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Tue
16
Sep

Neighborhood, church unite after double homicide


Photo by Samantha Christian. Officials clear the way for an ambulance to leave the scene of the double homicide at Yarmouth Greenway Drive in Fitchburg on Aug. 22.

No community is immune to tragedy.

The City of Fitchburg was reminded of that Friday, Aug. 22, when former Dane County Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Steele, 39, allegedly shot and killed his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol.

Mon
15
Sep

Verona Road construction update for Sept. 15-18

The following update is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

Sun
14
Sep

A long road ahead


Photo by Mark Ignatowski. Nancy Lopez and Angel Anguiano live near Verona Road. Added traffic from the construction makes it hard to get around the neighborhood and to places beyond the construction zone.

When Nancy Lopez needs to get to the west side of Madison, she has to take a twisting maze of partially closed roads through a series of temporary traffic signals onto a congested Verona Road.

“Ohhh, it’s a mess,” Lopez said. “It’s complicated – it’s a lot of roads closed. It’s not too loud, but there’s more traffic in this area.”

Fri
12
Sep

McKee Road project more than half done

The bumps have been smoothed out, but work will continue this fall on McKee Road.

Drivers have been down to one lane in each direction for much of August and September. Those conditions will continue through this month and into next month. Traffic was switched to the newly paved eastbound lanes Aug. 27 so that crews could repair the westbound side.

Fri
12
Sep

A Wishing ‘Star’


Photo by Samantha Christian. Kendall Oberg, 9, of Fitchburg, will be back at McKee Farms Park on Sunday as this year’s Walk for Wishes front runner. Oberg is living with a rare type of vasculitis.

Friday is a day most people look forward to because it signals the end of the school or work week. But for Fitchburg’s Kendall Oberg, 9, all that day brings is anxiety over a weekly routine of shots.

Kendall, who is this year’s Walk for Wishes front runner, is battling a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disease. Takayasu’s arteritis is a type of vasculitis that causes inflammation, narrowing and weakening of the large blood vessels.

Fri
12
Sep

OSD: Getting the word out

Let the public relations offensive begin.

With the district’s pair of failed 2012 referendums still clearly visible in the rear-view mirror, district officials and board members are trying to make sure their message gets out to the public before the Nov. 4 vote. Some criticism of the failed referendums included a lack of clear communication from the district on what was being asked for and why, something board members are clearly trying to avoid this time around.

Fri
12
Sep

VASD: Enrollment well below projections

While the number of students in the Verona Area School District will likely grow once again in 2014-15, it might not be by much.

A preliminary count Sept. 4 showed only six students more than last year’s 5,433, listed on the state Department of Instruction (DPI) website. The district had projected total enrollment to grow to 5,500.

Fri
12
Sep

VASD: Eskrich named SOMS acting principal

A Savanna Oaks Middle School associate principal took over for the school’s principal in August due to the principal’s health concerns.

Sandy Eskrich, who has been at SOMS for four years, took over Aug. 18, according to a letter sent home to parents from principal Steve Penne and superintendent Dean Gorrell.

In the letter, Penne said he was taking a medical leave effective immediately, and that no return date had been established.

Thu
11
Sep
Sun
07
Sep

Verona Road construction update for Sept. 8-12

The following update is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

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