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Hundreds of trick-or-treaters haul in sweets


For masked and unmasked characters of all shapes and sizes trick-or-treating along Third Avenue late Friday afternoon was a boootiful thing.

Temperatures just above freezing and howling 16-30 mph winds made it feel more like 25 degrees.

Yet these boys and ghouls, uh, girls, weren’t going to let Mother Trickster spoil their fun going door to door where lit porch lights promised to add even more to containers already brimming with treats.

News briefs: Mother-son shoplifting team arrested

A mother-son shoplifting duo were arrested for stealing a number of household items at Wal-Mart, 3500 Brumback Blvd., just after noon Thursday, according to the police report.

Sonia Negron, 35, of Kenosha was taken into custody for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and retail theft. Her 16-year-old son was also arrested for retail theft.

Clerks allow voters to register with digital documents


In late September, Ralph Williams moved from his home in Kenosha to a nearby apartment he is sharing with a friend.

When he went this week to register to vote at his new address, the 63-year-old encountered a roadblock.

Event briefs: Program to explore Tibet, Nepal

SOMERS — Tibet and Nepal will be the topic at Monday’s meeting of Adventures In Lifelong Learning.

Former Peace Corps worker and retired high school English teacher Nick Cibrario will be the speaker.

Jockey-sponsored rugby superstars to make rare U.S. visit in Chicago


Kenosha-based Jockey International is no stranger to sponsoring athletes — remember when crowds swamped its downtown Kenosha store to see Tim Tebow? But one of its most treasured model athletes is something of a stranger in America.

Dan Carter has been a model for Jockey for 11 years.

Change in payment schedule annoys Unified teachers

In recent years, teachers and other employees at Kenosha Unified School District could choose to be paid year-round, with their pay spread out to cover the summer months.

That practice appears to be coming to an end. This week, employees were informed by a memo that their paychecks will be shifted to a 10-month schedule.

Free tickets available for national VA festival program in Milwaukee

Free tickets remain available for a Sunday program that caps off the 2014 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, being held this week in Milwaukee.

The event began Thursday and will end Sunday with an art exhibition at noon followed by the stage show at 2 p.m. featuring songs, dance and dramatic readings at the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave.

News briefs: Cement shortage delays road work

Repaving work on 39th Avenue between 52nd Street and Washington Road in Kenosha is being slowed by a cement shortage that is causing delays across the Upper Midwest.

The contractor, Payne and Dolan, had expected to have the project completed by Oct. 31, according to city administrator Frank Pacetti. But the wet spring across the region delayed the start of the construction season, pushing more work into the latter part of the year. That’s put such high demand on cement plants that they can’t keep up.

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    Summit-goers bemoan scandal of poverty in SE Wisconsin

    SOMERS – A summit to discuss poverty in Kenosha and Racine drew 200 people from churches and area agencies to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday night.

    Public Works panel OKs budget

    The City Council’s Public Works Committee has approved the administration’s preliminary 2015 operating budget and a five-year capital improvement plan to maintain and improve city streets, clear snow and do other infrastructure projects.

    County said to commit $250K to permanent homeless shelter

    Kenosha County is expected to commit $250,000 to a future permanent homeless shelter for the area, according to organizers of a poverty summit held Thursday night.

    Federal appeals court listens to arguments in Jensen case


    CHICAGO — “That sounds like a good reason for a new trial,” was one of the last things a federal appeals judge said on Thursday to attorneys arguing the appeal of Mark Jensen’s murder conviction.

    Safari park promoter eyes site in Wheatland

    WHEATLAND — To the surprise of residents here, Wheatland, known more for dairy cows than endangered species, has emerged as the possible location for a free-range safari park.

    Unified adopts ‘just cause’ disciplinary standard

    Employees of Kenosha Unified School District will have a “just cause” standard for discipline and termination under a compromise approved by the School Board.

    Students learn about manufacturing opportunities


    STURTEVANT — Many may have studied about the industrial revolution in their history classes, but over the past two days more than 500 middle school and high school students learned about today’s industrial evolution in an out-of-the classroom experience at Gateway Technical College’s second annual Manufacturers Expo.

    News briefs: Kenosha County man killed in crash

    RAYMOND — A 21-year-old Kenosha County man was killed in a crash in the town of Raymond Thursday morning, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

    Riverview ponders shorter school year for construction

    SILVER LAKE — Riverview School in Silver Lake is considering either ending the school year early or starting school later in the fall to accommodate building renovations.

    DJ says police reports have cost him clients

    A local DJ said he’s already lost numerous clients and has temporarily ceased operations following recent accusations involving his business.

    Salvation Army plans fashion show fundraiser

    The Salvation Army is trying a new fundraiser this fall: a fashion show.

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    KENOSHA — “Pasta for Poverty,” a fundraising dinner for the Shalom Center, will be noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church, 2001 80th St.

    Committee OKs police, fire budgets

    Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s proposed 2015 police and fire budgets sailed through the Public Safety and Welfare Committee Wednesday, with dollar totals virtually unchanged from this year.

    No fine for man who clear-cut Powers Lake property


    BLOOMFIELD — Eugene Martin will not be fined for clear-cutting land early last spring on the shore of Powers Lake at the site of the historic Honey Bear Farm venue.

    City signs on to county’s Wi-Fi plan

    The city of Kenosha administration has joined Kenosha County’s proposed plan to offer free public wireless Internet service to the downtown area.

    Locals throw their money behind Burke, Walker


    Kenosha County residents gave more than $121,000 to gubernatorial candidates this year, according to receipts filed with the Government Accountability Board.

    Snyder: Halloween after dark: A trick or a treat?


    City officials just can’t win with Halloween.

    Xten Industries to close


    Xten Industries LLC, an award-winning Kenosha-based manufacturer of injection molded plastic components, is selling its assets and working on an agreement with an Illinois plastics company to take over operations until a sale is finalized.

    Voters to find numerous referendums on ballot


    In addition to voting for politicians Nov. 4, Kenosha County can vote yes or no are a variety of referendums, depending on their places of residence.

    Parks Commission names Kenosha's dog park K-9 Korner


    In a unanimous vote Monday, the Kenosha Parks Commission selected the name "K-9 Korner" for the dog park at Anderson Park off 22nd Avenue near 89th Street.

    Snow for Halloween? It’s possible

    Halloween note to parents: Dress your kids warmly.

    Police seek ban on two DJs


    Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey said he is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep two area disc jockeys from making another local appearance, after a dangerous incident at an uptown bar early Saturday morning.

    Homeroom: Panther Prowl sets a record


    Paris School’s annual Panther Prowl, the main fundraising event for the rural K-8 school, recently raised a record $29,136.

    Event briefs: ‘Coffin Bangers Ball’ is Friday

    KENOSHA — The “Coffin Bangers Ball” will be 7 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Woman’s Club of Kenosha, 6028 Eighth Ave.