Health department switch advances despite concerns

By Jennifer Eisenbart EDITOR While the City of Burlington Common Council took its first steps toward approving a new public health department Tuesday night, it was not without some pretty serious reservations. The council discussed the new provider – Central Racine County Board of Health – for about 45 minutes […]


New owners look to revive B.J. Wentkers

By Jennifer Eisenbart EDITOR A local dining fixture is getting a renewed lease on life. Three local couples have combined resources to purchase B.J. Wentkers in the historic triangle tavern building at 230 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. The new owners will host a grand re-opening Saturday from 5-10 p.m. The bar […]


Board balks on policies

By Jennifer Eisenbart EDITOR Exactly what the Burlington Area School District Policy Committee expected back from the ad hoc committee on naming, sponsorship and advertising rights was unclear Monday night. What the committee got, however, was a trio of detailed policies that outlined everything from the kinds of signs that […]


Local schools meet or exceed expectations

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor There were few surprises in the area when the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released its third annual school report cards Tuesday. As expected, Waterford – both its elementary schools and the high school – was at the top, with every school exceeding expectations and Waterford […]


Eyes on the prize

Eyes on the prize

  Michael Deutsch lines up his shot in the bowling game during Saturday’s Community Block Party in Burlington. The third annual event drew a crowd in spite of cool temperatures. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)


Area schools make state recognition list

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor For schools that deal with economically disadvantaged children, there’s a challenge before the student even steps into the school. Poor nutrition, an unstable home life, in some cases, even homelessness are all battled in schools that receive a significant amount of Title I federal aid. The […]


Cottonpicker site eyed for offices

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor For years, The Cottonpicker Restaurant was one of the Burlington area’s landmarks. Then, in October 2012, the restaurant closed as owner Bill Foster retired, ending a 36-year run. But now, the building that has sat empty for two years will get a makeover. The City of […]


Area students named National Merit semifinalists

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor Two area students have been named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Callum Leemkuil-Schuerman of Burlington High School and Madison Lindeman of Waterford were both named semifinals from the state of Wisconsin. Approximately 16,000 semifinalists are named nation-wide. About 90 percent of those students […]


Chief says he’s focused on positive changes

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor Close to a month after Burlington Area Rescue Squad took its complaints to the press about City of Burlington Fire Chief Perry Howard, the chief responded last week. Howard, sitting down with City Administrator Kevin Lahner, took the high road on the accusations made that he […]


Deputies saving lives with Narcan

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor For Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling, the drug Narcan – an opiate antagonist that can reverse a heroin overdose – is another lifesaving tool. He got proof of that in the last few months, as the Narcan being carried by Racine County Sheriff’s deputies has saved […]


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