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Wed
18
Jul

Huggett Agency moves to a new Oconto location


The Kevin Huggett Agency office in Oconto is now located at 215 Main St. (Contributed photo)

The Kevin Huggett Agency Inc. has purchased the building at 215 Main St. in Oconto and moved into that location.

Kevin has been an agent with American Family Insurance for 12 years and had rented the 1020 Main St. location in Oconto during that time.

“We have been looking for a location to purchase for some time, and knew when the 215 Main St. location became available it was time to purchase,” Huggett said.

He and his wife, Amy, purchased the location in March and have done a total renovation to the exterior and interior of the building. The new location officially opened on June 18.

The American Family Insurance Kevin Huggett Agency also has a location at 208 E. Main St. in Gillett. The offices serve Oconto, Oconto Falls, Gillett and surrounding areas.

Wed
18
Jul

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of July 13

William D. Marchand, 30, Little Suamico, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over on two counts of felony bail jumping and misdemeanor possession of THC in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred Nov. 21 and Jan. 11. Arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 9.

Proceedings of July 12

An Aug. 27 preliminary hearing was scheduled for Linda M. Elliott, 60, Lena, who is charged with six felony counts of theft in a business setting, in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred from April 2016 through January 2017. Judge Michael T. Judge set a $25,000 signature bond with the condition she have no contact with the Fastop gas station or the alleged victims’ family or residence.

Wed
11
Jul

Bond Foundation donates $30,000 to Nurse’s Nook


Nuala Nowicki launched the Nurse’s Nook program in her role as a Prevea Health school nurse for the Gillett School District, and it has grown into a partnership that also includes HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and two other school districts. (Contributed photo)

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital has announced the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation Inc. awarded a $30,000 grant to the Nurse’s Nook program.

Nurse’s Nook provides aid to children in need in the Gillett, Suring and Oconto Falls school districts. Aid provided includes basic needs items, nonperishable food, personal hygiene products, winter clothing and boots, medical supplies/devices, and vouchers for transportation to medical appointments. These items are kept stocked within each of the school districts throughout the year and given to students free of charge on an as-needed basis. School nurses, guidance counselors and secretaries work as a team to identify the students in need.

The Bond Foundation grant will allow the Nurse’s Nook program to expand into the Lena and Oconto school districts in the 2018-2019 school year, and will allow for the purchase of more supplies to be provided to children in need.

Wed
11
Jul

Storefronts filling up in Gillett


Gillett Mayor James Beaton, left, and the staff at Unique Perfections at the June 30 ribbon cutting. (Facebook/Gillett Business Association)

New business is booming this summer in Gillett.

“We’ve had a number of new businesses open up in the last couple of months, many of them on Main Street, so we’re excited to see that,” Mayor James Beaton said in his monthly report to the City Council on Thursday.

Beaton wielded the ceremonial giant scissors at four ribbon-cutting ceremonies in little more than an hour June 30.

La Mexicana is a grocery store specializing in Mexican foods and products at 102 E. Main St.

Unique Perfections salon and spa at 220 E. Main St., offers hair styling and tanning.

John E. B’s Vienna Sausage stand recently opened at 301 E. Main St.

Apocalypse House, 134 E. Main St., includes the “NEW Museum of Visionary Art” featuring the eclectic paintings and artworks of Norbert Kox, along with Frankie’s Emerald Isle Antiques and a Museum Shoppe.

Wed
11
Jul

Marching in the Rain


A brief deluge midway through the Gillett Fourth of July Parade doesn’t slow down Cub Scout Pack 4035. The temperature was 92 degrees when the parade started, so many of the marchers and crowd members appreciated the shower. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

It rained on the Gillett Fourth of July Parade, but only for a few minutes, and the deluge didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.

The forecast was hot and muggy with scattered showers, and for once the meteorologists got it spot on. It was 92 degrees with mostly sunny skies when the parade launched from the school parking lot precisely at 2 p.m.

There was one dark cloud on the horizon and, about 20 minutes into the festivities, one of those scattered showers broke loose on Main Street.

