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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.

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.

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.”

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.

A Life Remembered: Parkside professor loved teaching, learning about history

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Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.

In many ways, Oliver Hayward’s life reads like a Russian novel. Even more aptly perhaps, several volumes of Russian history.

Snapshot: Boat captain goes all out for Venetian Night parade

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Duane O'Keefe promised to go bigger and better after wining last year's Venetian Night Parade of Lights with his boat commemorating the New York City fire department.

This year, the theme was "Drift into Space," and he transformed his boat into a space shuttle, adding 12-foot wings to each side. The result? He took first place again in the parade, which took place Saturday night.

Donors give blood in memory of robbery victim

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Robbie Wilde believed in helping people in any way he could, and none the more precious was donating that which could save others’ lives.

On Sunday, about 30 people participated in the second annual Robbie Wilde Memorial Blood Drive held at Shirl’s Custard 7943 Sheridan Road.

Thundering finale

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RANDALL — The four-day Country Thunder music festival rolled out of town Sunday, and those involved said it was probably the biggest year ever.

The festival attracted more than 30,000 people throughout the weekend to see big-name acts such as Gary Allan, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean.

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on second home in Kenosha

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Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its second home in Kenosha Saturday to help single mom Lisa Lavine and her children Jennifer, 13, and Richie, 9.

Lavine said as a first-time homeowner the move will bring her stability.

Kenosha welcomes home its cars

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All roads lead to home, and for the Nash, AMC, Jeep, Renault and Chrysler cars, home is Kenosha, where scores of models and makes were produced on the assembly line.

Every three years the Kenosha History Center puts out the call for its Kenosha Homecoming Car Show and Swap Meet, and aficionados of those Kenosha-made cars can’t resist.

Camping is part of the Country Thunder experience

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RANDALL — Empty beer cans — and other remnants of the previous night — littered the ground Saturday in the campgrounds at the 2014 Country Thunder music festival.

The stench of hot beer lingered in the air as campers popped open more beer to start the day.

Will Kenosha County ever reach bike-friendly status?

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Ralph Ruffolo, owner of Southport Rigging/The Bicycle Shop, was instrumental in bringing Steve Clark of the League of American Bicyclists here in June to help local communities assess strengths and weaknesses as they consider applying for the league’s “Bicycle Friendly Community” status.

“I brought it up as an opportunity, and everybody jumped on it,” Ruffolo said. “What we’re seeing (in his store) are people over 50, baby boomers, coming in and buying the first bike they’ve had since they were in college. Right now, we’re talking about less than 1 percent of people in (American) cities riding bikes. Trek (who is underwriting the Bicycle Friendly Community program) wants to get 3 percent.”

Kenosha Unified approves updated dress code

Sleeveless shirts, pants with holes and leggings will be welcome in Kenosha Unified School District classrooms next school year — at least with a few caveats.

The School Board approved updates to the student dress code Tuesday, the new policy coming after months of committee meetings. The update, which was pushed by member Kyle Flood, sets out guidelines for what students can wear in school, but takes into account changes in fashion.

Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department video shows high-speed chase

A dramatic video posted on the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page gives the deputy’s view of a high-speed chase on Interstate 94 Tuesday afternoon.

Kenosha Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Croeker said they were told shortly after noon to look out for a red or maroon Pontiac Grand Prix. Someone in the car was wanted by Milwaukee police for sexual assault while armed and for fleeing police.

Country Thunder rolling into Kenosha County

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RANDALL — Thirty-five thousand feet of fencing, 1,200 portable toilets, 3,000 sets of chairs and tables and 200 cases of toilet paper being transported to the Kenosha County festival grounds can only mean one thing: Country Thunder is about to begin.

The annual country music festival kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday with big acts such as Gary Allan, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean.

    Walker says he would back anti-outsourcing rules

    WAUWATOSA (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he would support efforts to ensure that tax credits and other economic development incentives do not go to companies that outsource jobs.

    Walker has made outsourcing an issue in the governor’s race by criticizing Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke for profiting from outsourcing done by her family’s company, Trek Bicycle Corp. But the Republican governor has received campaign donations from multiple companies that outsourced jobs, according to campaign finance reports.

    Poll: State mediocre at rehabilitating prisoners

    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s criminal justice system is doing an average job, at best, at rehabilitating prisoners, according to most voters who responded to a recent Marquette University Law School poll.

