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In a stunning defeat for a president and party that rode repeal of the Affordable Care Act to improbable wins in the November 2016 election, Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville and President Donald Trump this afternoon pulled a replacement bill that had no chance of passing.

The move on March 24, 2017, was a significant failure for House Republicans, who had voted by some counts 54 times during President Barack Obama's two terms to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

As the only statewide race on the ballot April 4, 2017 the contest for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction has received more attention than usual.

Current Superintendent Tony Evers is running for his third term as head of the state Department of Public Instruction and is facing Dr. Lowell Holtz, former district superintendent for the School District of Beloit and the Whitnall School District southwest of Milwaukee.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dr. Lowell Holtz received his bachelor’s degree at Concordia University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The retired Holtz, 59, has more than 30 years of experience in education, including roles as a teacher, principal and district administrator, working in the Cambridge, Peshtigo, Palmyra-Eagle, Beloit and Whitnall school districts.

(Compete spring 2017 election coverage is HERE)

Holtz responded to these submitted questions:

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Incumbent Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Evers, 65, has more than three decades of experience in education, serving as a teacher, media coordinator, principal and school district administrator working in the Tomah, Oakfield and Verona school districts.

(Compete spring 2017 election coverage is HERE)

He also served as Cooperative Educational Service Agency administrator and deputy state superintendent.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The stage is set for the April 4 election with area voters choosing their representatives on municipal and school boards.

(Compete spring 2017 election coverage is HERE)

Here’s a look at what’s on the ballot in area school districts, cities and villages:

It's a little over halfway through Kurt Picknell's first term as Walworth County's sheriff, and he appears to have settled comfortably into the job.

But things change quickly in law enforcement, even in largely rural Walworth County.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- They haven’t received the big-time, national media attention like other incidents around the country. However, Kurt Picknell has seen plenty during his two-plus years as Walworth County sheriff and 26 years overall with the office.

Picknell, 53, officially took the reins in January 2015. And although policing in the Stateline area may differ greatly from big-city law enforcement, it’s still law enforcement. That means long hours and dangerous, stressful situations go with the territory.

Friday, March 17

Over the Limit, playing newer country, March 17, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Turtle Tap, 1344 E Grand Ave, Beloit.

Comedy night with Sonya White, March 17, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Great Room for Comedy Night at Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan. Red Jacob is the opening a_ct.

Open Mic, March 17, and every Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Boxed and Burlap coffeehouse, 2935 Wisconsin Highway 67, Delavan. 262-374-5497, BoxedAndBurlap.com

Emerald Wind in concert with Chuck Sweeny and Mark Culhane, March 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, Just Goods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., Rockford.

Open stage, March 17, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Trinadora Duo: Ron Holm and Jannie Nelson Celtic Frolic, March 17, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Logan's, 1805 S. West Ave, Freeport, Illinois. No admission charge.

   Open mic, March 17, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

   Classic rock live music March 17, from 8:30 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Live music, March 17, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Merrill and Houston’s, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit. 608-313-0700, merrillandhoustons.com

Tom Stanfield, March 17, from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

John Ludy Puleo entertains for Dine & Dance, March 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Rosewood, 2484 County Highway O, Delavan. 262-725-7286, RosewoodWI.com

Friday Night Concert Series with Culhane & Sweeny with Emerald Wind, March 17, at 7 p.m. the The Listening Room at JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-965-8903

 

Saturday, March 18

Trinadora Celtic frolic, March 18, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Studio Winery, 401 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva. 262-348-9100, StudioWinery.com

Live jazz band, March 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Bill Camplin and the Idols of March, March 18, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Saturday music, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-986-0628, Facebook.com/KatiesCup

Live music, March 18, 2at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Live music Saturdays, March 18, at 9 p.m., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Live music, March 18, Mike’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill, 614 Broad St., Beloit, 608-361-1100

Over the Limit, playing newer country, March 18, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Tavern, 1567 Madison Rd, Beloit.

