Incumbents dominate area races

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor With the exception of Village of Rochester Trustee Mike Weinkauf making the decision to step down, few elections this spring will have challengers. From 2003-2009, Weinkauf, who lives in the former township area, served on the now-defunct Rochester Town Board. When the unincorporated land was merged […]


2016: The Year in Review

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor It’s been a year of new beginnings, controversy and tragic circumstance in the Waterford and Union Grove areas, with plenty of important headlines. Here are some of the top news stories coming out of the Waterford and Union Grove areas in 2016.   Waterford Waterway Management […]


Heritage District boundaries could be redrawn – again

By Dave Fidlin CORRESPONDENT After hearing from several concerned property owners, Village of Waterford officials have placed a proposed amendment on the boundaries of its historic commercial district on the backburner. The Village Board was slated to adopt new boundaries for its Heritage District at a meeting Dec. 12, but […]


Village to form tourism commission, raise room tax

By Dave Fidlin CORRESPONDENT In an effort to sync up with revised state law, Village of Waterford officials have adopted an ordinance that lays out a number of changes for collecting room taxes. It represents a tiny sliver of its annual revenue, but a portion of Baymont Inn’s revenues is […]


Village sets final design plans for River East project

By Dave Fidlin CORRESPONDENT   After months of discussion and several overtures to solicit public feedback, Village of Waterford officials are moving forward on plans linked to the oft-discussed River East shoreline project along the Fox River embankment.   At two recent meetings — Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 — […]


Matt Johnson to lead Town of Waterford police

By Dave Fidlin CORRESPONDENT With the incumbent police chief’s retirement just weeks away, Town of Waterford officials have set in motion a succession plan for its next leader. Matt Johnson, a sergeant with the town’s police force, has been tapped to lead the department in the new year after Police […]


Rochester budget includes rise in tax rate

By Dave Fidlin Correspondent Through a series of nips and tucks, Village of Rochester officials recently minted a 2017 budget, which reflects an increase in the tax rate and a series of maneuvers designed to keep the levy in check. Clerk-Treasurer Betty Novy recently presented the Village Board with a […]


Washington-Caldwell’s 2016-17 budget, levy decreasing

By Dave Fidlin CORRESPONDENT   With all pieces of the puzzle in place, Washington-Caldwell officials recently minted the K-8 feeder school district’s 2016-17 operating budget and property tax levy, both of which are decreasing in year-over-year comparisons.   The district’s budget for the current school year was finalized after all […]


Town holding the line on taxes as budget approved

By Jennifer Eisenbart Editor The Town of Waterford is holding its 2017 tax levy about even, with most taxpayers not expected to see a tax increase. The Town Board approved the 2017 budget and tax levy at Tuesday night’s meeting. The general property tax levy approved Tuesday night was $2.02 […]


Waterford students safe after ‘not credible’ threat

Waterford students safe after ‘not credible’ threat

Waterford Union High School Superintendent Keith Brandstetter said a Snapchat threat made Wednesday has been dealt with appropriately. Brandstetter said he was made aware of a student statement on Snapchat late Wednesday, and involved the Racine County Sheriff’s Department to investigate. He said Friday that the sheriff’s department called them […]


Local news on Twitter

Local sports on Twitter