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2008-08-06 00:00:31

Jerod Burke, principal of the Southwestern Elementary and Middle school in Hazel Green, resigned the position to accept a post with the Mount Horeb School District as its director of curriculum for grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Burke's last day was July 31.The Mount Horeb School District's enrollment was 2,262 for the past academic year; Southwestern's was 581. Burke said this is a step up for his career. He will earn $80,000 annually, nearly $20,000 more than with the...

2008-08-05 21:00:20

By The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 5--Wisconsin Public Power Inc., Sun Prairie, is buying 30 megawatts of wind energy from Barton Windpower, owner of a 40-turbine, 80-megawatt wind farm in Worth County, Iowa. The project, in north-central Iowa near the Minnesota border, is under construction and expected to be operating in December. That brings the total amount of wind power WPPI will be buying to 153.5 megawatts. WPPI provides electricity to 49 customer-owned utility companies in...

2008-08-05 21:00:16

By The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 5--Six airline flights were diverted from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Dane County Regional Airport on Monday because of severe thunderstorms in the Chicago area. Two flights were diverted to Madison between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and were able to leave Madison about two hours later, said airport spokeswoman Sharyn Wisniewski. She said four other flights were diverted to Madison between 7:30 p.m. and midnight. Three were able to leave the same night...

2008-08-05 21:00:13

By The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 5--Why does Madison need a municipal swimming pool when it has so many lakes? Critics of a city pool were fond of asking that question over the last half century. Well, this summer is providing the clearest answer yet: Madison needs a pool because its lakes are in terrible shape. The city has closed a slew of public beaches this summer for days at a time because of blue-green algae that can produce toxic blooms. Warner Park and Spring Harbor...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 31--The Madison area has a lot of heart. Madison ranks third among 75 mid-sized cities nationally for volunteerism, according to a study released this week by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Being No. 3 is a great honor and tribute to the 189,000 people in Dane, Columbia and Iowa counties who donate 16.2 million hours of their time to deserving causes each year. Yet the region can do even better. Getting involved is easy, and...

2008-07-29 15:01:04

By Bryan Marshall, Richmond Register, Ky. Jul. 29--A two-year grant approved this week for the Madison County School District will provide funding to help educate children before they enter kindergarten. The district will receive $32,000 each year from the Steele-Reese Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds projects in the Appalachian region for its Literacy Education and Awareness Program -- known as LEAP. The program, which will target children between the ages of 2...

2008-07-26 15:00:32

By Marv Balousek, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 26--The Dane County Regional Airport will lose 15.2 percent of its available outbound airline seats when new schedules take effect this fall. By November, the airport will have 80,864 outbound seats available monthly, down from 95,375 last fall, according to the Official Airport Guide. The Madison airport isn't alone. Airports across the country, including six in Wisconsin, face reductions. Central Wisconsin Airport, serving Wausau...

2008-07-12 12:00:18

By Sisi Chen, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 12--High lake levels are making it harder for Madison's storm sewers to keep streets clear, although city engineers say major street flooding is unlikely. When lake water and sewer water are at the same level, it is more difficult for water to flow from the streets through the sewers into the lakes, said Greg Fries with the city's engineering division. Crews were out Friday clearing debris from sewer grates in an effort to help water flow...

2008-07-11 21:00:13

By Ryan Hebel, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 11--In a college town like Madison, the final school bell seems to echo in a blaring cacophony for three long months. Motorcycles and lawnmowers rev their engines at dawn like sputtering roosters, construction crews jackhammer the street with a tireless makeover and every picnic area vibrates with the musical earthquakes of car radios. No wonder everyone's listening to iPods instead of the birds. Here are six Madison hideaways where earplugs...

2008-07-10 12:00:33

By Anita Clark, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 10--If you 're new to Madison and try to find "Beltline " on a map, you 'll be out of luck. And if a friend proposes "drinking a boot, " you 'll be puzzled. A new online business called City Dictionary hopes to explain such references and have some fun as well by compiling definitions for local slang, landmarks, characters, restaurants and attractions for U.S. cities. It 's another step into the Web-based business world for the...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.