The Burlington Area School District, which saw a previous referendum fail, went back to the drawing board and presented taxpayers with a different choice in 2018.

The change won over voters during a November referendum that will allow the district to replace an aging Karcher Middle School and complete other needed repairs around the district.

The school referendum was rated among the top news stories of 2018 by the staff of the Standard Press.

Pick up a copy of this week’s Standard Press for a ranking of the top 20 news stories of 2018 and let the debate begin on which story deserves top billing:

Was it the referendum, the new pool, the state championships – for not one, but two local volleyball teams – or was it the proposals for a new performing arts center and a new indoor athletics facility?

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:

  • SPRING BALLOT SET: There’ll be at least one primary for a City Council seat in the spring election. Find out what other local municipal and school board races will be contested in the April election.
  • CASEY’S ADVANCES: Casey’s General Store cleared another hurdle last month when the Burlington Common Council issued a Class A retail liquor license to the Iowa-based company. The approval comes as the convenience store/gas station takes shape at the corner of Dodge and Adams streets.
  • HEROIN CHARGE ISSUED: A Burlington man, 33, was charged Dec. 26 in Racine County Circuit Court with possession of narcotic drugs after he was discovered by police in a bathroom on Park Street.
  • TOP SPORTS STORIES: So who were the greatest individual performers and what was the team of the year in Western Racine County? Check out this week’s sports section for the answers.