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Tax tips offered for late filers
- Tuesday is the 2013 federal income tax filing deadline. If you're not going to meet it, Jim Bartlett, a certified public accountant who owns three Liberty Tax Service franchises, offers last-minute tips. Read more >>
Meat raffles popular fundraisers
- Meat raffles are hosted at local taverns as a way to attract patrons and give back to the community, local business owners and managers say. More and more local nonprofits are adding meat raffles as a way to raise money for... Read more >>
Wilderness training aids preparedness
- American Red Cross Instructor Jeff Robbe led a daylong Wilderness First Aid course Saturday at the Glacier's Edge Council Boy Scouts of America Janesville Scout Service Center, 2300 E. Racine St. Read more >>
Firefighters battling grass fire
- TOWN OF NEWARK—Orfordville firefighters are at the scene of a grass fire in the 12000 block of W. St. Lawrence Avenue in the town of Newark, according to a lead dispatcher at the Rock County Communications Center. Read more >>
Girls' Night Out Rock County started
- Amy Newton, Evansville, founded Girls' Night Out Madison a decade ago. Now, with the help of Janesville-area women she's started Girls' Night Out Rock County, a social networking group whose motto is 'Have fun, connect, giv... Read more >>
Police rescue teen from roof ledge
- Janesville police Tuesday night rescued a Janesville teen considering a suicide attempt from the top of a four-story downtown building, Sgt. Aaron Ellis said. Read more >>
Janesville CROP Walk is April 27
- The music of Bill and Bonnie Stevens, Janesville, will greet CROP Hunger Walk participants at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Cargill United Methodist Church, 2000 Wesley Ave., Janesville. It offers a 2K, 5K, 10K or rock for hu... Read more >>
VFW honors public servants
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Kienow-Hilt Post 1621 and its ladies auxiliary honored public servants at an annual awards banquet Saturday night. Read more >>
New creative economy initiative is announced
- The Janesville Performing Arts Center is launching an initiative that brings together artists, cultural nonprofits and creative businesses to generate jobs, revenue and quality of life. Read more >>
SARP conducting countywide survey
- The Sexual Assault Recovery Program is conducting a countywide survey on the experiences of sexual assault and domestic violence victims to ensure they receive services that promote personal healing. Read more >>
Fire destroys mobile home
- A physically disabled person, three dogs, four cats and several birds were rescued from a mobile home destroyed by fire Thursday night at Rockvale Mobile Home Park, 6219 S. Highway 51, in the town of Beloit. Read more >>
Condom kits to be distributed Friday
- Rock County Coalition for Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention volunteers assembled 500 free condom packets in March that will be distributed Friday evening to bar patrons in Beloit, Janesville and Milton. Read more >>
Produce garden party is Saturday
- Produce Power Garden Party will feature a new indoor farmers market at a new location--the Olde Towne Mall, downtown Janesville. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Everything is free. Read more >>
13 units at grain fire
- Brodhead firefighters are among firefighters from 13 fire departments that responded to a fire early Tuesday morning at Badger State Ethanol, 820 W. 17th St., Monroe.An employee at the ethanol plant reported the fire at 2:4... Read more >>
UPDATE: Pursuit hits over 100 mph
- A Lake Geneva man was arrested Sunday by the Walworth County Sheriff's Office after a vehicle pursuit that started in Lake Geneva, and involved five police agencies, before it was terminated on Interstate 43 at Highway NN, ... Read more >>
Partnerships help YWCA families
- A new partnership between YMCA of Northern Rock County, YWCA Rock County and Data Dimensions is providing one-year YMCA memberships for 11 YWCA Transitions for Women program single-parent participants and their children. Read more >>
Local humane society renamed
- The local humane society has a new name, logo and website. It is now operating as the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. Read more >>
Glowacki paints chair for art auction
- Janesville watercolor artist Connie Glowacki is creating a custom Adirondack chair for the Rotary Botanical Gardens Chair in Our 25th Anniversary 2014 gardens art project that includes 25 other artists and Adirondack chairs. Read more >>
United Way projects it will raise $2.7 million
- United Way Blackhawk Region is projecting it will raise $2.7 million-plus toward its $2.8 million 2013 campaign goal. As of Wednesday, about $2.5 million was in the office, said Steve Kinkade, president. Read more >>
Four vying for three seats on Walworth Village Board
- John Bromfield, Kent A. Johnson, LeRoy A. Nordmeyer and Ed Snyder are in the race for three seats on the Walworth Village Board. Read more >>
Five face off for three Sharon Village Board seats
- Incumbents Pamela Schutt and Thomas Poyer will face off against Charles “Chuck” A. Dorn, Carl Fritz and Mark A. Ruosch to fill three seats on the Sharon village board. Read more >>
Two compete for Sharon village president
- A former village trustee and past village president will face off to become Sharon's next village president. Read more >>
Ziegler impacting youth in Bolivia
- Milton High School graduate Ina Ziegler is volunteer interim director of the language department at Unidad Academica Campesina-Carmen Pamap, a college in rural Bolivia, where she also manages the English teachers and teache... Read more >>
MacDowell Organ Crawl is April 12
- The MacDowell Music Club will host its first Organ Crawl on Saturday, April 12, at six Janesville churches. Visitors will hear six organists and get to crawl around and behind the organ pipes for an up-close look. Read more >>
UPDATE: Fire causes $60,000 damage
- Two families were displaced after a fire caused $60,000 damage early Tuesday morning, said Scott Running, Janesville Fire Department shift commander. Read more >>
Young professional women’s meet-up group started
