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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, […]


Unto them, a child was born

Unto them, a child was born

Members of the Plymouth Congregational Church live nativity scene on Christmas Eve are (from left) shepherds Andrew Picazo, Tristan Post, Chad VanSwol, Joseph – portrayed by Aidan King –wisewoman Jaeda Mendez, wiseman Jack Dukes and Mary, portrayed by Sawyer Wightman. (Submitted photo)


Spreading Christmas cheer

Spreading Christmas cheer

Burlington Lions Club member Rich Richveis is joined his daughters Alyssa (left) and Renee (right) as they spread holiday cheer to residents of Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation (formerly Mount Carmel) in Burlington. The service organization visited all the residents to deliver gifts. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)


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 […]



Eugene F. Hoppe, 84, Burlington, died Dec. 27, 2011, at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. He was born on Jan. 12, 1927, in Burlington, to the late Louis and Florence (Brooks) Hoppe. He spent his early life in Waterford and Union Grove and was a graduate of Union Grove High […]


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 […]



Faye Bright Rucks, 72, died Dec 18, 2011, at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, Ky., of natural causes. A native of Marinette, she was born April 20, 1939, to the late Harvey D. and Henrietta Beach Bright. She was a homemaker. Her husband Donald died in 1996. Survivors include […]



Warren Chas. Holloway, 81, Paris Township, died Dec. 21, 2011, at his home in the presence of his loving family. He was born Sept. 10, 1930, to the late Charles and Dorothy (Gunter) Holloway in Paris Township. He was a 1948 graduate of Union Grove Union High School and he […]



Mark A. Beyer, 44, Burlington, died peacefully at his home Dec. 20, 2011. He was born Nov. 7, 1967 in Burlington to Michael and Marlene (Arnold) Beyer. He spent his early life in Wheatland and was a graduate of Central High School. He was a plumber and worked for the […]


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