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KM administration responds to concerns after graffiti incident

March 04, 2012 4:27 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District is planning a special meeting for April 3 to "clarify district and community expectations, and to build understanding and cooperation that supports our collective desire to maintain healthy, safe learning environments for all," according to an email from Superintendent Pat Deklotz sent out to parents Sunday afternoon.

Although the email does not specify when or where the meeting will be held, a note on the district website indicates it will be at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

The meeting comes in the wake of an incident Friday in which possibly as much as half the student body left class and went home. Graffiti had been foumnd spray painted on an outside wall of the high school that included the words "kill p30pl3" and "die yuppie scum."

Some parents were critical of the district's handling of the situation. High school parents were notified by the district shortly after 11 a.m., but by that time many had heard of the graffiti through texts from their children.

"District and high school administration worked together on Friday to review and address the concerns of parents, recognizing the need for improved speed of information," says a note on the district website. "The district has identified areas for improved sytems and will continue the review of Friday's events with the Sheriff's Department during a debriefing this week."

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Sussex boys stun Arrowhead

By Chuck Delsman

March 03, 2012 9:03 p.m. |  Visiting Sussex Hamilton, seeded seventh in the sectional, upset No. 3 seeded Arrowhead Saturday night  in a WIAA Division 1 boys basketball regional championship game at Arrowhead, 65-63.

Jake Knueppel made a layup with two-tenths of a second remaining in the game to give the Chargers the wild, come-from-behind victory.

Hamilton trailed 63-60 with less than 10 seconds to go when red-hot sophomore Brady Ellingson made a 25-foot, 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left.  AHS then turned the ball over with 3.0 seconds to play and Hamilton then won the game when they perfectly executed a three-pass inbounds play that resulted in Knueppel scoring at the buzzer.

Ellingson fired in 33 points for the Chargers, scoring 22 of those in the second half. Nick Patterson had 9 points for the winners.

AHS senior Ryan Saeger led the Warhawks with 24 points. Sophomore center Billy Hirschfeld added 15 points and 11 rebounds for AHS.


Sandvold, Lewin commit

By Chuck Delsman

March 03, 2012 2:50 p.m. |  Arrowhead's two all-state boys cross country runners, seniors Russ Sandvold and Kyle Lewin, have made made college committments.

Sandvold will run at the University of Wisconsin and Lewin will run at Columbia University.

The two helped the Warhawks win back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011.

Sandvold also won the state 1,600-meter championship last year in track.

Wisconsin won the NCAA national cross country championship last year and Columbia of the Ivy League finished in 27th place.


AHS hosts Hamilton Saturday night

By Chuck Delsman

March 03, 2012 2:41 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, winners of their last seven games, will host Sussex Hamilton Saturday at 7p.m. in a WIAA regional championship game. The winner will move on to next week's sectional.

AHS defeated Waukesha North, 61-37, Friday night to advance and Hamilton upset Homestead, 57-52. Homestead was the No. 2 seed and Hamilton was seeded seventh. Arrowhead is the No. 3 seed.


Hamilton stages upset, Mukwonago wins

By JR Radcliffe

March 03, 2012 12:17 a.m. | The Sussex Hamilton boys basketball team recorded one of the bigger upsets in the WIAA Division 1 tournament Friday night with a win over second-seeded Homestead, 57-52.

The Highlanders (18-5) led for most of the game, but the seventh-seeded Chargers (12-11) caught fire in the fourth quarter to advance and meet Arrowhead on Saturday in the regional final. Read the full story here.

The Mukwonago boys basketball team (17-6) , boasting the top seed in its regional, had a fairly easy time in dispatching Muskego.

Oconomowoc's boys team traveled to Sun Prairie and fell to the state-ranked Cardinals, 51-33. OHS finished the year 10-13.


Wrestlers can't take down Rapids juggernaut

By JR Radcliffe

March 03, 2012 12:12 a.m. | Wisconsin Rapids was missing two state finalists from its lineup but still had enough firepower to overcome Arrowhead in the WIAA Division 1 state quarterfinals Friday night in Madison, 35-22.

Undefeated state champion Devin Peterson was not available after being ordered to begin a jail sentence for disordlery conduct, and state runner-up Ryan Cone was also absent from the lineup.

