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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Amanda Eaton recently had the enjoyable task of researching the origins of pizza.

The Franklin Middle School eighth-grader chose the topic for her Janesville Free Press article. Eaton, 14, said she decided to become involved with the online school newspaper because of her interest in writing and in interacting with other students.

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.

JANESVILLE -- Hundreds of fellow police officers and community members lined the route from McFarland to Janesville on Tuesday to honor Officer Ryan Copeland, who died Monday in a car accident.

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.

JANESVILLE -- Illinois and Wisconsin are two of 25 states that have announced they will halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

However it is unclear if states can keep refugees out once they are allowed to enter the United States.

STATELINE NEWS -- Michael Cleinmark leafed through a well-worn scrapbook where he keeps a Beloit Daily News front page from Oct. 22, 1949, with a photograph of his home being delivered by a specially designed truck.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 15:39

Photos: Lustron home living

Lustron homes, made of square enameled steel panels — known as Lustron for its “luster on steel” — were the brainchild of Illinois inventor Carl Strandlund.

MESSENGER -- More resources means more opportunities, and that means more young people are starting their own businesses.

Young entrepreneurs are getting their feet wet at "break-neck speed," according to David Gee of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Gee is a lecturer in entrepreneurship and the co-director of the UW-Whitewater Launch Pad program, which helps people under 30 start a business.

JANESVILLE -- Active shooter incidents, such as the one that recently occurred at an Oregon community college, are becoming more common. That frightful reality is driving a new proactive training effort in Janesville.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The curtain has opened on a new season at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, not only on stage, but in the offices inside with key director positions and instructors. Executive Director Beau Bisson was brought in this past spring, and already has created new additions in the form of a season announcement party, a new community outreach coordinator (Jim McCullough), and a comedy series being added to JPAC’s lineup.

The changes in staff were naturally occurring, Bisson said.

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