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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:29

Pearl Harbor: A reunion with history

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STATELINE NEWS -- Stan Van Hoose will be returning to the site of one of the more horrific attacks in the history of the United States.

Van Hoose, 96, is set to attend the Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration on Dec. 7, 2016.

The Beloit resident was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was aboard the USS Maryland when Japanese fighter planes attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.

Even though it’s been 75 years, Van Hoose recalls the attack vividly.

Friday, 02 December 2016 10:28

Young entrepreneur digs into organic farming

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Casey Medema’s organically grown vegetables and herbs have not only graced the plates of diners at Pier 290, a lakeside restaurant in Williams Bay, but they’ve shown up in area food pantries and at farmers market stands.

This is Medema’s second year as operational manager of Farm 290, where his past summer she worked about an acre of land owned by the restaurant’s president, Bill Gage, and supplied Pier 290’s chef with fresh produce for the menu. She also has a greenhouse on the property to help her expand the growing season.   

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Looking for a way to literally brighten up your holiday season? Look no further than Rotary Botanical Gardens, where this year’s Holiday Light Show features an additional 50,000 lights, bringing the total to more than 400,000 glowing bulbs.

The spectacle will be open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 through Dec. 11, Dec. 15 through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 through Dec. 30.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:20

Recount underway in Walworth County

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ELKHORN -- About 20 volunteer ballot counters were hunkered down Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in the basement of the Walworth County Government Center in Elkhorn to begin the presidential election recount.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and independent candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente filed recount requests last Friday and will pay the cost of the recount.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission earlier this week received about $3.5 million from Stein's group to cover the recount in Wisconsin's 72 counties.

The Walworth County recount was being overseen by County Clerk Kim Bushey, as several Stein observers watched the volunteers went through the ballots.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously Monday on a timeline for a recount of the state's presidential election and rejected a request that all of the nearly 3 million ballots cast be reviewed by hand, according to the Associated Press.

Stein's Wisconsin recount request included an affidavit from University of Michigan computer scientist J. Alex Halderman stating that a hand recount is the only way to determine whether there could have been a cyberattack that affected the results. He argued that records stored in electronic voting equipment could have been manipulated in an attack.

The decentralized nature of Wisconsin's voting system, and the fact that the equipment in question is not connected to the internet, makes it difficult to see how there could have been a widespread attack, said Wisconsin Election Commission administrator Mike Haas.

 

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- A utility company finished clearing trees along a power line route in Geneva Township before town officials had a chance to stop them in court.

Instead, the town issued citations to American Transmission Company for violating ordinance No. 58. The ordinance says a building permit from the town's building inspector is required before removing any trees or brush and prohibits "clear-cutting" trees.

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