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Wed
02
Oct

County settles case with golf course

Oconto and Marinette counties have agreed to purchase six lots adjacent to the landfill they share, after the property owners filed suit against the counties, claiming the smell and look of the landfill hurt their business and deterred sales of the lots to private parties.

The MarOco Landfill, jointly owned by Oconto and Marinette counties, will use $250,000 in reserve funds to purchase the lots from Charles and Colleen DeSmidt, owners of DeSmidt’s Golf Course and Country Club. The lots are located in Fairway Estates and border the landfill on Shaffer Road, Crivitz.

The DeSmidts filed suit in Oconto County Court on July 20, 2011. They claimed the unsightly blowing and exposed trash and offensive odors from the landfill caused a drop in their golf course business and prevented buyers from purchasing lots in their residential subdivision.

Wed
02
Oct

CMH schedules flu shot clinics

Community Memorial Hospital will offer specially priced flu shots during its upcoming flu shot clinics.

The shots will be offered at CMH Primary Care Clinics in Oconto County for $30.

Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred.

The schedule and phone numbers for appointments are as follows:

• Gillett, 920-855-2823, 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 24, and 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

• Lena, 920-829-6400, 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 7, and 3-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

• Mountain, 715-276-1600, 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, and 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

• Oconto, 920-835-1144, 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 3, and 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.

• Oconto Falls, 920-846-8187, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

• Suring, 920-842-1147, 7-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Wed
02
Oct

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Sept. 27

Joshua P. Smet, 24, Gillett, made an initial appearance on repeated charges of being party to a burglary, theft and obstructing an officer. He was arrested Sept. 20 in Gillett. A $2,500 cash bond was set with his appearance to continue Oct. 10.

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Proceedings from Sept. 25

Nicholas M. Lane, 28, Oconto, entered not guilty pleas to charges of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer, obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. He was arrested Aug. 18 in Oconto. He also pleaded not guilty to battery, false imprisonment and strangulation and suffocation and was arrested on these offenses Aug. 16 and 17 in Oconto. His pretrial conference is Oct. 10, and a $1,000 cash bond continues.

Wed
02
Oct

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 1:15 p.m Sept. 20, a pickup truck driven by a man from Princeton was traveling south on Sullivan Spring Road in the town of Lakewood. He stopped his vehicle to allow an oncoming vehicle to pass on the narrow road. The right tire of his truck shifted on the soft shoulder, causing his vehicle to enter a ditch and turn on its side. No injuries were reported.

Daniel Kroll, Pulaski, reported Sept. 28 his cabin on Bonita Road, town of Mountain, had been entered since Sept. 25. Dirty dishes were found in the sink, the bedroom and bathroom had been used, a window in the bedroom was broken and a jacket, shirts and flip flops are missing.

Wed
02
Oct

Oconto Falls Police Department

An Oconto Falls man, 34, was arrested Sept. 10 on Green Bay Avenue for bail jumping and possession of a narcotic drug.

A patio table valued at $30 was reported stolen Sept. 10 from a North Oakland Avenue residence.

An Oconto Falls male, 28, and female, 27, were arrested for domestic-related battery Sept. 15 at a North Farm Road residence.

A disorderly conduct citation was issued to an Oconto Falls High School male student, 16, on Sept. 16. The charge stemmed from the student’s response when asked to remove the shirt he was wearing because school officials said it violated school policy.

The lock on the door to the women’s bathroom at the West Side Beach, 400 N. Flatley Ave., was damaged Sept. 16. The men’s bathroom was vandalized Sept. 18.

Wed
25
Sep

New law enforcement center will be built


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Oconto Mayor Victoria Bostedt, left, pleads with the Law Enforcement/Judiciary Committee not to move ahead with a plan to build a law enforcement center adjacent to the courthouse. The plan would require the condemnation of 14 properties and significantly reduce the tax base of the city. Despite her concerns, the County Board on Thursday voted to move ahead with the project at the city site.


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Rose Stellmacher, forefront, asks a question regarding a proposed law enforcement center for Oconto County at Thursday’s County Board meeting. Stellmacher voted against resolutions seeking support to build and issue bonds for a $25 million law enforcement center.

