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Herzing to celebrate golden anniversary

Herzing University will mark its 50th anniversary with a Thursday night gala at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee.

The for-profit institution, which was incorporated in Milwaukee on Jan. 29, 1965, has graduated more than 10,000 Wisconsin students, according to a news release.

It presently serves about 6,000 students on 11 campuses and eight states and online, including about 1,400 students at Wisconsin campuses in Kenosha, Brookfield and Madison.

Kenosha Meijer store to open in June


Meijer will open its Kenosha supercenter at 7701 Green Bay Road in June, the retailer announced Wednesday.

That, along with the concurrent opening of a store in Grafton, will mark the company’s official expansion into Wisconsin.

Land east of Somers Walmart eyed for future development

SOMERS — Town officials expect to meet with the new owners of a vacant 40-acre tract in a few weeks to discuss commercial development at the Somers Market Center, where Walmart and Sam’s Club are anchor stores.

In late December, RCG-Somers LLC., an affiliate of Atlanta-based RCG Ventures, a real estate development and management firm, purchased the land from Bank of America for $2.38 million, with plans to develop segments of the 40-acres for retail and business use.

Meijer construction progressing


The long-awaited opening of Kenosha’s Meijer store seems around the corner, as construction is nearing completion and company officials are preparing to make an announcement within the next few days.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based hypermarket retailer will did not disclose a hard date for the opening of the Kenosha store or any of the other three Wisconsin locations.

Southport Bank names new president, CEO


Southport Bank has a new president and chief executive officer.

The Kenosha-based bank on Friday announced the appointment of Russ Weyers to succeed Timothy Schadeberg, who departed at the end of 2014.

Owner of former Xten Industries to double size of Kenosha plant

Kenosha County’s newest industrial neighbor, Commercial Plastics Co., is wasting no time building its footprint.

A month after officially taking over the failed operations of Xten Industries, a fast-growing, award winning firm, Commercial Plastics has launched its own growth movement. The Mundelein, Ill.-based injection-mold plastics company has announced plans to expand its Kenosha facility by 80,000 square feet.

Kenall takes up residence in Kenosha


Kenall Manufacturing, a maker of commercial lighting fixtures, has officially relocated its corporate headquarters and production facility, joining a growing list of former Illinois companies that have crossed the Wisconsin border to conduct business in Kenosha County.

The company moved into its new Kenosha facility at 10200 55th St., earlier this month and has already begun production at its new manufacturing plant.

Local home sales down, but prices up in 2014


Despite an improving economy highlighted by decreasing unemployment and mortgage rates, Kenosha County’s 2014 housing sales will not match last year’s strong performance.

Meanwhile, this year’s sales prices have increased, partly because home buyers are purchasing homes that have more amenities.

Play It Again Sports open on 75th Street in Kenosha

Keith Johnson and his son, Adam, have partnered up and opened Play It Again Sports on Dec. 4. The business, located at 4017 75th St., specializes in new and used fitness and sports equipment.

Tim Dorr and Nick Anderson will close the doors to their business, Nick-N-Willy’s Pizza, today.

It’s your health insurance money

December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance in their health care flexible spending account.

More than 15 million workers have these accounts, which gave customers a chance to set aside up to $2,500 in pre-tax wages this year for health-related expenses not covered by insurance. But these accounts come with a big catch: Often you have to use the balance before the plan year ends or you lose it.

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    Unified names new administrator


    A familiar face in the Kenosha Unified School District will have a new role as the liaison for Hispanic and Latino students, families and community liaison.

    Residents oppose route for new power lines

    If the Public Service Commission selects the preferred route for a new 25-mile electricity transmission line, it will kill plans for an equestrian development on Highway 83 in Paddock Lake, the property owner said at a public hearing on the project Tuesday night.

    Rehab projects on hold


    Two much-anticipated proposals to restore Kenosha historic landmarks remain on hold as the respective developers await needed approvals for tax credits, city officials said Tuesday.

    ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ making a difference


    A group of Mahone Middle School students’ ambitious plan to provide weekend meals to students in need proved such a success the kids are creating a sequel.

