News – July 19, 2021

(Beaver Dam) A 41-year-old male was accidentally shot in the Town of Beaver Dam yesterday (Sunday). The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Beaver Dam EMS responded to the 8300 block of north Hickory Lane at 10:47am. Authorities arrived to find the man with a single gunshot wound to the upper chest but he was conscious. The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital in Beaver Dam before later being flown to Madison.

(Poynette) A Poynette man was reported to be driving recklessly before he was killed in a grisly, interstate accident on Friday afternoon in Columbia County. The 37-year-old was southbound on I-39 when he sideswiped a pickup, overturned into the median, and was ejected into the northbound lanes where he was struck by an SUV. He was driving a red sedan that callers to dispatch reported was driving over 100-miles-per-hour earlier on State Highway 16.

(Portage) Two men from New Mexico are facing drug charges in Columbia County after they were arrested in a rest area on Interstate 39 early Thursday morning. The suspect vehicle reportedly had improper registration and a deputy observed signs of drug use when speaking to 23-year-old Sir Cotton and 40-year-old Ryan Griffin. A search of the vehicle recovered meth, prescription narcotics, marijuana, prepaid debit cards and stolen property. The vehicle is believed to be stolen from New Mexico. The two are being held in the Columbia County Jail.

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County residents have until the end of the week to submit public input on the county’s first-ever strategic plan. The county board is in the process of developing the plan to identify future countywide needs. Board Chairman Russ Kottke told us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment that the survey will assist the board in making budgetary and programming decisions. The survey is active on the county website and will be open through the close of business this Friday. The survey is open to residents, along with employers and community stakeholders.

(Horicon) After the completion of their new combined school campus, the Horicon School District has now turned its sights on building a much-needed, multi-sport complex. The facility would include a football field, practice field, running track, press box, ticket booth and a new parking lot. Superintendent Rich Appel says the district is about $1-million dollars away from their fundraising goal. If the district goes with a natural grass field, that cost would be $2.86-million. However, if they decide on turf, the final cost would be around $3.4-million dollars. Appel says by avoiding recurring costs with natural grass, the difference in the long term may be negligible. The district is contributing $600-thousand dollars to the effort.

(Juneau) The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dodge County is highlighting an upcoming program that helps prevent older adults from falling. Officials with the Resource Center says the Stepping On Program, which is offered virtually, has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31-percent. The workshops will take place September 10th through October 29th, with no classes planned on October 1st, at the Watermark in Beaver Dam from 10am to noon.