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Get the latest on the girls basketball tournament in our video preview

March 05, 2011 2:43 p.m. | There's been plenty of action in the local high school basketball scene the past week and the girls will take center stage when they begin post-season play Tuesday.

MyCommunityNOW has just added its latest video, featuring Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe breaking down the brackets with fellow insiders Steven L. Tietz, Tom "Sky" Skibosh, Mark Stewart and John Rech.

The guys start off with a look at the hype surrounding this week's J.P. Tokoto event and then preview some of the top teams and matchups in the girls' field.

For more tournament coverage, visit the special Championship Chase page, which features photo galleries, a Twitter feed, game stories and more.

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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

The new Root River Theatre Company in Franklin seeks local acting talent for upcoming production

Oct. 15, 2014 2:41 p.m. | Franklin — The Root River Theatre Company, a new community theatre organization in Franklin, will be holding auditions for its first production "Christmas Shorts" later this month.

"Christmas Shorts," a collection of five one-act plays by playwright Matt Hoverman, is slated for performances in December.

People of all occupational backgrounds are encouraged to try out for the nonprofit theatre company's first production.

"You would be surprised at the cross-section of people you get in community theatre," said Michael Schottle, president and general manager of the Root River Theatre Company. "There are people from all walks of life. You just never can tell who has a passion for acting."

Auditions for the production will be held on October 27 and 28 in the Franklin High School, located at 8222 S. 51st Street. The auditions, which will consist of cold readings from the script, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both nights.

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Village Board requests Hales Corners Wading Pool remains open in 2015

Oct. 15, 2014 11:26 a.m. | Hales Corners — In response to the proposed closing of the Hales Corners Park Wading Pool, the Village of Hales Corners has sent a letter to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, requesting that the pool remain open for the 2015 season.

The letter was approved by board members during the meeting on Monday, Oct. 13 and was signed by Robert Ruesch, village president

The letter states:

"This pool has been serving the families and children in southwestern Milwaukee County for many decades and is an integral part of the recreational and quality of life of our citizens. We understand that other such Pools are funded for 2015, and therefore, the Hales Corners Wading Pool should be funded.

The Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool was instrumental in keeping the Hales Corners Pool open under similar circumstances in 2003, 2004 and again in 2007. That group has a 12-year track record and continues to be active. They are a valuable resource in exploring and implementing solutions to keep the Wading Pool open.

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At Franklin High, digital age overtakes parent-teacher conferences

Oct. 14, 2014 8:58 p.m. | The fall tradition of parent-teacher conferences is well underway this month at schools across Wisconsin.

But not at Franklin High School, where the formal in-person meetings have been dropped this year in favor of how many parents already communicate with their child's teacher: electronically.

"The reality is that in this day and age where there's electronic gradebooks and Internet communications and phone conversations, parents take advantage of those and a lot of them don't want to come in during those traditional times," principal Michael Nowak said.

Thechange in policy reflects a trend well-known to educators: As children get older, fewer parents show up for conferences.

Some believe the old-fashioned meetings are too short for meaningful interactions and too focused on test scores. And the designated dates for conferences, traditionally in October, may stall conversations about problems that started weeks prior.

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2 arrested after having sex in car in grocery store parking lot

Oct. 14, 2014 1:28 p.m. | Two people were arrested and cited after they were seen unclothed and having sexual intercourse in the back seat of a vehicle in a parking lot Sept. 23.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Police were called about a report that two people were unclothed and having sexual intercourse in the back seat of a vehicle in the lot at Woodman's, 8131 S. Howell Ave., about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 23.

Police found the suspects in the lot, and they first said they were just talking but later admitted they were making out in the rear seat of the vehicle. But they said they weren't having intercourse.

After speaking to employees who saw the two in the back seat with their shirts off, the suspects were arrested and cited for disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.

Star Wars-themed events held through Saturday at Oak Creek Public Library

Oct. 14, 2014 10:25 a.m. | Oak Creek — Star Wars-themed events continue through Saturday at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave.

Nick Seidler, a science fiction writer and historian, will give a presentation about the Star Wars films Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Seidler will uncover information from Star Wars novels that give insight to the films. He encourages participants to bring thoughts and ideas of what the seventh installment of Star Wars film might look like.

Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m., gaming experts from The Board Game Barrister will show attendees how to play Star Wars game "X-Wing Starship Miniatures." The demonstration follows the Teen Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m.

Star Wars-themed Kid Flicks! conclude the events on Saturday, Oct. 18. Films suitable for the whole family will begin at 1:30 p.m. with doors opening at 1 p.m. The film is PG and runs for 64 minutes.

The Star Wars program began Saturday, Oct. 11 with the library's third annual Star Wars Reads Day.

