3/7/16 – A local group that helps domestic abuse victims is looking to serve a new demographic. People Against a Violent Environment, or PAVE, recently hired a part-time staffer. Melissa Rivera started her role as PAVE’s Bilingual Family Advocate in mid-January. Rivera, who was born in Horicon, says her interest in serving domestic abuse victims and helping non-English speaking folks brought her to the position. Executive Director Teresa Nienow says a three-year state support services grant PAVE recently received allowed them to fund Rivera’s job. The grant is designed to help service organizations like PAVE reach a wider audience. During the hiring process, Nienow says she was impressed that Rivera is a local person who is fully immersed in the Spanish culture. Rivera has been translating PAVE’s documents from English to Spanish and hopes to soon start leading group sessions.
3/7/16 – Online registration is now open for an annual youth athletic competition. Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit, and Run gives little league baseball and softball players the chance to showcase their skills in three of the game’s fundamental areas. The competition is open to kids ages 7 to 14 and is broken down into four age groups. Kids can advance in one of four categories – pitching, hitting, running, and overall performance – and have a chance to work their way up to July’s national final. That will be held in San Diego during the MLB All-Star Game festivities. The local competition is Monday, May 2 at the Beaver Dam Athletic Field. Free registration can be completed online at wbevradio.com or wxroradio.com. Forms can also be picked up at the radio station office, located at 100 Stoddart Street in Beaver Dam.
3/7/16 – One person died Saturday in a single vehicle accident in the Town of Herman. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says a motorist failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway DW at Idaho Road at 12:29pm. The SUV struck a tree and caught on fire. The driver, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Wisconsin State Patrol, Allenton Fire, and Dodge County Medical Examiner provided assistance. The crash remains under investigation.
3/7/16 – Waupun residents may see a large cloud of smoke in the air tonight. The fire department is conducting fire training from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the former Waupun Area Clinic building at 14 Beaver Dam Street. Simulated smoke will fill the building so firefighters can work on a number of skills needed when arriving on scene including: search and rescue, hose-line advancement, ladder placement, and rapid intervention teamwork. Fire Chief B.J. DeMaa says this brings no danger to residents.
3/7/16 – The city of Columbus has launched a new website. After months of planning and negotiating with website designer Civic Plus, Columbus officials launched what they say is a more “user friendly” site. Economic Development Assistant Dave Carlson says the new website will be evolving with more features added over time to help computer guests learn more about what is going on in Columbus. The new and improved site will remain at the same address: www.cityofcolumbuswi.com.
3/7/16 – When an estimated 60 customers waiting to buy the new Air Jordan shoes started fighting. West Towne Mall security called Madison police for help Saturday morning around 10am. Those customers were angered when they found out the Finish Line store only had ten pairs for sale. Mall security became concerned about safety when the customers began pushing and shoving. It could have been worse — two people were shot in a similar situation outside a shoe store in metropolitan Minneapolis. The two wounded are expected to survive there.