Karaoke, March 18, 9 p.m. till close, Snug Harbor, W7772 Wisconsin Parkway on Turtle Lake, Delavan. 608-883-6999

Live music, March 18, in the Lookout Bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan. 262-728-7950, LakeLawnResort.com

Terry Sweet, March 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frontier Restaurant, Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St, Delavan. 262-728-7950

   Switchtrack Alley Band, March 18, at 8 p.m., Bazingas, 1110 Kellogg Ave. Janesville.608-7529566

 

Sunday, March 19

Mama Tried, March 19, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Peter Mulvey, March 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391, CafeCarpe.com

 

Monday, March 20

Blue Monday: Dave Potter with an open jam, March 20, at 6:30 p.m., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. DavePotterMusic.net

Monday Night Open Jam, March 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., all ages welcome, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com

Adult Conversation/Blues & Jazz, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Big Mac, Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

 

Wednesday, March 22

Un-Hich’d, March 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., B.J. Wentker’s Fine Dining, 230 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, 262-767-1514, BJWentkers.com, UnHichD.com

Irish Session, March 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Chasin’ Mason acoustic show, March. 22, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Kelly’s Bleachers II, 7805 S. Loomis Road, Wind Lake. 262-895-3000

`Open mic night, March 22, at 7 p.m., featuring Russ Doeil and friends — all local talent welcome, Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Glenn Davis, March 22, 8:45 p.m. to midnight, blues jam, Harry’s Place, 808 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. 262-248-3494

Dave Potter Trio, March 22, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m., O’Riley and Conway’s, 214 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville. DavePotterMusic.net

 

Thursday, March 23

UFO/Saxon, March 23, at 8 p.m., The Northern Lights Theater, Potowatomi Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee. 800-729-7244

Song circle with Tricia Alexander, March 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Blues and BBQ?Night with Glenn Davis and Pops Fletcher, Thursdays, March 23, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Open mic night, March 23, with 6 p.m. signup, music from 6:30 p.m. through 9 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394

Monday Morning Dixie Band, March 23, and every Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fibs, 105 W. Main St., Rockton, Illinois. 815-624-6018, MrFIBS.net

 

Friday, March 24

Open Mic, March 24, and every Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Boxed and Burlap coffeehouse, 2935 Wisconsin Highway 67, Delavan. 262-374-5497, BoxedAndBurlap.com

Rachel Kilgour and Brianna Lane, March 24, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Friday Night Concert Series with Justin Gates and Dan Phelps, March 24, at 7 p.m. the The Listening Room at JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-965-8903

Classic rock live music March 24, 8:30 p.m., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Live music, March 24, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Merrill and Houston’s, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit. 608-313-0700, merrillandhoustons.com

Tom Stanfield, March 24, and every Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com

Open mic, March 24, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

 

Saturday, March 25

Live jazz band, March 25, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Sam Llanas, March 25, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,           CafeCarpe.com

Over the Limit, playing newer country, March 25, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Grove, 100 E Grove St, Poplar Grove, Illinois.

   Switchtrack Alley Band, March 25, at 8 p.m., Thirsty Badger, 2683 Prairie Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2282

Rotten Bros. classic rock, March 25, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Studio Winery, 401 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva. 262-348-9100, StudioWinery.com

Saturday music, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-986-0628, Facebook.com/KatiesCup

Trinadora, March 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Betty's Western Wear, 6202 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park

Live music, March 25, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Live music Saturdays, March 25, at 9 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363

Live music March 25, Mike’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill, 614 Broad St., Beloit, 608-361-1100

Soul 2 Soul, March 25, from 8 p.m. to midnight, The Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave, Beloit, WI. Sat. Facebook.com/soul2soulbandrocks

Tracy Beck, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Bottle Shop, 617 Main St., Lake Geneva.

Karaoke, March 25, 9 p.m. till close, Snug Harbor, W7772 Wisconsin Parkway on Turtle Lake, Delavan. 608-883-6999

Live music, March 25, in the Lookout Bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan. 262-728-7950, LakeLawnResort.com

Terry Sweet, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frontier Restaurant, Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St, Delavan. 262-728-7950

Sunday, March 26

Rickie Lee Jones, March 26 at 7 p.m., The Northern Lights Theater, Potowatomi Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee. 800-729-7244

Don Collins and the Nightshift, March 26, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hammy's, 2131 Center Ave. Janesville WI 53546

   The Mike Stone Trio, March 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tammy’s Pizza & Pasta, 6817 State Park Road, Spring Grove, Illinois

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- More than 3,500 miles separate Ireland and Wisconsin, but Irish history is a lot closer than you might think.

