Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



ELKHORN -- Linda Godfrey, a noted local investigator, author and artist, has written 16 books on strange creatures, phenomena and people. Residents will have the chance to enjoy a spooky, pre-Halloween evening with Godfrey at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Matheson Memorial Library community center.

We were sad to hear of the passing Oct. 8, 2014 of former staff writer Donna Wright. She was 47.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Six-year-old Jacob Schuenke’s Facebook request on Sept. 9 for 100 fire department patches for a school project netted him almost 1,000 colorful patches -- and an equally colorful collection of stories from fire departments stretching from small Wisconsin towns to communities as far away as Africa and Australia.

The project asks students to collect 100 items of their choosing and display them in celebration of the 100th day of the school year, and it was created in part to give families time together to work on it, said Barbara Breytung, Jacob’s first-grade teacher at Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Delavan. 

By late afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, when the presses began running Sunday's papers, our story on Wisconsin's voter ID law was correct and up-to-date.

By 8 p.m., our story already was outdated, even though papers won't get to most of our readers for two more days.

The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, has vacated a ruling that would have allowed Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law to go into effect for the Nov. 4 election.

Read the ruling:

On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, a federal appeals court ruled that the voter ID law was constitutional, allowing Wisconsin to enforce it in the upcoming election.

But opponents of the law -- including the American Civil Liberties Union -- requested emergency action from the U.S. Supreme Court to block it, arguing that putting the law into place on such short notice before an election could cause chaos and disenfranchise voters who aren’t able to obtain an ID in time.

On Thursday the high court vacated the appeals court ruling pending further proceedings. Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented from the decision.

That likely means that registered voters need not show an ID when the go to vote.

"There is a colorable basis for the Court’s decision due to the proximity of the upcoming general election," the justices wrote in the one-page ruling. "It is particularly troubling that absentee ballots have been sent out without any notation that proof of photo identification
must be submitted."

The ruling will likely add to confusion over requirements to vote in the general election just a few weeks away.

Note: HELP LINE: To reach the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, go to or call the 24-hour phone line at 262-723-4653.

ELKHORN -- The Walworth County Association for the Prevention of Family Violence has signed on to a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to take a leadership role in domestic violence prevention efforts.

"We asked them to come up with a strategy that shows this will not be accepted and puts it out there for America to see; this is a really important issue and you can help," said APFV Executive Director Heidi Lloyd. "It’s not just the players and what their expectations should be, but putting it out there for the fans, too."

Note: Politics this week is a roundup of election news for local candidates. It will run Sundays until the Nov. 4 election. Send your tips and scoops to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Note: Politics this week is a roundup of election news for local candidates. It will run Sundays until the Nov. 4 election. Send your tips and scoops to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is it OK to be a registered voter simultaneously in two states?

Apparently so, but it certainly is frowned upon. It turns out that Kathy Myalls, who has a home in Fontana and is running as a Republican for the 17th District seat in the Illinois Assembly, has voted in separate elections in both Wisconsin and Illinois, according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, later followed up by Steven Elbow of the Capital Times.

Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

Falling for heirloom apples


WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- They go by many names -- heirloom plants, heritage crops and even antique varieties. Although these names may summon up the image of a dusty, moth-eaten head of lettuce, the plant varieties in question are merely genetically old, not physically old themselves.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Candidates for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District are planning two debates in October, one at Carthage College and the other at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville.

Democrat Rob Zerban of Kenosha faces incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville.

The debates were announced Thursday on Zerban's Facebook page and in a news release from Rep. Ryan.

Monday, Oct. 13: The debate will take place at Carthage College, in the Campbell Student Union Theater, and will be moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Roberg, chair of the college’s political science department.

Monday, Oct. 20: The debate will be at UW-Rock County, in the Wells Cultural Center Theatre, and will be moderated by Tim Bremel, radio talk-show host on WCLO.

Both debates will last one hour and start at 6:30 p.m.

In both debates, the moderator will be asking the questions of their own choice, and the candidates will have opening and closing statements. The debates will be open to the media and public.

“I appreciate Congressman Ryan’s willingness to meet head-to-head to discuss the important issues facing our nation,” said Zerban. “Although we have radically different visions of how to best solve the challenges of our day, we share a responsibility to engage the people of southern Wisconsin in a conversation about how we should move the country forward.”

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