News – August 30, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Unified School District says updated cost estimates suggest will over $500,000 in damages was caused after a car crashed into the middle school last week. Beaver Dam Unified School District Communications Officer Nicole White says middle school has been cleaned and remediated including ceiling tiles, air ducts, lockers, floors and walls. The district announced, as of yesterday (Thursday), that the middle school will be operational for the first day of school with the exception of the gymnasium, locker rooms and library.


(Beaver Dam) A locally-owned gas station will be donating funds from two of their pumps to the Beaver Dam School District. Jerry’s Automotive, located on 700 North Spring Street, announced this week that they recently installed “Spirit Pumps.” Beginning September 1st, for every gallon purchased at these special pumps the station will donate two-cents to the district. The first months donation will go to the Beaver Dam Middle School which was struck by a speeding car last week that caused significant damage.


(Beaver Dam) Governor Tony Evers announced yesterday that the new commerce park in Beaver Dam is the latest Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Certified in Wisconsin Project. The Alliant Energy Beaver Dam Commerce Park, located in the town of Trenton, is geared toward big or expanding companies seeking large-scale sites. The designation plays a key role in helping communities attract new companies by providing an independent certification that a wide range of concerns have been evaluated. Evers made the announcement at Harmony Baptist Church in Beaver Dam.


(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Middle School schedule is changing this year to allow more focus on core areas like math and English. The district had initially planned to reduce electives to focus on the core areas. Following some initial blow-back, a change was approved that kept the electives by reducing some classroom time while increasing core subjects all while increasing the number of periods in the day from eight to nine. Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the schedule design has afforded students the ability to take a robust menu of courses while also allowing the district to address a call to action to increase the amount of focus in core academic areas.


(Columbus) The judge in the newly established municipal court in the city of Columbus says the philosophy of his court is to focus on solutions and not dwell on problems. Judge Ed Schellin (SHELL-in), who was sworn-in this past April, thanked the city council recently for establishing the court. The Eastern Columbia County Joint Municipal Court moved from Columbus to Randolph last year. After several unsuccessful attempts to bring the court back to Columbus, the city decided to establish its own court. Schellin says his perception is that the informed public really appreciates the municipal court being back in Columbus.


(Waupun) A Marshall man charged with running from police in Dodge County is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Vincent Artis was allegedly clocked going 80-miles-an-hour on Highway 151 on July 12th. When officers asked for his driver’s license, Artis reportedly fled at speeds up to 116-miles-per-hour. The 31-year-old’s vehicle was disabled by spike strips. If convicted, Artis faces over four years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for October 16.


(Winnebago) Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials are looking for a 60-year-old Texas man that has gone missing on Lake Winnebago.  David Daniels had been camping at Kalbus County Harbor a private campground in the Town of Black Wolf.  He took his pontoon boat out on the lake about 10 Thursday morning. A fellow camper reported him missing at 9 pm. Daniels is white and a disable veteran. The pontoon boat is white with a white canopy. Daniels did not have a cell phone with him. A search overnight didn’t turn up any clues to his whereabouts. Anyone that might have seen the boat is asked to contact the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.