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A Harvard, Illinois man was killed in a two-car crash on U.S. Highway 14 near the village of Walworth Thursday morning, according to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.

Luis Gutierrez-Fernandez, 39, died after his car lost control on icy pavement and hit another vehicle, according to the release.

Deputies and Walworth Fire and Rescue units were dispatched at about 6:44 a.m., Thursday, March 2, to a report of a two-car crash on Highway 14 just south of the village of Walworth.  

Initial investigation indicated a white 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by 59 year old Steven Johnson of Fontana, was southbound on Highway 14, when Gutierrez-Fernandez, driving a black 2001 Hyundai northbound on Highway 14, lost control of the car and crossed over the center line into Johnson’s car.  

 Gutierrez-Fernandez was pronounced dead at the scene by the Walworth County Medical Examiner’s Office.  

Johnson was transported to a local hospital with injuries.

The drivers were the sole occupants in each vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit.

Agencies who responded to this scene include the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Walworth, Fontana, and Sharon Police Departments, Walworth Fire and Rescue, Mercy MD-1, Paratech Ambulance Service, and the Walworth County Medical Examiner’s Office.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Audience members viewing “End of Fall” at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival ( may find the movie’s locale and even some of its extras familiar. That’s because independent filmmaker and 1992 Big Foot High School grad Joselito Seldera shot his first feature film, a crime thriller, in Walworth County, where he grew up.

Seldera, who earned a master’s degree in filmmaking from the University of Southern California and now makes his home in Los Angeles, often returns to Wisconsin to visit his parents and friends. He might also be here scouting for another location.

Friday, 28 October 2016 09:21

Local teens star in high school productions

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The plays taking center stage on Walworth County high schools next month showcase some wonderful theater, with several presenting familiar stories given a new twist.

Big Foot High School

Audience members will see a familiar fairy tale turned on its head with “The Cinderella Complex” at the newly remodeled auditorium at Big Foot High School, said director Rachel Wenndt.  

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:07

Photographer reflects on his famous father

WALWORTH  COUNTY SUNDAY -- On the outskirts of Walworth, off the shoulder of U.S. Highway 14, just over the railroad tracks, across the road from a storage unit and pier service and sharing the lot of a propane gas distributor, sits a small nondescript building. The sign says “Thompson Art Gallery,” which is owned and operated by Bruce Thompson and his wife, Joan.

Upon entering the building, however, the space blossoms into a habitat of beautiful images of stunning landscapes: lakes, rivers, pastures and woods in every season. The far wall is covered with the works of renowned impressionist painter, and Bruce’s father, Richard Earl Thompson.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There is just something exciting about a new home. Despite the packing, unpacking and deciding where the family’s precious memories go, a new locale gives new perspective. This was exactly the case for members of the Historical Society of Walworth and Big Foot Prairie as they moved their displays and artifacts into a permanent location just one block off the village square.

The move literally took a village, as society President Nancy Lehman can attest.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- June is well known as dairy month, and the Stateline is celebrating with a variety of events honoring all things dairy as well as our agriculture heritage.

Rock, Walworth and Boone-Winnebago counties will host dairy breakfasts in the next few weeks, and Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland paid a visit to the area just last week.

VILLAGE OF WALWORTH -- To say that Hazel Schuth has lived a long and fulfilled life would be an understatement.

Schuth, 108, who is set to turn 109 in July, said she does not feel her age, even though she’s likely one of the oldest or maybe even the oldest county resident.

Born in 1907, Schuth says her upcoming birthday, "doesn’t feel any different than if I was turning 10."

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 11:11

Walworth County Sunday's 2015 year in review

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Sometimes it seems like the days take forever, but the months fly by.   

   In a year that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, some of the most notable stories of 2015 clearly illustrated how quickly things can change in our communities.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The walls of the former antique mall came tumbling down this summer, but the demolition of the longtime fixture on the historic Walworth square precedes construction plans for the re-route of U.S. Highway 14 in its path by at least five years.

The exact route of the finished highway through the village of Walworth isn’t clear, but the proposed plans continue to draw attention and criticism from area residents.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:50

Photo Gallery: 2015 Mecum Auctions Road Art

Mecum Auctions road art auction in Walworth Wi.  Few of the items that were in the auction.



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