But early wins at 182 and 195 -- the two positions occupied by Cone and Peterson at the state meet -- set the tone for Rapids, with state finalist Zak Benitz bumping up in the former and reserve Jake Hansen winning in the latter over state qualifier Zak Ryder. Arrowhead wins came from Dylan Lautner, Blake Weber, Andrew Crone, Cory Cinelli, Adam Yde and Mitch Berenz, with Crone registering the lone pin and Yde winning a 2-0 battle with state finalist Keegan Einerson.

Rapids will face Wausau West in tomorrow's semifinals.


Arrowhead boys win

By Chuck Delsman

March 02, 2012 10:05 p.m. |  Host Arrowhead's boys basketball team defeated Waukesha North Friday night in a WIAA regional game, 61-37.

Kenny Finco fired in 23 points for the Warhawks. Ryan Saeger added 13 points for Arrowhead.

Jake Ricciardi had 13 points for North.


Pewaukee boys lose

By Chuck Delsman

March 02, 2012 9:55 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team lost to visiting Wisconsin Lutheran Friday night in a WIAA Division 2 tournament game, 76-59.

PHS finished the season with a 17-6 record.

John Czerwinski had 19 points for the Pirates. Jordy Edgerson had 11 points,


KM Glacier drop heartbreaker at state

By JR Radcliffe

March 02, 2012 6:23 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine Glacier girls hockey team, a co-op that features skaters from Kettle Moraine, Mukwonago, Waukesha schools and others, dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker in quadruple overtime at the WIAA girls state hockey tournament in Madison on Friday.

The third-year program, appearing in its first state tournament, rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to force the extra session. Morgan Hollowell scored a pair of unassisted goals to knot the score, with the last coming with 5:45 left to play.

Jeralyse Tylke of KM also scored in the final period, and Jessica Foley scored in the second to give the Glacier a 1-0 lead, but Onalaska answered 25 seconds later to tie the score. KM never led again.

Jenna Bales made 50 saves, including 13 in a blitz of a second overtime, and finished one shy of the state tournament record. Theresa Knutson, the state's leading scorer, put in the game-winner in the fourth OT with 2:17 left on the clock.


Snow photos from the road

March 02, 2012 4:13 p.m. |  State officials are advising drivers to stay off roads as the winter storm worsens. Area organizations and businesses continue to announce cancellations as the storm increases this evening. Conditions were slick and slushy on Highway 16 east coming from Hartland at 4 p.m.

Road conditions remain unfavorable throughout the metro-Milwaukee area with increased delays. Check local road conditions in your area if you must head out. 

Snow begins to cover the ground at First Bank Financial Center in Hartland around 3:30 p.m.

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Call 511 for highway conditions

March 02, 2012 3:31 p.m. |

The DOT is encouraging motorists to try to avoid travel during periods of the heaviest snowfall, and to wait until the snowfall has subsided.

The DOT's State Traffic Operations Center and Wisconsin State Patrol will monitor conditions on the state’s highways and will update the state’s 511 Traveler Information System as often as necessary. Dial 511 or go to www.511wi.gov to get the latest information on road conditions on main routes across Wisconsin.

If you are involved in a crash, run off the road, or become stranded, call 911.


Local roads getting slick

By Chuck Delsman

March 02, 2012 3:29 p.m. |  Many of the roads in the Lake Country are quickly becoming snow-covered and slick has heavy, wet snow began to fall around 2:30 p.m.

On Highway 16 near Hartland, traffic was moving around 40 miles per hour. Snow was starting to stick in the passing lanes both east and westbound.

In Hartland, Capitol Drive was becoming snow-covered as were most side streets.


Head home early, avoid increasing snow

March 02, 2012 3:13 p.m. | Roads were reported snow-covered in Hartland and more clear farther east about 3 p.m. However, conditions are changing rapidly. Drivers should be aware of worsening roads before heading out.

Meteorologist report that the storm will continue until midnight with up to 8 inches of snow expect in some areas. Tomorrow things are expected to clear up some with scattered snow showers and gusting winds.

