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Wed
15
Jan

Court to hear case regarding drainage district

A hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Oconto County Courthouse on several lawsuits filed against the Oconto County Drainage Board concerning the operation of the Lena/Stiles Drainage District.

Lawsuits have been filed by Paul M. Murphy; the John J. Murphy Revocable Trust, by Rosalie A. Murphy, trustee; and the Jerome P. Murphy Revocable Trust, by Rosalie A. Murphy, trustee.

The focus of the lawsuits concerns the board’s denial of petitions to restore, repair and maintain the district drainage ditches.

According to a press release from the board, these petitions were denied for a number of reasons, including that the district specifications are invalid since they were not submitted to a proper public hearing.

The board also said in the press release that the repair and maintenance being sought by the Murphys is cost prohibitive.

Wed
15
Jan

73 county workers challenge new pay scale

The appeal process hits full swing this week for 73 county employees—triple the number anticipated—who are dissatisfied with a pay scale adopted by the County Board in November.

At the time of the plan’s adoption, Administrative Coordinator Kevin Hamann estimated about 10 percent of the 250 employees affected by the plan, which took effect with the Dec. 29 pay period, were likely to appeal.

Under the plan, compensation increased from 0 to 8 percent. No employees had their wages cut; the few determined to be overcompensated had their pay frozen.

The first round of appeals is scheduled to be discussed Friday and Monday between department heads and representatives of Carlson-Dettmann Consulting. The Madison-based consultants performed an employee classification/compensation study for a fee of $55,000 and recommended the pay scale approved by supervisors.

Wed
15
Jan

Ballots due Friday for FSA committee elections

Farmers and other agricultural producers in Oconto and Marinette counties are encouraged to vote in FSA county committee elections by Friday, Jan. 17.

“FSA county committees provide producers with the opportunity to help implement federal farm programs in their communities,” said Nancy Swenty, director of USDA’s Oconto-Marinette County Farm Service Agency. “It is important that all farmers and ranchers, especially women and minorities, participate in the election process to ensure the opinions expressed in committee meetings reflect an area’s agricultural needs and concerns.”

Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by the close of business on Jan. 17. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Feb. 18.

Wed
15
Jan

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Jan. 9

A preliminary hearing will be held Jan. 28 for Keith A. Manecke, 51, Gillett. He is accused of strangulation and suffocation, battery and disorderly conduct, which allegedly took place Dec. 20 in the town of Underhill. A $500 cash bond was posted.

A pretrial conference will take place Feb. 13 for Dennis P. Arendt, 18, Oconto. He was arrested for second degree sexual assault of a child, which allegedly occurred between Oct. 15 and Nov. 20 in Oconto. His $20,000 cash bond continues.

A preliminary hearing will be held Feb. 14 for Sherry L. Humblet, 43, Lena, who faces a charge of theft of movable property, which allegedly took place between March 1 and Oct. 13 in Oconto. She allegedly took lottery tickets without paying for them from Oconto Mobil Mart, where she was employed. A $1,000 signature bond continues.

Wed
15
Jan

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 9:35 p.m. Jan. 11, an Oconto Falls woman lost control of her car while driving north on Fireside Road north of South Porcupine Road in the town of Lena. Her vehicle skidded on the icy road, entered a ditch and struck a tree. The vehicle sustained severe damage. She was not injured.

At 6:45 a.m. Jan. 10, a woman from Coleman sustained minor injuries after the car she was driving south on U.S. 141 north of Goatsville Road in the town of Lena entered the median and overturned. She sought her own treatment.

At 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10, a pickup truck driven by a man from Menominee, Mich., left state Highway 64 west of Ucil Lake Road in the town of Bagley and entered a ditch. Moderate damage was reported to his vehicle.

At 4:35 p.m. Jan. 3, a pickup truck driven by a woman from Suring went out of control while traveling south on Peshtigo Brook Road in the town of Breed. The vehicle entered a ditch and struck and broke off a power pole. No injuries were reported.

Wed
08
Jan

Dorothy M. Bubb

Dorothy M. Bubb, 90, Oconto Falls, died Saturday evening, Jan. 4, 2014, at the Woodlands of Gillett. She was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Oconto Falls to Albert and Hattie (Sell) Montie and grew up in the area.

On Dec. 14, 1940, she married Jerome Bubb in Marinette. Dorothy lived for most of her life in rural Oconto Falls where she enjoyed tending her large flower and vegetable gardens. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Survivors are two children, Betsy Kroening, Gillett, and Jerome (Joyce) Bubb Jr., Suring; 11 grandchildren, many great- and great-great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Peter Winkler, La Crosse.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome, in 1998; a daughter, Joan Winkler; infant daughter, Diane Lee; two grandchildren; two sisters, Adeline Coopman and Verna Ratz; and two brothers, Carl and George Montie.

Wed
08
Jan

Incumbents decide to leave Gillett council


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Gary Langer, senior vice president of Wausaukee Composites, tells members of the Gillett City Council about updates to the Gillett facility. At left are alderpersons Tod Anderson, Nanette Mohr and Rick Raatz, whose terms expire in April. Anderson and Raatz will not run for another term.

Two Gillett aldermen say they will not run for re-election because they are unhappy with the workings of the City Council.

Rick Raatz, Ward 1, and Tod Anderson, Ward 2, submitted noncandidacy forms in December. Anderson served on the council from 2006-2008, lost the election in 2008 and returned in 2010. Raatz joined the council in 2010. They will complete their terms in April.

Their departure follows the resignation of alderman Greg Rudie one year ago. Rudie said he was troubled by the lack of trust that developed when Mayor Irene Drake took office in 2012, saying it hindered progress within the council and city.

Anderson said he felt ineffective in office and was inhibited by the action of other council members.

“It’s becoming too strenuous, too frustrating, too stressful to try to keep up with what needs to be done and is not being done,” he said.

Wed
08
Jan

Lena pursues project to curb radium in drinking water

The village of Lena is seeking state approval to spend $3.74 million to install equipment that would reduce radium levels in drinking water to accepted standards.

Radium levels in one of the village’s two wells have increased during the past four years. The average of samples drawn last year exceeded maximum contamination levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to documents filed with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Friday.

The village has closed Well No. 1 located on the village’s east side and has used Well No. 2 on the west end.

The village has been under a Department of Natural Resources consent order since June 2013 in which it agreed to design and submit plans for a treatment system and begin construction by July 2015.

The timetable should be easily met, said Sarah Nunn, an engineer with Ayers Associates.

Wed
08
Jan

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Jan. 2

Keith A. Manecke, 51, Gillett, made an initial appearance on charges of strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse and disorderly conduct. He was arrested Dec. 30 in the town of Underhill. His appearance is continued to Jan. 9, and a $500 cash bond was set.

Wed
08
Jan

Orthopedic surgeon joins CMH

Board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gregory Peyer, of Prevea Regional Orthopedic Center, is now seeing patients at Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. Peyer specializes in comprehensive orthopedic care, total shoulder replacement and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

“Dr. Peyer brings over 30 years of comprehensive orthopedic experience to our organization and is a welcome addition to our medical staff,” said David Lally, CMH business development manager.

Peyer received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, where he also completed his residency. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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