    ‘I’m not having sex with you’


    A young woman was bruised and bloody after a sexual assault she says took place in her dorm room early in the 2013-14 school year at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

    Governor proposes budget slash for UW System


    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to give the University of Wisconsin System more freedom would allow it to impose unchecked tuition hikes and potentially price students out of college, one of the system’s toughest critics said Tuesday.

    Commission recommends Southport Beach House roof contract


    A city commission is recommending a $316,000 contract to replace the roof of Kenosha’s historic Southport Beach House, with some slate tiles to be replaced with asphalt shingles.

    Village cell tower to finance park upgrades

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Villagers will be able to weigh in on a new proposal that would revamp one of Pleasant Prairie’s oldest parks.

    Walker cites Kenosha casino rationale in presenting Bucks arena plan


    MILWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker denied the Kenosha casino on Friday to protect state revenues — the same reason he gave Tuesday when he announced his plan to help build a new arena to keep the Milwaukee Bucks in town.

    Event briefs: Fundraising radio-athon set for Saturday

    KENOSHA — The “Raise Me Up” telethon to benefit the Charlie V’s Foundation will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

    New voting machines to debut this spring


    When the Salem Town Hall surprisingly ran out of ballots during the busy November 2014 election, voting officials were forced to make hundreds of photocopies and tediously hand count the ballots after the polls closed.

    Homeroom: LakeView named state’s top tech program


    LakeView Technology Academy has received the Wisconsin Technology Education Association’s High School Program of the Year Award,

    News briefs: Wheatland girl recovering from crash

    A 12-year-old Wheatland girl is recovering after suffering serious injuries in a fatal car accident on Dec. 31 on Highway 50 and 392nd Avenue, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

    Mayor foresees bright future for Dairyland property


    Mayor Keith Bosman said Monday the nixing of a Menominee-Hard Rock casino likely means other potential developers will be waiting in the wings.

    State wants to change crash-prone crossing into a roundabout

    SALEM — The state Department of Transportation has selected a roundabout as its preferred option for the intersection of highways 83 and C in the town of Salem.

    Group plants seeds for future auto museum


    KENOSHA — Dozens of curious Kenoshans braved the snow Monday evening to learn about proposals for an automobile museum that would highlight the city's rich manufacturing history.

    Lakewood students surpass testing goal

    TWIN LAKES — Lakewood School students met a rigorous testing goal and will be rewarded with a rock concert, Administrator Joe Price said Monday.

    Anti-streetcar group says it doesn’t support recalls


    A member of Common Sense Kenosha said Monday the group is not behind any potential attempts to recall Kenosha aldermen for not putting streetcar expansion on the April ballot.

    Kenosha health center taking services to Wheatland

    WHEATLAND — Free medical, dental and vision screenings, suicide awareness programs and help navigating the health insurance marketplace will be offered at an upcoming health fair.

    News briefs: Officers arrest hit-and-run driver

    Local law enforcement tracked down a suspected hit-and-run driver at a house in the 2500 block of 48th Street about 2 a.m. Sunday.

    Old St. Casimir organ finds new home


    A collaborative effort will send a piece of Kenosha religious history to a fellow Wisconsin community.

    Teacher turned firefighter to teach again


    As a former high school social studies teacher turned firefighter, Ryan McNeely found a way to combine both professions.

    Suicide survivors support group to begin

    Survivors of loved ones who have ended their own lives have a place to turn to for support.

    What’s next for Dairyland site?


    We asked our Facebook friends, now that Gov. Scott Walker has ruled against the Kenosha casino project, what would you like to see done with the Dairyland Greyhound Park site?

    Trial to begin in alleged sexual assault at Parkside


    A man charged with sexually assaulting a fellow University of Wisconsin-Parkside student is taking the case to trial.

    Bryan bows out of School Board race


    Kenosha Unified School Board member Carl Bryan wants no one to vote for him in the April 7 election.

    Event briefs: Literary games on tap at library

    KENOSHA — “Literary Game Night” begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave.

    History Mystery: Lewis property’s sale was big news in 1920


    Question: In what year did undertaker Thomas Hansen buy the Urban Lewis property?