Racine County reached a sad milestone this week as it recorded its 100th death due to COVID-19. Two-thirds of that number is made up of Western Racine County residents.

The news comes as the area – and the state as a whole – is seeing a surge in the number of reported coronavirus cases.

The spike has prompted county officials to sound the alarm on the need for protective measures.

The resurgence of coronavirus locally is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington. The newspaper will be available at local retail outlets on Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail. To arrange for weekly delivery, click here: SUBSCRIBE.

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

  • BULLYING NUMBERS DOWN: Officials with the Burlington Area School District have dealt with a number of hot-button issues in recent weeks and it was no different Monday when the School Board heard a report on bullying in local schools. The good news, however, is numbers of incidents are trending downward.
  • COURT NEWS: A status conference is scheduled for Oct. 21 for a Burlington man charged with threatening four deputies after being arrested for hitting two cars while allegedly driving drunk.
  • TRAINING FOR ASPIRING FIREFIGHTERS: An internship program between the City of Burlington Fire Department and Gateway Technical College could continue under a revised resolution set for final consideration at the Oct. 20 Common Council meeting. The agreement allows firefighters in training to shadow their professional counterparts.
  • A BOOST FOR TRAILS: A proposed $500,000 investment by Racine County would, if approved, provide the push needed to extend the White River Recreational Trail 11 miles to the east and further spur the development of a regional trail network dubbed the Route of the Badger, county officials announced Tuesday.
  • REBRANDING SET: City of Burlington officials and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism have ironed out the details related to a Joint Effort Marketing Grant awarded to the city in September. According to the Department of Tourism, which issued a formal announcement on Oct. 7, the City of Burlington received a $34,450 award to assist in research related to a plan to change the city’s brand from Chocolate City to the City of Trails.
  • DEFENSE DOES IT: A pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns helped power the Burlington Demons to victory over Southern Lakes Conference rival Waterford on Friday.
  • ROLLING AGAIN: The Burlington High School girls volleyball team has been untouchable so far this season as it has swept match after match on its way to a perfect record.