Kottke To Governor: ‘Don’t Forget 4-H’
11/27/15 - The Dodge County Board Chairman addressed statewide changes in the UW Extension program during Wednesday’s Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Luncheon. Russ Kottke provided a state of the county address as part of the event, which included Governor Scott Walker as the keynote speaker. He noted a shift from county to regional offices for UW Extension beginning in 2017 and urged the governor to be mindful of the impact that could have on the 4-H programs coordinated through Extension. Kottke says 4-H will probably suffer and there needs to be things for kids to do to keep them off the streets. He encouraged the governor to maintain support for the 4-H. Governor Walker did not speak directly to Kottke’s comments during his keynote address but WBEV asked him about the changes during media availability after the program. He says (quote) “in the end there is no reason 4-H can’t continue under their current circumstances…and have a healthy program that continues to flourish.” Walker says the biggest challenge for 4-H will be similar to what the Boy Scouts are facing and that is finding enough active adult volunteers. State budget cuts totaling around $3.5 million dollars will mean that Extension programs are conducted on a regional basis comprised of approximately four counties. Some counties already share the services of an Extension educator. For example, Dodge and Columbia counties already share a nutrition educator. The Extension has a $40-million dollar annual budget with the majority spent on personnel costs for its 1200 employees.
Schmidt Says ‘Text To 9-1-1’ Offers Modern Alternative
11/27/15 - Dodge County dispatchers are now able to receive a text messages. The sheriff’s office installed a new telephone system this summer that allows those who need emergency services to text 9-1-1. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the new Entrado phone system offers “text to 9-1-1.” It is intended for those who are hearing impaired, those in a dangerous situation who do not want to draw attention and those in an area with poor cell coverage where a voice call may not work, but a text could. There are more than 6,000 dispatch centers in the nation and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is one out of approximately 900 of those centers to voluntarily offer this new service. Customers of the four major wireless carriers – AT&T, Sprint, Verizon & T-Mobile along with US Cellular and Cricket – can now send text messages to 911 in Dodge County.
The sheriff says “text to 9-1-1” will be beneficial for people who cannot talk due to a perpetrator being nearby or young people who are used to texting rather than calling. Schmidt also notes that providing location information and nature of the emergency in the first text message is imperative, since the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will only receive an approximate location of the cell phone. Other things to keep in mind with text to 9-1-1: deactivated cellphones work for making voice calls to 911, but you must have a texting plan in order to text; there is a 160-character limit per text and pictures or videos are not currently supported; text-to-911 should only be used for emergency situations that require an immediate response from police, fire or emergency medical services; abbreviations or slang should be avoided; those contacting 9-1-1 near the county line may have calls directed to another county and currently Rock and Manitowoc counties are the only other dispatchers that have text to 9-1-1; roaming is currently not supported for Text-to-911; and finally the phone number is the same for texting or a voice call, 9-1-1.
Unemployment Filings on The Decline
11/27/15 - When Governor Scott Walker was in Beaver Dam on Wednesday, he noted that the 4.3-percent unemployment rate in Wisconsin is the lowest since before the September 11, 2001. Jobless filings in the region were below the statewide benchmark. Dodge County is reporting a 3.5-percent for October down a tenth from September and over a full percentage point lower than last year. The same pattern played out in Columbia County which saw a 3.3-percent unemployment rate last month, down one-tenth from the previous month and a percentage point from last year. Jefferson County was at 3.4-percent while Fond du Lac County logged a 3.1-percent; both unchanged from September to October and around a full point lower than last year. Dane County again has the lowest rate in the state down one-tenth to 2.6-percent while Menominee County is up four-tenths to 7.9-percent. Wisconsin’s seasonally adjusted rate of 4.3-percent is below the national average of 5-percent. Every county in the state was lower last month compared to last year while 53 of the state’s 72 counties either decreased or were unchanged from September to October.
Waupun Woman Charged In Burglary Spree
11/27/15 - An August crime spree in Waupun apparently unraveled after the suspect got into a traffic accident. Brittany Hopp is facing three charges of felony Burglary and four misdemeanor Theft counts for a series of garage burglaries in Waupun. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old was motivated by a heroin addiction. She reportedly told investigators that she would walk around the city, stealing power tools and electronics from various garages and then stash them in bushes before picking them up in her car. Hopp and another suspect got into an accident in Fond du Lac County on August 11, and authorities found stolen items from several burglaries in the backseat of the car. Additional items were traced to a pawn shop where Hopp allegedly took other stolen items. She is charged as a repeat offender and, if convicted, she faces a maximum combined sentence of 54 years in prison. Hopp is scheduled to make her initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom next month.
Randolph Holiday Bazaar On Saturday
11/27/15 - The 39th annual Randolph Community Holiday Bazaar is Saturday. Over 60 vendors from throughout the state will be on hand selling a variety of goods, such as seasonal decorations and craft items. According to event organizer Tom Cornford, all proceeds from the event will be split amongst four groups: Randolph High School’s Spanish Club, student council, FCCLA, and the city’s chamber of commerce. Cornford says the Spanish Club will use its funds for a trip to Guatemala. The student council’s dollars will go toward homecoming and other school events, and the FCCLA will use its money to fund trips to the National Leadership Conference in San Diego, if any of its students are invited. The bazaar will run from 9am to 3pm at the Randolph High School.
PAVE Thankful For Dehumidifier Donations
11/27/15 - The local group that helps victims of domestic violence is thankful for recently receiving a couple of large donations after appearing on WBEV’s Community Comment. People Against a Violent Environment’s Executive Director Teresa Nienow says her group was in dire need of two dehumidifiers when she made an appeal to our listeners. One listener called in to make the donation and the group found another dehumidifier waiting for them at the shelter when they returned from being on-air. Nienow says those dehumidifiers were needed since there was flooding in their basement shortly before that Community Comment appearance. Due to the number of different rooms in the shelter’s basement, Nienow says both devices have been put to good use. Next up for PAVE, the group is launching is annual 12 Days Of Giving Campaign next week and will be seeking donations of food, sanitary, and household items. Donations can be made by contacting PAVE at 920-887-3810 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten-Year-Old Kills Two Deer With One Shot
11/27/15 - Most people don't shoot one deer in their first hunting experience, much less two. But ten-year-old Kyler Verbeten managed to kill two deer with one shot last Sunday, when he hunted for the first time with his father from the Green Bay area. His father Matt tells W-B-A-Y T-V they saw a larger doe and a smaller one together -- and he told his son to "shoot the big doe" first. Kyler missed the animals with his first shot, but his father said to try again -- and both fell over. Kyler says he was watching a squirrel jump around before the deer emerged. His father says they each used their tags to register the animals. Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season continues through Sunday.
- Kottke To Governor: 'Don't Forget 4-H'
- Jobless Filings Continue Downward Trend
- Waupun Woman Charged In Burglary Spree
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