WTMJ is reporting weather-related closings in Waukesha County including:

  • Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha No Services
  • Delafield American Legion Post Meetings Canceled
  • The Dance Academy, Ltd. Closed Friday
  • Otto’s Fine Art Academy Closing Early
  • Oconomowoc Area Schools canceled regional forensics meet


This is spring?

March 02, 2012 2:57 p.m. | Meteorological spring is here, but you wouldn't know it by looking out the window. Heavy snow is falling, and depths coule reach 6 to 9 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning is in effect through this evening. The snowfall is expected to peak during the evening rush hour.

So far, there have been just a handful of closings announced. Meetings at the Delafield American Legion Post have been called off, as have services for the congregation of Emanu-El in Waukesha. The Dance Academy Ltd. is also closed.

The Oconomowoc School District has cancelled its regional forensics meet.

Kettle Moraine Schools said forecasted snow has cancelled all after-school activities tonight.

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Sick of winter?

By Amy Nixon

March 02, 2012 2:54 p.m. | Then plan a trip!

If you're looking to take a vacation, consider a group trip with the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education program.  Their world travel fair will provide you with all the details.

See more in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.


See photo of school graffiti, watch press conference

March 02, 2012 2:53 p.m. | Obscene graffiti was spray painted on the north exterior wall of Kettle Moraine High School Thursday evening around 10:15 or 10:20 p.m., Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Steve Pederson said. Students saw the graffiti as they arrived at school this morning and Pederson believes social media escalated the situation as incorrect information went out to parents and media. Phones at the Sheriff's Department went crazy around 8:30 a.m. this morning, Pederson reported, as calls regarding the incident came flooding in.

To watch a video of a press conference held following the event, visit the recent videos section on the center of the page at LivingLakeCountry.com

The writing did have the word "kill" or "die" in it, Pederson said, but no specific group was targeted.

"Over the years this type of stuff gets spray painted on schools," said Pederson.

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Class as usual at KMHS after graffiti incident

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

March 02, 2012 1:45 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is investigating graffiti spray painted at Kettle Moraine High School after bomb threat, lock down and evacuation rumors spread and calls started flooding the Sheriff's Department, according to Sheriff's Department spokesperson Det. Steve Pederson.

Obscene graffiti was spray painted on the north exterior wall of the high school Thursday evening around 10:15 or 10:20 p.m., Pederson said. Students saw the graffiti as they arrived at school this morning and Pederson believes social media escalated the situation as incorrect information went out to parents and media. Phones at the Sheriff's Department went crazy around 8:30 a.m. this morning, Pederson reported, as calls regarding the incident came flooding in.

The writing did have the word "kill" or "die" in it, Pederson said, but no specific group was targeted.

"Over the years this type of stuff gets spray painted on schools," said Pederson.

KMHS Principal Jeff Walters reported that the high school would remain open for the remainder of the day, but parents could pick up their children if they wanted.

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Coach, parent get heave-ho from youth hoops game

By Jim Stevens

March 02, 2012 1:43 p.m. |

City of Delafield – A coach of a fifth grade boy’s basketball team and a fan were removed from the Lake Country School gym Thursday evening after creating a disturbance and inciting the crowd, according to a police log.

Police were called to the school at about 5:33 p.m. for unruly subjects at the school during a basketball tournament. Police spoke with school Superintendent Mark Lichte who told police that a coach and a parent had been removed from the gymnasium for unsportsmanlike behavior.

The coach and parent were still on school premises though they had been asked to leave. Lichte told police that the two had been involved in a "heated verbal argument" just before the officers arrived, the police log said.

Hartland police also arrived to assist in keeping other people from becoming unruly, the log said.

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KMSD activities cancelled tonight

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

March 02, 2012 1:26 p.m. | All after-school and evening activities in the Kettle Moraine School District have been cancelled tonight due to forecasts for snow from the National Weather Service, according to a notice on the District website. 



KM parents notified of graffiti

March 02, 2012 11:12 a.m. | An automated telephone message from the Kettle Moraine School District notified parents at 11:10 a.m. about an "instance of vandalism" Thursday night in which the high school was painted with graffiti. The graffiti was discovered by a custodian.

The incident is being investigated by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department in conjunction with School District Officials.

"Kettle Moraine High School remains open. The district respects the parents' choice to remove their children for the remainder of the day," the message concluded. A similar message is posted on the high school website.

