A look back at 2011

Members of the Burlington High School girls volleyball team celebrate their WIAA Division 1 state championship in early November. Catholic Central High School’s team captured the Division 4 title to make Burlington the only city to simultaneously hold two state volleyball titles.

Burlington’s top 20 news stories ranked by newspaper staff Time magazine selected the protester as its person of the year for 2011. And while the protester as depicted by Time may be too strong a term for the type of political activists that stepped to the forefront of Burlington area’s […]


Lack of interest could prompt city to consider shrinking council

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff Writer While Mayor Bob Miller doesn’t think the decision by two city aldermen not to seek office again will significantly affect the City Council, change may soon be coming anyhow. Aldermen Jeff Fischer and Jim Prailes formally declared last week that they would not seek re-election, […]


Food and fun featured at Raymond senior breakfasts

Serving seniors at a recent monthly Senior Citizen Breakfast held at Raymond School are seventh- and eighth-grade students (above pic, from right) Alex Goodrich, Casie Ertl, Charlene Gelhaus, and Shianne Dombrowski.

It’s the second Wednesday of December and seventh- and eighth-grade students at Raymond School are waiting in the entryway to greet and guide senior citizens to breakfast. Besides a delicious breakfast, that day the seniors enjoy entertainment or presentations by students of all ages. Students also serve the meal and […]


D.A. tabbed for county judge seat

Nieskes will also run for Branch 5 seat in spring election Gov. Scott Walker on Dec. 13 appointed Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes to fill the vacant judge’s seat on the county circuit court. The appointment, which is only good until the spring election, gives Nieskes a leg up […]


Lessons for the classroom of life

Burlington High School special education teachers Jared Boyd (left) and Amy Anhold are part of a program that helps teach students job skills. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

BHS program helps prepare special education students for world of work By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer If you come down the main hallway at Burlington High School between the hours of 7:10 and 11 a.m. any morning of the week, you can find the B-Town Cafe. If you like coffee, […]


Mayor seeks donations for July 4 blast

He asks for community’s help to enhance city display With the time for ordering fireworks rapidly approaching, Burlington Mayor Bob Miller is reaching out to the community to help ensure residents have a bang-up time during the city’s July 4 observance. “I would like next year’s  (fireworks) display to be […]


Farm drainage project OKd, initial cost estimates rise

By Dave Fidlin Correspondent After extensive review and discussion, the Waterford Farm Drainage District project – lauded by officials as an opportunity to correct ongoing flooding problems – will begin soon. The Waterford Village Board and members of the independent board overseeing the drainage district agreed Dec. 12 to several […]


City moves ahead with plant upgrades

Trimmed budget focuses on improvements not expansion By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer The City of Burlington Common Council approved five different resolutions Tuesday, the most expensive of which involved the funding of final design and construction management of improvements to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. That item, estimated at $828,427, involved […]


Raymond School honors its top students

First Quarter Grade 5 – A honor roll: Beck, Owen; Betthauser, Paige; Campbell, Noah; Cerda, Julianna; Dixon, Destri; Dybedahl, Rebecca; Eschmann, Samuel; Fruth, Katie; Gerschwiler, Molly; Hansel, Luke; Hansen, Ethan; Hansen, Madeyln; Hoffman, Hailey; Hribar, Katelyn; Koelsch, Luke; Koelsch, Wyatt; Koerber, Kelly; Moore, Michaela; Passehl, Elly; Peterson, Anna; Radovich, Jeremy; […]


Good medicine or a bitter pill?

Some communities pleased with public health services, but others see it as a pain in the budget By Patricia Bogumil Staff writer Long before it became a national past time, Waterford Town Chairman Robert Langmesser has bashed the high costs of health care – especially the state-mandated kind that gets […]


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