    The poll released last week asked 804 registered Wisconsin voters to rate how they think the system is doing at turning inmates into contributing members of society. A little more than 41 percent said the system was doing a fair job and 31 percent said the state was doing a poor job. Almost 18 percent said it was doing a good job and 3.6 percent said it was doing an excellent job.

    Ozanne finds spending records

    MADISON (AP) — Attorney general hopeful Ismael Ozanne failed to supply a reason for spending $33,000 in campaign cash on finance reports he filed with state elections officials earlier this week.

    But Ozanne campaign adviser Stan Davis sent The Associated Press updated records late Thursday afternoon with explanations for most of the spending, saying he spent the entire day trying to piece them together.

    Walker, Burke in dead heat: poll

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s new campaign strategy attacking Democratic challenger Mary Burke for outsourcing in her family business doesn’t appear to have moved many voters yet, according to a poll released Wednesday.

    The Marquette University Law School poll showed the race to be a dead heat between the Republican governor and Burke, whose family owns Trek Bicycles. Although Burke has gained some ground among coveted independent voters, the overall numbers were virtually unchanged from May.

    Attorney general candidates tout experience at forum

    MADISON (AP) — The three Democratic candidates for attorney general agreed on most political issues during a public forum Tuesday, so they sought to differentiate themselves by touting their experience and ability to win the November general election.

    The candidates include two district attorneys — Susan Happ in Jefferson County and Ismael Ozanne in Dane County — and one state lawmaker, Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee. They’ll meet in an Aug. 12 primary, and the winner will take on Republican Brad Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney.

    Board rejects request to allow cameras at polling stations

    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s election board rejected the request of Republican lawmakers on Monday and decided to keep in place a ban on using cameras at polling stations after the NAACP and others raised concerns about voter intimidation.

    The Government Accountability Board, on a 4-2 vote, went along with other changes affecting election observers — including requiring them to show photo identification at the polls — and sent the proposed rule to the Legislature.

    UWP hires Wachholz to coach softball

    UW-Parkside went to the junior college ranks to find its new softball coach.

    Scott Wachholz, fresh off a successful season as the head coach at Williston State College in North Dakota, was tabbed as the fifth coach in UWP’s 39-year history, the school announced on Monday.

    Kingfish back on track

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    One day after seeing their six-game winning streak come to an end, the Kenosha Kingfish returned home and returned to their winning ways with an 8-4 victory over the La Crosse Loggers before a crowd of 2,303 on Monday night at Simmons Field.

    The Kingfish improved to 16-9 in the second half and remained tied with the Wisconsin Woodchucks for second place in the Northwoods League standings. The first-half champion Lakeshore Chinooks retained their five-game advantage by improving to 20-3.

    GOLF: Young leads local group at State Open Qualifier

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    Kenosha’s Jamie Young won low honors out of 49 players in a Wisconsin State Open Qualifier on Monday at the Racine Country Club.

    Young fired a 2-over par 73 (35-38) to claim a one-stroke victory over six players.

    BRIEFS: Johnson scores 46 for Australian team

    Former Christian Life basketball standout Grant Johnson wrapped up the regular season on a high note for the Sherbrooke Suns in the Australian Big V League on Saturday.

    The 6-foot-5 Johnson poured in a season high 46 points on 19-of-30 shooting in a 105-100 victory over the Bulleen Boomers at East Doncaster Secondary College. Johnson, who also grabbed seven rebounds, was 8-of-12 from 3-point range.

    Clark and Umscheid compete for Team USA

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    Travis Clark and Mike Umscheid have celebrated countless victories as teammates over the years in a variety of sports.

    Saturday may have been the topper.

    Kingfish win streak reaches six

    Make that six in a row for the Kenosha Kingfish.

    Burlington Catholic Central product Rex Morrow delivered 61/3 strong innings and the Kingfish bats came to life with four runs in the top of the eighth to win their sixth straight, 4-2, Saturday in a Northwoods League game over the Kalamazoo Growlers at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Mich.

    Kings split a doubleheader with Eau Claire

    KENOSHA — The Kenosha Kings pounded out 18 hits in the nightcap Saturday to salvage a doubleheader split against the Eau Claire Cavaliers in Wisconsin State League action at Simmons Field.

    The Kings won the second game 13-5 after dropping the opener 6-0. Kenosha (29-13, 14-9 WSL) scored seven runs in the second inning of Game 2, capped by Jason Dennis’ three-run home run to left-center field.

    All-County Baseball Team is unveiled

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    KENOSHA — The Wilmot and Indian Trail baseball teams rolled to championships in their respective conferences by comfortable three-game margins.

