It’s been nearly a year since a global coronavirus pandemic was declared and recent trends suggest the number of cases here is on a steady decline.

Whether that trend is a function of the usual post-holiday winter hibernation or some other combination of factors remains to be seen. However, with the vaccine rollout picking up speed, people have reason to be optimistic even as restrictions remain in place.

The current state of coronavirus in Racine County is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. The newspaper will be available at local retail outlets on Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

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

  • MAN DIES IN SNOWMOBILE CRASH: A 19-year-old Burlington area man has been identified as the victim of a fatal snowmobile crash Saturday in a rural area southwest of Geneva Lake. The victim, Seth Sanders, was a 2019 graduate of Westosha Central High School in Paddock Lake.
  • ELECTION SLATE SET: Voters in the Town of Burlington advanced supervisor candidates Neal Czaplewski and Brian Fliss to the April 6 Spring Election in Tuesday’s lone local primary race, according to unofficial tallies from the Racine County Clerk’s Office.
  • HOFFMAN FOUND GUILTY: Troy Hoffman was found guilty of killing Chad Bickler in Wind Lake in late 2019 after changing his plea to no contest in the murder charge against him. Racine County Circuit Court Judge Robert Repischak handed down the guilty verdict to the charge of first-degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon during a plea hearing held Feb. 8.
  • COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24 for a Wind Lake woman who allegedly spent her stimulus check on fentanyl and overdosed. Emily M. Moore, 22, was charged Feb. 12 in Racine County Circuit Court with possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
  • GRANT ACCEPTED: The City of Burlington at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting formally accepted Community Development Block Grants to finance accessibility upgrades to public facilities and improvements at the Senior Center. The grant totals nearly $1 million.
  • TRIMESTERS OK’D: The Board of Education at Burlington Area School District endorsed a plan to switch from semesters to trimesters for kindergarten through eighth grade classes. The endorsement, which came during a Feb. 8 meeting, is effective for the 2021-22 school year and officials said the change will expand educational opportunities for students.
  • WRESTLING WITH GRIEF: Saturday’s WIAA State Individual Wrestling tournament was an emotional crossroads for members of the Bird family of Burlington. The family’s youngest member, Jaden, closed out his high school wrestling career on the state stage, reviving memories of his late brother, Josh, a two-time state champ.