JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- One late April evening in 1874, two men walking along the banks of the Rock River in Janesville near the Monterey Dam noticed a 6-foot-long mud-colored, stationary mass jutting up from the water’s surface.
One of the men got into a rowboat and drew near to the object. When he hit it with an oar, the mass lifted a scaly head out of the water, small eyes flashing. It snapped its long, toothy jaws a couple of times before it disappeared into the river.
BELOIT -- Even though John Kalkirtz has been a member of the Rock Valley Chapter of the Badger Chordhawks Chorus for more than 20 years, he still considers himself the "new kid on the block."
Kalkirtz of Beloit said he enjoys being involved with the chorus and sharing his love for barbershop singing with others.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- A portion of a building that sat vacant for almost 50 years could now play a part in the revitalization of downtown Janesville.
Britten Langfoss of Certified Parts Corp. recently opened The Venue on the second and third floors of 34 and 38 S. Main St. An expanded Voigt Music Center occupies the first floor.
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.
Editor’s note: Staff writer Margaret Plevak interviewed Dale Wheelock for this “Slice of Life” story.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Poultry farmer Dale Wheelock remembers one of his first responsibilities as a 10-year-old farm kid was minding the family’s chickens.
“It was like whitewashing a fence; you begged to take care of the chickens at that age,” he said. “You didn’t understand you had to clean up after them, too.”
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Plans for the sale of the shuttered General Motors Janesville assembly plant continue to move forward despite the recent discovery of elevated contaminants in the Rock River adjacent to the facility.
JANESVILLE -- When detectives first sat down with former Craig High School clerical worker Jessica L. Warner-Reed, they asked her if she knew why police wanted to talk to her. She gave them a one-word answer: "Greed," according to Janesville Police Chief David Moore.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- 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.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Other than the snowstorm that quickly moved through the area last month, the weather of late has been anything but winterlike.
That’s been no surprise to John Frye, associate geography professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, who said a strong El Niño weather system is enveloping the northern states this winter.
JANESVILLE -- The holiday season is in full swing at Janesville historic Lincoln-Tallman House. The five-story, Italianate-style house that famously welcomed Abraham Lincoln before he was elected president is showcasing holiday tours through Dec. 30.
What: Holiday tours of the Lincoln-Tallman House
When: Through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Offered on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays or Monday through Wednesday by appointment by calling 608-756-4509.
Where: Tours start at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center, 426 N. Jackson St., Janesville.
Cost: $8 for adults, $7 for students and seniors ages 62 and older, $4 for children 5-17, and free for children 4 and younger, veterans and RCHS members.
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