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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With the weather turning warmer, along with the rising gas prices, Heather Flock wanted something close that her children, Halle, age five, and Kohl, four, could do to get some exercise this summer. "Besides the (Ellsworth) T-Ball program, there are not many other things for children in the area," Flock said. As it turns out, she didn't have to look too far for a solution: herself. As owner of Fitness Influence, Flock is starting a summer youth sports program for area children ages 4-12, from June 2-Aug. 20, with no programs scheduled for June 30-July 6.
"Deadbeat Dad." It's a phrase heard often in today's society. It occurs when a couple with children has divorced; the woman is awarded custody of the children and the man is ordered to make monthly child care payments. He, in turn, doesn't, which is how the phrase got its origin. Besides that phrase, how much does anyone really know about child support? First, what exactly is child support? Child Support is a federally mandated program helping families by establishing paternity, along with obtaining and enforcing court orders for medical and child support.
A River Falls man was charged last month with repeated sexual assault of child. The maximum penalty for this felony is $100,000 and 40 years prison. Matthew A. Bunnell, 26, 249 Foster Street, was accused of committing three or more sexual assaults on a girl, now 15. His next court appearance is 1:45 p.m. May 12 on a pretrial conference. Members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Human Services and River Falls Police interviewed the victim in late March. She described meeting Bunnell for the first time when she was five. He was a family friend.
A Prescott man has been charged in Pierce County Circuit Court with battery of an elderly person, a felony that brings a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison, if found guilty. Craig A. Johnson, 54, 616 Hilton St., is accused of striking a 90-year-old man in the face on May 5. His next scheduled court appearance is a 3:15 p.m. May 19 preliminary hearing. According to the criminal complaint, Prescott police responded to Johnson's address on that day and found the victim sitting in the living room, with his face covered in blood.
SPRING VALLEY--The Spring Valley School Board reorganized early last week. Eric Turner was voted as president, succeeding Diane Gavic, who didn't seek reelection. Susan Hayes is vice-president, Brian Wang was voted clerk and Allan Faber became treasurer. The other three members of the board are Jim Helmer, Terry Green and Jim Miller.
Whether it's individuals, groups or organizations, they all have the same mission in mind: wanting to keep their environment clean. That is the purpose of the Adopt-A-Highway program established in Pierce County since 1995. The Pierce County Highway Department coordinates the program and breaks down the Adopt-A-Highway by two-mile sections for county roads.
A debate on liquor licenses was the main topic of discussion for the Ellsworth Village Board Monday night. Hans McCarthy, Team Leader for Pamida, came before the board with a request for a "Class A" Liquor/Beer license. He told the board Pamida's plans were to sell off-sale beer and wine, with no hard liquor. As a result, he further requested the board amend local ordinance, which calls for a limit of one license per every 2,000 people in the village.
ELMWOOD -- Jon Hinzman has seen the Elmwood School District through the eyes of a student (1993 graduate) and a teacher (since 2001). Starting next fall, Hinzman will add another level to his Elmwood experience, as he was approved last month by the school board as the elementary, middle and assistant high school principal. Hinzman succeeds Adam Zenner, who was promoted to superintendent/high school principal upon Barry Rose's resignation to accept the Cumberland Superintendent position. "From roaming the halls as a student to now being in charge of them, it's a weird feeling," the 32-year-o
Whenever the Spring or Fall Flood Run occurs, expect the unexpected. And this year's Spring Flood Run, which occurred April 19, included at least one notable development. However, the unpredicted didn't happen along the Mississippi River. According to an accident report supplied by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Nathan Zignego, 21, Elmwood, left the Waverly Bar parking lot around 5:51 p.m. that day. Zignego backed out of a parking stall and ran into a motorcycle owned by Robert M. Raehsler of Ellsworth.
PRESCOTT -- Johnny Solomon was searching for a new place to live and settled on San Diego, Calif. With a fully packed car, Solomon was on his quest. A glitch developed: after 15-20 minutes, Solomon realized being in a car for that long would drive him nuts, so plan B came about. Solomon came upon Prescott and found the city to his liking, as he found a home and was able to teach guitar lessons. He also helped out part-time at Strawberry Fields, an eatery that specialized in deli items. When that business closed, Solomon grew intrigued with the location, as cooking besides music was anothe