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SOUTH BELOIT -- Terry Meyers discovered his love for kayaking after participating in several paddle trips organized by Nature at the Confluence.

    "After the first couple of trips, I bought my own kayak," Meyers of Beloit said. "(The paddle trips) are an opportunity if you’re interested in it to rent a kayak. It’s a nice way to get introduced to it."

STATELINE NEWS -- Summer is in the air and so is the sound of music.

Outdoor concerts are offered throughout the Stateline area this summer, with many venues featuring free entertainment.

STATELINE NEWS -- Enjoying records isn’t new to Drew Metter, a Janesville music store manager who has more than a thousand in his collection.

Now an increasing number of music fans are joining Metter in discovering the joys of vinyl.

DELAVAN -- His military assignments took him to places as exotic and distant as Morocco, Trinidad and Cuba, and his post-war business trips had him crisscrossing the United States from Florida to California, but next week will be Dave Perkins’ first trip to Washington, D.C., when he and some 200 other veterans depart Beloit and roll into the nation’s capital on a fleet of buses.

BELOIT -- A group of Beloit residents is stepping up to promote peace in their city and will host the Stateline Peace Rally from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Harry Moore Pavilion in Beloit's Riverside Park.

BELOIT -- David Zibolski has nearly two weeks in as Beloit’s police chief, a welcome change after what he calls "a year of uncertainty" for the department.

Zibolski dropped the interim title when he was sworn in April 25.

"I’m excited that we’re over the hump and the job is permanent and we can move ahead and get things done," Zibolski said. "That takes the burden away in terms of uncertainty. Now, I feel I can take a breath and focus on doing what we need to do, which is a great feeling. It’s a great job. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to moving ahead."

BELOIT -- The remains of a U.S. serviceman who died in a 1952 plane crash in Anchorage soon will be returned to Beloit to be buried next to his parents in Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit.

Airman First Class George Ingram, who was then 23, died on Nov. 22, 1952, when the U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster he was aboard crashed near Anchorage, Alaska.

The Air Force announced March 16, 2016 it had identified the remains of more service members who died in the crash.

STATELINE NEWS -- If there’s a slight hiccup at the polls during the spring election on Tuesday, April 5, because of Wisconsin’s new voter photo ID law, Beloit City Clerk Lori Stottler and her crew of election workers are more than ready.

“We held a primary in February where photo ID was the law and it went relatively well with only one voter being unable to provide a valid photo ID and he chose not to vote,” Stottler said in an email. “His issue will be resolved now that SB295 has passed which, among other items, allows a veteran’s ID card to be used as valid photo ID.”

BELOIT -- Voters will chose four members of the Beloit City Council April 5, 2106, when they go to the polls. Six candidates are vying for four available seats.

The candidates include incumbents Sheila DeForest and Ana Kelly and challengers Regina Dunkin, Kevin Leavy, Mark Preuschl and James Faragher. Leavy previously served on the council from 2004 to 2015.

BELOIT — Voters in the School District of Beloit will select four board members from a field of six when they go to the polls April 5, 2016.

The ballot features Shannon Scharmer, Pam Charles, Shelly Cronin, Laurie Endres, Kris Klobucar and Jennifer Long.

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