With a near-unanimous vote, the Oconto County Board decided Thursday to borrow up to $25 million to build a law enforcement center in the heart of Oconto.

The board voted 29-2 in favor of constructing the center on property adjacent to the courthouse, scrapping plans to build in the town of Little River, long considered to be the most desirable site.

With a 28-3 vote, the County Board approved issuing bonds for the project, easily meeting the ¾ approval needed to avoid a voter referendum that many people said would fail.

Rose Stellmacher and Vernon Zoeller cast no votes in response to the first resolution, which sought support for building the center. Terry Brazeau joined them in opposing the resolution for funding.

The last-minute amendment specifying Oconto as the preferred site drew widespread support, despite objections from Oconto Mayor Victoria Bostedt.

“I’m pleading with you. Don’t do this to the city of Oconto,” she said.

Wed
25
Sep

Making the grade


Photo by Josh Thompson

Oconto Falls Elementary students, from left, Anya Baeten, Landon Ahlgrim and Owen Gehm look at picture books Friday in Nick Berg’s kindergarten class. Both the elementary school and the Oconto Falls School District earned ratings of exceeds expectations on report cards issued by the Department of Public Instruction.


Photo by Josh Thompson

Kindergarten teacher Nick Berg helps AJ Hendricks with his journal entry Friday at Oconto Falls Elementary School. For the second year in a row, the elementary school received an exceeds expectations rating on the state’s school report card.

Four of the five school districts in Oconto County met or exceeded expectations of student achievement and engagement for 2012-13, as determined by the Department of Public Instruction.

The report cards give each school and district an accountability score, which places them in one of five categories, from fails to meet expectations to significantly exceeds expectations. This is the first year for district report cards and the second for school report cards.

Districts and schools are evaluated on four areas: student achievement on statewide assessments; student growth; closing gaps for reading, math and graduation; and college and career readiness.

Oconto Falls

Candi Lehto, assistant superintendent of the Oconto Falls School District, said she was ecstatic to see the district’s grade this year.

Wed
25
Sep

Suring housing board meets with potential buyer

Suring officials are turning to a Madison-based company to improve an apartment complex in the village.

The low-income tenants who live at Pioneer Villa apartments, 415 N. Mill St., have complained of a leaky roof, cockroach infestation and overall building deterioration.

The building is owned by the Suring Non-Profit Housing Corporation and managed by Housing Management Services, of Oconto. Managers of the property say they have not been able to secure government funding to fix the problems.

The Suring Non-Profit Housing Corporation Board on Sept. 18 met with representatives of Madison-based Astar Capital Management Inc., who expressed interest in purchasing Pioneer Villa but said they needed more time to gather information. Another meeting is scheduled in October.

Wed
25
Sep

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Sept. 19

Julie S. Mann, 51, Oconto, entered a not guilty plea to, as a convicted felon, possessing a firearm. She was arrested Aug. 28 in Oconto. Her pretrial conference will be held Oct. 10, and a $2,500 cash bond continues.

Brandon Degrand Foley-Fraser, 19, Oconto, was ordered to pay $883 in fines and court costs after he pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested May 11 in Oconto. A charge of manufacturing a controlled substance was dismissed.

Wed
25
Sep

Oconto County Sheriff's Department

At 5:28 a.m. Sept. 14, a car driven by a Suring man was traveling north on White Lake Road, town of Bagley. The vehicle veered onto the gravel shoulder, and the driver overcorrected and lost control. The car entered a ditch and struck a tree. The man was transported to a medical facility for injuries. His vehicle was extensively damaged.

At 6:40 p.m. Sept. 9, a Little Suamico man suffered injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle on West Frontier Road in the town of Abrams. He was traveling faster than the posted speed limit and was ejected from the cycle.

At 3:40 a.m. Sept. 12, a pickup truck driven by Little Suamico man went out of control on County Road J south of Geano Beach Road, town of Little Suamico, entered a ditch and crashed into several trees. The man was transported to a medical facility.

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