- A program adviser at Blackhawk Technical College started the Southern WI Young Professional Women's Group to promote networking among young women and give back to the community. Read more >>
UPDATE: Pedestrian treated, released after being struck by vehicle in Janesville
- A pedestrian struck by a vehicle Monday morning in Janesville is out of the hospital, according to officials. Read more >>
Name of fatal crash victim released
- A Fitchburg woman is dead and five others injured after a one-vehicle rollover crash Monday morning on Interstate 90/39 at Humes Road and Highway 14, according to a Wisconsin State Patrol news release. Read more >>
United Way honors Swartzentruber
- David Swartzentruber will receive the Geraldine Hedberg Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award when the local United Way hosts its annual meeting and volunteer recognition event Wednesday, March 26, at the Pontiac Convention C... Read more >>
Wheelchair with skis helps paralyzed dog run, play again
- A wheelchair with skis made border collie Kadee Mae mobile again after a Fort Atkinson couple donated skis that were modified to her wheeled cart. Read more >>
Farrell, Lyke going to UAA Hall of Fame
- Anthony "Tony" J. Farrell Sr., Janesville, and Jim Lyke, Milton, who have significantly impacted the arts in the Rock County area, will be inducted Friday, April 11, into the United Arts Alliance Hall of Fame. Read more >>
Kinkade to leave United Way
- Sometime between now and the middle of summer, United Way Blackhawk Region will have a new leader. President Steve Kinkade announced his retirement Friday. Read more >>
Police dog takes bite out of crime
- A Janesville man was treated for a minor dog bite and released from St. Mary's Janesville Hospital before being taken to the Rock County Jail after he was taken down by Janesville Police Officer Glen Hageman and his police ... Read more >>
Respite conference to spread awareness
- Participants in the seventh Annual Respite Care Conference on Wednesday, April 9, will choose four workshops to attend at Emmanuel Church, Janesville. Read more >>
Hesgard named woman of distinction
- Kim Hesgard is among five Women of Distinction, one Young Woman of Distinction and a Corporate Award of Merit, that will be recognized during the YWCA's inaugural evening celebration Friday, April 4, in Janesville. Read more >>
Couple steps up in fight against Alzheimer's
- Jennifer and Ben Thompson, Janesville,will compete against four other couples in the Alzheimer's Support Center of Rock County's 16th Annual Dancing With the Stars competition Saturday, April 5, at the Janesville Performing... Read more >>
Historical society buying $30,000 plan
- The Rock County Historical Society will pay $30,000 to a Boston museum-planning firm to lay the groundwork for development of a history campus. Read more >>
UPDATE: Names in fatal fire released
- A neighbor who heard people yelling for help from a burning home next door flopped a ladder against the house and help a woman to safety, police said Wednesday. Read more >>
New Girl Scout cookie popular
- The Girl Scouts created a new bite-size gluten-free shortbread cookie to appeal to millions of Americans who are gluten-intolerant.The cookie was premiered in a number of test markets, including the Badgerland Council, and ... Read more >>
Book sale still popular in world of electronics
- In a world full of electronic devices, there is still something special about holding a real book and that's what makes the annual AAUW book sale as popular as ever, said Emily Scheunemann, event chairwoman. Read more >>
Fourth drunk driving suspected
- Chad D. Huber, 48, of 729 Cornelia St., Janesville, was being held at the Rock County Jail after being arrested on a charge of fourth-offense drunken driving Friday night, according to a Janesville Police Department news re... Read more >>
Fire displaces Darien family
- Firefighters from 21 fire departments and four counties in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois provided mutual aid to the Darien Fire Department. The fire was reported at 8:54 a.m. Saturday at W8726 School Section Road... Read more >>
L'Atelier Art Studio still helps Janesville artists blossom
- When L'Atelier Art Studio opened in 1987, its French name explained its mission: It was a hands-on workshop for artists. That tradition continues today, despite lower class attendance and ownership changes. Read more >>
Vietnam vet seeks help with photos
- Janesville Vietnam War veteran Bill Williams has submitted seven photos to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's Education Center. He is encouraging others to do the same. Read more >>
Police isscue scam warning
- Two men claiming to do warranty work Tuesday entered two Beloit homes without an appointment. Beloit police said they were using an old scam that claimed they were doing warranty work for a roof and for odors. Read more >>
Janesville man injured in hit-and-run
- A 31-year-old Janesville man is in serious condition at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, after being found in the road with “significant injuries” to his lower body, according to a Janesville Police... Read more >>
Brick campaign to aid humane society
- The Rock County Humane Society received a $15,000 gift from Data Dimensions to help launch a new memorial brick fundraising campaign called, Path to Paws. It was created by a Janesville Leadership Development Academy team. Read more >>
YMCA, Janesville Mall forge partnership
- A new community partnership has been created between the Janesville Mall and YMCA of Northern Rock County to benefit youth and families in the community. Read more >>
Model railroad group stays on track
- The Wisconsin-Illinois Modular Railroad Group started in 1994. It is a small, loose-knit organization with members from the Stateline area who do three shows a year and gather for fun and camaraderie. Read more >>
Lengthy memberships for Masons common
- Thirty of the Janesville Masonic Center Western Star Lodge 55's current 100 members each have more than 50 years of membership for a combined total of 1,020 years of membership. Statewide membership mirrors that longevity. Read more >>