How many parents have taken advantage of that is unknown at this time.

News about the graffiti -- which is said to have contained the phrase "die yuppie scum" -- swept through the school earlier this morning, prompting many students to text their parents, and raising questions among some parents as to why they weren't notified earlier. 


Threat found on side of KM High School

March 02, 2012 10:31 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District officials are planning a press conference this morning to address concerns over a perceived threat found on the side of the school this morning.

A student at the school told Lake Country Publications that the graffiti says something about killing people. It is not thought that the message was directed at anyone in particular.

High School Principal Jeff Walters has told students they should not feel threatened. But despite that message, many students are leaving the school, the student said.

News of the message raced through the school, he said.

Watch for updates on this story.


Boys tourney games tonight

By Chuck Delsman

March 02, 2012 10:11 a.m. |  Four Lake Country area high school boys basketball teams will play WIAA regional second round games Friday night.

Arrowhead will host Waukesha North at 7 p.m. in a Division 1 game.

Wisconsin Lutheran will play a Division 2 game against host Pewaukee at 7 p.m.

St. John's Northwestern Military Academy will play a Division 3 game at Omro at 7 p .m.

Lake Country Lutheran will play a Division 5 game at Racine Lutheran at 7 p.m.


AHS girls defeat KM, share title

By Chuck Delsman

March 02, 2012 6:41 a.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team defeated visiting Kettle Moraine Thursday night in the final Classic 8 Conference game of the season, 38-26.

The win moved the Arrowhead record to 13-1 in league play, tying them with Milwaukee Pius for the league championship. It was their first title since 2008. The Warhawks are 19-3 on the season.

KM fell to 8-14 overall and 6-8 in conference games.

Arrowhead led from start to finish, taking leads of 9-4 after the first quarter and 20-12 at halftime.

Jenny Smith led the Warhawks with 12 points and Kyle Davis had 8.

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Hamilton girls win GMC title

By JR Radcliffe

March 01, 2012 10:32 p.m. | Playing before a spirited crowd in a hotly-contested battle, Sussex Hamilton's girls basketball team secured the first conference title in school history with a 59-54 win over Divine Savior Holy Angels in overtime.

Both teams came into the season-closing battle tied for first place in the GMC with two losses, and when the Chargers played a near-flawless second quarter to take a 33-22 lead at halftime, it looked like Hamilton had it in the bag. But Arike Ogunubawale (26 points) caught fire and scored 10 straight Dashers points, helping her team take a brief lead before the Chargers bounced back and went up 48-41 with 4:27 to go in the game.

DSHA's Bea Thorson hit a pair of 3-pointers off the ench in the fourth quarter, and two shots in the paint on the final possession wouldn't fall for Hamilton with the score tied at 50-50.

Ogunbuwale gave her team a 54-52 lead early in the overtime, but Mackenzie Latt hit 6 of 8 free throws and scored eight of her 31 points in the extra session. Her two makes with 12.7 seconds left essentially sealed the outcome.

Jenny Shernell added 11 points for the Chargers, who finished the year 17-5 and 12-2 in conference.


Fund for Hilligoss family established

By Joe Trovato

March 01, 2012 3:39 p.m. | A memorial fund established in honor of J.T. Hilligoss is available at any Landmark Credit Union.

Friends of the family created The "J.T. Hilligoss Fund" at the Hartland Landmark Credit Union, but donors can give monetary gifts at any Landmark Credit Union location.

The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers because of a lung condition affecting J.T.'s father.

Hilligoss was found dead in his bedroom at his parent's Village of Hartland home early Monday morning.

Read our earlier coverage of this story here.


Joey Fund established for boy hit by train

By Joe Trovato

March 01, 2012 2:44 p.m. | According to an e-mail received by Lake Country Publications, organizers have established a fund to help the family of Joey Kramer offset the cost of his funeral expenses.

The 11-year-old was killed after being struck by a train in Wauwatosa on Monday.

Joey was a sixth grade student at Longfellow Elementary School in Wauwatosa. He attended kindergarten through fifth grade in the Pewaukee School District.

All contributions can be made to the "Joey Fund" c/o M&I Bank, 7635 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53213.

Read more about this story in our earlier coverage here.


