Shalom to try again on homeless shelter

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The Shalom Center will try once again to win city approval to establish the city's first homeless shelter in a former thrift store building.

Officials with the Shalom Center in April asked the city to rezone the former St. Vincent De Paul store so it could house a homeless shelter. But the City Plan Commission at the time balked at the idea, saying it would overburden the neighborhood with too many social services.

Now, Shalom Center officials will ask the same plan commissioners who voted down their proposal to reconsider. The item will likely come back to the commission as early as August.




One killed in Highway C rollover crash

BRISTOL — One person was killed in a rollover crash Monday night in the 21700 block of Highway C.

According to Sgt. Bill Beth of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the preliminary investigation shows the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle apparently lost control eastbound on Highway C, leaving the roadway on the right shoulder and then over-correcting to the left, causing the vehicle to roll.

Costco gets OK from Pleasant Prairie commission

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Costco Wholesale Corp. won unanimous approval Monday night from the Plan Commission to move forward with a 154,000-square-foot development on some 17 acres in the Prairie Ridge subdivision.

The project at 7775 94th Ave. is planned for potential groundbreaking in the fall and targeted to open for business in August 2015. It will comprise a 149,505-square-foot warehouse retail building with an attached 8,631-square-foot tire center and a free-standing gas station with 16 pumps.

I-94 closures this week in Racine County

I-94 closures are slated this week in Racine County.

The interstate will be completely closed at 10 tonight and will remain closed until 5 a.m. Tuesday between Highway K and Highway 11.

Festival Foods CEO named Grocer of the Year

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Mark Skogen, president and CEO of Skogen’s Festival Foods, was named 2014 Grocer of the Year by the Wisconsin Grocers Association Monday.

Festival Foods operates 18 full-service supermarkets in Wisconsin, including one in Kenosha. It employs more than 5,000 full- and part-time associates. The company recently was ranked No. 12 independent grocery retailer in Supermarket News’ Top 50 Small Chains and Independents listing.

Drone business owner: Sky’s the limit

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The business of domestic drones, or unmanned aircraft, is taking off, and one Pleasant Prairie entrepreneur hopes to get in on the ground level.

“I can offer people affordable aerial pictures and videos,” Jeff Schmidt said. “Anyone who wants anything from the sky.”

Apartment units proposed near Somers Walmart

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Bear Development, hoping to capitalize on the industrial boom in the county, has proposed a 292-unit apartment complex on a 19-acre site adjacent to the Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in Somers.

“It's a very strong location,” Bear president S.R. Mills said. “We’ve been looking at it for some time.”

Court Roundup

A Kenosha man broke into a woman's apartment, raped her and stole money and an iPad before leaving, according to police.

Cornelius D. Britt, 20, is charged with sexual assault, burglary and other charges for the July 14 incident.

Volunteers clean, photograph tombstones

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Claudia Schiller used a small eraser, rubbing back and forth to clean the type on a tombstone before it was photographed at Green Ridge Cemetery Friday.

“It's just so old,” Schiller said of the tombstone as she worked,

Early voting begins for Aug. 12 primary

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Early voting for the fall primary began Monday, but local clerks are not expecting a rush of voters.

In-person absentee voting for the partisan primary is available on weekdays through Aug. 8 at municipal offices.

Shalom to try again on homeless shelter

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The Shalom Center will try once again to win city approval to establish the city's first homeless shelter in a former thrift store building.

Officials with the Shalom Center in April asked the city to rezone the former St. Vincent De Paul store so it could house a homeless shelter. But the City Plan Commission at the time balked at the idea, saying it would overburden the neighborhood with too many social services.

Event briefs: Game to help raise funds for handicapped-accessible van

KENOSHA — Joe Eleniewski, a St. Joseph Catholic Academy graduate now working as a tax accountant, is raising money to purchase a new handicapped-accessible van that he can enter with his wheelchair and drive using hand controls.

One fundraiser for “Joe on the Go” is a Kenosha Kingfish baseball game which begins at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 6 at Simmons Field.

Children to receive free backpacks, school supplies thanks to police association

Building off its popular “Shop with a Cop” program, Kenosha Professional Police Association is hoping its newest community event will generate just as much enthusiasm.

The inaugural “Back to School with a Cop” will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, 1330 52nd St. Students in grades K-8 are eligible to receive free backpacks with school supplies. All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

News briefs: Girl dies in driveway incident

A 5-year-old Kenosha girl died after she was twice run over by a van backing out of a Racine driveway on Saturday.

A 16-year-old boy was backing his family's van out of the driveway of a home in the 3400 block of First Avenue. Naomi Guererro was struck by the passenger side corner of the van and knocked to the ground, where she was run over by the passenger side rear wheel.

History Mystery: Prices have skyrocketed at the ole ball game

Question: Here’s one for those long-suffering Cub fans: Today a beer at Wrigley Field in Chicago costs $8. What was the price in 1960?

Answer: (Are you ready for this?) 35 cents.





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