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Shelly Birkelo

Stories of cancer to be relayed Aug. 1
- The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Janesville will begin Friday, Aug. 1, and continue through Saturday, Aug. 2, on the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds, Janesville. Read more >>
KANDU to host caregiver conference
- Local caregiver Jerry Schulz plans to attend KANDU's CareLIVING Conference on July 23 to gain tips and to network with other caregivers. Read more >>
Semi hits bridge, lands in creek
- A semitrailer truck carrying 44,000 pounds of concrete went off the road and got stuck in the creek, causing Highway 14 at Cemetery Road to be shut down Wednesday night. Read more >>
Pet rescue seeks more volunteers
- Jenny Neuville is one of 150 volunteers of Friends of Noah, a Janesville all-volunteer pet-rescue organization. More volunteers are always needed. Read more >>
Christmas in July to help those in need
- The Salvation Army will conduct its annual Christmas in July fundraising campaign Friday, July 11, through Saturday, July 19. Donations will help sustain programs and services. Read more >>
Fundraiser comes out of the closet
- Jennifer Shaw began helping area nonprofits that serve children by hosting children's clothing sales this year at her children's clothing resale shop in Janesville. Read more >>
Race winner out strokes competition
- Matt Wilson, 29, Janesville, took first place Friday during the 'Anything that Floats' race at the Rock Aqua Jays' Independence on the Rock celebration at Traxler Park. Wilson also won the race each of the last two years. Read more >>
Manhunt ends in Beloit after chase
- A man wanted for two murders in the Rockford, Illinois, area, was apprehended after a high-speed chase that ended in a crash in Beloit on Friday, according to Beloit police. Read more >>
Number of bicycle commuters increases
- Two Janesville men were among 786,000 U.S. workers who traveled to work by bicycle between 2008 and 2012. The number marks a 60 percent increase nationwide in the last decade. Read more >>
Warren to lead Rotary district
- When Dave Warren was inducted governor of Rotary District 6250 on Monday night, he became only the fifth Janesville Noon Rotarian to hold the position. Read more >>
Would you like fries with that OWI?
- Two customers seeking fast food who were upset with their service were arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, Janesville police said. Read more >>
Fourth of July festival to be a blast
- The Rock Aqua Jays are coordinating and hosting the 5th Annual Independence on the Rock starting at 3 p.m. Friday at Traxler Park. Most activities are free. Read more >>
Home garden walk to benefit gardens
- The public can tour eight of the city's most beautiful and interesting gardens plus Rotary Gardens on July 12 during the Home Garden Tour. Read more >>
Gardens launches capital campaign
- Rotary Gardens has launched a capital campaign to raise $500,000 that will establish an operating reserve, dissolve debt and grow an endowment. It continues through 2014. Read more >>
Day of Compassion Saturday at festival
- Freedom Fest will feature a humanitarian component free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at New Life Assembly of God, 2416 N. Wright Road, Janesville. Read more >>
Aqua Jays to host ski show tournament
- The Aqua Jays on Saturday will host the Mercury Open Water Ski Show Tournament. Those attending can expect to see nine different teams from Wisconsin and Illinois compete. Read more >>
Agrace to unveil inpatient facility
- Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care invites the public to tour its new inpatient unit, 2901 N. Wright Road, Janesville, on Saturday. Construction started in September. Read more >>
Second cougar sighting reported
- Janesville police received a second report of a cougar sighting on the city's southwest side Tuesday. Read more >>
New theater class casts spell on seniors
- The Janesville Performing Arts Center and Janesville Senior Center have partnered to provide a new outreach and education program that introduces seniors to theater. Read more >>
Tree crashes through local home
- Janesville man and son sleeping in the living room of their mobile home survived tree crashing through ceiling during Tuesday's severe thunderstorm. Read more >>
Reitzel's volunteer efforts praised
- Program leaders praise Dottie Reitzel, for her volunteer efforts in Janesville Read more >>
Cougar, bear seen in Janesville area
- A resident in the 3400 block of Tennyson Drive reported seeing a cougar Sunday night behind his residence, and a black bear was seen in the Carvers Rock Park area, police said. Read more >>
New charity helps kids at Christmas
- Rockin' Kids Christmas, a new charitable organization that provide underprivileged children of Rock County with a bag of gifts at Christmas, plans upcoming fundraisers. Read more >>
Theft reported from Woodman's safe
- Janesville police are investigating an early Thursday morning theft at Woodman's corporate headquarters, 2631 Liberty Lane. Read more >>
Bike rodeo Saturday at Wilson School
- Free bicycles, bike helmets and licenses will be given away during the 12th Annual Bike Rodeo on Saturday at Wilson Elementary School, 465 Rockport Road, Janesville. Read more >>
Fix Our Fence campaign to start
- Money to restore the wood fence in front of the Lincoln-Tallman House will be raised during a Summer Solstice Dinner on Sunday, June 22, at Aglio Ristorante. The Fix Our Fence campaign goal is $10,000. Read more >>
Literacy student reaching goals
- When Larry Ballard met Julie Zhang in 2010, her English was limited. With help from Ballard, her Literacy Connection tutor, Zhang is now enrolled in Blackhawk Tech and working toward a degree in education. Read more >>
Vet: Fleas, ticks now a danger all year long
- Dr. Jennifer Carroll, a vet at Janesville Veterinary Clinic, agrees April through October are high yield months for fleas and ticks. However, fleas and ticks are now present throughout the Midwest year around, she said. Read more >>
World Blood Donor Day is June 14
- The Red Cross provides 40 percent of the nation's blood. The organization encourages people to donate at all times but especially during the week of World Blood Donor Day, which is June 14. Read more >>
Adopt pets for free Friday, Saturday
- Maddie's Free Pet Adoption Days at humane societies, shelters and other rescues this weekend will be America's biggest pet adoption event Read more >>
Veterans remember fallen comrades
- Memorial Day is to commemorate those who have died in active military service. Honor guard members talk about who they lost and remembered Monday during the Janesville Memorial Day program. Read more >>
Boy finds girl's missing tricycle
- A tricycle made for an 8-year-old Janesville girl with special needs was stolen Friday night from her family's front porch. But 24 hours later, it was found by Dave Moore, a Parker High student. Read more >>
Sunday fire destroys Clinton barn
- The Clinton Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of Sunday's barn fire, said Larry London, deputy fire chief. “We're still looking into it and believe it was accidental,” he said. Read more >>
Need for air conditioners heat up
- Proceeds of the Saturday's three-hour car wash would benefit Voluntary Action Center's Air Conditioners for Seniors Program by providing money to buy and deliver new, used units. It helps provide needed relief to low-income... Read more >>