Posts from ‘February, 2012’

Bristol School should top 700 students next school year

After a stale period of student population growth, Bristol School should see over 700 students next year, district administrator Gale Ryczek said at the district’s annual strategic growth meeting. That type of population would bring the district closer to the school building’s 750 student capacity. The reason? The district’s first 4K program starting this fall and continued open enrollment demand, Ryczek said. But, he […]

4-H Pinewood Derby coverage

Kenosha County 4-H held its annual pinewood derby Tuesday night. 4-Hers from throughout the county participated by crafting a car from a kit and then matching it against others in their age group. The fastest cars — and the slowest too — won trophies. The hearing room at the Kenosha County Center was packed with participants and fans. This […]

Temperature tops 50

The thermometer has risen a little higher than predicted, with 54 being recorded as the temperature at Kenosha Regional Airport at about 12:15 p.m. But it is breezy out there too. Winds are registering at 20 mph with a gust of 36 mph at the airport. It could be a lot more winter like tonight, with a low […]

Fog this morning

At about 6:20 a.m., it’s foggy out the window of westofthei.com headquarters. Deputies are referring to foggy conditions as well on the scanner. Temperatures are expected to get into the high 40s today, with a 50 percent chance of more rain.

Deal of the Day: $25 Cabana Tan gift certificate for half off

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 […]

Wilmot and Central at state cheer championship video

We have some video from the state cheer championships, in which Wilmot earned their fourth consecutive state title and Central came in third in their respective divisions. First, here’s some video of the Wilmot team as they await, and then finally hear, where they placed: Here’s some video of some of the Central team in […]

Wheatland to have motorcycle awareness signs from ABATE

Wheatland will become the second Kenosha County municipality where a group representing motorcyclists will place motorcycle awareness signage. Two members of a local chapter of ABATE asked the Wheatland Town Board Monday for permission to locate two signs in appropriate locations along town roads. The signs say “Look Twice, Save a life” and include a graphic of a motorcyclist. ABATE asked and […]

Bristol School to host strategic growth meeting Feb. 29

Bristol School District’s Strategic Growth Meeting will be held Feb. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 201. The purpose of the meeting is to help develop a vision for Bristol School District in light of the growth potential over the next 3 to 10 years. Included in the meeting will be: History of Enrollment. Building […]

State looking to go ahead with sidewalks along Highway 45 in Bristol

View Larger Map Bristol Village Board members heard Monday that the state Department of Transportation is planning to proceed with installing sidewalks in central Bristol as part of the Highway 45 repaving project. Village administrator Randy Kerkman said a WisDOT representative told him in a recent conversation that the state planned to proceed with sidewalks […]

Wilmot UHS state champ cheerleader squad photos

As we reported Sunday, Wilmot Union High School’s varsity cheerleader squad took the state championship Saturday. Now we have some photos of the Wilmot sqaud to add to our coverage. This was the Wilmot team’s fourth consecutive state title. Seniors Reann Dvorscek and Kristi Rodgers have been on Wilmot’s Varsity team since their Freshman year […]

Native varieties of trees and shrubs available through Kenosha County Tree Program

A wide variety of trees and shrubs are available for sale through the Kenosha County Tree Program. Kenosha County has offered these native species for more than 25 years and, in that time, nearly one million trees have been sold. The purpose of the program is to promote conservation and to help area residents to […]

Hearing on Highway 45 as controlled access set for March 12

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing to consider the establishment of Highway 45 as a controlled access highway. Further information concerning the proposed improvement is available for inspection at the Department’s Regional Office at 141 NW Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53187, telephone 262-521-5354. A Public Hearing will convene at 7 p.m. […]

Wheatland Fire Department to host corned beef dinner

The Town of  Wheatland Fire Department is hosting its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., on March 12, at Luisa’s, Highway 50 and 317th Avenue, Wheatland. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $9 at Luisa’s Pizza or from any Wheatland Fire Department member. Tickets can also be purchased […]

County’s nursing home named among top in US

Brookside Care Center, the county-owned nursing home, was recently named one of the Top Nursing Homes in the Country by US News & World Report. According to the rankings, Brookside was 13th overall among the top Wisconsin nursing homes. All of the homes selected have earned 5 star ratings for health services, the highest overall […]

