ALTOONA — Home runs have been a much-used tool for the Altoona offense this year. But when freshman Averie Varsho stepped up to the plate in the sixth inning with the go-ahead run on second base against Elk Mound on Friday, she had something else in mind. “I was just thinking base hit,” she said. She wasted no time in delivering. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Varsho sent a double to left field, which ended up being the game-winning RBI and gave the Rails a 4-3 win over
Numerous people were recorded either fully or partially nude this spring at a Cumberland tanning salon by a secret camera installed by a customer, according to Barron County authorities. Randy L. Schamberger, 42, of Cumberland faces seven felonies and three misdemeanors for recording at least eight people undressing without their consent and invading their privacy. He had his initial appearance in court Friday, and Barron County Judge J.M. Bitney set a signature bond for his release while the
MENOMONIE — Since the spring semester at UW-Stout ended weeks ago, the university has been preparing to briefly welcome a slew of new students to its third educational summer camp. It’s called the Summer STEAM Experience, which is a collaboration of UW-Stout’s art and design camp and its science, technology, engineering and math camp. Students grades 8 to 12 can pay to take a week-long course June 17-21 to see if they would be interested in pursuing a study in college.
SPRING VALLEY — This winter, about 200 bats spent their hibernation nestled into corners and cracks seven stories below ground at Crystal Cave in Spring Valley. The year before, there were 800 of them. The nocturnal, furry creatures that play a large part in the state’s pest control have been hit by white-nose syndrome, said Crystal Cave’s executive director, Eric McMaster. “They end up starving to death, really,” McMaster said of the fungal disease.
The state Department of Transportation has designated $4.7 million in bridge funds toward replacing the Cobban Bridge, but county officials now must find a way to come up with more than $2 million to pay for the rest of the project. According to the Chippewa County Highway Department, the original estimate to replace the bridge, which crosses the Chippewa River approximately halfway between Jim Falls and Cornell, was about $8.5 million. But the state now operates under a “replace in
Backpacks sit on shelves in a storage room off of the TRY Mediation office at the Eau Claire County Courthouse. Inside them are items most of us take for granted — pajamas, shampoo, toothpaste and maybe a teddy bear. But to children in Eau Claire County, the backpacks and their contents might be the first things that are truly their own. “The intent of the backpacks is to give kids two or three days of living supplies,” said Bridget Coit, a public information officer for
Fall Creek’s Sean Bochman could have put together a checklist with some lofty expectations for himself entering his first year of varsity tennis, and they would have been entirely realistic. Take a No. 1 singles role? Check. Go undefeated through the regular season? Check. Win a sectional championship? Check. Bochman won the No. 1 singles Division 2 sectional title for the Altoona/Fall Creek co-op in Eau Claire on Thursday, running his record on the season to 18-0. The junior’s
Three men are facing criminal charges in Chippewa County for using fake prescriptions to try to obtain drugs from pharmacies in Chippewa Falls and Lake Hallie. Anas B. Yusuf, 18, Oakdale, Minn., is charged with three felony counts of uttering a forgery, one felony count of possession of narcotics with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. Abubakar A. Hagiaweis, 19, Seattle, and Ahmed K. Hassan, 19, of Kent, Wash., are charged with one felony count each of
An Eau Claire man will spend two years on probation for leaving four young children alone outside after dark in cold weather. Jedadia J. Sullivan, 30, 1215 S. Dewey St., pleaded guilty recently in Eau Claire County Court to three amended misdemeanor counts of child neglect. He was originally charged with four felony counts of child abandonment. Judge William Gabler fined Sullivan $1,329. As conditions of probation, Sullivan must undergo any programming required by his probation agent and
Altoona continued its run of being one of Wisconsin’s fastest growing cities in 2017. After adding 176 residents from 2016 to 2017, Altoona had an estimated 7,680 residents as of July 1 last year, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. That 2.4 percent growth rate ranked No. 7 among Wisconsin cities and topped all cities in west-central Wisconsin. “Obviously we’re really happy about the growth in Altoona,” said city