As part of America’s great melting pot, 19th-century Irish immigrants flocked to our state, including Walworth and Rock counties, where they helped settle the land as farmers and workers, added their names and skills to local communities and built schools, churches and businesses -- some of which are still thriving today.

The challenge for media companies, and what makes it interesting, is how to reach our readers where they happen to be in a format that’s useful to them.

We still refer to ourselves as a weekly newspaper group, but in reality we've become a complete media company that serves our readers 24hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

That's a big reason behind our recent launch of a new website in Walworth County to match employers with job seekers.

It complements our print publications that still arrive at the doorstep of your home twice a week. For the advertisers that make our newspapers possible, it is an important part of their marketing plans.

Between all of our papers -- Walworth County Sunday, the Wednesday Shopper/Advertiser, the Janesville Messenger and the Stateline News -- we deliver nearly 100,000 copies.

Of course, the news doesn't happen only twice a week.

Last week's visit to Janesville by Vice President Mike Pence illustrates the point.

Early in the week we learned that Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price would be in Janesville on Friday, March 3, to make the case for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

We also knew the visit would draw protesters concerned that the new program would result in large numbers of people losing their health insurance.

However, our Sunday paper already had been printed by the time Pence and crew landed in Janesville.

In the old days, that would have meant any or our coverage wouldn't have been available to our readers until the following Wednesday or Sunday.

But, because were also are an online company, we were able to cover the event in a variety of ways.

We posted photos and updates to Facebook and Twitter early Friday as media was setting up to cover the event. We also had updates while Pence gave his remarks, as well as coverage of protesters outside the venue. By later that day, we had full coverage online on our website and shared through social media with stories and photos.

That coverage was then updated and ready for print publication on Wednesday.

That's just one of the many ways readers and advertisers find us these days, which pings us to our latest innovations.

Earlier in the year, we launched our online classified tool, where readers can place classified ads through our website at CommunityShoppers.com. The complete classifieds from our papers also are online to read as well.

Our latest initiative rolled out two weeks ago when we launched WalworthCountyCareers.com.

We've always been the go-to source in the area to place and read help wanted ads, but now they are available online and in print.

The response has been great so far, and the advantage for those looking for jobs is that ads are local, rather than having to search through the large job sites.

To help get the word out, we're partnering with the upcoming Walworth County Business EXPO and Job Fair by sponsoring keynote speaker and "Return on Integrity" author John G. Blumberg.

The expo will be held from 8 a.m. to noon April 25, 2017, in the forum at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.

Blumberg will present from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and his program inspires attendees to build a return on integrity both organizationally and personally, according to a news release. Blumberg will sign copies of his book after his program.

Here's more from the EXPO news release:

Coordinated by VISIT Lake Geneva, 70 exhibitors will their business or organization and connect with past, current and potential customers, businesses and employees.

Exhibitors represent a variety of industries including business services, manufacturing, lodging, restaurants, health care, attractions, financial services, digital media, marketing and education.

More than 50 percent of the exhibitors are participating in the job fair.

"While exhibitor space has been selling at a steady pace, there still are some spaces available," said Nancy Elder, VISIT Lake Geneva events director. 

"We’re happy to be able to ping such a sought-after keynote speaker to this important event," Elder said. "John Blumberg has authored three books and is a speaker who has been featured in keynotes and workshops in 10 countries."

Supporting organizations include Delavan/Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Discover Whitewater, East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce, Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce, VISIT Lake Geneva and the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance. Business EXPO sponsors for the event are Mercy Health and Daily Herald Business Ledger. Kikkoman is the job fair sponsor and Central Printing is the bag sponsor.

Admission is free to all job seekers who ping their resume or complete a standard job application form. Admission for others is $5 at the door and includes access to all booths and keynote speaker presentation.

For a complete list of exhibitors, go to www.VisitLakeGeneva.com/wcbe-job-fair/.

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