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Sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Sports Channel's JP Cadorin discuss local sports. Latest episode: A look back at the first week of the football season, with major battles looming in Week 2.


Pewaukee's Emma Coursin competes in the 200-yard freestyle event of the 20th annual Fountainwood Funfest on Aug. 23. The meet is the only outdoor high school swim meet in Wisconsin.

Football: Arrowhead vs. Homestead

Homestead held on for a 24-20 win over Arrowhead in an epic clash of area powerhouses that went to the Highlanders for a second straight season.

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Boys soccer: Catholic Memorial vs. Kettle Moraine

Kettle Moraine's boys soccer team opened the 2014 Classic 8 Conference season on a positive note with a 3-2 win over perennially strong Catholic Memorial.

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Fountainwood Fun Fest Invitational swim meet

Fountainwood Fun Fest, in its 20th year, is unique in that it is the only outdoor meet in Wisconsin high school swimming.


Early scare nothing to fear for Lake Country Lutheran

When Rio scored the first 12 points of the game Friday afternoon at Lake Country Lutheran, perhaps there was a hint of doubt that the Lightning would play to the powerhouse level they have established for themselves. The team spent the rest of the game erasing that sentiment.


Franklin football team catches second wind at Hamilton

Two teams with brand new defenses went at each other on opening night Aug. 21 at Grove Field at Sussex Hamilton High School, and it was Franklin that emerged as the survivor, needing a resounding rally to pull it off.


Pewaukee almost finds a way

Pewaukee put a bad first half in the rear view mirror, but a missed extra point with less than 1:30 to play kept the Pirates from getting all the way back to even against Waterford.

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Weekend Happenings

 Featured this week:   

  • Lake Country Half Marathon: 5 p.m. Aug. 30, Crosspoint Community Church, N Lake Road, Oconomowoc. Enjoy Lake Country atmosphere on 5K and half-marathon courses. Music along the course with numerous water stations and often close to the Fowler Lake shoreline. (920) 574-2972
  • The Wisconsin Highland Games: 5-9 p.m. Aug. 29; 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 30; 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha. Bagpipes and other music, feats of strength, traditional dance, food, cultural area, kids events, and other Celtic fun. Fish fry Friday 5 to 9 p.m.,
  • Vivanco-Gomez Peruvian Guitar Duo: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 30, Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W. Main St. Suite 102, Wales.
  • “The Cemetery Club”: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28-30, Sept. 4-6, 11-13, SummerStage at Lapham Peak, W329-N846 County Highway C, Delafield. $17, $15 for seniors and students (262) 337-1560

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

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Embracing fun adventures in worldwide scavenger hunt

They didn't choose to stick with a normal, humdrum, week, but instead decided to create "head-turning spectacles," and be part of Guinness World Records with the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES) during the first week in August.

Wisconsin Houdini magicians club convention comes to Oconomowoc

The name Harry Houdini — perhaps the greatest escape artist of all time — will be on the lips, and in the hearts and minds, of several amateur magicians this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-31.

Lake Country Top Stories

The scene at Swallow School on Wednesday morning was hectic. »Read Full Article

Islami's Lac La Belle house destroyed by arson razed one week after judge declares him incompetent

Village of Lac La Belle — Ybdi Islami won't have a home to come back to regardless of the outcome of his now suspended trial.

Nick Slater named new Shorehaven chaplain

He has a passion for people. All people.

Judge questions Haass Library spending

A Waukesha County Circuit Court judge has questioned why the Pauline Haass Library Board, which will be eliminated at the end of the year, continues to spend taxpayers dollars on litigation against the town of Lisbon.

President to award Delafield's Alonzo Cushing with Medal of Honor

City of Delafield — Local historian Margaret Zerwekh's more-than-30-year quest for a Medal of Honor for Delafield Civil War hero Lt. Alonzo Cushing finally come to an end late Tuesday afternoon with an announcement from the White House.

