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Welcome to the redesigned Walworth County Sunday, Stateline News and Janesville Messenger.

The new look papers will arrive at your home this weekend.

We hear a lot of talk about the decline of the printed newspaper and what the news business will be like a few short years from now.

STATELINE NEWS -- The city of Beloit is surveying its oldest properties for consideration as historic landmarks, but a proposal making its way through the Wisconsin Legislature could derail those efforts.

City Planner Alex Morganroth said once a building has been designated as a landmark or historic district, it is eligible to be placed on the State Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places and is protected by the city’s historic preservation ordinance, meaning any exterior alterations made to the building must be approved by city staff or the landmark commission.

STATELINE NEWS -- Ever since his latest book was published, Beloit author Tom Warren has been on a mission to help find a future for investigative journalism.

Warren said the focus of the book, "Discovering Beloit: Stories Too Good to be True?" is a fictionalized exploration of the decline of investigative journalism in smaller communities such as Beloit.

BELOIT -- A photo of a Beloit police officer buying a homeless man a meal at a local fast-food restaurant has gone viral on social media.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 13:01

Stateline News 2015 year in review

Sometimes it seems like the days take forever, but the months fly by.   

In a year that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, some of the most notable stories of 2015 clearly illustrated how quickly things can change in our communities.

BELOIT -- Who will lead Beloit’s police department now that Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin have agreed to leave at the end of January? That decision is in the hands of the Beloit Police and Fire Commission.

Jacobs and Dunkin agreed Monday to part ways with the city after the two sides hammered out a separation agreement. The agreement avoids what could have been a lengthy termination hearing that was set to begin Jan. 7, 2016.

Beloit Interim Police Chief David Zibolski will be staying around for at least a little while after the city of Green Bay selected Andrew Smith as its next chief of police.

Zibolski had been one of three finalists for the job. Zibolaski has made no secret of his desire to become a police chief. He said last month that he would be interested in a permanent job in Beloit should the job open up.

Zibolski was hired as interim chief in June, after Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin were placed on administrative leave.

The fate of Jacobs and Dunkin now is in the hands of Beloit's Police and Fire Commission.

Smith, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette, spent nearly three decades with the Los Angeles Police Department but has strong ties to Wisconsin. He was born in Waukesha and raised in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

STATELINE NEWS -- Dealing with a chronic illness or the death of a loved one is perhaps the most difficult thing a family can face, especially during the holidays.

But a variety of community organizations offer programs and services designed to help families get through the holiday season.

BELOIT -- When it comes to redefining the perception of a destination, a variety of tools can be utilized to accurately share the story.

Following a lengthy rebranding process in 2014 that involved all of the Beloit Vision Partners -- Visit Beloit, Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Beloit Association and the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation -- the vision of how to attract and sell Beloit to non-residents became much clearer.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:38

First snowfall brings 7-10 inches

SOUTH BELOIT -- Snow is expected to begin between 5 p.m. and 7p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 and continuing through the day Saturday. The highest snow totals are expected to be along the Wisconsin-Illinois border in the South Beloit, Roscoe, Sharon, Genoa City areas.

Four to six inches total are expected, although high temperatures are expected to rise back to 40 degrees by Monday.

Windy conditions will ease overnight Thursday as a low pressure system to the north moves off to the northeast, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin.

It will be mostly quiet but cold during the day Friday.

Then, a fast moving low pressure system will move into the region, which should bring our first accumulating snow of the season Friday night into Saturday.

There is still some uncertainty with the eventual track of the low pressure system, which would influence the final snowfall totals, so keep up with the latest forecasts.

Currently, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from an Iowa county to Milwaukee county line and points south. Four to eight or more inches of snow are possible in the watch area.

The highest snowfall amounts should fall along the WI/IL border. Stay tuned to the latest forecast as amounts may change.

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