The floats kept floating, and kids splashed through puddles to retrieve the candy being tossed by the passing trucks.

By the time the visiting Oconto Falls Fire Department brought up the rear around 2:45 p.m., the sun was shining again on newly washed streets, vehicles and paradegoers.

Wed
11
Jul

Flagstar Bank to acquire local Wells Fargo branches

The Wells Fargo Bank branches in Oconto Falls, Gillett, Mountain and Marinette are included in the pending acquisition of 52 branches by Flagstar Bancorp. Inc.

Flagstar announced June 5 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the bank branches in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, with approximately $2.3 billion in deposits and $130 million in loans, along with certain related assets.

“We’re excited to welcome the Wells Fargo employees and customers to Flagstar Bank,” said Alessandro DiNello, president and chief executive officer of Flagstar Bancorp Inc. “Wells Fargo’s primary goal throughout the negotiation of this transaction has been to make sure its customers and employees experience a seamless transition to Flagstar, and we will ensure that happens.”

Wed
11
Jul

Decision pending on new Gillett facilities

The Gillett City Council is still working out details of a long-hoped-for restroom and shower facility at Zippel Park.

Informally known as the Trailhead Project because of the nearby trailhead to Nicolet State Trail, the proposal was originally envisioned for a site along Railroad Street across from the old Gillett Meat Market.

City officials are also eyeing a site along McKenzie Avenue across the road from Pat’s Market, where the old volleyball court was located.

A Facebook poll posted on the city of Gillett page at the request of Alderperson Sandra Hubbard, who chairs the Parks and Cemetery Committee, yielded about three dozen responses that appeared to be evenly divided.

Wed
11
Jul

Jared VanHaren earns gold at nationals


Jared VanHaren, a recent Oconto Falls High School graduate from Little Suamico, races the clock to finish his sheet metal project during the SkillsUSA National Championships last month in Louisville, Kentucky. VanHaren is the first Oconto Falls student to earn first place at the national level. (Contributed photo)

Jared VanHaren completed his high school career by bringing home the first gold medal in Oconto Falls High School history at the SkillsUSA National Championship.

The recent graduate from Little Suamico earned a first-place state medal in the sheet metal competition, qualifying him for a return trip to the national competition June 27-28 in Louisville, Kentucky, where last year he placed fifth in the nation.

“We are very proud of Jared’s accomplishments,” said John Bursa, Jared’s adviser at OFHS. “He is a true champion in his dedication to excellence in the sheet metal trade.”

Wed
11
Jul

Boy suffers severe burns in house fire


A Gillett family was displaced and a 12-year-old boy hospitalized with critical burns after a house fire Saturday night. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Gillett community was rallying around a family who was displaced and a 12-year-old boy hospitalized with critical burns after a house fire Saturday night.

Authorities were called to 310 Pulcifer Ave. in Gillett at 10:51 p.m. Saturday for a report of a structure fire, according to a press release Tuesday from Gillett Fire Chief Kurt Hicks and Police Chief Jess Keplinger.

“Three individuals were inside the house at the time of the incident, and there was one reported injury,” the release said. The injured boy was taken from the scene by the Eagle III rescue helicopter. People familiar with the situation said he was in critical but stable condition at a hospital burn center as of Monday.

Fri
06
Jul

Public forum planned on human services issues

The Oconto County Department of Health and Human Services Board has scheduled an open forum for 5 p.m. July 11 at New View Industries, 222 Park St., Gillett, to receive comments and information from Oconto County residents for the department’s 2019 budget process. The public is encouraged to attend.
The department is responsible for advising the county on service needs and priorities for people with disabilities, mental illness, alcohol and other drug abuse, public health issues, the frail elderly, Medicaid and Foodshare, child daycare, child protection, youth out-of-home care and youth justice needs.
The board would like to hear from the public regarding community needs and priorities, the quality of programs, accessibility to services, suggestions for program improvements and any concerns regarding Health and Human Services programs.

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