Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.
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Area school enrollments decreased across the board compared to last year at this time, according to a report last week from the districts about their official third-Friday-in-September numbers to the state. Public schools are required to provide state education officials with this information annually on that date and it's used for calculating the amount of state aid they receive, among other purposes. Read more in the print version of the Herald Oct. 5.
While Don Johnson continues life's journey, the Pierce County community he long called home continues to benefit from his government service. A lifetime spent here ended early this year when the now-92-year-old Johnson moved from the Hager City house he still owns to Red Wing's Downtown Plaza. Meantime, the contributions he made at many levels culminated with his participation on the Pierce County Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB). Former fellow members recognized him Wednesday for 17 years on that board with a plaque presentation. Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 21.
A proposal to update the school district's website was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Network Administrator Jason O'Neil said the proposal calls for switching from the present platform, called "Front Page," to one already somewhat in use, known as "Sharepoint." The latter is much more interactive, O'Neil said. Superintendent Barry Cain reminded the board increasing communications with the public in a number of ways has been an ongoing effort.
A job at the local newspaper is the latest for Laurel Cox, who's worked in industries ranging from food service to banking to medical. Cox became customer service representative for the Herald early this month. She succeeds Heather McCarthy, now Panther Kids Club and high school special education aide for the Ellsworth School District. Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 14.
When Pierce County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) David Till spent almost a year away from his office for military service, county officials needed to cover his responsibilities here during his absence. Till is a member of the National Guard and Reserve, whose members are presently represented in overseas conflicts such as Afghanistan to the level of 50 percent of U.S. forces, County Board Supervisor Mel Pittman said Friday. It fell to the county's veterans service committee, including Pittman along with Jeff Holst and Thomas Sitz, to arrange for fill-in assistance, the supervisor said.
A mill rate of 10.27 was included in the 2011-12 budget proposal presented at the Ellsworth School District's annual meeting Monday. The rate represents tax per $1,000 of valuation. It compares to a 9.55 rate for the 2010-11 year. The total school tax levy in the '11-'12 proposal amounts to $8,619,845. The revenue cap in the plan is $15,728,000 and state equalization aid is $8,561,320, a decrease from the previous year. In his presentation, Superintendent Barry Cain emphasized all budget figures are estimates.
First, a group from an Ellsworth church took the Good News to an area bar. Next, they brought the message to area parks, most recently one in east end. Soon, their mission will have them going to a local lake. All of these travels by English Lutheran Church members are done with a similar idea in mind: returning to the principles Christ taught, according to Dale Bohnert, vice president and evangelism purpose champion. Acts II in the Bible tells how Jesus and his disciples gathered with others in the temple, Bohnert said Thursday.
When chili chefs cook up a batch of what they call "red," they look to make it hot. The only thing much hotter about the 21st annual chili feed at The Gas Lite west of Ellsworth Saturday, Sept. 10, will be Corey Stevens' guitar music. Likened to Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevens is playing the event for the fourth time next month. "We'll go on at 7 p.m. and play a 90-minute set," he said Wednesday about him and his band, including piano, bass and drums. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 31.
Graduating seniors from three of five area school districts who took the leading college entrance exam this year mostly scored higher than their counterparts from a year ago, according to information from the state's Department of Public Instruction (DPI). And while the average scores of this year's grads on the ACT exam were lower than those posted last year from the other two districts, the differences were either within one point (indeed, many within tenths of a point) or the same. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 24.
Communication with residents has been an emphasis in the Ellsworth School District, most recently as part of the strategic planning initiative. Toward improving communication, the district is implementing a new parent notification system this term called Alert Now, according to Superintendent Barry Cain. The new system will be another means of notifying interested people about happenings in the local schools. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 24.