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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



STATELINE NEWS-- When Veteran’s Day arrives next month, the country will again renew its pledge to our armed forces to never forget the sacrifice they’ve made for our country. While the day is marked to observe our many living veterans, sometimes the best way to do that is by helping them honor those that served beside them that didn’t make it home. This is the goal of the Wall of Faces project.

ELKHORN -- Linda Godfrey, a noted local investigator, author and artist, has written 16 books on strange creatures, phenomena and people. Residents will have the chance to enjoy a spooky, pre-Halloween evening with Godfrey at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Matheson Memorial Library community center.

Note: HELP LINE: To reach the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, go to or call the 24-hour phone line at 262-723-4653.

ELKHORN -- The Walworth County Association for the Prevention of Family Violence has signed on to a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to take a leadership role in domestic violence prevention efforts.

"We asked them to come up with a strategy that shows this will not be accepted and puts it out there for America to see; this is a really important issue and you can help," said APFV Executive Director Heidi Lloyd. "It’s not just the players and what their expectations should be, but putting it out there for the fans, too."

STATELINE NEWS -- For the past several months, and for the next few to come, the partnership between AmeriCorps, the Rock County UW-Extension and the Farm to School, or F2S program, is ramping up its efforts in the Stateline.

The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator will feature the work of prolific local artist Marek Kossiba for the fourth time since 2002 starting Friday, Oct. 3.

The BFAI’s Kossiba exhibition, titled "With the Wind," will hold its opening activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., complete with a presentation by the artist, free admission and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The opening night is a great chance to meet Kossiba and discuss his work, but the exhibit will be on display until Oct. 31.

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"One of the goals of BFAI is to bring local art to the local population, and Marek is a prolific artist who works in a number of different styles," BFAI’s Ben Hawthorn said about the exhibition. "His artwork, specifically his abstract work, is very unique. But also his background is very unique compared to a lot of the local artists -- he’s a retired Polish merchant marine and he spent quite a number of years on the seas. His seascape paintings are just incredible, and that comes from his years in the service."

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Fired up about football

WHITEWATER -- As any NCAA Division III team can tell you, it’s bad enough playing against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks, currently ranked first in the division, on their home field, but nothing punctuates that feeling better than the booming cannon fire that erupts right after they’ve scored on you.

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Mike Lesko, affectionately known as "The Cannon Man," has been making that victory blast possible for the past 20 years. Lesko, at the command of his 2 1/2-inch-bore confederate mountain rifle replica, has fired a powerful 6-ounce gunpowder shot to celebrate every single Warhawks touchdown during a regular season home game over his long tenure as the team’s artilleryman. The university’s football tradition is so entrenched that it predates much of the current athletic department’s staff.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Racehorse embarks on new career

CLINTON -- The racehorse known as He’s So Hot was on track for a stunning career until an injury put a sudden stop to his racing days.

The Standardbred gelding was born in Illinois to a proud lineage, the offspring of prized horses Sportsmaster and She’s Redhot.

He’s So Hot was purchased in 2009 and trained for harness racing by the DeLong family of Clinton and had all the makings of a future champion.

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At the height of his performance in 2010, the then 2-year-old racehorse had earned $70,500 at the Mini Me Final at Balmoral Park in Crete, Illinois; $22,500 at the Governor’s Cup at Du Quoin, Illinois; $60,350 at the Cardinal Final at Maywood Park in Melrose Park, Illinois, and finished second in the $127,000 American-National Final at Balmoral Park.

STATELINE NEWS -- For the Stateline Spinners, the bicycle map and route information they used for their regular excursions often was lacking, so they did something about it. Now, other cyclists in the Stateline can enjoy the benefits.

STATELINE NEWS -- The man known as John Clinton Doe had a real name -- but no one knows what it is. That’s the question that keeps Rock County Deputy Coroner analyst Jack Friess up at night.

In 1995, a hunter discovered a body near Turtle Creek in the town of Bradford. Because of the proximity to Clinton, the Rock County coroner’s office dubbed the unidentified man as John Clinton Doe, or JCD for short. According to forensic evidence, the body likely went undiscovered for about a year and largely was decomposed at the time of its discovery.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Neighbors gather to stand up to violence

STATELINE NEWS -- There was a large turnout on Wednesday afternoon at the Beloit Strong: Strengthening Our Community free concert and community event in Summit Park, the scene of several shootings this summer.

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The event was geared at helping strengthen community ties in the face of a recent outbreak of violence. It featured a free concert by Eddie James, food and drinks, activities for kids and opportunities to meet local law enforcement and a host of engaging speakers who addressed issues facing the community.

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