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Walker, Burke remain in dead heat: poll

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The race for Wisconsin governor couldn’t be any closer with just seven weeks to go.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke tied among registered voters.

Boater remains missing after day-long search on Silver Lake

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Crews came up short Wednesday, after a daylong search for an Illinois man who went missing while boating in Silver Lake on Tuesday.

The search for John D. Spoor, 66, of McHenry, began late Tuesday, hours after his family expected him to return home from a solo fishing trip.

Census: Poverty up; wages, jobs down

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Kenosha County residents are still struggling with jobs, low incomes and access to health insurance, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 2013 American Community Survey estimates showed more county households in the lowest income categories in 2013 than in 2012. The average household income went down by $1,000, and the midpoint fell more than $3,000.

Friends mourn loss of local music man Emil Pacetti

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Members of the local music community of all ages are mourning the loss of great craftsman and friend, as Emil Pacetti, 75, succumbed to lung cancer early Tuesday morning.

Pacetti owned Pacetti’s Music Unlimited for 34 years before selling the business in 2010. Fifteen years before he owned the place, he repaired instruments there for Manny Mitka’s music store.

Mother suspects foul play in woman’s fire death

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The mother of a woman who died after an apartment fire believes the woman’s death is suspicious, not accidental.

“There are so many unanswered questions,” said Mary Garcia, mother of Roxanne “Roxxy” Garcia. “We think somebody else might’ve been in there. One of the neighbors heard noise coming from her apartment. She couldn’t have been in there by herself. Nothing is adding up.”

West-end schools exceed expectations in statewide rating

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Two more schools in western Kenosha County — Salem and Randall — joined the list of rural schools that exceed performance expectations, data released Tuesday by the state Department of Public Instruction shows.

The district report cards released by DPI include an accountability ccore that indicates whether a district fails to meet, meets few, meets, exceeds or significantly exceeds expectations.

Unified sees significant improvement in school report card

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The Kenosha Unified School District improved its state report card for 2013-14.

The district received an overall score of 65.9 in the report card system, an increase of nearly a point from the previous year’s 65.

Science fiction classic chosen for Big Read

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Burning for a good read?

Try Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” the book for this year’s Big Read.

Clerks mull voter ID reinstatement

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With seven weeks before the Nov. 4 election — which includes the race for governor — some local clerks have concerns about implementation of Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

On Friday, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago reinstated the law, which requires voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot.

Council favors keeping Kennedy Drive

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The Kenosha City Council on Monday sent a message to the Parks Commission to keep Kennedy Drive in any future plans for Kennedy Park.

The resolution that was passed Monday gives the Parks Commission the council’s preference when the commission does consider future action on Kennedy Park.

Key financing component approved for Heritage House project

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It’s by no means a done deal, but an offiicial with Gorman & Co. was confident Monday the historic former Elks Club/Heritage House is on track to become a boutique hotel

Ted Matkom, Gorman’s president for Wisconsin development, said First Ring Industrial Redevelopment Enterprise Inc. has agreed to sell $10 million in federal “new market” tax credits to help support the proposed project, potentially providing Gorman with $2.7 million equity in the project.

Expansion allows Shoreland more focus on science, engineering

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SOMERS — A new wing at Shoreland Lutheran High School aims to boost students’ access to science.

Shoreland invested $4.2 million in a 13,800-square-foot addition, which includes two science labs, along with classroom and lab space for the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Academy, a four-year program designed with Project Lead the Way and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Students in the program can earn college credits through MSOE.

Last deliveries for Trevor postmaster

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TREVOR — As Trevor postmaster Paula Smith looks toward her upcoming retirement on Sept. 30, she said there is one thing she will miss the most — the people who have become more than customers.

"Some of them I've known since they were little kids," said the 58-year-old Smith. "They take you in as family almost. You get to know people."

Kenosha man strives to keep Pike River clean

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Jim Zondlak, 50, a Kenosha resident of eight years, has helped organize the Pike River Revival for the past five years. This year’s event is Saturday.

Q. What prompted you to help with the Pike River Revival?

    UW System campuses will issue student voter ID cards

    MADISON (AP) — University of Wisconsin System campuses will issue free voter identification cards to students who request them.

    Regular university IDs from most campuses won’t work at the polls because they don’t comply with a new state law that requires a signature and a proper expiration date. Except for UW-Superior, university-issued ID cards don’t meet the criteria.

