Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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The Ellsworth Village Board Monday approved the village's 2013 budget and struck down an ordinance prohibiting the selling of beer or other intoxicating beverages inside the Pierce County Fairgrounds. The budget and its amendments were adopted unanimously, as was the vote to remove Ordinance 629 from the village code which prevents the sale of "prohibiting intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverage in an open container in or upon the P.C.
One dual meet does not make a whole season for but for the Ellsworth High School wrestling team, there's one match they want to make sure keeps them motivated for the upcoming 2012-13 season. And that match was the WIAA Division 2 State Team Tournament Championship last March where Luxemburg-Casco beat the Panthers like no D-2 team had beaten them in a long time, 41-13. The loss marred what measurably was a very successful season for the Panthers and Chad Steldt in his first year as head coach.
The Ellsworth Village Board Health, License and Welfare Committee will meet with the Pierce County Fair Board to discuss the possibility of beer sales on the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth.
Ellsworth officials and village board members aren't happy to find out about structural defects found in one of the holding tanks at the currently-being-renovated wastewater treatment plant. The water and sewer committee reported to the board Monday several cracks were found in the concrete of the structure. Some of them were hair line on top of the walls and down the face of the wall, and larger cracks were found near a gate to the tank. It was reported a leak was discovered outside the bottom of the tank as well.
When it comes to low, the Ellsworth High School girls' golf team wishes it has low scores, not a low turnout of student athletes. But it's the situation the Panthers face this season. Unless a few more persons are recruited to the team of just three golfers so far once school starts, some 300 strokes will automatically be added to their team scores, putting them at the bottom of every meet they're in. "It's very disappointing but it shows what we need to do more to get more people out for the sport," Ellsworth head coach Kit Feuerhelm said.
A mid-afternoon heavy downpour from a storm system (which dropped lots of hail in the Plum City area) Thursday couldn't keep the Pierce County Fair from a strong opening day of its 129th edition at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth. Once the storm was shaken and dried off the fair proceeded with judging for sheep and swine and exotic animals along with the horse judging, which will go on through all three days of the fair.
HAGER CITY - A small sinkhole cracked open right in the middle of Hwy. 35 south near its intersection with Hwy. 63 yesterday evening. Mike Hawkins of Bay City, made the discovery of the sinkhole around 7 p.m. Tuesday and put down two jugs of Prestone anti-freeze to keep drivers turning south on Hwy. 35 away from it. He said he saw a small crack in the road in the same spot a few days ago. "It just looked like another pothole, I didn't think much of it" Hawkins said.
The Ellsworth Village Board Monday unanimously approved a letter-writing campaign to keep open the former Pamida store in the Crossing Meadows development. The campaign is designed to try and influence Shopko Inc. in Green Bay, which bought out Pamida, to keep the store and the pharmacy open as a smaller "Shopko Express" store.
The Ellsworth Village Board approved several resolutions dealing with finance and bonds Monday. The board unanimously approved three resolutions recommended by the Finance, Purchasing and Buildings Committee to: authorize $325,000 of general obligation bonds for community development projects in TID No. 10, the property where the former U.S. Army Reserve Center once was in the Midway section; authorize $1,060,000 of general obligation refunding bonds; and provided for the sale of $1,385,000 of taxable general obligation corporate purpose bonds.
A change order to the village's wastewater treatment plant upgrade will reportedly cost over $3,000, the Ellsworth Village Board learned Monday. The report was given during the public comment section on non-agenda items, as it came up after the agenda for this month's meeting had been published. Because of this, the board will have to take up this change and vote on it at next month's meeting on Monday, April 2. Otherwise, Monday's agenda was very light. The board unanimously appointed Trustee Michael Steele and John O'Keefe to the Joint Review Board for the TID No.