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Thu
26
Apr

Parent concerned about school safety

Issues about safety in schools have revolved around keeping students from bringing guns to campuses, but there are still everyday occurrences where students are at risk of being hurt.

Shelby Kaveinga, a mother of three students with LEADS Charter School, which is part of Hillcrest Primary School, approached the Shawano School Board on Monday with concerns that the district’s policies on bullying and student fights are not strong enough.

“My children have been in the schools for three years, and in that time, they have been touched inappropriately by a student,” Kaveinga said. “They have been the recipients of racial hate speech, and they have been physically assaulted one or more times by another student.”

Some of the assaults and hate speech allegedly occurred after her children stood up for classmates, Kaveinga said. After each incident, she reported what happened to teachers and administrators.

Thu
26
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 24

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 51-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint at Pizza Hut, 816 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 24

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Northridge Drive in Shawano.

Assault — Authorities investigated an assault complaint on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Warrington Avenue in Cecil.

Thu
26
Apr

USDA offers feed loss assistance after blizzards

This month’s record-setting snowstorms caused losses of all sorts for area farmers.

Producers who suffered livestock feed or grazing losses could be eligible for assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program, said Emily Schildgen, executive director of Shawano County’s USDA Farm Service Agency.

“The recent blizzard conditions affected many livestock operations,” said Schildgen. The emergency livestock assistance program, known as ELAP, “provides emergency relief for losses due to feed or water shortages, disease, adverse weather or other conditions, which are not adequately addressed by other disaster programs.”

ELAP covers physically damaged or destroyed livestock feed that was purchased or mechanically harvested forage or feedstuffs intended for use as feed for the producer’s eligible livestock. In order to be considered eligible, harvested forage must be baled.

Thu
26
Apr

UC recognizes employees at annual meeting

On April 23, 200 members and guests attended United Cooperative’s 82nd annual meeting at the Watermark Community Center in Beaver Dam.

At the meeting, David Cramer, United Cooperative president and chief executive officer, reported revenues for 2017 were $647 million. United Cooperative’s core cooperative businesses of feed, grain, agronomy and energy generated $33 million in profits, up $8.5 million from 2016.

The investment United Cooperative made in ethanol contributed $8.5 million to its net income in 2017, down from the $13.8 million this investment returned the year before.

Patronage from regional cooperatives was down 600,000 from 2016, at $5.4 million. All combined, United Cooperative had a total net income before income taxes in 2017 of $48.5 million, up $3 million from 2016.

Wed
25
Apr

Taher tells school board changes being made

Top officials from Taher Inc., the food service provider for the Shawano School District, assured the school board on Monday that it was taking steps to make sure an incident that happened three months ago would never happen again.

Ramon S. Vazquez, a Taher employee, allegedly brought and displayed a holstered firearm in the kitchen area at Shawano Community High School on Jan. 17. The school district contacted police after high school administrators were notified.

The gun was in the kitchen office, and Vazquez was taken into custody by police. The district claimed there were no threats, and staff and school employees were never in any danger.

Judy Cameron, Taher senior vice president, said her company was made aware of the matter, although not specifying the firearm, and that concerns about management and training were raised.

Jim Madden, Taher regional vice president of operations, added that it was an unusual issue for Taher to deal with.

Wed
25
Apr

Three Little Bees all the buzz


Photo by Carol Wagner Melanie Buenning has turned the former Sears store into the Three Little Bees, where she sells consigned clothes, shoes and accessories along with new toys, books and baby gift items.

Melanie Buenning is excited about starting her own children’s resale business, Three Little Bees. It’s a consignment store for kids from newborn to size 10/12 with clothes, shoes and accessories, along with new toys, books and baby gift items in the former Sears store.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about the last five years,” Buenning said.

The name of the store was an easy choice as she is the mother of Adele, 5, Connor, 4, and Brynlee, 3.

The décor is all original by Buenning and her husband, Jeremy, who made all the clothing display racks. It is airy, colorful and calming with antiques among the items that hold displays.

“I didn’t want it to look like an everyday store,” Buenning said.

There are also two rooms that people can rent to host birthday parties and baby showers. People can pick their theme from three décor packages and bring in their own food. The larger room can hold 100 people, and the smaller one accommodates 50.

Wed
25
Apr

Clean energy loan program coming to county

Shawano County is joining a program previously unavailable in this area that will allow businesses in the county to obtain low-interest, long-term financing for clean energy projects.

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is made up of a coalition of counties and municipalities in the state that enables commercial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements.

Shawano County will appoint a County Board supervisor to sit on the commission overseeing the program, along with 29 other counties in the state already involved.

It has been endorsed by the Wisconsin League of Municipalities and Wisconsin Counties Association.

The PACE program is also available in 32 other states.

The Shawano County Board unanimously approved joining the program last week.

Wed
25
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 23

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 27-year-old Bowler woman was arrested for probation violation and a 35-year-old Shawano man referred for two counts of bail jumping after a disturbance in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported at Fire Fitness, 212 E. Green Bay St.

Burglary — A burglary was reported at Pomp’s Tire and Auto, 126 N. Andrews St.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Theft — An attempted theft was reported at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen in the 600 block of South Union Street.

OWI — A 32-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated, operating after revocation of license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

April 22

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Sat
21
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 19

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — Tires were reported slashed in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Fire — Authorities responded to a laundry fire at the Work Release Center, 1240 E. Engel Drive.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of East Randall Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 19

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Ho-Chunk Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Fri
20
Apr

Possible sheriff’s race already shaping up

Shawano County could see a contested race for the sheriff’s office with two potential candidates already taking out papers to run in the Republican primary.

Incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber has been circulating nomination papers for another four-year term, but he could face a challenge from former chief deputy John Gutho, who retired from the sheriff’s department in January 2016.

The filing period opened on April 15, which was the first day candidates could circulate nomination papers.

The candidates have until June 1 at 5 p.m. to return at least 200 signatures in support of their nominations. The maximum the county clerk will accept is 400 signatures.

With the two candidates so far both running as Republicans, a primary will be needed on Aug. 14.

The general election takes place on Nov. 6.

Bieber was a Shawano police officer starting in 2003 until he challenged and defeated former sheriff Randy Wright in the 2014 election.

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