ELKHORN -- Friends and family will gather today in Elkhorn at the funeral of Walworth County Board Supervisor Tim Schiefelbein, who died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2014 at the age of 55.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 104 S. Broad Street, Elkhorn with Rev. Thomas DeGroot officiating. Schiefelbein will be buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Janesville.
STATELINE NEWS -- Two full days of events take place this weekend, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, 2013, at the village of Rockton's annual Christmas Walk.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Matthew Hollingsworth, a Janesville piano teacher and freelance composer with his own recording studio, has composed music for commercials television public service announcements, and performed at area concerts.
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He used his own savings to produce his first album of contemporary classical music under the moniker of The Morning Still, but decided to fund his second album using Kickstarter, an online program that asks for collaborative public funding for creative projects.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — On the eastern shore of Geneva Lake, not far from Big Foot Beach State Park, is a simple yet significant home, built by a simple yet significant man. Known by many as Swinghurst, the vision behind this multi-gabled Queen Anne home was the Rev. David Swing. Born on Aug. 23, 1830, in Ohio, Swing would teach before he would preach.
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Ultimately, he would become one of the most influential ministers of the mid-19th century. Those said to be moved by his sermons, which were published weekly in Chicago newspapers, included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Ward Beecher and Mary Todd Lincoln.
The home he built on Geneva Lake, which he initially named Six Oaks for the towering trees gracing the property, served as both a refuge for the fiery preacher and as an extension of his ministry. Interior and exterior balconies allowed Swing to deliver lakeside sermons. A stair-stepped landing on the second floor, overlooking the main living room, accommodated not only Swing and his pulpit but a choir. A large sunken tub on the first floor is where Swing was said to have regularly performed baptisms.
STATELINE NEWS -- Rodney Wedig definitely doesn’t back down from a challenge. He resurrected the Big Foot High School football program into one of the best in the state.
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The Chiefs had never reached the postseason despite three league championships in the 1970s, but Wedig’s teams qualified for the playoffs 11 consecutive times (10 in Division 4 and once in D-3).