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Tue
20
Jun

First link of walking trail funded

The Oconto Falls School District and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital are collaborating to build the first 1,145 feet of what could eventually be a walking trail looping around the school campus and hospital.

The school board on June 12 approved using $17,260 from the district’s Fund 80 budget for 2016-17 for an asphalt trail that would begin at the corner of Columbia Street and Farm Road and loop around the St. Clare Fields diamonds, ending at the north driveway to the high school on County Road I.

Duame Sand & Gravel provided an estimate that an 11-foot-wide, 9-inch-deep gravel walkway could be built for about $32,260, Activities Director Jerry Moynihan told the board.

“For an additional $18,000 roughly, we can get that to be 8-foot asphalt the whole way,” Moynihan said.

Tue
20
Jun

Sunset concerts return for a 2nd summer

The Sunset Music by the River series resumes Friday for a second summer of monthly concerts at the East Side Beach on North Main Street in Oconto Falls.

The events, sponsored by the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, are free to the public from 6-9 p.m. the fourth Friday in June, July and August. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, purchase food and beverages from local vendors on the grounds, and enjoy live music from popular area bands as the sun goes down.

The first installment of the series kicks off with a performance from The Cougars, an energetic rock band with powerful harmonies primarily composed of three female lead vocalists.

Here is what Anna Snyder, one of their singers, says about it.

Q: What was your experience playing The Sunset Music By the River last year?

Tue
20
Jun

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

June 15

Deputies logged 51 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Antiques were taken from outside a home on Crawford Road, Oconto.

Property Damage — Authorities responded to a report that someone shot at a truck with a pellet gun along County Road H, Gillett.

Theft — A check was stolen from a residence on Tar Dam Road, Mountain.

Criminal Damage — Authorities investigated damage to a yard on County Road R, Suring, Sunday.

June 14

Deputies logged 57 incidents, including the following:

Fire — Authorities responded to report of smoke coming from a green van at South Chase and Cross roads, Sobieski.

Tue
20
Jun

Oconto County Circuit Court

June 15

During a preliminary hearing, Chris L. Lincks, 57, Mountain, was bound over for trial on two counts of felony bail jumping and two counts each of disorderly conduct and violating a harassment restraining order, both misdemeanors, in connection with incidents that occurred May 12 and May 14. A bail hearing and arraignment were scheduled for June 28.

June 9

A bench warrant was issued for Jim K. Xiong, 26, Schofield, who failed to appear for a status conference the day before. Xiong is charged with felony bail jumping and possession with intent to deliver THC.

June 8

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Jenna R. Garrigan, 28, Oconto Falls, after she stood mute during her arraignment on charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and aggravated battery in connection with an April 17 incident. A pretrial conference was scheduled for June 21, and a $25,000 cash bond remains in effect.

Wed
14
Jun

Fire destroys Legends Bar in Suring


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

The Suring Fire Department was on the scene at Legends Bar & Grill for more than nine hours Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Legends Bar & Grill, a century-old landmark in downtown Suring, burned to the ground Monday night.

The Suring Fire Department was called around 10 p.m. after neighbors spotted flames coming from the bar and restaurant at 703 Main St., which had closed early because of the power outage that has affected the village since Sunday.

“When we got on scene, we had flames coming out of the bar room and west side in the corner,” assistant chief Les Steffeck said. “By that time the fire had gone up the stairway there, and then it got up into the walls and the attic.”

The ladder truck from the city of Gillett was called in, and tankers from the towns of Brazeau, Gillett and Underhill were called to truck water from the Oconto River about a half-mile away.

“As we were working on it, then it started to cave in, so we got a backhoe in to take care of that,” Steffeck said.

Wed
14
Jun

Thousands without power following Monday storms


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

This tree snapped at Mill and East Brook streets in Suring, dragging down the power line as it fell and causing one of the nearly 800 outages that crews were trying to repair Tuesday morning.

Severe thunderstorms that swept through northern Oconto County on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening left thousands of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. customers in the dark.

Crews working around the clock had restored power to 96,000 customers across northern Wisconsin between noon Sunday and Tuesday morning, including more than 5,000 in Oconto County.

Close to 2,000 county residents were among the 24,000 customers who were still waiting for the lights to come back on Tuesday morning in the WPS service area. The utility was estimating that full electric service would not be restored in some areas until Wednesday.

The hardest-hit areas Sunday in Oconto County were Townsend, where 2,109 WPS customers were affected, Suring with 2,088, Lakewood with 1,627, and Mountain with 502.

Gillett, Lena, Oconto Falls and Oconto also recorded at least 100 outages each.

Wed
14
Jun

Not much local interest in new prison

It does not appear Oconto County communities are jumping at the chance to be the site of a new state prison to replace the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution.

A bill introduced by state Rep. David Steffen, R-Howard, calls for the prison to be sold and a new, 1,300-bed prison to be built either in Brown County or an adjacent county by 2022.

Steffen proposes to have a private contractor build and own the facility, leasing it back to the state to operate. As a privately owned facility, it would be subject to property taxes.

A spokesperson for Steffen said Friday that municipal officials in Oconto County haven’t been able to locate a parcel with the 50 or more acres required to make the project feasible.

Wed
14
Jun

Breakfast for 5,000 guests


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm served around 5,000 meals Sunday morning, organizers say.

Groups of three or more men and women each gathered around four huge pans heated from below, stirring gallons of eggs into a properly scrambled consistency.

Horses and tractors pulled wagons packed with people to and from their vehicles and around Rockledge Farms in rural Lena. Children lined up to have their faces painted, chainsaw wood carver Dave Bartels fashioned an eagle and a lighthouse from a log, and families interacted with cows and other farm animals, as well as a pair of cute puppies.

Young and old ooohed and ahhed over the antique cars and tractors parked near John and Katrina Zak’s giant cow sculptures and watched as several Garrigan Brothers antique machines shucked and popped corn as they chugged along.

Wed
14
Jun

Alternative Learning Site grads recognized

The Oconto Falls School District recently recognized the 2017 graduates of its Falls Alternative Learning Site program.

The charter school specializes in customized education to meet the needs of high school students who have the ability to excel in a non-traditional classroom environment. Through a blend of online curriculum, character building and employment experience, the faculty and staff help the students finish their high school experience with confidence and a promising future.

Their high school diploma meets the same transcript requirements as the traditional Oconto Falls High School curriculum.

Wed
14
Jun

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

June 7

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities responded to a call that items were taken off a table outside a residence on state Highway 32, Suring.

Fire — A vehicle was reported on fire near two buildings on Engebretson Lane, town of Gillett. A Green Valley-Morgan Fire Company member on scene said the car was moved away from the buildings.

Attempted Fraud — An Abrams woman reported someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearinghouse had called to say she’d won $2 million and a new vehicle. Realizing it was a scam, she did not provide any personal information.

June 6

Deputies logged 52 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities investigated a report that mail was removed from a mailbox on Tanglewood Drive, Little Suamico.

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