Swan sets Pewaukee scoring record

By Chuck Delsman

March 01, 2012 2:25 p.m. |  Pewaukee High School senior forward Jordyn Swan became the all-time leading scorer in school history Wednesday night by making a layup three minutes into the third quarter. When she added a free throw on the same play, Swan's total of points moved to 1,152, two better than former record holder Amy Steffens, who graduated in 2004.

Swan is a four-year varsity player and will play at the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville next year. She has averaged 12.3 points per game for her four-year varsity career. This year the 6-foot senior is scoring 17 points per game.


Mukwonago show choir set to perform in Madison

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

March 01, 2012 1:01 p.m. | Mukwonago High School’s Starstruck Show Choir will be experiencing the majestic beauty of the State Capitol Rotunda as they fill it with music during their free performance as part of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) Capitol Concerts program on March 5.

The choir, under the direction of Charlotte Kolby, will perform in the State Capitol Rotunda from 12 to 1 p.m.. The concert is free and open to the public.

Capitol Concerts are a series of student performances coordinated by the WMEA in celebration of Music In Our Schools Month, a time when the importance of music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. School music groups from around the state are chosen to participate in the annual WMEA program, according to a news release from WMEA. 

“These concerts bring together two of Wisconsin’s great treasures – the State Capitol and our talented young citizens,” said Kevin Thays, WMEA director of communications. “The concerts share the accomplishments of school music groups and emphasize the very important place of music in our schools and communities.” 

For more information on WMEA and a complete schedule, go to www.wmeamusic.org. To learn more about Music In Our Schools Month, visit www.nafme.org. 


Suspect sought in Sussex armed robbery

By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

March 01, 2012 11:36 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has released photos of an armed robber captured on surveillance cameras at Quarry Mobile Mart on Lisbon Road in Sussex last week in hopes someone will recognize him and provide information.

The robber walked into the mart shortly before 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, displayed a sawed-off shotgun and demanded money. The clerk did not resist and turned over what sheriff's spokesman Detective Steve Pederson described as an undetermined amount of cash. The robber fled without further incident.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, in his mid-40s and with a weathered, acne-pocked face. He spoke without an accent and was wearing a denim coat, blue jeans, tan boots and Oakley style glasses.

If anyone recognizes him or has information, they are asked to contact the Sheriff's Department at (262) 548-7122 or Detective Jay Dunston at (262) 424-9001.


Don't put that shovel away yet

March 01, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Just when you thought spring might finally be here to stay, Old Man Winter has decided to make another appearance. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Friday afternoon through evening.

Accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow are possible.


Pewaukee girls win outright title

By Chuck Delsman

March 01, 2012 7:06 a.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team clinched the outright championship Wednesday night in the Woodland Conference Blue Division by whipping visiting Brown Deer in the final game of the regular season , 60-32.

PHS finished with a 16-2 league record and an 18-4 mark overall. The championship was the third straight for the Pirates and fourth in the last five years.

Pewaukee led from start to finish, taking a commanding 32-15 lead at halftime.

Senior Brittany Groer fired in 14 points to lead the Pirates. Emily Wirth added 13 points to that total and Jordyn Swan had 9. Megan Murray scored 6 points off the bench.


Wreck closes Hwy 18 near Hwy 67

Feb. 29, 2012 5:07 p.m. | A wreck near the junction of Hwy 18 and Hwy 67 has closed both lanes of traffic on Hwy 18 in the Dousman area.

Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid the lane closures.


Mukwonago power restored

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Feb. 29, 2012 1:24 p.m. | Power has been restored to much of the area south of Mukwonago. According to WE Energies outage maps, a few people near Highway L are still without power which was lost due to tree contact.


Power out in southern Mukwonago area

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Feb. 29, 2012 12:06 p.m. | A power outage at the southern end of the Village of Mukwonago, extending south past Highway LO has affected more than 900 customers, according to WE Energies outage maps. The outage is currently under investigation. 

Mukwonago Wal-Mart is without power, according to a resident who called Mukwonago Publications. 

No further information is available at this time.


Tour of NHI planned for Ixonia parents

By Donna Frake

Feb. 29, 2012 11:12 a.m. | Ixonia School parents are invited to attend a  tour of Nature Hill Intermediate School tonight from  6-7 p.m.  Consideration is being given to a plan that would move next year's fourth grade students at Ixonia School to NHI to accommodate increased enrollment.

