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Faith groups push for prison reform in state

It’s been a busy summer of social justice education for Kenosha’s Congregations United to Serve Humanity as part of WISDOM, the statewide grass-roots organization of 11 interfaith coalitions.

WISDOM’s Reform Now campaign advocates for reform of the state prison system and reducing the state’s prison population. The group launched its 11x15 Campaign for Justice in 2012 with the goal of reducing Wisconsin’s prison population of 22,000 by half to 11,000 by 2015.

Snapshot: Crossing guard enjoys helping kids


Robert Ketchum is a school crossing guard at a Kenosha Unified school.

Q. Robert, how long have you been a crossing guard?

Music festival benefits suicide prevention


NEW MUNSTER — Beyond the music, the kids games, the magic show and the food, the real success of the fifth annual Labor of Love Music Festival put on Sunday by Just Live Inc. was demonstrated by a woman who shared what the organization had done for her.

Having dealt with depression and mental illness since she was 12, the now 34-year-old woman had been hospitalized twice and had considered suicide.

Classic cars aid wounded soldiers


Simmons Island was a destination for car enthusiasts on Sunday, but it was also one that served to raise awareness and funds to help wounded military veterans.

Amid the more than 400 classic cars dating back to 1901 were a number of military vehicles and military displays of paraphernalia from personal collections at the 12th annual event organized by the 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc.’s Southern Wisconsin All Airborne Chapter.

‘I would loved to be healed of this’


“I believe in God and happy endings in heaven, but I would love to be healed of this,” the Rev. Benjamin Reese said Friday.

Responding by email, Reese was referring to his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the degenerative, ultimately terminal disease that began robbing him of his speaking abilities last year. Most recently, it took away his ability to swallow.

Threatening weather can’t stop school supplies giveaway


Sprinkles that gave way to big raindrops couldn’t dampen the Wolfpack Motorcycle Club’s book bag giveaway Saturday.

“This is for the children,” Steven “Bootlegg” Chalmers, president of the club, told those gathered for the event at Ken’s Smooth Cutz Barber Shop, 5003 30th Ave. “No one out here is better than our children, for they are our future.”

More than 700 cars fill downtown streets


Despite the threat of rain, the Kenosha Classic Cruise-in drew 748 cars from five states and thousands of people to downtown Kenosha Saturday.

That’s more than was expected, Tony Pontillo of Midwest Street Machine Association reported at the end of day, but didn’t top last year’s 820.

Cheese-a-Palooza a hit in its first year


It was an eleventh-hour decision. Deanna Smith hadn't planned to enter a cooking contest. She just wanted to enjoy the sunny day along the harbor.

But after some encouragement from friends, she entered and won the macaroni and cheese cook-off at Saturday’s Cheese-a-Palooza with “Twisted Paddy,” a slight tweak of a recipe her mother created years ago.

Fox River group seeks move into Kenosha County


A group dedicated to stewardship of the Fox River is hoping to extend its jurisdiction into Kenosha County.

The Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission is approaching communities from Waterford in Racine County to the Illinois state line in hopes of expanding its efforts to protect and improve the river.

Poll shows statewide support for Kenosha casino


Support for the Kenosha casino proposal outweighs opposition among voters statewide, according to a new poll conducted by the Marquette University Law School.

The poll released Wednesday shows 49 percent of voters support the casino while 35 percent oppose it.

Menominee vow to cover other tribes’ losses


The Menominee Nation has pledged to cover revenue losses by competing casinos if their losses can be attributed to the emergence of a Kenosha casino run by the Menominee, the tribe reiterated Wednesday.

Despite this, the Forest County Potawatomi tribe has withheld its annual gaming dues payment to the state out of fear that a Kenosha casino would significantly affect the tribe’s Milwaukee casino.

Authorities to enforce school zone, bus laws when school starts Tuesday


Local law enforcement officials are reminding drivers to use caution and observe traffic laws in around crosswalks and buses when school starts Tuesday.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said authorities will be strict in their enforcement, ticketing drivers who aren’t following the rules of the road in school zones.

Kenosha Unified deploys $1.5 million security upgrade


When Kenosha Unified School District students hit the books this year, they'll be under the watchful eye of new cameras and a $1.5 million security upgrade.

The district is upgrading its 600 existing cameras, some black and white, and adding 800 more, some with technology so clear viewers will be able to identify license plates in parking lots at its 42 schools. Classrooms will also come equipped with phones.