    They then squared off in a memorable WIAA Division-1 sectional final played in a steady rain at Carthage’s Augie Schmidt Field. One week later, the victorious Panthers saw their season come to an end in the semifinals of the State Tournament at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

    All-County baseball second team a strong unit

    How talented is the ninth annual Kenosha News All-County Baseball Team?

    Eight of the 10 players on the second team received first-team honors on their respective all-conference teams and are certainly worthy of being named first-team All-County.

    Big fifth inning gets Kingfish past Rafters

    KENOSHA — Fives were wild for the Kenosha Kingfish on Friday night.

    The Kingfish scored five runs in the fifth inning to record their fifth consecutive victory 5-3 over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in Northwoods League action before a crowd of 2,369 at Simmons Field.

    Egnarski finishes 47th in State Am golf

    Tyler Egnarski, a University of Wisconsin-Parkside sophomore-to-be, finished tied for 47th at 27-over-par 307 in the 113th State Amateur Championship at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon.

    Egnarski matched his third-round score with a final-round 8-over 78 Thursday on the par-70 course. He shot rounds of 74, 77, 78 and 78 and joined four others with the 307 total.

    Pro basketball in Bradford grad Young’s future, but where?

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    KENOSHA — She doesn’t know where yet, but Katie Young will be playing professional basketball.

    The former Bradford standout and recent Marquette University graduate is weighing her options, all of which for the moment include exactly what she wants: getting paid to play basketball.

    Kingfish shut out Rafters, 2-0

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    KENOSHA — After scoring a total of 41 runs last weekend while winning their final three games before the Northwoods League All-Star break, the Kenosha Kingfish returned to action Thursday night and their pitchers stole the show in a 2-0 victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters before 2,420 fans at Simmons Field.

    Kingfish ace and Hawaii Pacific University junior-to-be Rico Garcia allowed five hits and struck out five while tossing six shutout innings to improve to 4-2 and lower his ERA to 2.18.

    Local baseball: Kings top seed in Langsdorf playoffs

    The Kenosha Kings lost their game Thursday night but managed to get a much bigger-picture victory.

    The Kings dropped a 6-2 Langsdorf League game to the West Allis Nationals at McCarty Park but still secured the No. 1 seed for the Langsdorf playoffs. As the top seed, Kenosha (28-12 overall, 15-5 Langsdorf) is assured a spot in the best-of-3 championship series, which will be played on Aug. 5, 6 and 9.

    Egnarski in 45th place in State Am golf

    University of Wisconsin-Parkside sophomore-to-be Tyler Egnarski is tied for 45th entering Thursday’s final round of the 113th State Amateur Championship at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon

    Egnarski, a 20-year-old from Watertown, carded a 78 on the par-70 track in Wednesday’s third round. He’s tied with four others at 19-over 229. Egnarski shot a 74 in the first round and a 77 in the second to be the only one of nine golfers with Kenosha County connections to make the cut.





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    Will Kenosha County ever reach bike-friendly status?

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    Ralph Ruffolo, owner of Southport Rigging/The Bicycle Shop, was instrumental in bringing Steve Clark of the League of American Bicyclists here in June to help local communities assess strengths and weaknesses as they consider applying for the league’s “Bicycle Friendly Community” status.

    Camping is part of the Country Thunder experience

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    RANDALL — Empty beer cans — and other remnants of the previous night — littered the ground Saturday in the campgrounds at the 2014 Country Thunder music festival.

    Parks plan echoes desires of public

    The redesign of Kennedy and Pennoyer parks would include a new trail that would allow pedestrians and bicyclists to remain on a lakeside trail without crossings roads from Eichelman Park to Carthage College.

    Kenosha welcomes home its cars

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    All roads lead to home, and for the Nash, AMC, Jeep, Renault and Chrysler cars, home is Kenosha, where scores of models and makes were produced on the assembly line.

    Four escape injury when train hits car

    Four young people escaped from a car before it was destroyed by a train Friday night in Trevor.

    Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on second home in Kenosha

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    Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its second home in Kenosha Saturday to help single mom Lisa Lavine and her children Jennifer, 13, and Richie, 9.

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    SALEM — The Anime Club meets 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Community Library, 24615 89th St., Salem.

    Walker begins statewide Harley tour at Uke’s

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    Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his two-day “Governor’s Ride” across Wisconsin this morning at Uke’s Harley-Davidson in Kenosha.