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.
- Member for
- 2 years 4 months
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.
The Ellsworth School Board heard a 2011-12 budget proposal Monday which would include exceeding the state-imposed revenue cap by $500,000, not the up to $1.3 million voters authorized for the coming year and two more in a referendum this spring. Superintendent Barry Cain made the recommendation while discussing a budget forecast model compiled with input from Baird and Associates, district auditors, citing a reduction in expenditures this year. "This would still put us in a positive direction," Cain said, adding, "taxpayers wouldn't see the full impact tax-wise." Read more in the print vers
Something unrecognizable flying low overhead is likely to draw attention. Coincidentally, seven-year-old Johnny Schwan spotted just such an item above his family's Ellsworth residence on July 29, the opening day of the UFO Days celebration in nearby Elmwood.
The transition gap a veteran needs to bridge after returning home from military service can be wide. Having available someone in whom to confide could make that gap narrower and the entire transition process easier for area vets. So Pierce County officials have created a new Veterans Mentoring program and now seek volunteers to serve the mentor role. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 10.
His family knew the late Zachary Siewert as someone who was always helping others. Many of the employees with whom Siewert worked on the family farm remembered how he was willing to loan them money and some never got the chance to pay him back, they said Thursday.