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Neil Johnson

Milton hires agency to market parcels
- The city of Milton is contracting with a local real estate firm to help it market business parcels the city owns along the Highway 26 bypass corridor. Read more >>
Countryside Inn in foreclosure
- As Rich Erdman fights the town of Milton over suspension of his liquor license at the embattled Countryside Inn, now comes news the tavern is in foreclosure. Read more >>
Little blacksmith shop, big cost
- The oldest building in Milton, and probably the first in the U.S. made of lime grout, is crumbling to ruin, and it could cost $400,000 to fix it. Read more >>
Milton, DOT grapple over highway access
- Milton officials are trying to sway the state Department of Transportation after the agency placed hurdles in the way of a multimillion dollar development on the east side because one of its entrances would be too close to ... Read more >>
Milton wants its main drag back
- Milton Mayor Brett Frazier wants to press the state DOT for an exit where the Highway 26 bypass splits off at Milton's south side to give drivers a "choice" to stay on the bypass or exit to the Eastside downtown. Read more >>
Tougher than steel: Edgerton gear maker finds niche in nylon-steel products
- Edgerton Gear has developed a new way to manufacture gears that makes them last longer and run cleaner. The approach is changing the way a lot of companies are able to do business. Read more >>
Avon's Applied Ecological Services adds high-resolution aircraft imaging
- Applied Ecological has come a long way, branching out to six states and leaving a footprint of ecological restoration projects on four continents. Read more >>
Milton farmers market planned
- Gathering Place Director Dave Fisher, said The Gathering Place, a private senior citizen event and program center in Milton, this summer plans to run a farmers market out of its parking lot. Read more >>
Janesville man charged in shooting
- A Janesville man charged in the fatal shooting of a Mazomanie woman in February says he was trying to wrestle a gun away from the woman, but authorities think he used a pillow as a silencer to shoot her. Read more >>
Milton police to put away magic marker
- The Milton City Council has approved an ordinance that directs the police department to stop its current practice of redacting personal information from reports. Read more >>
Westrick, Cruzan hold onto Milton School Board seats
- Milton voters decided they'd stick with two incumbent Milton School Board members whose seats were up in Tuesday's election. Read more >>
Edgerton School Board has a new, 20-year-old member
- The Edgerton School Board has a new face: a 20-year old former Edgerton High School student. Read more >>
Three of four Milton alderpersons hold onto council seats in election
- Things have changed a lot in four years in Milton, but the Milton City Council is getting a reboot back to 2010 with re-election of a former alderwoman Lynda Clark. Read more >>
Two compete for one Edgerton City Council seat
- An incumbent and challenger will face each other April 1 for the Ward 2 seat on the Edgerton City Council. Read more >>
Contest for Edgerton mayor is another rematch
- It's a rivalry that's already played out twice in recent years, and it's happening again in the April 1 election: Chris Lund versus Matt McIntyre with the Edgerton mayor's seat at stake. Read more >>
Four candidates vie for three seats on Edgerton School Board
- Candidates for the Edgerton School Board's three open seats have more than a dozen years of combined experience serving on the board. Read more >>
Six seeking four seats on Milton City Council
- Four Milton City Council seats are up for election April 1. Six candidates are running. Read more >>
Oversight sought on student restraint
- A Milton School District report reveals the district used physical force to calm a student, or placed a student in seclusion a total of 85 times in the 2012-2013 school year. Read more >>
Residents speak on food rules
- As early as May or April, the city of Janesville plans to recommend new rules that could ease the way for mobile food trucks to operate in the city. Read more >>
Mobile food rules to be considered
- The city of Janesville is seeking public input on the idea of street-side tacos, parking-lot gumbo, and whether they're a good fit for the city. Read more >>
VIDEO: Water main rupture in Janesville
- A water main rupture near the intersection of East Van Buren Street and South Parker Drive in Janesville on Sunday afternoon sent debris and water shooting into the air. Read more >>
Collectors show off relics
- Somewhere, on a lot in Whitewater where Judy Wildermuth's parents home used to stand, is a trove of stone fragments--pieces of ancient Native American smoking pipes. Read more >>
Principal going on leave, retiring
- Milton schools is cutting ties with Milton Harmony Elementary School Principal Jeanne Smith, but she's being allowed to use accrued sick time to finish the remainder of the school year on leave, officials said. Read more >>
Milton school nixing the 'R-word'
- The French expression “en retard” means: “to be late, behind or delayed.” Read more >>
Report: Principal stepped on student
- Harmony Elementary School Principal Jeanne Smith told police she stepped onto an autistic student's legs in an attempt to “coax” the boy into reaching the peak of a tantrum so he'd settle down. Read more >>
Milton principal on leave, investigated
- The Milton School District has placed a school principal on administrative leave pending an investigation into an encounter the principal had with a student with autism last month, authorities said. Read more >>
State enlists 'Airplane!' alums
- LAKE GENEVA—Forget those tourism advertising spots that show a sweeping panorama of beauty unparalleled. Read more >>
Highway access a growing pain for Milton
- A developer wants to move forward on a project off Highway 59 on Milton's east side, but the state is digging in its heels over access to the property, officials say. Read more >>
Janesville man 'person of interest' in murder
- A Janesville man has been named as a person of interest in the killing of a Mazomanie woman, Dane County authorities said Wednesday. Read more >>
Watson asks Janesville about annexation
- Landowner Bill Watson is pitching his plan to develop large industrial park west of Milton to a new audience: The city of Janesville. Read more >>
From farm to agriculture learning lab
- A former family farm north of Edgerton could become a multifaceted learning laboratory for agricultural education if a nonprofit group can find footing and support for its plans. Read more >>
Milton trying to help districts find their feet
- Milton officials hope a think tank of local business owners can give the city direction as commerce continues to scuffle amid a shift in traffic patterns brought on by the Highway 26 bypass. Read more >>
Town suspends liquor license
- The town of Milton suspended Rich Erdman's liquor license at the Countryside Inn following a hearing on shootings and violence during dance parties at the tavern. Read more >>
Gravel not really free at Frank Brothers
- Despite landowner Bill Watson's off-the-cuff plug in a Gazette editorial board meeting yesterday that Janesville-area sand and gravel company Frank Brothers is “giving away sand and gravel for free,” that's not ... Read more >>
Watson says he won't mine gravel for Interstate expansion
- Landowner Bill Watson won't rule out gravel pits as a potential part of a 1,500-acre industrial development he plans west of Milton, but he said he doesn't plan to supply aggregate for the Interstate 90/39 expansion. Read more >>
Milton Police Department/City Hall project on stable ground
- When contractors were digging for footings to link its future City Hall building with the former clinic that's being renovated for a new police station, the city of Milton got a $33,000 surprise: unstable soil. Read more >>