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JANESVILLE -- A Beloit funeral home director is accused of cremating bodies without getting legitimate permits, according to a criminal complaint filed in Rock County Court.

Jay B. Gravitt, 48, of Beloit is charged with three felony counts of forgery and five misdemeanor counts of cremating a corpse without a permit, according to a complaint filed Oct. 25, 2016.

Gravitt is the owner of Hansen-Gravitt Funeral Home, 424 Prospect St., and is the only certified funeral director there.

BELOIT -- Michael Zoril, the chairman of the Beloit Equal Opportunities Commission, resigned abruptly Nov. 4 after being accused of making a racist Facebook comment.

The comment written by Zoril was found on a the WKOW-TV Facebook page under article titled "Trump polling at zero percent with black voters in Wisconsin."

STATELINE NEWS -- Residents on the west side of Beloit Township fear they will be left out if a plan moves forward to consolidate into a village, however, town officials say they are committed to making sure that all residents will benefit.

The town has flirted with consolation before, but it never has progressed this far before.

BELOIT -- Karen Soto feels like she’s making a difference by educating her peers about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. As a member of the Rock County Youth2Youth 4 Change, Soto is on the front lines of student education.

"I’m really grateful for this program because not only have I seen the progress of us helping out the community. It had me informed, which helped me stay away from drugs and alcohol," Soto, 19, of Beloit said. "This is like my second family."

Friday, 16 September 2016 11:43

United Way kickoff 2016 begins Day of Caring

BELOIT -- The United Way Blackhawk Region’s 2016 Community Campaign officially kicks off beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 with the organization’s annual breakfast.

The kickoff will be held in the ABC Supply corporate hangar of the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

Milly Babcock and Kim Hendricks, 2015 Champions of United Way’s community campaign, will be on hand to pass the torch to the group of local leaders championing this year’s campaign.

BELOIT -- So what rocks in the city of Beloit? Orion Regenold of Boy Scout Troop 608 wants to find out.

For his Eagle Scout project, Regenold recently launched Beloit Rocks, where residents locate a decorated rock, take a photo of it, post it on the Beloit Rocks!! Facebook page and hide it in another location.

Friday, 02 September 2016 13:41

Our heritage comes alive at Beckman Mill


BELOIT -- People can take a step back in time this weekend and learn what life was like living near a mill about a hundred years ago.

Friends of Beckman Mill will host Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Beckman Mill County Park, 11600 County Highway H west of Beloit. Heritage Day has been held for at least 20 years, said Sheri Disrud, member of Friends of Beckman Mill.

Friday, 02 September 2016 13:33

The great escape (room) craze

BELOIT -- You’ve uncovered a tomb in an ancient Egyptian pyramid, and in the midst of exploring it, you suddenly find yourself trapped. You have 60 minutes to escape, and as the clock ticks down and the hieroglyphic-covered walls seem to close in, you search for clues in the tomb that will point to a way out.

ROCKTON -- Dan Wuthrich could be putting the final brush strokes on his art career.

    Wuthrich, 81, of Rockton is hosting "The End of a Journey" art exhibit at the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave. in Beloit, through Aug. 25, 2016. Wuthrich said this could be his final art exhibit as he contemplates retirement.

Success is measured by happiness, not possessions, says Rodney Wedig, whose words apply equally to life and the athletic arena.

Area coaches and their children took a moment leading up to Father’s Day to share their unique perspectives of life as a coach and coach’s kid.

Wedig has spent the past two years at Beloit Memorial High School after 11 at Big Foot High School in Walworth, having coached all five of his kids in youth and/or high school sports.

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