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Tue
22
Feb

Percentage of teen births declining

Associated Press and Shawano Leader

MADISON The percentage of teen-agers giving birth in Wisconsin has dropped to the lowest rate since 1980, continuing a seven-year decline, state figures show.

But the report Monday from the state Department of Health and Family Services also found an increase in births overall and the infant mortality rate, especially among blacks.

Girls between the ages of 15 and 19 gave birth to 6,936 babies in 1998, compared with 7,088 babies in 1997, the department said.

Tue
22
Feb

Boy, 17, arrested in Witt-Birn bomb threat

Leader Reporter

A 17-year-old Wittenberg-Birnamwood area youth is in the Shawano County jail after his arrest Tuesday in connection with a bomb threat made at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School Jan 12.

There have been three other threats at the high school in recent weeks and one at the middle school. All of the threats have disrupted classes at both schools.

Mon
21
Feb

County to reconsider revised annex project

Leader Reporter

Shawano County supervisors Wednesday will consider approval of a lower cost proposal for building a county annex and remodeling the courthouse.

The board previously rejected a proposal to build a nearly 74,000 square foot annex and remodel the current courthouse, at a cost estimated to run about $12.65 million. That cost did not include the additional charges for financing the bonding for the project.

Mon
21
Feb

Cars collide with school bus in fog

Patchy dense fog may have played a role in a school bus accident that eventually involved four vehicles around 7:30 this morning northwest of Gresham.

According to Scott Grosskopf of Grosskopf Bus Co., one of his company's school buses was stopped with its lights flashing at a student pickup point on County A, just east of Schmidt Road when it was struck from behind by a vehicle.

According to Lt. John Gutho of the Shawano County Sheriff's Department, a second separate accident then occurred because of the earlier school bus/vehicle accident.

Mon
21
Feb

Bonduel man wins $5,000 at Powerball

Leader Reporter

A Bonduel businessman is $5,000 richer after buying a winning ticket for last Saturday night's Powerball drawing.

Bill Nolan of Nolan Livestock bought his ticket, which matched four of the five numbers, at Lee'z Gas and Mini Mart in Bonduel.

Nolan said he still had not yet claimed his prize from lottery officials, but planned to do so soon.

"It's not really all that much for winnings," said Nolan. "When you figure out what they will take for taxes you could probably throw a good party or take a trip but not much else."

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