News – January 28, 2016

Beaver Dam Chamber Honors 2016 Award Winners


1/28/16 – The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce honored four recipients at their annual recognition dinner last night.  The Park Village Shopping Center was named the Business of the Year for its charitable donations to local causes and non-profits. The Non-Profit of the Year is the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre which regularly puts on live productions and has been part of the community for half a century. WBEV’s own John Moser is the 2016 Citizen of the Year for his work with organizations such as the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation, Beaver Dam Rotary Club, and Church Health Services.  Ric Fiegel, who is one of the chamber’s longest serving volunteers with more than 30 years of service, is the Chamber Member of the Year.


Donation Funding Computer Lab For Those With Disabilities


1/28/16 – A donation is helping to fund a computer lab for a program that helps those with disabilities transition from high school to self-sufficient independence. Life Academy is a joint venture between the Beaver Dam Unified School District and Green Valley Enterprises. Life Academy is run out of an actual house on Prospect Avenue.  A half-dozen or so students between the ages of 18 and 21 learn life skills – like cooking, laundry and finances – while also learning how to find a job. Life Academy Instructor Joann Lehman says the lab is up and running with five stations that students will use to look for jobs and learn about other life skills to get students prepared for adult life and independence. The computer lab was funded in part with a $1000 donation from the AT&T Foundation. The phone company’s Director of External Affairs Julie Roberts says the foundation typically gives to high school programs that help kids stay in school and succeed and Life Academy fit the bill perfectly. Student Joel Kuehl (keel) says the new computer lab is “actually pretty nice.” He says the program has helped him develop not only his computer skills but also his people skills through volunteer and job opportunities.  The AT&T Wisconsin Investment and Award program provides funding to local organizations that enhance and give back to communities. For over 40 years, Green Valley Enterprises has been helping area individuals with special needs, and their families, achieve their potential and independence through an array of services, including employment programs.


Waupun Man Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn Charges


1/28/16 – A Waupun man accused of having explicit images of children on his computer pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Robert Moungey is facing nine felony counts of Possessing Child Pornography.  In a separate Dodge County case, Moungey is facing a felony First Degree Child Sex Assault charge for allegedly engaging in inappropriate acts with an infant.  His arraignment on that charge is February 12.  The 27-year-old also faces similar felony sexual assault charges in Green Lake County.  Moungey has further court activity on the pornography case in March.


Waupun Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Garage Burglaries


1/28/16 – A Waupun woman accused of being involved in a crime spree pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday. Brittany Hopp is facing three charges of felony Burglary along with four misdemeanor Theft counts for a series of garage burglaries in Waupun. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old was motivated by a heroin addiction. She reportedly told investigators that she would walk around the city, stealing power tools and electronics from various garages and then stash them in bushes before picking them up in her car. Hopp and another suspect got into an accident in Fond du Lac County on August 11, and authorities found stolen items from several burglaries in the backseat of the car. Additional items were traced to a pawn shop where Hopp allegedly took other stolen goods. She is charged as a repeat offender and, if convicted, faces a maximum combined sentence of 54 years in prison.  Hopp will be back in court in March.


Wisconsin Jobless Rate Rises, Still Below National Figure


1/28/16 – Unemployment is up slightly in Wisconsin but remains well below the national average.  State officials say the Badger State’s December jobless rate was 4.2%, two-tenths higher than November but six-tenths lower than the national rate.  In Dodge County, the unemployment rate jumped from 3.8% in November to 4% in December.  Columbia County increased from 3.6% to 3.9%.  The 3.9% December rate in Jefferson County is up two-tenths from the month prior.  Fond du Lac County recorded 3.6%, up from November’s 3.4%.  Green Lake County again had the highest unemployment in our listening area at 5.5%, up from 5% in November.  Dane County once again has the state’s lowest jobless rate at 2.9% while Iron County has overtaken Menominee County for the state’s highest unemployment rate at 8.7%.


Presidential Candidates Disagree On Johnson Controls


1/28/16 – White House hopefuls disagree on who’s to blame for Johnson Controls’ decision to slash its tax burden in its planned merger with Tyco International of Ireland. Johnson says it would save $150,000,000 a year in U-S taxes by moving its headquarters to Tyco’s location, while keeping its top executives in Milwaukee — which Johnson is allowed to do under the federal inversion law. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both scolded Johnson Controls, while Republican front-runner Donald Trump blames politicians whom as he puts it, “don’t know what they’re doing.” In the campaign blitz prior to Monday’s Iowa caucuses, Trump says U-S officials didn’t stop China and others from devaluing their currencies — and now, America is and hurting its ability to compete. Clinton says Johnson Controls’ auto seat division was happy to take federal help during the auto industry crisis from the Great Recession — but now, she says they want to move overseas in her words, “for the sole purpose of escaping their fair share of taxes” to support the country which made them successful.


Beaver Dam’s Christmas Tree Recycling Service Ends Tomorrow


1/28/16 – A reminder for city of Beaver Dam residents who still have not gotten rid of that Christmas tree: Friday is the last day to leave trees and boughs street-side for collection by city crews. The holiday items must be free of ornaments, lights and stands so they can be chipped. Wreaths and boughs containing roping or wire should be placed in the non-recyclable cart for collection as garbage. City residents can also dispose of the items at the Public Works Garage Yard Waste Drop off Site on South Center Street, Monday through Friday. No wreaths or boughs containing roping will be accepted at the drop-off site. Also, no waste of any kind is accepted from outside of the city or from any contractors. The service is intended only for those who receive contracted soli