Ixonia School Principal Deanna Burton said a date for a second meeting with school parents to discuss options will be announced soon.


Phones, power back up at Lake Country Publications

Feb. 29, 2012 8:56 a.m. | Power and phones were out briefly Wednesday morning at Lake Country Publications due to a power outage likely caused by storms Tuesday night.

Around 8:15 a.m. power was back up and the office is open for business. If you tried to contact Lake Country Publications this morning and were unsuccessful, we apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience in this matter. If you need to reach the office, please call (262) 367-3272.


Quad/Graphics reports loss in final quarter of 2011

By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel

Feb. 29, 2012 7:56 a.m. | Even as it reported a loss in the latest quarter, Quad/Graphics Inc. announced a 25% increase in its quarterly dividend Wednesday in what the Sussex-based commercial printer called a sign of confidence that it is weathering a tough economy in a media industry that's in transition.

"We feel really good about the sustainability of supporting that dividend," Chief Executive Joel Quadracci told investors in a conference call. The dividend increase to 25 cents a share reflects "confidence" in the strength of the company's balance sheets, he said.

Quad shares rallied more than 14%, or $1.90, to close at $14.97 Wednesday.

The company, North America's second-biggest producer of magazines and books, has become a bellwether of the changes rocking the media world. Its sales and earnings have come under pressure as demand for ink-on-paper publications increasingly competes with e-readers and tablets.

Quad swung to a fourth-quarter loss of $6.9 million, or 15 cents a share, from net income of $26.6 million, or 55 cents, a year earlier. Earnings before taxes, interest and other accounting necessities, however, remained positive, although by that measure profits dipped 14% to $197 million. Sales decreased 3.4% to $1.22 billion from $1.26 billion.

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KM boys hoops season ends

By Chuck Delsman

Feb. 29, 2012 7:55 a.m. |  Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team had its season come to a close Tuesday night as they lost to host Watertown in a WIAA Division 1 first-round regional game, 49-44. KM finished the year with a 5-18 record.

The Lasers led 12-9 after the first period and then went scoreless in the second quarter, allowing the Goslings to take a 20-12 edge at halftime.

KM outscored Watertown in the second half, 32-29.

Ben Varick led the Lasers with 13 points and Paul Miller had 11. Others scoring for Kettle Moraine were Beck Chase with 9, Mitchell Oleson 7 and Mike Ottusch 4.


Is another charter school on the horizon for KMSD?

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Feb. 28, 2012 10:26 p.m. |  The Kettle Moraine School Board gave the nod to continue looking at a possible elementary charter school after hearing a feasibility report from Wales Elementary School teachers  tonight. 


Jury rejects Delafield dam claims

By Kelly Smith

Feb. 28, 2012 6:40 p.m. | WAUKESHA  - A Waukesha County Circuit Court jury has unanimouusly  rejected the claims of six City of Delafield property owners who sought more than a million dollars in damages from 92-year-old Margaret Zerwekh because she followed orders from the Department of Natural Resources and drained a dam mill pond on her property along the Bark River.

The department ordered the wooden flood gates removed on the dam owned by Zerwekh in July of 2008 because officials were concerned about the safety of her home and the lives and property of residents down river following heavy rain storms in early June.

The neighbors asserted that the sediment that remained after the pond was drained created a nuisance that was contributing to the loss of real estate values on their homes. In addition, they said they had suffered the loss of the enjoyment of living on a mill pond.

They accussed Zerwekh of failing to maintain the dam and refusing help from neighbors and the City of Delafield in repairing the dam.

However, the jury ruled the neighbors were not entitled to access and the benefits of the pond. The jury also determined Zerwekh was not responsible for the nuisance created by the sediment which did not pose a significant financial loss to the neighbors, according to the verdict.

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No more drivers ed classes during the day at MHS

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Feb. 28, 2012 4:27 p.m. |  After much discussion and debate, the Mukwonago School Board dropped drivers education as a credit class during the school day by a 6-2 vote with School Board President Loren Tieman and board member Art Schneider voting to keep the class.


