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Welcome to the redesigned Walworth County Sunday, Stateline News and Janesville Messenger.

The new look papers will arrive at your home this weekend.

We hear a lot of talk about the decline of the printed newspaper and what the news business will be like a few short years from now.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The crescendo of an orchestra can be as thrilling as the climax in a blockbuster movie. More often than not, the orchestra makes the movie, setting the mood, pacing and sensational scenes. It’s only through the combined efforts of the entire orchestra that the music happens. The beginnings of those musical moments start much like a well-written concerto, in a classroom.

At a time when school districts across the nation are tightening their budgets, art and music programs are feeling the pinch. Additionally, there is more competition than ever for students’ time, with sports, extracurricular activities, jobs and, of course, social activities.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:07

Photo Gallery: UW-W World Music , LaChiva Gantiva

2015 World Music Festival at UW-Whitewater. The montage of musical variety started off with La Chiva Gantiva. La Chiva Gantiva plays an explosive blend of Afro-Colombian rhythms including rock, afro-beat, and funk.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Teaching has been called many things -- an art, an inspiration, a life-changing experience.

There are many gifted teachers in our midst, and there are some who are simply spectacular. They go above and beyond, inspiring students and others with whom they work. One such teacher is Christine Hayes.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- At 112 years old, every inch of the 17-foot-tall Birge Fountain in Whitewater looks like what you’d imagine an imposing turn-of-the-last century sculpture to be: cherubs astride undulating dolphins, a Greek maiden-dubbed “Maid of the Mist” holding a water jar and Classical Revival-style detailing.

It’s hard to believe it was assembled from a catalog.

WHITEWATER -- A few years ago in 2012 artist Stasia Wilson, like so many across America, was overcome with emotion and grief at the news of the innocent children who died during a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There’s something for everyone this summer in Walworth County, but this year, there’s one event you won’t want to miss -- top U.S. yacht racers will compete in the Inland Lake Yachting Association’s  annual championship.

No. 1: Excitement on Geneva Lake

Last held on Geneva Lake in 2010, the 2015 Inland Lake Yachting Association annual championship will attract more than 250 teams with 875 sailors from 30 different clubs.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For many of the students at Studio 84, artwork is about taking them to another place -- a place where artistic inspiration trumps disability. The 6-year-old organization also strives to take its artists to another level, whether it be artistically, socially or economically.

“A large portion of our students are adults with disabilities, which gives them an opportunity that they usually don’t have,” said Deborah Blackwell, executive director for Whitewater-based Studio 84. “Most people can go to college and take a class, and it’s just not accessible to (studio clients). So, this just has been a real good, unique opportunity.

Friday, 27 February 2015 08:42

A place to learn, share, create

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” But Emerson was misquoted. His original statement was this: “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.”

One can only imagine what Emerson would think of people beating a path to the Apple Store for a high-tech wristwatch. With technology racing ahead, it’s easy to see that many skill sets are being left behind. This is the void Whitewater Makerspace is trying to fill -- bringing people together who not only want to learn, but also teach, and collaborate on ideas new and old.

Top seeds Janesville Craig and Whitewater hope to carry their regular-season magic throughout the upcoming madness, which begins Tuesday, Feb. 24, with regional openers across the Stateline area.

The Cougars, Whippets and most top teams begin their postseason marches toward potential spots in the WIAA state tourney in Green Bay on Friday, Feb. 27.

Here is a look at the seedings and opening-round pairings:

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