New District Administrator for Richland School District
The Richland School District Board of Education has approved a contract with Jarred Burke to serve as the District Administrator for the 2015 through 2017 school years. Burke has completed his course work to obtain his Superintendent license and is in the process of finishing his Doctoral thesis from Edgewood College. He also holds licenses for Director of Instruction, Principal, and Teaching. Burke has been the Director of Instruction at the Mount Horeb Area School District since 2008. Prior to that he was the Pre K-8th Grade Principal/Director of Instruction at Southwestern School District in Hazel Green from July 2004 through August 2008.
Drug Take Back Event
The Richland Center Police Department will be giving the community an opportunity to dispose of unwanted or expired medications by once again hosting a Prescription Drug Take Back. The take back will be held on Saturday, May 16th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the lobby of the Richland Center Police Department.
American Pickers to Make Local Stop
Old barns...dusty attics...shoddy sheds. None of it is too much for Mike and Frank of the popular History Channel show American Pickers, and the pair is looking for places to stop in southwest Wisconsin. Officials with the Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce were recently contacted by members of the American Pickers production team, who said that they are interested in filming episodes of the show in Wisconsin starting next month.
Local Student Artist Featured
One local student's art work will be on display at the US Capitol for the next year after placing first in the 2015 3rd Congressional District Art Contest. Congressman Ron Kind and his wife Tawni announced the winners over the weekend, and it was learned that LaFarge High School student Emily Sedgwick earned the top honors with her piece entitled “Road Trip to Madison.” In addition, Sedgwick will be invited to Washington, D.C. for a reception honoring the nation's other top student artists.
Red Flag Warning
It's another dry day (Wednesday) in Wisconsin -- and the risk of wildfires keeps getting larger. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of the Badger State from noon-until-eight p-m today. That triggers a ban on open burning in those areas, and folks are encouraged not to smoke outside. The warnings cover most of the western two-thirds of Wisconsin. Forecasters say humidities will be as low as 10-percent today, with winds gusting to 30-miles-an-hour with temperatures in the 60's-and-70's. Forecasters say our next real chance for rain is on Sunday. In Sauk County, authorities found a body while fighting a forest fire yesterday afternoon in the town of Dellona near Lyndon Station. The body was found behind a house. The state D-N-R and Sauk County sheriff's deputies are investigating. On Monday, over 200-acres were burned in what was called the "Railroad Fire" west of Necedah in Juneau County. The D-N-R said no structures were damaged, but a fire-fighter was treated for smoke inhalation.
Spring Large Item Pick Up
Richland Center residents are reminded that Town & Country Sanitation will be in the community tomorrow (Saturday) for the semi-annual large item curbside garbage collection. It's the clean-up effort for items not normally removed with the regular weekly household garbage pick-up.
Donations in Honor of Angela Girton
Area residents wanting to make a donation locally to support the family of Angela Girton and the recovery operations, may do so at DJ's Kwik Stop in Gotham. There are two donation canisters. One is for the family and the other will support Bruce's Legacy which is helping with the recovery effort.
Bruce's Legacy to Assist Gotham Family in Search
The recovery operation continues to locate 5-year-old Angela Girton who fell into the Wisconsin River near Gotham on Monday night. Her body has not been found at this time. The efforts made yesterday (Wednesday) by the Madison Police Department cadaver dog team may have determined a possible location of her body.
Update on Missing Gotham Girl
Officials with Richland County Emergency Management would like to inform the public that the recovery operation continues for Angela Girton. Emergency crews remain on the Wisconsin River in search of the 5-year old who fell into the river Monday night. There have been on-line accounts that Angela has been found. Richland County officials reported mid-afternoon that that is not the case and the recovery efforts continued this (Wednesday) afternoon.
Voters in the Weston School District overwhelmingly approved the referendum question posed to them yesterday (Tuesday) by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. 360 voters said “yes”, while 196 voted “no” to an additional $715,000 for the next five years for operational costs and an upgrade to Weston's HVAC system, including replacing the boiler system.