Concerned that the investigation of the county’s human services department’s director is causing employees distress and to “pick sides,” two consultants have been hired to help staff refocus on the department’s mission. Deb Suchla, the human services director, also agreed last week to hand off to...
With current Independence School District Administrator Bärry Schmitt set to retire following the upcoming school year, area residents will have a chance to meet the finalists to replace him. A public meeting is scheduled for this coming Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m. Each finalist will interview with a...
The county’s highway commissioner told supervisors Monday the department needs a $4.8 million storage building to protect the millions of dollars’ worth of equipment that now sits outside year-round. “I know this must seem like it’s come out of left field,” said commissioner Al Rinka during Monday’...
The reconstruction and utility update work on Whitehall’s Hobson Street will likely be completed in two phases, one to be completed this fall and the second beginning in the spring. Dave Schofield of the city’s consulting engineering firm SEH told the council last Tuesday that he expects the first...

Barb Barczak

The county’s retiring public health director was honored for her “strong quiet voice” during the pandemic and with a standing ovation by county supervisors Monday. “She was always constant,” said Supervisor Sally Miller of Barbara Barczak during the board of supervisors meeting. “She didn’t react...

 

 

In most of February and early March of 2017, I was not sure if I would ever work in journalism again. I had quit a job as a general assignment reporter in Beloit at the end of that January, having succumbed to burnout and trauma stemming partly from covering a shooting of a 16-year-old father right...

            Arcadia’s Gage McGuire threw to first for an out during their game against Tomah last Thursday.  (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

Arcadia’s American Legion Post 17 baseball team lost three close games and won one lopsided contest last week. Post 17’s three losses last week were by a combined five runs as they suffered walk-off losses on Monday and Saturday. The lone win came on Thursday when Arcadia controlled the game...

            Recently retired Arcadia High School Athletic Director Bruce Schweisthal (right) handed the sectional championship plaque to former Arcadia baseball coach Paul Anderson following the 2007 sectional.           (File Photo)

Bruce Schweisthal was a graduate student occupying a long-term substitute position in Whitehall when he was offered a job teaching in Arcadia. In the 35 years since, offers to join other districts have come up, but Schweisthal could not imagine going anywhere else. “I just could not leave. I fell...
Blair-Taylor players made up more than a fourth of the 2021 All-Dairyland Conference softball team. That number shouldn’t be surprising considering the Wildcats went 18-0 in DC play as part of a 28-1 season that ended in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Semifinal game. As a...
The Whitehall Wolves returned to action with a split doubleheader on Sunday at home against the Eau Claire Rivermen. Whitehall fell 5-3 in game one, before taking an 8-0 shutout victory in game two for a split matchup of the Chippewa River Baseball League South Division’s third-place Wolves and...

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In most of February and early March of 2017, I was not sure if I would ever work in journalism again. I had quit a job as a general assignment reporter in Beloit at the end of that January, having...

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