$20,000 in equipment stolen from Amazon site


Burglars made off with $20,000 in construction equipment stolen from the construction site this weekend, according to police.

Between Sunday night and Monday morning, an unknown number of suspects went to the site near Highway S and Interstate 94 and made away with a welder, a generator, a pipe cutting machine, a fan and other tools.

Local legislators press Walker on casino decision


Local legislators have accused Gov. Scott Walker of putting politics ahead of jobs and economic development by delaying a decision on the Kenosha casino proposal.

With the clock ticking on the February deadline to either approve or deny the Menominee Nation’s proposal to build a $800 million gaming complex in Kenosha, Walker has remained steadfast in saying he will not weigh in until an independent study on gaming is brought to him.

    Wisconsin apple growers say crop looking good

    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin apple growers had an unusually heavy harvest last year, which they feared might lead to lower output this year. But the trees seem to have caught up enough that this year’s crop should be good or even above average.

    The state produced 41.7 million pounds of apples last year. That was an 18 percent increase from the 2012 growing season, which had been hampered when an early thaw was followed by frost and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Potawatomi at risk of losing games

    MADISON — The Forest County Potawatomi could lose about 2,000 electronic slot machines at its Milwaukee casino if it continues withholding its $25 million annual payment to the state, an attorney for Gov. Scott Walker’s administration said.

    The tribe is trying to convince Walker to nix the Menominee Nation’s plans for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha. The Potawatomi fear the new facility would cut into their Milwaukee profits.

    Walker focuses on economy as race remains tight

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker this week launched a pair of television advertisements defending his record on the economy and directly addressing his promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs, while a third poll in four months showed the race to be a dead heat.

    Walker’s record on the economy, and whether his Democratic opponent Mary Burke would do any better, is one of the central issues in the race that a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed to be essentially tied. Polls in May and July showed similar results.

    Judges chide lawyers over gay marriage bans

    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

    As the legal skirmish in the United States over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, more than 200 people lined up hours before to ensure they got a seat at the much-anticipated hearing.

    Couples lead rallies in support of gay marriage

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Supporters blew bubbles and held up signs in support of gay marriage Monday as same-sex couples boarded a bus for Chicago to listen to oral arguments before a federal appeals court.

    The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments for Tuesday in the state’s appeal of a federal judge’s June decision overturning Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage. The appeals court has combined Wisconsin’s case with three from Indiana.

    Gender matters as Burke, Happ top state Democratic ticket

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democrat Mary Burke is the first woman to win a major party nomination for Wisconsin governor, but you wouldn’t know that from her campaign, in which she rarely strays from her main message: job creation.

    Susan Happ, who is running for the second-most powerful statewide office in Wisconsin, has taken a much different approach. She’s as likely to talk about women’s access to health care as conviction rates as she vies for attorney general, a position she considers an advocate for citizens as well as the state’s top cop.

    Monday Morning Quarterback


    A poised Jake Anderson looked the part of an experienced varsity quarterback for Shoreland Lutheran on Friday in a 47-10 non-conference win over visiting Christian Life.

    The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior completed nine of 13 passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns to help the Pacers win their first game of the season.

    Carthage women win golf tournament

    The Carthage women’s golf team opened its season by winning the 13-team “Tournament on the Border” on Saturday at Bristol Oaks Country Club.

    The Reds finished the 36-hole tournament at 64-over par 640 (321-319), 11 shots ahead of runner-up UW-Whitewater (322-329), who they led by one shot after Friday’s first round.

    Bradford’s Seymour wins fourth Dog Days of August Run


    KENOSHA — Scott Seymour made it 4-for-4.

    The Bradford senior kicked off the cross country season by winning his fourth straight title in the 40th annual Dog Days of August Run on Saturday morning at Lincoln Park.

    Tremper finishes off victory over Antioch

    ANTIOCH, Ill. — When Tremper returned on Saturday night to finish a non-conference game at Antioch, Ill., that had been postponed Friday night because of lightning, the Trojans found the atmosphere quite different.

    Gone was the big crowd, along with some of the intensity when the game resumed with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter and Tremper trailing 12-7.

    Shoreland wins big over Christian Life


    SOMERS — A bigger, faster and stronger Shoreland Lutheran football team had something to prove in its home opener against Christian Life on Friday night.

