011Elkhorn — Protecting society from people who act badly may involve more than just locking those people up.Initiation of a Walworth County court for third to fifth-time Operating While Intoxicated offenders may be no more than four months off, according to Circuit Court Judge David Reddy. Reddy chaired the June 11 meeting of the Walworth County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.“We still have to work out the details,” Reddy said. However, the OWI program would involve the Sheriff’s Office, judges, the probation and parole program and the District Attorney’s Office in a coordinated effort to identify and enroll people who would benefit from the program.
Lakeland Animal Shelter plans for expansionJune 16, 2011Delavan Township— Lakeland Animal Shelter took another step toward expansion.Last month, the Walworth County Board reviewed and approved the report of the County Zoning Agency for rezoning about 3.14 acres of land currently owned by the Hold Your Horses boarding ranch to make way for expansion of the Lakeland Animal Shelter.The rezone covers only part of the 10 acres the shelter is planning to buy. Purchase of 10 acres from Hold Your Horses is pending, said Kristen Perry, director of Lakeland Animal Shelter.
Breaking: Gang member sentenced in Delavan shootingJune 02, 2011Elkhorn — A Delavan teen who was involved in gang-related shooting last year was sentenced to four years and three months of confinement June 3 by Judge Robert KennedyJudge Robert Kennedy also sentenced Ross R. Koepke, now 18, to an additional three years and nine months of supervision.It remains unclear who pulled the trigger in the shooting, but court documents indicate Koepke and two other gang members drove to a home on Spruce Street. At the residence someone fired a shots at rival gang member, but missed.
Sheriff’s Office presents awards for courage, serviceJune 02, 2011Elkhorn — Walworth County Sheriff David Graves presented this year’s awards to citizens and deputies at the Sheriff’s Office’s annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 20.Awards are presented to those who saved lives, showed bravery in the line of duty or performed exemplary service for the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department in the past year.Following are the awards and reasons for presenting the meritorious citations.
Lake Lawn Resort deal final, finallyMay 26, 2011Lake Geneva businessman and philanthropist Jim Drescher wanted to have Lake Lawn Resort up and running by now. He wanted the golf course lush and green, the marina prepped, the hotel open and ready for guests and at least some of the 300 employees who lost their jobs in winter, back to work.But the $9.5 million deal to purchase the property took much longer than expected, and now Drescher and his ownership group are hurrying to ensure at least parts of the facility are open for Memorial Day weekend. Late last week, Drescher finalized the deal with the banks and now his investment group owns the property. Drescher had hoped the deal would have been completed in April to provide time for preparations to open the popular and historical Delavan resort.
Redistricting makes orphans of two supervisorsKilkenny, Weber, share District 5 with RedeniusMay 19, 2011Elkhorn — In a process that tried to squeeze as much politics out of County Board redistricting as possible, three supervisors will probably find themselves in the same district come the 2012 election.On Tuesday, following a public hearing, the Walworth County Board approved a tentative county redistricting map with just a small amendment, to be reviewed by the county municipalities.The small map amendment, putting about 72 acres of open land that Delavan plans to annex into District 8, was approved unanimously.
Drunken driver who killed boy gets 20 yearsMay 12, 2011Elkhorn — On Sept. 2, 2010, Mike Kilar lost his shadow, mini-me and baseball and fishing partner to a drunken driver.The father, who suffered from a broken vertebrae in a crash that killed his 6-year-old son, Treyton, said he was physically and mentally broken.“My son was killed by a senseless act of destruction, and one that could have been avoided,” Mike Kilar told Walworth County Judge David Reddy during a May 9 sentencing hearing.