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Charlotte M. Stevens, 88 formerly of Glen Flora, died on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Phillips. She is survived by, 2 daughters, Charlene Taylor of Phillips, Bonnie Voldberg of Glen Flora, 1 son, Don Stevens of Glen Flora, 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter, 1 brother, Elroy LaPorte of Ingram, 2 sisters, Faye Anderson of Hawkins and Connie Leader of Birchwood.
Funeral services for Charlotte Stevens will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hawkins with Rev. Loretta Waughtal officiating. Burial will be in the Glenview Cemetery in Glen Flora. Charlotte’s family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until service time on Tuesday at the church. Nash-Jackan Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Wisconsin Sports

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The Wisconsin high school football playoffs begin tonight. Thirty-two teams will square off in each of seven divisions. Only two defending champions from a year ago earned Number-One seeds in their respective divisions this time around — Hartland Arrowhead in Division-One, and Stanley-Boyd in D-Five. Last year’s Division-Two champion, Kimberly, moved up to D-One and was also given a top seed. Division-Three titlist Monona Grove and Division-Six champion Shiocton both received Number-two seeds in those groups. Returning Division-Seven champion South Wayne Black Hawk is seeded fourth. D-Four champion Winneconne did not make the 224-team field. The final A-P Number-Ones — Kimberly, Wisconsin Lutheran, and Fond du Lac Springs — were all given top seeds. With only a couple exceptions, all Level-One games begin at seven tonight. A handful of contests are set for tomorrow. There will be four rounds of playoffs before the state finals November 20th and 21st in Madison.


Ha Ha Clinton-Dix might start at safety on Sunday night, when the Green Bay Packers play at New Orleans. The Packers’ first-round draft choice from April played every snap last Sunday against Carolina, relieving Morgan Burnett once the Pack pulled away. Burnett might not play against the Saints, due to a calf injury he suffered against Carolina. He missed his second straight practice yesterday. Coach Mike McCarthy said Burnett would continue to get rehab today — and he’ll see what happens tomorrow when the team holds its final practice of the week. McCarthy did say he believes Clinton-Dix is ready to play a “complete game.” He led the Packers with eight tackles against Carolina. Also, corner Sam Shields did not practice yesterday, as he continues to get over a knee injury suffered at Miami two weeks ago. Running back James Starks and defensive end Datone Jones returned to practice on a limited basis.


The Wisconsin football team is getting ready for a strong pass rush from Maryland, when the two teams play tomorrow in Madison. The Badgers were on a bye last week, and they got to watch the Terrapins beat Iowa 38-31. The starting offensive line watched that game together and took notes. Defensive end Andre Monroe leads Maryland in sacks with five-and-a-half this season, and he has seven tackles for losses. Backup outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue leads the Terrapins’ defense with nine tackles for losses. Maryland and the U-W are both tied for third in the Big Ten in season sacks with 19 each. The Badger offensive line has given up the fewest sacks in the league, with four. Meanwhile, fullback Derek Watt and nose guard Warren Herring are expected to play considerably tomorrow, in their first games since they were injured on August 30th against L-S-U. Watt had a broken right foot, and Herring injured a knee. Coach Gary Andersen said both are not quite in football shape, but they have no limits on the numbers of the snaps they can take. The Badgers come in at 4-and-2 overall, and 1-and-1 in the Big Ten. Maryland is 5-and-2.


We’ll find out November fourth whether the Milwaukee Brewers will have another Gold Glove winner. Center-fielder Carlos Gomez became the first Milwaukee player in 31 years to win the Majors’ top defensive honors last season. Gomez was not among the three finalists at his position this time around. Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy was named yesterday as a National League finalist at his spot, along with Gerardo Parra in right field. Parra previously won two Gold Gloves with Arizona. He was traded to Milwaukee in late July. The awards go to the top defensive players at each position in each league.


In golf, Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 13th place after the first round of the P-G-A’s McGladrey Classic. Wilson shot a three-under-par 67 yesterday at the Seaside Course in Sea Island Georgia. Jerry Kelly of Madison is tied for 59th after shooting an even-par 70. Four players have the lead at five-under-65 — Brian Harman, Michael Thompson, Erik Compton, and Will MacKenzie. On the senior Champions’ Tour, Fox Point native Skip Kendall and Rhinelander native Dan Forsman are part of the field for the A-T-and-T Championship. The three-round tournament begins today in San Antonio.


Whitewater and its nationally-renowned college football team will get some national T-V time tomorrow. E-S-P-N’s “College Game-Day” will present a segment on Whitewater which is scheduled to air around nine tomorrow morning. The Warhawks have won five N-C-A-A Division-Three titles in the last seven years — and they’re ranked Number-One again this season at 6-and-0. Last week, Whitewater coach Lance Leipold (ly-pold) became the fastest coach in N-C-A-A history to win 100 career games. He did it in his 106th attempt. The Warhawks take a 23-game winning streak into their homecoming game tomorrow against U-W Oshkosh.

Posted by Thom Gerretsen at 4:14 AM

Rusk County News

With a deadline of tomorrow, Wisconsin has not applied for up to 60-million federal dollars to help pre-school programs help vulnerable kids in places with high needs.  The state’s three U-S House Democrats wrote to Governor Scott Walker 15 days ago, urging him to apply. The Associated Press said the Republican Walker deferred to the state’s education and children-and-families’ agencies.  And leaders of those two agencies said in mid-September they had “capacity challenges” in preparing another large application for an early childhood grant in addition to its federal Race-to-the-Top grant.  The state received a 34-million dollar grant almost two years ago for a host of early childhood programs.  That money expires in just over two years.  In an October 8th e-mail, Walker policy analyst Jon Hoelter wrote that the administration would keep its focus on the current grant.  He said they’ll forward to working with the other agencies to pursue “future opportunities when they arise.”  House Democrat Mark Pocan of Madison said he couldn’t believe Walker would turn down the four-year pre-school grant. 

A Rusk County deputy just before 1 PM Wednesday, made a traffic stop of a vehicle on Amherst Avenue, Hawkins, for not displaying a front plate and loud exhaust. After an investigation, the driver was arrested for a warrant and taken to the Rusk County jail.

Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received a theft complaint. A Rusk County deputy met with a male subject advising that a snowmobile trailer belonging to a different male subject who is a co-owner of the property on County Highway B, Glen Flora was taken.

At about 12 Noon Wednesday, a Ladysmith Officer met with a 28 year old female subject regarding that Matthew C. Kenny, 34, was sending text messages to the female subject. Kenny was determined to have a no contact open bond with the female complainant. He admitted sending text messages to the female subject. Kenny was arrested for misdemeanor bail jumping.

Wisconsin wolf hunters have taken almost two-thirds of their quota for a season that’s only eight days old.  The D-N-R said 98 wolves have been shot-and-trapped since last Wednesday.  That means only 52 wolves are still available. This season’s quota is about 100 wolves smaller than in 2013, due to a 25-percent drop in the state’s wolf population from the year before.  D-N-R officials say many of the 11-hundred licensed wolf hunters realize the season could be extremely short this year — so they’ve been more active in the early going. Four of the six hunting zones are already closed.  The only ones still open are Zone-Three in northwest Wisconsin, and Zone-Six in the lower three-fourths of the state.  An animal rights group called the Great Lakes Wolf Patrol has set up a camp in northern Wisconsin, and has vowed to record activities in the apparent hopes of finding hunter violations.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says they’ve found no violations so far. 


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