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In addition to discussing the report from the program committee detailed in last week's newspaper, the Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee acted on other matters a week ago Monday. Among them were: --Approving the installation of a card access reader to the rear door of the west courtroom into Judge Joseph Boles' hallway. The access would secure his office from any entry without proper card authority.
PLUM CITY--Steve LaFave wrapped up what he thought was a 30-year career in education when he retired as superintendent of the Augusta School District last year. Those plans changed when he saw an advertisement for an opening in the Plum City district for superintendent/elementary school principal three days a week. "The chance to see kids on a daily basis and do stuff with them caught my eye," he said. LaFave was hired last month by the school board as interim superintendent for the current year. He doesn't officially start until Thursday, but has already been seen around the district.
With Pierce County striving to become as proficient as possible during these tough economic times, a different version on what the county may look like in the future was laid out for the first time Monday.
PRESCOTT - When The Courtyard restaurant closed last year, there were many disappointed residents within the City of Prescott. "A lot of tears were shed," said Cheryl Tousley, who worked at the restaurant for 15 years. After a while, momentum was beginning to build the closure was temporary and not a permanent move. "It's always been my dream to own a restaurant," Tousley said.
Chloe Spriggle made the decision six years ago to be drug free and just say no upon graduating from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE). Now she's a junior at Ellsworth High School and that decision has turned out to be beneficial in more ways than one, as Spriggle was named DARE youth advisor for the State of Wisconsin during its state conference last month. The selection means Spriggle will now represent Wisconsin on a national level. "It's a huge honor," the daughter of Brent and Mary Spriggle said.
When Steve Albarado first interviewed with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department 18 years ago, he was asked where does he see himself in the future? He didn't respond by being sheriff or another management position. No, Albarado said he wanted to be the D.A.R.E. officer. The position became his four years ago and it's been everything he's imagined. "I love what I'm doing and I can't see myself doing anything else," he said.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement with the law enforcement union Tuesday. The agreement calls for a 1.25 percent wage increase, effective with the pay period beginning July 31, for the rest of 2011. Starting next January will be a zero increase. Law enforcement was the last union with which the county reached a contract agreement. Public health settled in January, while human services and the three branches of AFSCME (courthouse, highway and human services) were approved in March.
Fourteen new Ellsworth School District staffers attended a workshop Friday in preparation for the 2011-12 school year that starts Thursday. A Herald survey asking about their backgrounds and positions was given to them during the workshop. Their responses follow: Dianne Albarado An Ellsworth native, Albarado will be a second grade teacher at Prairie View. She previously spent three years at St. Francis in Ellsworth, two years in New Richmond and several long-term substitute positions. Mindy Anderson Anderson will be the art teacher at Prairie View.
A Spring Valley man made a court appearance Monday on two counts of incest. A cash bond was set at $25,000 for John A. Landgraf, 63, N6955 County Road BB. Landgraf's next court appearance is a preliminary hearing set for 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31. The criminal complaint alleges Landgraf came to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department Thursday and revealed to investigators he had "improper relations" with a family member, now a teenager, for the last eight years.
A 19-year-old River Falls man is facing four counts of sexual assault relating to two recent incidents. Bradley J. Hetchler, 19, 903 S. Orange St. # 5, is looking at two second-degree sexual assaults of a child plus sexual intercourse with a child from a May incident and two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child from a July incident.