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The shooter in the deer poaching incident last November expressed his remorse Wednesday. "Mr. (Nicholas) Thayer is devastated, embarrassed and ashamed," said his attorney Aaron Nelson during Thayer's plea hearing in Pierce County Circuit Court. Thayer, 28, was charged with hunting deer during closed season and failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass, two misdemeanors, from the Nov. 15 incident.
For all those who watched "The Price is Right" during the years Bob Barker hosted, you could recite his saying at the end of each show verbatim: "Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered." There's a reason Barker repeated that message. According to numbers released this January from The Humane Society of the United States, more than three million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. The advantages of spaying and neutering are multiple. By doing so, you're limiting the population of unwanted pets.
BAY CITY -- Danny Gokey has thousands of supporters from his home state of Wisconsin cheering him on every week when he appears on the "American Idol" TV show. Gokey, a Milwaukee native, is one of four singers left after last week's performances. However, there is much more to Gokey's story, even including a Pierce County connection. Tragedy Gokey's wife, Sophia, had a congenital heart condition and underwent multiple surgeries during her life. Last July, she underwent another surgery to install a pacemaker and never woke up. She was 27.
The swine flu epidemic that is making national and international headlines hasn't made its way to Pierce County. But, that doesn't mean County Health workers aren't taking action. In a press release sent to local media outlets Thursday morning, Sue Galoff, Interim Director for the Health Department, announced that a 24/7 call line (715-273-6847) has been established with information for the public. She also added that health alert information has been forwarded to local health care providers, including clinics and hospitals.
Bob Lannan feels at home when he's outdoors. "I've loved it since I was a baby," he said. "It's my preferred habitat." For over 40 years, Lannan has made the outdoors his profession - first as a forester in Michigan for over 30 and then the last 11 as a surveyor, with eight of those as the county surveyor for Pierce County. Nonetheless, Lannan felt the time was right and announced his retirement, effective this Friday. "I'm 68-years-old," he said. "And I figured if I wanted to do something else, I better do it now. "This has been the best job I've ever had.
BAY CITY -- Troy Doose misses the simple things a healthy person takes for granted. Walking a block without passing out, remembering things without having to write them down, not always feeling exhausted or worrying that a cold or a cough could kill him. Those have been some of the related effects he's dealt with after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy with acute systolic heart failure in 2007. "It's been hard giving up my everyday life," he said. The 41-year-old Bay City native has had two heart attacks in the last five years.
PLUM CITY--Staff reduction was one option the Plum City School Board faced in trying to curb a projected $300,000 deficit for the 2009-10 school year. Last week, the board went that way, issuing six layoff notices--one final and five preliminary. The final notice went to Nancy Wellington, who taught Spanish at 40 percent in the district.
A Beldenville man was sentenced Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court to two years probation for felony theft. Gerald A. Langer, 56, was originally facing two felony thefts--one for $2,500-$5,000 and the other for over $10,000--from separate incidents. As part of the plea agreement, the $2,500-$5,000 case was amended to a misdemeanor. The two years probation was also the sentence for the misdemeanor theft and those terms will run concurrent with each other. He is also required to pay restitution on both cases, with the exact amounts to be determined.
The Pierce County Board has had a vacancy since last month, when Supervisor Bill Gilles died suddenly at age 48. Tuesday, the board approved the recommendation of having Board Chair Paul Barkla appoint a candidate to fill Gilles' seat, to gain board action by the May meeting. The board was presented with two options, either the appointment or go with a special election.
PRESCOTT--Candiss DelCastillo started Walks and Wags Pet Service in Prescott staring into the unknown. "Three years ago, no one knew who I was," she said. "Now, I have credibility and a good reputation throughout town as a dog trainer." That can be partly attributed to the decision to broadcast four television shows on local cable access television. "Our objective was to get the information out to more people rather than one-on-one or group classes," she explained.