Area News

Local man plans Africa trip, orphanage fundraiser

Billy McCoy with a mother and her baby at Mwana Villages orphanage in Pointe Noire, Congo during his trip in 2017 Sarah Giddings Billy McCoy is on a mission again. McCoy, 44, of Florence is planning his fifth trip to the Republic of Congo in central west Africa to study abroad, complete an internship and…

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Army buddies reunited after five decades

Bobbie Samme’ After nearly 51 years, Bob LeFleur of Florence and John Sawyer of Valparaiso, Indiana, both Vietnam veterans, were recently reunited. In early June, the veterans, together with their wives, reunited at the LeFleur home in Florence. “My wife Thelma and I were warmly welcomed to Bob and Deborah’s home and we spent two…

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Polaris RZR named title sponsor for 50th anniversary Crandon Off-Road World Championships

Marking the continuation of a long and powerful relationship, Crandon International Raceway has made it official – Polaris RZR will be returning as title sponsor for Labor Day weekend’s historic World Championship Off-Road Races. Also, Polaris’ incredibly successful RZR brand has been named as the “Official SxS” of Crandon International Speedway. Taking place August 28…

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Fredrick named city administrator

Bobbie Samme’ At its meeting on Tuesday night, July 23, the Niagara City Council was treated to a presentation by Melissa Ebseh, director of tourism and marketing for Marinette County. “She spoke to us about tourism in Niagara as well as Marinette County as a whole,” said George Bousley, mayor. “We also learned about advertising…

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Forever Young Scholarship a tribute to Raspor and Burrows

The community suffered a tragedy last summer when 16-year-olds Paige Raspor and Isabella (Izzy) Burrows passed away in a car accident while travelling to their summer job. The families of the teens have come up with a way to honor the girls and also contribute the community. “In an effort to keep our girls’ memories…

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Native American village model on display at Niagara Museum

This model of a Native American village was created by Cub Scout Pack 535 over 40 years ago. Bobbie Samme’ Nearly 40 years ago, Larry Zipp, then a Cub Scout leader in Niagara, together with his scouts from Den 4, Pack 535, built a simulated Indian Village for a project, using only cut branches from…

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Pack the Park garners over $2000 for K9 fund

Marinette County deputy Ben Hicks demonstrating Dasko’s skills. Bobbie Samme’ Despite the rainy weather, turnout for the Florence County Sheriff’s Office K9 fundraiser on Saturday at the Florence dog park was successful enough to raise $2,123.25 towards the purchase of the county’s first-ever police dog. The event, sponsored by Nose to Tail Animal Hospital in…

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Damaging storms rip through northeast Wisconsin

Damage to a home in Pelican Lake. Severe storms, including four confirmed tornadoes, hit northeast Wisconsin on Friday, destroying homes, cars and national forests. The tornadoes were located in Oneida and Marathon counties. High winds and downed trees resulted in widespread damages and power outages throughout the Fox Valley and closer to home, including Wabeno,…

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