    Walker’s allies rush to aid re-election bid

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is in another tight political spot, and his allies are again rushing to the Republican’s rescue, powering his re-election bid and trying to keep alive his presidential prospects.

    On the ballot for a third time in four years, Walker is in a tough race against Democrat Mary Burke, the former Trek Bicycle executive who has proved more formidable than his previous rivals.

    State voter ID opponents seek new hearing

    MADISON (AP) — Civil rights advocates said Tuesday they plan to ask the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling by a three-judge panel that reinstated Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law.

    With seven weeks until Election Day and with absentee ballots already coming in, state and local elections officials were working feverishly to implement the law after Friday’s ruling, which came just hours after oral arguments in the case.

    Agency seeks $738K for officer-involved death probes

    The state Department of Justice is asking Gov. Scott Walker for an additional $738,600 to cover investigating officer-involved deaths.

    The agency submitted its 2015-17 budget request to Walker on Monday.

    Appeals court reinstates Wisconsin’s voter ID law

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a stunningly fast decision, a federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law Friday — just hours after three Republican-appointed judges heard arguments on reactivating the hotly debated law in time for the November election.

    In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said, “The State of Wisconsin may, if it wishes ... enforce the photo ID requirement in this November’s elections.”

    College soccer roundup: Parkside women knock off Rockhurst

    On a roster full of new faces, freshman Bailey Reed was the hero in the nationally ranked UW-Parkside women’s soccer team’s biggest game of the season.

    Reed scored the game-winning goal — her second of the season — to give the 23rd-ranked Rangers a 2-1 win over No. 20 Rockhurst in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match in Kansas City on Friday.

    Hawks punish Park

    RACINE — If there was any question that the Indian Trail football team would have a letdown against Racine Park after two tight, emotional wins over Oak Creek and Tremper the previous two weeks, junior safety Josh Weyand had a strong answer.

    Or in Park’s case, a painful one.

    Wilmot hands Elkhorn its first defeat

    ELKHORN — Already without three starting linemen and two of its top ball carriers, the Wilmot football team’s fortunes took a turn for the worse when two-way lineman Collin Robinson gingerly walked off the field with an ankle injury on Friday night.

    With their sideline resembling a MASH unit and their depth chart put to the ultimate test, the patchwork Panthers were still able to knock off previously unbeaten Elkhorn, 21-7, in a Southern Lakes Conference matchup.

    Tremper toppled in triple overtime

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    Tremper suffered its second consecutive heartbreaking loss on Friday night when visiting Racine Horlick pulled out a 33-27 triple overtime victory at Ameche Field.

    After dropping its first game of the season last week against Southeast Conference leader Indian Trail by four points, the Trojans (3-2 overall, 1-2 in the SEC) were stunned when the Rebels’ Jason Bogan returned an interception 73 yards for the game-winning score in the third overtime period.

    Devils turn one over

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    When the Bradford football team pops in Friday’s game film, it shall be titled: “The One That Got Away.”

    Soccer roundup: Two goals in 10-minute span lift CLS past Racine Lutheran

    Two goals in the first 10 minutes carried host Christian Life to a 6-2 non-conference soccer win over Racine Lutheran on Friday.

    The Eagles’ Matt Minks scored in the eighth minute on a pass from Arthur Ganancio and had an unassisted score in the 10th.

    Lancers can’t find big plays

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    RACINE — It wasn’t that the St. Joseph football didn’t have any explosive plays against Racine St. Catherine’s on Friday night at Horlick Field.

    Badger pulls away from Central

    Host Lake Geneva Badger pulled away from Central with two fourth quarter touchdowns en route to a 34-13 win in a Southern Lakes Conference football game on Friday night.

    Badger, which rolled up 430 rushing yards, got TD runs of 12- and 23-yards in the final eight minutes in improving to 2-3 and 2-1 in the SLC. Central is 1-4 and 1-2.

    The 20 most memorable prep football games of the past 20 years

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    KENOSHA — If someone needs to track me down on a Friday night in the fall, chances are that I’m standing on a sideline or sitting in a press box at a football stadium in southeastern Wisconsin.

    It boggles my mind, but this is my 20th season covering high school football for the Kenosha News.

