News – June 22, 2022

(Town of Beaver Dam) A public forum was held Tuesday night on a referendum that Town of Beaver Dam voters will see on the August ballot. The town board is seeking to exceed revenue limits in perpetuity to fund increased fire and EMS costs and road maintenance. If approved, the owner of a $100-thousand dollar home would see the township portion of their tax bill increase from $188 to $294. Board Chair Joe Kern says the board explored contracting out with other services, starting their own EMS, and borrowing, none of which he says are ideal. Additional forums are planned.

(Juneau) Dodge County has a new administrator. The county board Tuesday night approved the hiring of Cameron Clapper, who has been Whitewater’s city manager since 2012. The position was made vacant by the recent retirement of Jim Mielke. Clapper’s salary will be equivalent to $67.88 an hour and he will receive the same fringe benefits that are provided to department heads. He is expected to start on August 21st.

(Juneau) A vacancy on the Dodge County Board has been filled. Randall VandeZande took the oath of the office Tuesday night for the District 26 seat. District 26 consists of Wards Two, Seven, and Eight in the city of Waupun and Ward Two in the town of Chester. VandeZande will serve on the Taxation Committee and the Land Information Council. His term will run until April 16th of 2024.

(Theresa) A Theresa woman has been found guilty of stabbing another person multiple times. Michele Schacht entered a no contest plea to a felony count of First-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. The 52-year-old had her sentence withheld and was placed on probation for five years. She will also serve six months in jail with work release privileges. Schacht stabbed the male victim with a large kitchen knife in the neck, thigh, and stomach in December of 2020.

(Hustisford) A Hustisford man has made his initial appearance in court for possessing illicit content of children. Travis Lund allegedly shared child pornography on the social media and messaging app Kik. If convicted, the 49-year-old faces up to 50 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 14th.

(Beaver Dam) The Good Karma Brands John Moser Children’s Radiothon kicks off at 6am Thursday morning. The 27-hour marathon broadcast benefits 16 local agencies. The first 24-hours will be simulcast on both AM1430 WBEV and 95X. During the final three hours, each station will host their individual morning shows with the final total read around 9am. Now in its 25th year, the Radiothon has brought in over $2.3-million-dollars.