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TOWN OF SHARON— Investigators say a town of Sharon teen failed to stop at a stop sign Wednesday and crashed into the car of a man who then died at the scene, according to a Walworth County sheriff's news release.

Loren Huffman, 67, also of the town of Sharon, sustained critical injuries from the crash and died, according to the release. The teen, driving a blue 2005 Ford Taurus, was Isabel Lavariega Bazan, 19.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 09:55

Snowmobilers are ready to ride

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Snowmobile riders have been looking to the sky hoping for snow during an unseasonably warm December.

But when the snow comes, snowmobile clubs anticipate a new law will help increase membership and promote snowmobiling in general.

Editor’s note: Saving Downtown is an award-winning series by freelance writer Lisa Schmelz exploring how Walworth County communities are breathing new life into their historic downtown districts. This is the sixth installment.

Visit other towns in the Saving Downtown series by going online to

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- On a recent Sunday afternoon, the streets of historic Sharon were eerily quiet. There were very few cars, very few people and many vacant storefronts in this rural village on the Wisconsin-Illinois stateline. Don Weig, 82, owns three of those empty buildings in what appears more Hollywood set than a place of commerce.

“The downtown itself is pretty much a ghost town, with the exception of the restaurant, the bank, the gun shop and the telephone company,” Weig said. “It’s not what it used to be.”



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