Area News

Rickaby looks to take on new role

Sarah Giddings A familiar name will be on the ballot on Aug. 14, but not for the office he’s held for the past 29 years. Sheriff Jeff Rickaby is retiring from his post as sheriff, but hopes to continue to serve Florence County in another capacity: as coroner. Mary Johnson has held the office for…

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Local man achieves U.S. citizenship

Bobbie Samme’ Walk into the Subway in Florence on any given day and you will most likely be greeted by an employee with a contagious smile and a distinctive British accent. Meet Craig Connell, 48, of Florence – a newly inducted citizen of the United States of America. Connell, born and raised in Gillingham, England,…

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Old Forest County highway shop to be demolished

Dorothy Kegley The Old Forest County Highway Shop will soon be a memory. The building sustained severe damage this winter when the heavy snow caved in the center of the roof of the building which had been used by Infinity Flooring for storage. The building will be demolished by Flannery Trucking & Contracting for a…

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Crandon School District jumps the gun on PA system contract

Dorothy Kegley        The Crandon School Board approved sending a contract to Wire Technologies, Inc., for the installation of a new PA system for the school at the July 23 workshop. The proposal presented was approximately one hundred thousand dollars less than another proposal presented to the board at a previous meeting. At a…

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Organizers apologize for Aurora Mudd Run mix-up

A last-minute cancellation on Saturday night shocked the many people planning to enjoy the challenge of the Aurora Mudd Runs the next day. The popular fundraiser for the Aurora-Homestead Rescue Squad has a been held on the first Sunday of August for over two decades and the announcement sparked angry, confused and disappointed responses. Organizers…

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DNR fish biologist to speak Aug. 2

Greg Matzke, Florence County’s Department of Natural Resources fish biologist will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Florence Natural Resource Center. Matzke started his position here in 2010, and since his arrival he has surveyed nearly every lake larger than 50 acres, with boat access, in Florence County. The findings from his…

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Library gets fresh look

Bobbie Samme’ A total facelift is underway at the Florence County Library, with many new upgrades for its patrons to enjoy. “We started this project about three weeks ago,” said Stephanie Weber, librarian. “We have new carpeting already installed as well as new ceiling tiles, and will also have new, more efficient lighting installed this…

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Celebrate Polish Heritage Days this weekend in Armstrong Creek

Armstrong Creek will be celebrating its 28th annual Polish Heritage Days, July 27 and 28 this year. Starting off the weekend, Friday, July 27 enjoy dancing to The Cynor Brothers Polka Band from 7 p.m. -.11 p.m. Polish food and beverages will be available for sale. Friday night dance admission is $3 with 10 and…

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Forest County Jail renovations top priority

The Forest County shop will be paid off in September of this year, according to Forest County Treasurer Christy Conley. Chairman of the Forest County Building Committee Steve Bunda, and several committee members support the idea of upgrading the jail with those funds by replacing the debt from the county shop with a new debt…

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