    Central captures SEC volleyball victory over Tremper

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    KENOSHA — A Southeast Conference showdown on Thursday turned into a five-game slugfest between Central and Tremper. When the dust settled, the Falcons stole a win on the Trojans’ home floor, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14.

    Prep roundup: Shoreland soccer team ties top-ranked Prairie

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    For Shoreland Lutheran boys soccer coach Dan Hahm, this tie was as sweet as a win.

    The Pacers played a terrific match on Wednesday, forging a 1-1 tie with top-ranked Racine Prairie in a Metro Classic Conference thriller at Shoreland. It was more than just a satisfying result for Shoreland (3-7-2 overall, 1-1-1 MCC), which played right with the team ranked first in Division-4 in the latest WSCA state poll.

    College roundup: Reds down UW-Whitewater in volleyball

    The Carthage College women’s volleyball team outlasted UW-Whitewater in four sets in a non-conference match Wednesday night at the Kris Russell Volleyball Arena in Whitewater.

    Carthage won 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20 in improving to 12-1.

    SOCCER: Hoecherl helps Hawks down Devils

    Austin Hoecherl scored two goals and Eric Guadarrama added one goal and one assist as the Indian Trail boys soccer team blanked Bradford, 3-0, in a Southeast Conference game Tuesday night at Jaskwhich Stadium.

    Hoecherl opened the scoring in the 38th minute with an assist from Ricky Medina.

    GIRLS VBALL: Central sweeps Wilmot

    The Central girls volleyball team swept visiting Wilmot 25-10, 25-11, 25-11 in a Southern Lakes Conference Match on Tuesday night.

    “Our energy tonight was what we expect it to be every night,” Central coach Charlie Berg said. “We had a consistent offense, and I was pleased with our play all night.

    COLLEGE: UW-Parkside golf team takes third

    The UW-Parkside men’s golf team shot a final round 302 Tuesday to finish third with a 606 at the two-day, eight-team UW-Parkside Fall Invitational at The Club at Strawberry Creek.

    Lewis (576) won the team title by 24 shots over runner-up Bellarmine (600).

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    Judge David Wilk inaugurated

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    Room 209 in the Kenosha County Courthouse was flooded with well-wishers Wednesday as the bench welcomed its newest judge.

    Census: Poverty up; wages, jobs down

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    Kenosha County residents are still struggling with jobs, low incomes and access to health insurance, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The heat is on in Silver Lake

    SILVER LAKE — Calling Wednesday’s Village Board meeting a bit heated would be more than a bit of an understatement.

    Boater remains missing after daylong search on Silver Lake

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    Crews came up short Wednesday, after a daylong search for an Illinois man who went missing while boating in Silver Lake on Tuesday.

    Walker, Burke remain in dead heat: poll

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    The race for Wisconsin governor couldn’t be any closer with just seven weeks to go.

    Gateway president makes his case in Washington

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    Gateway Technical College president Bryan Albrecht has joined the push to get financial aid for students who attend short-term technical educational programs.

    City’s TIF plan meets with approval

    Final approval has been given to the city’s plans to rescue ailing tax incremental districts by shuffling revenue from better-performing districts.

    Task force to address closing the achievement gap

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    A state task force tackling Wisconsin’s achievement gap plans to release a report on its plan next week.

    Man arrested for brutal attack on woman

    A Kenosha man flagged down an officer claiming he was attacked before being arrested for brutally beating a woman inside an apartment in the 6000 block of 30th Avenue just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

    Homeroom: Tremper student to be guest of state superintendent

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    Tremper High School senior Maximiliano Jacinto was invited to attend State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers’ State of Education address in Madison this month in honor of his being named Evers’ counterpart at Badger Boys State.

    News briefs: Bristol man struck with glass mug

    A 42-year-old Bristol man was unconscious and bleeding heavily after being struck in the face with a glass mug outside a residence in the 17700 block of 91st Place in Bristol just after 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

    Migrating monarchs add beauty to Kenosha

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    If you feel like you are seeing a lot of monarch butterflies in Kenosha County, you’re not alone. This is the peak time for monarch migration in this part of the country.

    Event briefs: Ballroom dancing for kids starts Thursday

    KENOSHA — Ballroom dancing for kids classes begin Thursday at the Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave.

    Council approves Fire Station 5 floor fix

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    Life at Fire Station 5 will soon return to normal, now that the city has approved a construction contract to fix the station’s faltering floor.