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Santa delivers gifts, books to Frank students


The kids at Frank Elementary School in Kenosha had a few questions for Santa.

First of all, why do you just come once a year?

“It’s a budgetary thing,” Santa answered. That went a little over the kids’ heads. “It takes so long to get everything ready that Mrs. Claus and I can only do this once a year.”

Traffic death toll hits historic low statewide


Wisconsin is on track to record the lowest number of traffic fatalities statewide since 1943, transportation officials said.

As of Wednesday, there had been 480 fatalities so far this year, compared to 527 in 2013, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation data.

Recording reveals origin of Barter ethics complaint


WLIP radio radio host Scott Barter said Friday he wasn’t lying or trying to mislead anybody as to what triggered his looking into committee attendance records of Alds. G. John Ruffolo and David Bogdala.

Barter earlier this week told the Kenosha News he was tipped by an “unknown” caller to look into attendance records for the City Council’s Licensing and Permit Committee dating back to April 28.

Lance students help charities with ‘penny wars’


Lance Middle School students held an assembly just before the holiday break with Santa Claus, choral and orchestra performances and timely donations to local charities.

Brenda Carlborg, a seventh-grade math teacher, said Friday the students raised $3,388.68 for local charities during their school-wide “penny wars.” Students started before Thanksgiving.

Forecast suggests Christmas may be more wet than white


Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

The chances, year to year, of that happening are about the same as getting heads when you flip a coin.

Parkside names Baldwin business dean


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has named a new dean of the College of Business, Economics and Computing.

Dirk Baldwin has been serving as interim dean, and will continue as dean of the college. He assumed those responsibilities when Fred Ebeid was named interim provost.

Shalom Center board seeks new director


Just weeks after securing city approval for a long-sought homeless shelter, the Shalom Center is parting ways with its executive director.

The Shalom Center’s board issued a statement Thursday evening saying Executive Director Fran Hansen was “ending her association” with the organization effective immediately.

Waukegan shooting suspect arrested here


A Park City, Ill., man wanted for a 2013 attempted murder in Waukegan was arrested in Kenosha County this week, and is being held here on $50,000 cash bond.

Jesus Catalan, 22, was indicted in Lake County Illinois, and charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a street crime gang member.

Shoplifting suspect pepper sprays security guard

Three women stole from Old Navy, according to police, and one of them pepper sprayed a security guard chasing them down.

Donquisa M. Blackmore, 21, of Milwaukee, and two others are suspected of the Wednesday incident at the Old Navy in the Premium Outlets shopping center. Blackmore is the only one who was charged Friday.

KEA recertification vote underway

Union recertification ballots are on their way to teachers and other employees of Kenosha Unified School District.

The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission was scheduled to send the ballots Friday for recertification of the Kenosha Education Association covering teachers, support personnel, substitute teachers, painters and carpenters.

News briefs: Woman arrested for breaking door

A Chicago woman was arrested Thursday morning after she allegedly broke into a former boyfriend’s home.

The 39-year-old Kenosha man, who lives on the 6600 block of 21st Avenue, said he heard pounding on his apartment door at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and immediately after received a phone call from his former girlfriend, who demanded he let her in. He said she sounded intoxicated, so he refused to answer the door.

Don’t expect a change in eating patterns to be easy

I have a friend who tells a story every holiday season about the time his mother replaced all of the favorite traditional holiday dishes with healthy options…without telling anyone ahead of time.

He goes into animated detail about the shocked expressions as guests passed foods they didn’t recognize while trying to maintain some sense of diplomacy. The punch line: on learning the entrée, a soy-based stuffed “roast” was called “tofurky”, his 8 year-old cousin wrinkled his face in disgust and said “sounds like toes, and funky jerky”. Gotta love kids! Apparently toes and “funky jerky” weren’t appetizing. The tofurky ended up going to the dog.

Event briefs: Santa to ride on streetcar

KENOSHA — Santa is scheduled to ride on Kenosha’s streetcar from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

He will be handing out candy canes to children.

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