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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 11:11

Walworth County Sunday's 2015 year in review

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- 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.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 10:56

Janesville Messenger's 2015 year in review

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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.

Beloit Interim Police Chief David Zibolski will be staying around for at least a little while after the city of Green Bay selected Andrew Smith as its next chief of police.

Zibolski had been one of three finalists for the job. Zibolaski has made no secret of his desire to become a police chief. He said last month that he would be interested in a permanent job in Beloit should the job open up.

Zibolski was hired as interim chief in June, after Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin were placed on administrative leave.

The fate of Jacobs and Dunkin now is in the hands of Beloit's Police and Fire Commission.

Smith, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette, spent nearly three decades with the Los Angeles Police Department but has strong ties to Wisconsin. He was born in Waukesha and raised in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Editor’s note: Saving Downtown is an award-winning series by freelance writer Lisa Schmelz exploring how Walworth County communities are breathing new life into their historic downtown districts. This is the sixth installment.

Visit other towns in the Saving Downtown series by going online to communityshoppers.com/tag/Saving-downtown.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- On a recent Sunday afternoon, the streets of historic Sharon were eerily quiet. There were very few cars, very few people and many vacant storefronts in this rural village on the Wisconsin-Illinois stateline. Don Weig, 82, owns three of those empty buildings in what appears more Hollywood set than a place of commerce.

“The downtown itself is pretty much a ghost town, with the exception of the restaurant, the bank, the gun shop and the telephone company,” Weig said. “It’s not what it used to be.”

Friday, 11 December 2015 11:22

Putting winter weather in perspective

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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.

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