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Woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in Hartland overdose death

Village of Hartland — Beth Irving, accused last June of first-degree reckless homicide in Hartland, pleaded guilty Aug. 13 to delivering prescription drugs after the District Attorney's Office agreed to drop the homicide charge.

North Lake Management District launch site application filed, pending approval

Town of Merton — The North Lake Management District recently came a few steps closer to establishing a public-access boat launch.

Fourth charter school set to open in Kettle Moraine School District

 As a new school year begins, Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) sits poised to open its fourth charter school in the district, the High School of Health Sciences. 

Martifest to offer all-day music, fun in benefit for children

What better way to bid farewell to the waning days of summer than by taking in an all-day music festival that benefits a local cause?

Oconomowoc Focus

OPEN program offers tips to parents on raising healthy children

Learn "How to Raise Healthy Children in an Unhealthy Society" at a free presentation offered to parents in the Oconomowoc Area School District.

Oconomowoc fire department to hire two on-call captains from within

City of Oconomowoc — The city's public safety department might soon see a slight personnel change.

Schlotzsky's Deli of Oconomowoc to close by Labor Day weekend

City of Oconomowoc — The end of a food-service era has arrived for one Oconomowoc restaurant.

Bromley to take over director post at Oconomoc Public Library in October

Betsy Bromley is moving on from the kids' table.

Mukwonago Chief

Town of Mukwonago Board looks for guidance on budget

With the prospect of placing resource officers in schools in the town of Mukwonago at a standstill, and pressing budgetary issues that could result in reductions to town services, the town board will investigate creating a survey for residents to address the growing needs of the town.

Mukwonago woman accused of reckless homicide for role in heroin overdose death

A 26-year-old Mukwonago woman faces homicide charges for her alleged role in the overdose death of Mitchell Nuernberger.

Operation Reassurance, a new police partnership program, will assist those in need

The village and town of Mukwonago police departments are partnering to support local residents in a new way.

Mukwonago's mountain bike team racing in Waukesha

The Wisconsin High School Cycling League is bringing mountain biking to Wisconsin this fall with the first race in Minooka Park on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Sussex Sun

Y/Village Hall among meeting topics tonight

Village of Sussex — For the first time in what is expected to be several opportunities, village residents will be able to ask questions and express opinions about a proposed agreement between the village and Central Waukesha County YMCA that may result in the construction of a 75,000-square-foot Y facility and a new 45,000-square-foot village hall, both to build on the existing local government campus on Main Street.

Village of Butler taxes may go up $200 in 2015

Village of Butler — Residents of moderately priced homes are facing the prospects of their municipal real estate tax bills increasing by almost $200 as the result of a proposed debt restructuring plan that may be included in the 2015 village budget.

What you need to know for back to school

The new school year begins Tuesday, Sept. 2.

New information system for students in Hamilton School District

The Hamilton School District will be moving in a different technological direction.

Kettle Moraine Index

Washington man runs for, and with, Delafield teen

When we first brought you the story of Maya Owens in February, she was a 15-year-old girl from Delafield who had hopes of crossing the finish line of a 5K with a little help from a friend she had met in an online community. Since then, that friend — Scott Mayes— traveled all the way from his home in Yakima, Washington, to meet her and help her achieve another 5K.

Clinic in Delafield slated for approval

City of Delafield — The plan commission is expected to approve this week a business plan of operations for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin clinic at 3195 Hillside Drive. The clinic is expected to open later this year.

Rain hinders Hwy. 83 project

A week of on and off rainstorms didn't help the Highway 83 project move along, but progress continuously slowly but surely.

Delafield alderman urges long-range planning for Lake Country Fire and Rescue

City of Delafield — Although Fire Chief Jack Edwards says he can trim another $94,000 from the $2 million budget for Lake Country Fire and Rescue, a Delafield alderman says that the chief and the governing body for the consolidated fire department need to be more aggressive in their long-range financial planning.

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