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Children’s Radiothon 10pm Total: $60,724.12

 

6/23/17 - The 27-hour WBEV/WXRO Children's Radiothon is in the homestretch wrapping up with the announcement of the final tally just before 9am Friday morning. The 10pm total announced Thursday evening was $60,724.12. On-air auction items contributed $13,530 to the total. The dessert auction raised $2480. The festivities at the Verizon Wireless Zone took in $805. At 8am Friday, we will find out the total from Noel’s Angel Walk and Nate’s Lemonade Stand. Kevin Haugen is the “News Guy in the Sky” on the roof for the duration of the Radiothon along with Vilay the Verizon Guy. Rain got the group off to a late start but they’ve been up top since 9am Thursday and have the mosquito bites to prove it. The roof total as of 10pm is $2893.23. The Radiothon Bash at Bayside Supper Club in Beaver Dam raised $813 and counting. The Eagle Riders Motorcycle Ride raised $3213. The ten organizations benefiting from the Children's Radiothon are People Against A Violent Environment, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County and the Watertown Community, Green Valley Enterprises, YMCA of Dodge County, Clothes for Kids, the Watertown Family Center, ARC Dodge County, Community Care Preschool and Child Care, the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and – new this year – Church Health Services. For more information on the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon, follow the link on the banner on the left hand side of this webpage or go to:

 

http://karmagood.wpengine.com/radiothon-events/

 

Columbia County Sets Record Low Unemployment

 

6/23/17 - Columbia County hit an all-time low unemployment rate in May logging a 2.4-percent, down a full percentage point from last May. Columbia County was one of five counties that experienced a record-setting month. Washington County also reported a 2.4-percent. Dodge County was not far behind reporting a 2.5-percent jobless rate last month, also down a full percentage point from May of 2016. Fond du Lac County recorded a 2.3-percent, down just over a full-percent from year-to-year. Green Lake County was down nearly a point and a half from last year with a 3.1-percent. Dane and Lafayette counties had the lowest rate in the state at 2.2-percent. Iron County dropped 2.3-percent to 5.3-percent, the highest rate in the state. The preliminary rates in all 72 counties dropped when compared to May of last year. Sixty-eight (68) counties either declined or remained the same last month when compared to April.

 

Third Democrat Joins Race For Ryan’s Seat

 

6/23/17 - There are now three Democrats running for G-O-P Speaker Paul Ryan's House seat next year. Cathy Myers, who's on the Janesville School Board, announced her bid Thursday. Myers has taught English for 23 years. She's currently at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois. If she wins the Democratic primary next August, Myers says voters could have what she calls a "clear choice between a community leader and a career politician who seems to have forgotten his small town roots." To face Ryan, Myers would have to beat Racine County union ironworker Randy Bryce and Ohio activist David Yankovich.  Ryan faces a Republican primary against his G-O-P opponent from two years ago, businessman Paul Nehlen.

 

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Drops Out Of ACA

 

6/23/17 - Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is exiting from the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Wisconsin.  The company blames the move on a volatile market.  Around 14-thousand people in Wisconsin are covered by Anthem plans that will be discontinued after December 31st.  The insurer currently offers plans in 44 counties.

 

State Supreme Court Rules On Golf Pro Lawsuit

 

6/23/17 - The State Supreme Court is letting four club pros at city-owned golf courses in Madison proceed with a lawsuit alleging they were fired unfairly. On a 5-2 vote Thursday, the court reversed an appellate court ruling which threw out legal claims from former club pros Tom Benson, Mark Rechlicz, Bill Scheer, and Rob Muranyi. The city decided to replace them in 2012 with a single club pro, some assistants and concession workers. Justice Annette Ziegler says the city cannot claim government immunity in this case, so the golf pros can pursue allegations of unfair business practices. But Madison City Attorney Michael May tells the Wisconsin State Journal that it's the first time any court applied a law which was meant only for private business dealings. He says the ruling will affect every local government in the state.

 

State Considering Next Step On Highway 23 Project

 

6/23/17 - If the State Highway 23 expansion project between Fond du Lac and Plymouth had gone ahead the improvement of that 19 mile stretch of road would be completed next year. As it is now the state is considering its next step after a Federal Appeals Court ruled against the state’s appeal to reinstate federal funding for the project. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt says the three-judge panel ruled 2 to 1 against the state and the judge for the majority suggested the state do the project on its own. He says that’s not practical for legal and financial reasons.

 

Grothman Says Scalise Is Improving

 

6/23/17 - Congressman Glenn Grothman says he’s glad to see Congressman Steve Scalise is improving after being shot during practice for a charity baseball game last week. He says Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, is a good friend of his. He says being shot in the hip could have life-long consequences for Scalise. The shooter was reportedly still distraught over President Trump’s election. Grothman says there’s a lot of criticism out there about the President and the GOP in general.

 

Tips Lead To Identification Of Motorcyclist In Chase

 

6/23/17 - Thanks to tips from residents the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department has been able to identify the motorcyclist who fled from a Sheriff’s deputy during a high speed pursuit on I-41 last week that reached 123mph. He is 39-year-old Marvin L. Adams. He has a warrant out for his arrest on an unrelated case and his whereabouts is currently unknown. Authorities believe he is living in the Fox Valley area, possibly near Menasha. If you know where he is you area asked to contact local law enforcement so they can take him into custody. Sheriff’s officials released photos of Adams and a woman passenger on the bike in an effort to identify them.

 

Sentencing Date Set For Campbellsport Drug Dealer

 

6/23/17 - One of the eight people allegedly involved in a heroin and oxycodone ring that operated out of a Campbellsport home will be sentenced in August. Thirty-one-year-old John Plzak has reached a plea agreement with Washington County prosecutors. He pled guilty to a felony heroin possession and trafficking charge. In exchange others charges in an unrelated case will be dropped. The sentencing is scheduled for August 23rd.

 

Yesterday's Headlines
- Felony Charges Filed Against Former Mayville Chief
- BDUSD Wall Of Fame Accepting Nominations
- Beaver Dam Street named After Uncle Bill McCollum

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