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Wed
15
Aug

Sarnwick wins Democratic nomination for 6th District Assembly

Richard Sarnwick defeated William Switalla in the Democratic primary Tuesday for the 6th District Wisconsin Assembly seat.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting the vote tally was

Sarnwick — 1,453

Switalla — 919

In Shawano County, Sarnwick won 906 votes to 551 for Switalla.

The totals still need to be certified by the Board of Canvass.

Sarnwick now goes on the the Nov. 6 general election where he will face incumbent Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, and Libertarian candidate Michael Hammond.

Sarnwick and Switalla were on the same page on many issues, including their opposition to using taxpayer money to fund private schools, the need for environmental protections, including more possible regulation of large concentrated animal feeding operations and stricter enforcement of regulations already in place, and removing barriers to voting put in place by the Republican-controlled Legislature and governor.

Sat
11
Aug

2 local races on Tuesday’s primary ballot

Area voters Tuesday will decide which candidates will appear on the ballot in November in the races for Shawano County sheriff and 6th District State Assembly.

Former chief deputy John Gutho is challenging incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber for the Republican nomination for that office. The winner will face Shawano Police Officer Keith Sorlie, who is running as an independent.

Richard Sarnwick, of Shawano, and William Switalla, of Wittenberg, are competing for the Democratic nomination for the 6th District Assembly seat. One of them will go up against incumbent Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, in the Nov. 6 election.

Employee turnover and department morale have been issues in the sheriff’s race, though the candidates have differed on how serious a problem it is.

“One of my goals on day one is to get together with command staff, the line staff, and figure out what’s going on,” Gutho said during a candidate forum last month.

Sat
11
Aug

Gutho still outpacing Bieber in contributions, spending

Retired chief deputy John Gutho, who is challenging Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber in his bid for reelection, continues to outpace the incumbent in both contributions and campaign spending, according to documents filed this week.

Gutho and Bieber will go head-to-head in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The winner will face Shawano police officer Keith Sorlie, who is running for the office as an independent, in the November election.

Each of the candidates this week filed their second campaign finance reports, covering the month of July.

According to the reports, donations to Gutho’s campaign totaled $1,191 last month, bringing his year-to-date total to $16,375.

Gutho’s campaign spent $3,836 in July, bringing that year-to-date total to $14,133.

Most of those expenses in July included yard signs, brochures, advertising and candy handed out at parades.

Sat
11
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 9

Police logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 800 block of East Maurer Street.

Shoplifter — People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Child Abuse — A child abuse complaint was under investigation.

Bail Jumping — Police investigated a bail jumping complaint at the VFW Clubhouse, 202 W. Lieg Ave.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile alcohol complaint at Sturgeon Park, 811 S. Water St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 9

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Fire — A man was hospitalized after a gas stove explosion on Wendt Road in the town of Fairbanks. He was able to get out and call the Tigerton Fire Department. The building was destroyed. There were no further details available.

Fri
10
Aug

City annexes 46 acres from town of Waukechon

The city of Shawano got just a little bigger Wednesday.

That’s when the Shawano Common Council approved annexation of 46 acres of property in the town of Waukechon to accommodate a new facility for Reinhart Foodservice.

The city will pay the town of Waukechon an amount equal to the amount of taxes Waukechon would have collected from the annexed territory annually for five years.

Mayor Ed Whealon said the taxes would amount to “a couple hundred dollars a year.”

The original plan had been for the city to annex about 60 acres, but several property owners in the proposed annexation territory decided they did not want to become part of the city.

The annexation approved Wednesday works around those properties and creates a 33-foot easement along the eastern edge that will also remain part of Waukechon so they can stay connected to the town.

Fri
10
Aug

Developer looking to get out of agreement with city

The developers that had been planning a medical residency training center in Shawano would be removed from a development agreement with the city, under a proposed amendment to the agreement tentatively approved Wednesday by the Common Council.

The amendment also calls for RTC Real Estate Holdings, LLC to give up any claim to the undeveloped portion of the property, which would revert back to the city.

RTC would be replaced by a separate company, Engle Drive Holdings, LLC, which is the company that actually built the existing 22-bed assisted living facility that had been intended as the first phase of the RTC project.

Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard said the amendment, which was proposed by RTC, still needs to go through some changes even though the council “substantially” approved it after coming out of a closed session discussion.

Fri
10
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 8

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — A 55-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal damage to property in the 800 block of Prospect Street.

Intoxicated Person — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Evergreen and Richmond streets.

Theft — A vehicle was reported broken into in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 8

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities responding to a credit card theft complaint on Cervany Lane in the town of Richmond arrested a 25-year-old Shawano woman for a probation and parole violation.

Theft — Chickens were reported stolen on County Road C in the town of Angelica.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a telephone scam complaint on Cedar Street in Bonduel.

Fri
10
Aug

Quirt Family Dentistry offers free services

Residents in the Wittenberg community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Quirt Family Dentistry on Aug. 24.

Dr. Benjamin Gauthier and his team at Quirt Family Dentistry will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance.

“We understand that many people in our community and across the nation haven’t been to the dentist for a long period of time. Some don’t understand the importance of dental health, but more often than not, they don’t have the financial means,” Gauthier said. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with those less fortunate and give back to the community.”

Fri
10
Aug

CoVantage merges with CentralAlliance

On July 31, members of CentralAlliance Credit Union voted overwhelmingly in favor of the decision to merge with CoVantage Credit Union. The merger had already been approved by regulators.

With the recent positive vote by CentralAlliance members, which was the final approval needed to move forward, the two financial cooperatives are planning the merger to be effective Jan. 1.

Founded in 1934, CentralAlliance Credit Union serves approximately 5,200 members and has assets of nearly $80 million. According to Tonni Larson, CEO of CentralAlliance, “The staff, along with myself and our board of directors, see this as a wonderful opportunity for our members and for our community. CoVantage shares the same beliefs that we do – of service, value, and commitment to improving the lives of members and employees well into the future.”

Thu
09
Aug

Medical residency training center could be out

The vaunted medical residency training center that was the key element of a development agreement with the city of Shawano is likely to be gutted from the agreement amid expectations the developers won’t be able to deliver on it.

“There have been discussions about an amendment to the development agreement that would effectively remove the clinic and the hospital from that agreement,” Shawano City Administrator Brian Knapp said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.

Knapp said in that interview that the amendment hadn’t been finalized, but removal of the medical residency training center was a possibility.

“That’s uncertain, but I think it’s likely,” he said.

The Shawano Common Council met in closed session Wednesday night to discuss the developer’s agreement.

“There’s some things that are going to happen that were talked about in closed session,” Mayor Ed Whealon said after the meeting, but, he said, the agreement would be approved.

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