Wilmot takes first, Central third at state cheer championships

With the backdrop of the largest US Flag, the Wisconson State Cheer Championships were held on Saturday in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center. Teams from all over Wisconsin were represented, teams as small as 7 athletes to as many as 30 athletes in the large Co-Ed division. The Kenosha County schools represented were, St. […]

Coast Guard Auxiliary to host Boating Safety Course

You deserve to have a safe as well as a fun time on the water this summer! The U.S.C.G. Auxiliary wants to help you by offering the nine hour course: About Boating Safely (ABS) on three consecutive Thursday’s at Gander Mountain, 6801 120th Ave., Kenosha. The next class begins March 1 and the final exam […]

Photos from Twin Lakes practice burn

The old Lakeview Motel and apartment building in downtown Twin Lakes were scheduled to be part of a practice burn today and tomorow. Juddie Brandes shared some photos of the exercise from today of the apartment building along Buena Drive.

Trevor-Wilmot students visit Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh through technology

Trevor -Wilmot art students were able to visit the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh Thursday with no packing or transportation needed. That’s because the visit was accomplished in their own art room with an assist from some audio-visual technology. Art teacher Bill Wald explained that the idea to Skype with a distant museum came from students wanting to plan […]

Deal of the Day: $25 Cabana Tan gift certificate for half off

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 […]

Units responding for investigation at Wilmot UHS

At 2:39 p.m., Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding for an investigation of a natural gas smell at Wilmot Union High School. Dispatch says the smell is being reported in the music room. UPDATE about 2:50 p.m. — We Energies responding with a troubleshooter. View Larger Map

Twin Lakes Skate Park meeting is Feb. 28

The Twin Lakes Skate Park committee is looking for dedicated people who will commit their time to continue to work on the goal of renovating the village skate park. A meeting for interested individuals is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Twin Lakes Village Hall, 108 E. Main St. If you have any questions call […]

Snowmobile trails are closed

Despite a good amount of  snow on the ground, warm temperatures are keeping the Kenosha County snowmobile trail system closed. The latest update on the county snowmobile alliance hotline (10 a.m. today) said the warmer temperatures did not meet guidelines for opening the trails. There was concern about damaging underlying farm fields. The number for the hotline is 671-4944.

Units responding to snowmobile call

At about 5:45 p.m., Salem Fire/Rescue is responding to a report of a person who was thrown from a snowmobile in the 27600 block of 75th Street (Highway 50). Patient is a 27-year-old who is conscious and breathing and about 10-feet from the road on the north side. View Larger Map

Units responding for report of smoke smell

At 2:25 p.m., Silver Lake Fire Department is responding to a report of a smoke smell at the Silver Lake Rescue Squad station. View Larger Map

Units responding to investigate gas smell

At 2:12 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to investigate a report of a strong odor of natural gas at Highways Q and 45. UPDATE 2:29 p.m. — Units returning to quarters. View Larger Map

Special Olympics Wisconsin Regional Basketball Tournament is Saturday

2012 Special Olympics Wisconsin Regional Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, Feb. 25 at Wilmot High School. Thirty teams from throughout Southeast Wisconsin will be competing. The Opening Ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. Games begin 9 a.m. The event is a Western Kenosha County Special Olympics Fund Raiser. There will be a concession stand […]

Deal of the Day: Heidi’s Bakery $10 gift certificate for half off

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 […]

Report: Holy Hill Road closed

At about 7:55 a.m., I received a report from the field that an apparent crash has closed Holy Hill Road in Twin Lakes in the area near Allied Plastics. UPDATE 8:31 a.m. — Email tip says it may have involved a tipped over semi truck.

Central High School Students whip up desserts for fundraiser

About a dozen members of Central High School’s Family, Career, Community Leaders of America were busy creating mini-desserts on Thursday after school to be served at Saturday’s annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for Women’s and Children’s Horizons. The enticing aroma of Maddie Spain’s lime cheesecake made it difficult not to sample as it chilled in the […]

Snow update: 5 inches

As of about 6:15 a.m., we had about five inches of snow here at West of the I headquarters in Paddock Lake. The National Weather Service says snow will continue until about noon, with another one to two inches of accumulation possible. As for snow removal, this snow built up nicely on the shovel, but […]

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