BASD wrestles with insurance options

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor When Burlington Area School District was first dealing with the provisions of Act 10 in the spring of 2011, administrators chose to go with a less expensive health insurance option – and not ask employees to pay toward their premiums. The reasoning was that district employees […]


Breakfast honoring law enforcement set for Sunday at Cooper School

By Jennifer Eisenbart jeisenbart@southernlakesnewspapers.com A breakfast honoring law enforcement will be held Sunday starting at 9 a.m. at Cooper Elementary School, 249 Conkey St., in Burlington. The event is sponsored by Grace Church, which in the past has honored teachers, local government leaders, medical professionals, firefighters and local EMTs. Sunday’s […]


Family of man killed in Florida sees justice

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor According to news outlets in St. Petersburg, the drunken driver who hit and killed a Burlington native last spring has been sentenced to 30 years in jail. Aaron Davis, a 31-year-old Burlington High School graduate, was killed April 11, 2015, while walking from his job as […]


Winkler embraces its Buddy Bench

Winkler embraces its Buddy Bench

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor It didn’t take long for the Winkler Elementary School Buddy Bench to beckon a student. Principal Jackie Syens recalls finding a kindergartener sitting on the bench recently, one who’d gone to the library to return a book. “I’m sitting on the Buddy Bench, waiting for a […]


Tractor safety course set at Burlington High School

The UW Extension offices in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties are collaborating to provide a 24-hour tractor safety course for youth ages 12 to 16. Classes will be held Monday through Friday, June 20-24, from 8 a.m. to noon at Burlington High School, 400 McCanna Parkway. This program meets the […]


Area schools earn statewide recognition

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor Two area grade schools – one in Burlington, one in Waterford – were recently honored as Title I Schools of Recognition. Burlington’s Cooper Elementary School and Waterford’s Trailside Elementary were each honored in March. In order to be eligible for the award, schools must meet the […]


New council positions established

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor The City of Burlington Common Council swore in the four aldermen April 19 who were re-elected April 5, and established representatives to various commissions and committees. Ed Johnson, Ruth Dawidziak, Tom Vos and Tom Preusker took oaths for their aldermanic positions. All were re-elected without opposition. […]


Council OKs map for retail parcel

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor While the City of Burlington Common Council approved the certified survey map for a new retail development on Milwaukee Avenue last week, at least one tenant for the building was confirmed. Leslie Scherrer Pella of PSG Inc. – formerly The Peter Scherrer Group – said following […]


Teacher’s fleet feet lifted by spirit of Boston

Teacher’s fleet feet lifted by spirit of Boston

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor How did Matt Nie celebrate completing his first-ever Boston Marathon Monday afternoon? He was back in school Tuesday morning, listening to, of all things, inspirational speeches from his advanced public speaking class. “It started before I left, and now I got to continue,” said Nie Tuesday […]


Hefty pledges to span divisions

Hefty pledges to span divisions

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor On her first evening as the latest mayor of the City of Burlington, Jeannie Hefty gave a hopeful “State of the City” speech Tuesday night. “I feel leadership must be willing to span divisions and bring people and organization together for the common good of the […]


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