Best of The Gazette, Oct. 8, 2013: Fall colors, Irish Fest and a deer mystery
The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a summary of some of The Gazette's best content from the last seven days:
As Illinois rolls out medical marijuana, little impact expected here
Starting next year, anyone with a doctor's prescription and a state registration can have up to 2½ ounces of marijuana in Illinois. But local officials say they have no plans to change how they enforce marijuana laws. “It's still against the law here,” said Capt. Dana Nigbor of the Walworth County Sheriff's Office. “People are still possessing it, selling it, and it's still against the law.”
Trappers: Skunk population up this year
Local trappers are reporting a higher than normal skunk population this year. One man had three mother skunks with three separate sets of babies all under his deck, said Dan Hansen, a Lake Geneva-based nuisance animal trapper. “That's so many skunks in one place it doesn't even make sense. They're territorial animals. They don't normally pile up like that.”
Legendary Edgerton football coach Jack Gregory dies
The architect of six undisputed Rock Valley Conference titles between 1975 and 1995, former Edgerton Crimson Tide head coach Jack Gregory died Saturday at age 78. Many had kind words for the former coach, including long-time Gazette Sports Editor Dave Wedeward. “His teams displayed class and sportsmanship,” Wedeward said. “They never ran up the score on anybody. Some of those teams could have run up scores in the 70s and even 80s against some teams, but Jack never allowed that type of thing to happen.”
A baffling hunting story from 1942
Columnist D.S. Pledger has heard his share of “freak” deer stories, but none as bizarre as this one: a buck with a body like a barrel, a cow's neck and a billy-goat horn on one side of its head, killed by a Madison man in 1942. Though it could be a hoax, Pledger cites a key piece of evidence for its authenticity.
Our Views: Janesville's Oakhill Cemetery chapel merits reprieve
It's wonderful to see people rallying to the cause and trying to save Oakhill Cemetery's chapel in Janesville, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. Immediate demolition would have been the easy way out. But the city council took the prudent step in granting advocates six months to form a plan and raise money.
Editor's Views: Heritage helps pull Janesville together
Janesville is a nice city in many ways. But in Editor Scott Angus' mind, it has always lacked an identity. This past weekend's Irish Fest could start a movement that changes that.
'Storm Chasers' delight in band's performance, Irish Fest
Gaelic Storm took the stage at the Janesville Performing Arts Center on Saturday night for the first of two shows that inspired the city's Irish Fest. For one “Storm Chaser,” the festival marked a chance not only to see the band but also to join his home city in celebrating Irish ancestry. “Irish Fest is something that everybody can get behind because, in this area, so many people can draw their heritage back to Ireland,” James J. Knilans said while standing in JPAC's lobby, decked out in a kilt and green shirt.
15 faces of fall: See autumn from different perspectives
We watch. We wait. And finally, they begin to turn. For a whisper of a few weeks, Wisconsin's summer marks its departure in a blaze of reds, oranges, yellows and browns. Here are 15 different ways to savor the season's beautiful colors, brought to you by The Gazette's content partner, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
PopCon: Chance to hang with a drumming idol
Even though Gazette Design Editor has been a performing musician, he always been a little uncomfortable with the hero worship of rock stars. That attitude was put to the test recently when he got the chance to meet the members of British heavy metal band Saxon, including one of his drumming idols.
John W. Eyster: Minority rule? WHY not MAJORITY rule?
As the shutdown of our U.S. government continues, many American citizens are asking, “What happened to majority rule?” community blogger John W. Eyster writes. Should a minority of lawmakers be able to decide what the whole House of Representatives votes on?
Janice Peterson: Fall is a great time to visit public gardens
Fall is a great time to visit public gardens, community blogger Janice Peterson writes. And lucky for Rock and Walworth county residents, there are quite a few wonderful options nearby to choose from. One such place is Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, which Peterson photographed during a recent visit.
Stand-alone photos for September 2013
Newspaper workers use the term "stand-alone photos" to describe photographs that are displayed on their own and aren't necessarily associated with any stories. These photos document candid slices of life from the community that might otherwise go unrecorded. Geese, tobacco and table tennis are subjects of some of The Gazette's best stand-alone photos for September 2013.