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Friday, 16 September 2016 12:45

Whitewater's Jay Craggs is a music maker

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Guitarist Jay Craggs has shared the stage, opened for or recorded with musicians as varied as Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Rich and Kansas. He’s also a self-described technology geek and has done sound engineering and studio work for dozens of performers, including Rush, Prince and David Bowie.

He still has a recording studio in the basement of his Whitewater home, but these days, he’s the facilities coordinator at the James R. Connor University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the school where he earned a degree in music education, and teaches an occasional class in audio recording for the communications department. He also plays with Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns, an eight-piece band performing around Milwaukee, Chicago, Green Bay and Madison.

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:18

Crisscross the county for festival fun

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Music takes center stage on the village square when the East Troy Bluegrass Festival kicks up its heels Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

The East Troy festival is among one of four fun events planned next weekend. There’s also Darien Corn Fest, the Taste of Lake Geneva and the Whitewater Main Street Festival to squeeze into your social calendar.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The Coburn Company’s new location has some mooving and udderly quality artwork hanging on its walls, thanks to some talented local artists.

The company, which manufactures milking equipment and agricultural supplies, recently commissioned Studio 84 students to produce cow artwork to be featured in a hallway gallery. Thayer Coburn, co-owner, said they commissioned the students to submit artwork because of their support for Studio 84, which offers art programs for people with disabilities.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Looking to get off the beaten path this summer? Look no further than the 26 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail that wind through Walworth and Jefferson counties.

Ice Age Trail segments are located near Colley Road, Whitewater Lake, Rice Lake, Whitewater campground and Lake LaGrange.

WHITEWATER -- High school’s biggest social event for juniors and seniors often takes the biggest chunk out of their -- or their parents’ --  wallets. 

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Proms hold memories, but their expenses add up quickly: tickets, dinner, flowers, hairstyles, manicures. And the big-ticket items, like a new suit or a dress, can easily cost $200.

Not everyone can afford to spend that kind of money.

Friday, 26 February 2016 10:08

Tackling the winter trails on fat tire bikes

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY --  If you’ve been looking past the couch lately for your lost New Year's resolution about getting in shape, you’re not alone. According a study from the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, only one in 10 resolution-making souls achieve their goals by Feb. 1, if at all. Equally adding to the misery for those in the Midwest is the bone-chilling, snow-laden landscape we face each winter.

One of your best bets for braving the outdoors while getting some exercise may be a bicycle.

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.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The crescendo of an orchestra can be as thrilling as the climax in a blockbuster movie. More often than not, the orchestra makes the movie, setting the mood, pacing and sensational scenes. It’s only through the combined efforts of the entire orchestra that the music happens. The beginnings of those musical moments start much like a well-written concerto, in a classroom.

At a time when school districts across the nation are tightening their budgets, art and music programs are feeling the pinch. Additionally, there is more competition than ever for students’ time, with sports, extracurricular activities, jobs and, of course, social activities.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:07

Photo Gallery: UW-W World Music , LaChiva Gantiva

2015 World Music Festival at UW-Whitewater. The montage of musical variety started off with La Chiva Gantiva. La Chiva Gantiva plays an explosive blend of Afro-Colombian rhythms including rock, afro-beat, and funk.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Teaching has been called many things -- an art, an inspiration, a life-changing experience.

There are many gifted teachers in our midst, and there are some who are simply spectacular. They go above and beyond, inspiring students and others with whom they work. One such teacher is Christine Hayes.

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