STATELINE NEWS -- A shooting in Summit Park on the evening of June 27 is the most recent incident in a rash of shootings in Beloit that has community members concerned.
Gretchen Thurman has lived in the neighborhood surrounding Summit Park for 10 years. In that time, she says it seems to her like there’s been an increase in violence. A passer-by wouldn’t know it traveling by the park on most days.
STATELINE NEWS -- Glory should know shortly if she’s advanced from the semifinal round of the Hero Dog Awards contest held annually by the American Humane Association.
The Beloit Fire Department K-9, trained in accelerant detection, works under handler Lt. Keith Lynn at the Beloit Fire Department, and was nominated for the contest in February. Voting in the semifinal round ended Monday.
JANESVILLE— Jake Wisniewski held off Andrew Cobb to win the 48th Annual Ray Fischer Public Links Amateur Championship in a playoff June 29 at Janesville’s Riverside Park.
STATELINE NEWS -- For those who don’t live here, Beloit can be a city of surprising attractions. Community-made public art, historic buildings and a beautiful riverfront are just some of the treasures awaiting intrepid visitors.
Tucked in an old church alongside the river is another local gem: the Angel Museum. A feature of numerous tourism books and websites over the years, this unique attraction continues to draw attention even as it strives to thrive in changing times.
STATELINE NEWS-- For some, the allergy season is ending.For others, the suffering will last for a few more months, if not through the rest of the year.
Most allergy sufferers, whether seasonal or year-round, eventually settle on their own personal methods of dealing with their symptoms. That might include allergy shots, regular medication or a host of other options.
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But some sneezers and snifflers have found successful alternatives to traditional medications and treatments.
STATELINE NEWS -- The 2014 Tour of America’s Dairyland cycling series enjoyed a record-breaking fifth year in 2013, featuring 6,200 competitors from 13 countries and 43 states racing in front of 150,000 spectators.
The 11-stop series includes two days of cycling in the area.
The East Troy Cycling Classic, which is the second leg on Friday, takes June 20, 2014.
The Beloit Bike Classic takes its maiden voyage, this year as the fifth day on the tour Monday, June 23, 2014.
East Troy offers a festive family atmosphere around the six-turn, 0.62-mile racing layout that showcases the village’s downtown and historical town square.
The classic begins at 11 a.m. with eight-plus hours of high-energy racing. It starts and finishes outside the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce office, 2096 Church St. Businesses will be open, and local vendors will offer food and drinks.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Famous Racing Sausages are scheduled to make an appearance from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. And a raffle for a Trek bike is planned.
Action in downtown Beloit features eight races from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. along a 0.76-mile, six-corner course that crosses the Rock River twice.
More than 600 riders, from children to Olympic-level competitors who take center stage in the day’s final event, are expected to participate.
"Visit Beloit is excited to bring the Tour of America’s Dairyland event to our beautiful downtown and riverfront," Monica Krysztopa, the organization’s executive director, said in a press release.
"Officials … were so impressed with our downtown and loved that the race will cross over two bridges, showcasing the riverfront. Securing this race has been a collaborative effort, and we appreciate the support from our sponsors …"
Matt Bosen is a former Beloit Snappers general manager and currently is director of sales and servicing at Visit Beloit. He told CSI Media recently that the event should be a boon for the community this year and beyond.
"It has the potential to be a crown jewel and annual showcase that puts the city in a positive light and allows for a lot of national marketing," Bosen said.
Activities also will include a kids’ zone with games and face painting and a street fair featuring local businesses and farmers’ market vendors.
The series is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is expected to be the largest road event in the country for the third year in a row.
The series kicks off June 19, 2014 in Shorewood and ends with the Downer Classic in Wauwatosa on June 29, 2014. It includes two National Criterium Calendar events.
For more information, visit TourOfAmericasDairyland.com.
ROCKTON -- The Rockton Lions Club has a history of presenting a great country music lineup for Old Settlers Days, their four-day music festival, and this year is no exception. The festival, which is held June 19 through June 22, 2014 in Rockton will feature some top names in country music including Wayland, Bret Michaels, Dylan Scott, Lee Brice, Drew Baldridge, Chris Young, Cole Swindell and Colt Ford.
BELOIT -- Roger Bryden will be remembered as someone deeply involved in his community, says his son, Scott.
Bryden, 71, died of heart failure June 8 while on a fishing trip in Canada.
ROCK COUNTY -- On a sweltering summer day, you peel yourself out of bed about the same time as the sun peeks over the horizon. Yawning and stretching, you head for the car. Normally, such early hours would be a mystery to many, but not today. Today, you get to have an old-fashioned farm breakfast with a gracious host family and several thousand of their closest friends.
POPLAR GROVE -- The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Foundation farm breakfast will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Friendly Franseen Acres dairy goat farm, 22799 Illinois Highway 76, Poplar Grove, Illinois. The 17th annual event will feature a menu of all-you-can-eat pancakes. Sausage, applesauce, ice cream, milk and coffee also will be served. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-10 and children age 5 and under are free.