Compas announces bid to challenge Fitzgerald in recall

Feb. 28, 2012 4:07 p.m. | Lori Compas announced her bid today for the State Senate seat currently held by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald at the Jefferson Area Business Center.

According to a press release, Compas presented a platform inspired by the concerns she heard while talking to people in the district: job creation, affordable access to health care and restoration of open, honest government. Her announcement was made at the Jefferson Area Business Center, a member of the Wisconsin Business Incubation Association, which fosters local job creation by encouraging small businesses and entrepreneurship.



Dakota the owl returns to his public Saturday

Feb. 28, 2012 3:50 p.m. | The Wildlife In Need Center announced today that Dakota the great horned owl's recovery is complete and he is ready to make his first public appearance outside the center. He is still in re-training, but in light of this, the center is hosting an educational program at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s Theater at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

 

According to the WINC, Dakota was deemed unreleasable more than a decade ago by expert wildlife rehabilitators and he was taken in by the Wildlife In Need Center to help launch its young environmental education program.

In that time, Dakota has educated more than 80,000 people about respecting and appreciating his wild counterparts. But he reached a whole new audience when his theft last November brought national attention to the center he calls home.

The outpouring of cards and letters of support the center received on his behalf ranged from students as far away as Florida to local community groups and religious leaders, many of which had the opportunity to meet Dakota during his first 10 years of outreach programming.

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Student death said to be 'cardiac abnormality'

By Joe Trovato

Feb. 28, 2012 1:36 p.m. | The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office reports that after conducting an autopsy today, all evidence suggests that James "J.T." Hilligoss died of a natural event related to a cardiac abormality.

The medical examiner's office noted that the the conclusion was pending further study.

Hilligoss, 17, and a junior at Arrowhead High School, was found dead in his bedroom on Monday morning.

Tuesday's autopsy dispelled the rumor that Hilligoss died as a result of a concussion suffered while snowboarding the day before. His parents told Lake Country Publications that there was no truth to those rumors and that he suffered no concussions while snowboarding.


Pewaukee hires new football coach

By JR Radcliffe

Feb. 27, 2012 9:58 p.m. | Pewauke has hired Hamilton offensive coordinator Justin Friske as its next football coach. Full story.


Mukwonago construction firm to build Missouri Culver's restaurant

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Feb. 27, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Campbell Construction JD Inc. of Mukwonago announced in a news release that it has been selected to build the new Culver’s Restaurant in St. Robert, Mo.  

Jay Campbell says, “Campbell Construction has built, and renovated eight Culver’s Restaurants in the last three years and we are thankful for the amount of repeat work we do for clients, it is a true testimony of the quality and service we provide.”


AHS girls cage team plans fill the gym night

By Chuck Delsman

Feb. 27, 2012 2:55 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team is planning a Fill the Gym Night this Thursday as they wrap up their 2011-12 regular season by hosting neighboring Kettle Moraine in a Classic 8 Conference game. Tipoff time is 7:30 p.m. The junior varsity and freshmen games will begin at 5:45 p.m.

All Arrowhead High School students who bring in a nonperishable food item or other needed items will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad or other prizes. Drawings will take place at halftime and between the third and fourth quarter


KM boys play regional Tuesday night

By Chuck Delsman

Feb. 27, 2012 2:43 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team, 5-17 on the season, will begin play in the WIAA Division 1 state tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they play against host Watertown (15-7). The winner will play Friday in the regional second round.

Paul Miller leads the Lasers in scoring at 15 points per game. Other top scorers are Ben Varick and Mitchell Oleson.


Local area schools can win $15,000 for computer equipment

By Cynthia Acosta Luksich

Feb. 27, 2012 1:14 p.m. | To help improve technology funding in Hartland area schools, Cartridge World is giving local schools the chance to win $15,000 to be used toward the purchase of new school computers, technology, books or supplies.

"We’re all affected by the challenges our schools are facing," said Frank Case, President of Cartridge World North America. "So we are supporting local education with our ‘Save Vote Win’ contest – three schools will win $15,000 each. This will provide an entire classroom of computers."

