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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:25

Photos: Beloit vigil for a slain 5-year-old

BELOIT -- Community members rallied around a grieving family Jan. 24, 2016 for a candlelight vigil in Beloit at the intersection where Austin Ramos Jr. was shot and killed Jan. 22, 2016 while riding in a car with his father.

Photos by Dan Plutchak/staff. Read the story HERE. Complete coverage HERE.

BELOIT -- While police continued their search last week for the killer of a 5-year-old town of Beloit boy, the community grappled with the shocking and senseless killing.

Austin Ramos Jr. was shot and killed about 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road in Beloit, according to interim Police Chief Dave Zibolski.

A gunman pulled alongside the car Austin's father was driving and opened fire, striking Austin in the abdomen while he sat strapped into his car seat.

Monday, 25 January 2016 16:17

Beloit Wintefest 2016: Fun in any weather

BELOIT -- Winterfest is all about fun in the snow, with a dash of creativity. For about 20 years, the event has remained popular.

This year’s event, held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 29 through Jan. 31, will feature several new activities, including snowman building. Beloit Memorial High School students will work with children and their parents to help them create a snowman masterpiece. Residents should register ahead of time by calling 608-364-2890, ext. 1.

Friday, 22 January 2016 22:16

Five year old dead in Beloit shooting

STATELINE NEWS -- A five-year-old Beloit boy was shot and killed about 7:10 p.m. tonight near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road in Beloit.

(Complete coverage HERE. Social media coverage HERE. Video HERE.)

The child was in the back seat of a car driven by his father when a gunman pulled up alongside and opened fire, according to interim Police Chief Dave Zibolski.

The father was uninjured and is assisting with the investigation.

The suspect vehicle is described as a maroon SUV.

Police are asking residents with any information on the shooting to contact police.

More information will be added when it becomes available.

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.

UPDATED -- Members of the newly formed Stateline Chamber of Commerce may have felt deflated upon learning the site for the annual RoRo Expo had come down in the ice and wind of a winter storm, but a new location already is in the works.

With the collapse of the Hononegah Community High School Athletic Dome on Dec. 28, the chamber has scrambled to find a new location for one of its more popular events of the year.

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.

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