    The Pacers wanted to show their fans that this team is much different from the squads Shoreland fielded the past two seasons.

    Turnover-prone Wilmot falls to Oak Creek

    WILMOT — There are some games where you can point to a myriad of factors that create the outcome.

    This wasn’t one of them.

    Red Devils rally, but fall to Brookfield Central


    KENOSHA — Understandably salty after suffering its second defeat in as many weeks against a quality opponent, the Bradford football team should be able to take solace in one thing: The film from Friday night’s 35-28 loss to Brookfield Central will show plenty of positives.

    COLLEGE: Carthage golf in the lead at tournament

    The Carthage College women’s golf team shot a 321 Friday at Bristol Oaks Country Club to take a one-shot lead over second-place UW-Whitewater at the 13-team Carthage Tournament on the Border.

    Carthage junior McKenzie Parks fired a school-record round of 1-under 71. She holds a five-shot lead over St. Xavier’s Taylor Thompson (76, second place) heading into today’s final round.

    PREPS: Central, Tremper v-ball advance to top 12 at Joust

    The Central girls volleyball team finished 2-1 at the St. Thomas More Joust at Mequon Homestead on Friday.

    After beating Brookfield Central and Wisconsin Lutheran, the Falcons lost to Neenah.

    FOOTBALL: Broncos run past Lancers

    T.J. Cadd rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns as Union Grove defeated host St. Joseph 28-7 Friday night at Ameche Field.

    Marshawn Bell had a 19-yard touchdown run for the Lancers, who dropped to 0-2.

    Kennedy returns to Kenosha


    KENOSHA — When Jed Kennedy was the football coach and athletic director at Bradford, he helped arrange a three-year contract with Brookfield Central for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

    Little did he know that he would be wearing royal blue and silver during the second year of the deal.

    A local college soccer primer

    The Kenosha County college soccer season starts Friday with the Carthage men’s and women’s teams opening their seasons.

    Here’s a look at Kenosha’s teams:

    Prep soccer roundup: CLS handles Union Grove

    Ethan Bolderson scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Christian Life soccer team to a 3-2 non-conference victory over visiting Union Grove on Thursday.

    CLS (4-2 overall) tied it at 1-1 in the 35th minute when Matt Mink one-touched a cross from Bolderson.

    Seasoned Hawks sweep


    WILMOT — Experience won the day — and the match — as the Indian Trail girls volleyball team swept Wilmot 25-15, 25-11 and 25-12 in the opener for both schools on Thursday.

    Prep roundup: Central runners off to a fast start

    Jacob Hebior, Shane McNealy and Melissa Capra all had top-five finishes in their respective races to lead the Central cross country program in the Menomonee Falls Grade Level Challenge on Thursday afternoon at Rotary Park.

    “Great first race for us as both teams ran faster than we did a year ago on the same course,” Central coach Keith Olsen said. “We show signs of having some very strong front running potential with quite a bit of depth to complement it.

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    Cheese-a-Palooza a hit in its first year


    It was an eleventh-hour decision. Deanna Smith hadn't planned to enter a cooking contest. She just wanted to enjoy the sunny day along the harbor.

    High-tech hide and seek


    You’re never too old to search for hidden treasure. And the real-world hunt is happening all around you.

    News briefs: Women nabbed for shoplifting spree

    Two women were arrested for shoplifting nearly $400 worth of clothes and shoes from Kohl’s, 7200 Green Bay Road, shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.

    More than 700 cars fill downtown streets


    Despite the threat of rain, the Kenosha Classic Cruise-in drew 748 cars from five states and thousands of people to downtown Kenosha Saturday.

    Threatening weather can’t stop school supplies giveaway


    Sprinkles that gave way to big raindrops couldn’t dampen the Wolfpack Motorcycle Club’s book bag giveaway Saturday.

    Event briefs: Unified retirees invited to gathering

    KENOSHA — All retired Kenosha Unified School District teachers, administrators and staff are invited to a gathering Wednesday.

    Apple crop appears strong despite harsh winter


    The Kenosha County apple crop may not be able to compare to last year's record-setting harvest. But it is still a bushel and a peck above average, local growers report.

    ‘I would loved to be healed of this’


    “I believe in God and happy endings in heaven, but I would love to be healed of this,” the Rev. Benjamin Reese said Friday.