Jamie Oliver has been reinstated as athletic director in the Altoona school district five months after his removal from the position prompted an uproar resulting in the ouster of the district’s superintendent. Altoona school board members announced Tuesday they have decided to reinstate Oliver, high school dean of students, as athletic director. The board suspended Oliver from the position in October for his role in the controversial Aug. 31 firing of high school football coach Steve
A former Eau Claire man who killed his wife and daughter 20 years ago was denied in his latest attempt to end his mental commitment. Cher Cha Moua petitioned Eau Claire County Judge Jon Theisen in October to have his conditional release terminated. In a recent written ruling, Theisen denied Moua’s petition. Moua, formerly known as Lo Pao Moua, lives in an Altoona apartment without direct supervision. He is not on medication and meets with his probation officer monthly. Moua, 61,
5 years ago — 2013 Carthage College student and Jim Falls native Tim Knoepke is in the Vatican City crowd when Pope Francis is revealed as the new pontiff. 10 years ago — 2008 Altoona rallies from a 19-point deficit but falls to Monroe 49-47 in the Division II semifinals of the WIAA state girls basketball tournament in Madison. 20 years ago — 1998 An estimated crowd of 1,250 people packs a Green Bay church in a memorial service for former Green Bay Packer Ray Nitschke.
Altoona school board members plan to begin the search for an interim superintendent after approving a job description at next Monday’s board meeting. Board members met with staff and solicited ideas for an interim superintendent last week, school board President Robin Elvig said. The board wanted “to seek input on what staff would like in an interim superintendent,” she said. Rather than hire their next superintendent, board members have decided to seek
5 years ago — 2013 A pair of good Samaritans walking by an Altoona house engulfed in flames saves an elderly woman by pulling her from the structure. 10 years ago — 2008 Scott Bowe of Cornell is named recipient of the Haskell Noyes Conservation Warden Efficiency Award, the top honor for a Wisconsin DNR warden. 20 years ago — 1998 A Chippewa Falls nonprofit group gets a state grant to begin an abstinence program for teens. 35 years ago — 1983 The cresting Chippewa
When Eau Claire schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck first heard about the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed, her first thoughts centered on the tragic repetition of deaths in schools. “I thought ‘Oh, no, not again,’” Hardebeck recalled. “Anytime something like this happens to one school ... it hits all of us who work in schools very hard.” Hardebeck’s thoughts
Rather than hire their next superintendent, Altoona school board members are considering an interim appointment to lead the district for a time before naming a permanent school leader. Altoona board members plan to discuss the next step in the superintendent search process at Monday’s board meeting. The board’s agenda lists consideration of the search process, a timeline and next steps for naming an interim superintendent. Those discussions come three weeks after Feb.
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A rural Eau Claire man is accused of causing a hit-and-run crash and then leading authorities on a high-speed chase in Altoona and Eau Claire. At various points of the chase early Sunday, authorities say Kyle G. Krueger almost collided with two snowplows and forced an Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputy to jump into a snowbank to avoid being struck by Krueger’s pickup truck. Krueger, 31, S7350 Balsam Road, town of Pleasant Valley, was charged Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court with
ALTOONA — Wednesday was a big day for three Altoona seniors. Mitch Adrian, Jacob Chilson and Brett Platzek gathered with their friends and family in the school’s library to make their college choices official. Adrian was headed to St. Scholastica to play football. Chilson and Platzek will play basketball at the next level, Chilson at St. Mary’s and Platzek at Loras College. There were plenty of hugs, smiles and photos. But as excited as all of them were about their college