Poll: Will Greendale or South Milwaukee win in Week 9 matchup?

Oct. 14, 2014 10:00 a.m. | Week 9 of the preps football season showcases a big Woodland crossover matchup: Greendale at South Milwaukee.

Both teams come into the game undefeated and leading their respective half of the Woodland Conference.

Last year in Greendale, the Panthers routed the Rockets, 41-7.

And both teams have been successful this year. Greendale is 5-0 in the conference (8-0 overall). South Milwaukee is unbeaten also at 5-0 (8-0).

Man charged for facilitating a sex crime with 13-year-old girl in Hales Corners

Oct. 13, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Hales Corners — Floyd C. Sauve of Milwaukee was charged with using a computer to facilitate a sex crime after portraying himself as a 15-year-old boy through his phone's messaging system to a 14-year-old girl.

Sauve scheduled two meetings with the victim at the Hales Corners Public Library. The two also went to Whitnall Park and the Hales Corners McDonald's.

Sauve connected with the victim in September through Link Messenger on his Android phone, according to the criminal complaint. He connected with the victim as "Looker_Looking" and "EdNok." The two eventually exchanged phone numbers.

According to the complaint, Sauve engaged the victim in Link Messenger conversations that were sexual in nature and about liking "older boys." Hales Corners police were able to recover stored Link messages between Sauve and the victim. Nothing physical happened during the two's in-person meetings, the victim said, but Sauve did kiss her on the cheek, the complaint said.

The victim turned 14-years-old during the time she and Sauve were in communication.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

Franklin football team outlasts Indian Trail, 31-24, closes in on SEC title

Oct. 09, 2014 10:45 p.m. | Franklin all-state offensive tackle Vince Hughes looked around late in the fourth quarter Thursday night with the Saber football team holding onto a tenuous 31-24 lead over visiting Kenosha Indian Trail in a battle for first place in the Southeast Conference.

He knew that if the Sabers were to have a chance at holding onto to the victory, he and his veteran crew of linemates were going to have to get it done.

They did, as behind the big line, the sensational running of senior back Gavin Boeck (29 carries for 202 yards and two TDs) and the timely playmaking of quatrerback Ben Wachter, the Sabers were able to run off 10 plays, chew up more than four minutes of clock and leave the Hawks with not much time to work with in the end.

And then shortly thereafter, when Indian Trail quarterback Lane Ochs struggled with a bad snap on a fourth down play from his own 35 and was subsequently gobbled up by Franklin linebacker Ben McCarthy, Franklin had that pivotal win.

A victory that puts them just one step away from at least a share of a second straight SEC title.

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Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

Dispute over Franklin mayor's appointees leave Economic Development Commission stranded

Oct. 08, 2014 4:52 p.m. | Franklin — A dispute between the mayor and aldermen over proposed appointees has put the city's Economic Development Commission on hiatus.

The Franklin EDC — a seven-member board which helps "promote and enhance" Franklin, according to the city's website — has fallen below the threshold for a quorum, or the minimum number of members that have to be present to conduct business.

At the moment, it only has three active members. The reason? Three appointees were either tabled or withdrawn from Common Council consideration this month as a result of the dispute to fill most of the four open seats.

The EDC currently has two vacancies in addition to two members — Bruce Kaniewski and Michael Soto — whose terms expired on June 30. Kaniewski and Soto were to be considered for reappointment at Mayor Steve Olson's request during the Oct. 7 meeting.

Appointee debate

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Wrecked car cautions high schoolers against impaired, distracted driving

Oct. 07, 2014 7:42 p.m. | A wrecked car is on display in front of Wauwatosa West High School to remind students of the dangers of impaired and distracted driving during homecoming weekend, which begins Friday.

The car is a visual message for all Wauwatosa students to discourage texting while driving, drunken driving or getting into a vehicle with an impaired driver.

The homecoming football game begins Friday at 7 p.m. West will play at its home stadium. East will play at Hart Park. The festivities continue Saturday with the homecoming dance from 8 to 11 p.m.

Veterans memorial falls in face of Greendale School District opposition

Oct. 07, 2014 12:49 p.m. | Greendale — A proposed veterans memorial will not be built on school district property, despite earlier plans that pinned the proposal on a specific site.

The Greendale School Board, on a split vote, has rejected the project's memorandum of understanding, sending memorial planners back to square one on a project for which fundraising had already been initiated.

The Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee began seeking those funds earlier this year after concept designs were chosen for a location on school district property at the intersection of Broad Street and Southway.

Tabled, then tossed

The memorandum of understanding was initially tabled at a school board meeting in July, after district officials agreed to discuss the memorial more thoroughly.

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