School principals in the Hartland area must register their school at www.SaveVoteWin.com by Feb. 29 to participate. (From March 15-31 parents, faculty, family and friends can vote at www.SaveVoteWin.com for their school.) Three winning schools will be chosen by online voting and random drawing. All public and private K-12 schools are eligible to register by February 29, 2012. The three winning schools will be announced by April 30, 2012.

For special offers and more information about Cartridge World’s 100-percent guaranteed, eco-friendly ink and toner printer cartridges, visit your local Cartridge World store or www.CartridgeWorld.com.

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Mukwonago garage, contents destroyed in fire

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Feb. 27, 2012 1:02 p.m. |  

Firefighters spray foam on the remains of a garage at the end of Lake Street in the Village of Mukwonago Monday afternoon. The garage was completely destroyed and the house next to the garage was also damaged. Another nearby garage also received damage from the fire, according to the property owner.

East Troy, Eagle, Vernon and Town of Waukesha fire departments responded to the scene to assist Mukwonago. No further information is available at this time.


Fire levels garage

Feb. 27, 2012 12:10 p.m. | A fire apparently started in a garage at a home at the end of Lake Street in Mukwonago. The garage was destroyed, as were many of the vehicles and machinery that were housed there. The fire then spread to the house.


Arrowhead student found dead in bedroom

By Joe Trovato

Feb. 27, 2012 11:55 a.m. | Tragic news shook Arrowhead High School Monday morning as news spread that James Hilligoss, 17, was found dead in his bedroom before school.


The Hartland Fire Department responded to the boy’s home shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday, where he had been found lifeless in his bed. Authorities took him to a hospital in Oconomowoc where he was pronounced dead. Police suspected no foul play, but the circumstances surrounding Hilligoss’s death remain under investigation.


The news of the junior’s death hit Arrowhead High School hard.


As word circulated through the school Monday morning, officials dispatched grief counselors to help students and staff cope with the loss. “Our school is pretty shook right now,” Arrowhead Superintendent Craig Jefson said Monday morning. “A lot of emotions. A lot of kids, we’ve got them down here in the district office and all of the areas of the school right now with our counselors.”


The school learned the news at about 8 a.m., prompting it to implement its crisis plan. Counselors and the school psychologist were immediately made available to grieving students and staff.

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Fire location update

Feb. 27, 2012 11:21 a.m. | The Mukwonago fire is at Lake and Spring, near Phantom Lake. Firefighters that have been called for mutual aid are arriving, and work continues on containing the blaze.


Big fire in Mukwonago

Feb. 27, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Fire crews are laying hose to a structure fire on Lake Street west of Shore, in Mukwonago. Black smoke is filling the sky, according to reporter Carol Spaeth-Bauer.

Numerous departments have been called to help, including: Vernon, Eagle, Town of Waukesha, East Troy, North Prairie, the Rapid Intervention Team. Dousman and Wales have also been called, to help cover the area while firefighters are busy with this fire.

Watch for more information as it comes in.


Taraska new defensive coach at Brookfield Central

By Chuck Delsman

Feb. 27, 2012 10:23 a.m. |  Tom Taraska, the Hall of Fame coach who turned the Arrowhead football program into one of the best in the state, has been named the new defensive coordinator at Brookfield Central High School. Taraska told the Lake Country Reporter about his new job Monday morning.

Jamie Meulemans is the head coach at Brookfield Central. Taraska will begin his duties immediately.

Taraska resigned last spring from the Arrowhead job after coaching the Warhawks for 29 years. In that span he won four WIAA Division 1 state championships (1993, 1994, 1996, 2007) and had five other teams finish second.


Woman drives onto Pewaukee Lake, car breaks through ice

By Jim Stevens

Feb. 27, 2012 9:57 a.m. |

City of Pewaukee – A 53-year-old City of Pewaukee woman was arrested for drunken driving after she drove her car out onto Pewaukee Lake early Monday and the car went partially into the water.

Susan Schommer, drove a 2005 Acura onto the lake from a boat launch and the drove along the shore until the car went through the ice and started to sink. Schoomer was able to get out of the vehicle and went to a residence on Rocky Point Road where the homeowner gave Schoomer some blankets and called police at 12:02 a.m., according to Capt. Karen Ruff of Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

When Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived, Schommer was cold and stated she did not know why her car was in the lake, Ruff said. Schoomer was cited for first-offense drunken driving.


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