Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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While most people dread tax time, Jeannie Thompson isn't one of them. That's because Thompson has been an accountant for almost 25 years, including eight of those in Ellsworth. With tax time fast approaching, Thompson has returned to Ellsworth, this time with a different name -- JET Accounting, Inc., and location -- 105 N. Piety. The business starts accepting clients Jan. 15, 2010. "It's great being back," she said. Thompson graduated from River Falls High School and then went on to earn her degree from Texas A&M University.
"Thank you for your service." With those five words, Ami Scarbrough's life changed forever. Scarbrough typed those words on Bill Odell's Myspace page as Odell was nearing the end of a deployment in Iraq. When Odell came back, a friendship was formed, but Odell wanted more. "He asked me out several times until I said yes," which Scarbrough estimated was four months later. That was 2006. Last year, Scarbrough added Odell to her name as the couple was married.
A Knapp man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this month with felony theft. Lawrence J. Paul, 40, stands accused of not completing a building contract. The felony theft is a Class I felony, meaning if Paul was found guilty he would be looking at a maximum $10,000 fine and/or 42 months prison. His initial court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 4, 2010. According to the criminal complaint: A rural Spring Valley couple signed a contract with Paul, who did business as R2 Framing and Construction, to do roof and house repair in early April.
The events of Nov. 15, 2008 are still having a profound effect on Nicholas Thayer to this day. On that day, the 29-year-old Ellsworth native admitted to killing a deer with a gun, which was illegal at that time. For that, he was charged with hunting a deer during closed season and failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass.
The last six months, select Ellsworth High School (EHS) students have been getting a crash course on what the adult world will be like. They have been participating in Panther Employment Services (PES), a service in which students have been receiving extra support in employment experiences.
A 54-year-old Bay City man plead guilty Thursday to possession of firearm by a felon in Pierce County Circuit Court. Lemuel A. Johnson, N1357 Katie Lane, also plead guilty to misdemeanor intentionally pointing firearm at person relating back to an incident last August in the City of River Falls. He will be sentenced 11 a.m. Feb. 2. Johnson was facing these charges after allegedly pointing a gun at a couple inside their car at the Kwik Trip on S. Main St. on Aug. 2 according to the criminal complaint. A 911 call was placed after Johnson left Kwik Trip.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Senior Center will be the site of upcoming health clinics, the Plum City Village Board was told last week. The Wisconsin Department of Health said the Womens, Infants and Children's (WIC) clinic will be the first Thursday of every other month and the immunization clinic will be the second Thursday of every month. The board also heard the food pantry is doing well in its new location. The next regular board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2010.
Heather Flock has been a person who isn't afraid of challenges. "Challenge to me is going above and beyond what you think you are capable of," she said. A normal challenge for her is getting her body ready to compete in an iron man, triathlon or a road race. Flock recently embarked on a different challenge for her, as she was a contestant in her first Fitness America event in Las Vegas last month. Fitness America challenges competitors to show off their physical attributes in sportswear on stage.
Sept. 11, 2001, is a day that will stick with Ted Horn forever. And it's not because of the terroristic attacks on the United States. No, for the Ellsworth native, the day was marked by a car accident that changed his life. "I spent a year in recovery and rehabilitation, most of the time in bed or a wheelchair," Horn explained.
Rand Higbee has seen his play "The Head That Wouldn't Die" performed in an assortment of places since its initial performance in May 2007 at the former Ames Dinner Theatre in Ellsworth. The latest was a three-night stop late last month in the United Kingdom. "It was a nice little surprise," the Hager City native said when he first heard about the U.K. news. "Head" is a takeoff of bad 1950's science fiction movies, explained Higbee. It's the story of two college girls studying to become doctors. A madman then goes on a killing spree and the girls start to become concerned for their lives.