Fire Ball returns to UW-Eau Claire UW-Eau Claire’s annual drag event The Fire Ball returns at 6:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday to the Davies Student Center’s Ojibwe Ballroom. This year’s theme is “Revolution.” The show features local and national drag performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race. They are complemented by several drag queens and drag kings. Saturday’s event is already sold out, and tickets for Friday’s are going fast.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — It started as a school project and turned into an original artistic medium. Chippewa Falls artist Alexandria Mooney Jones was working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2007. One class project involved creating a war-related book. Per the theme, Mooney Jones was attempting to make it look burned by charring the edges. At the time, she was at a Fourth of July party at her then-home in Kansas City. Feeling frustrated
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A survey shows 82 percent of Chippewa County residents believe substance abuse is “a major or minor problem” in the county. Mental health, high-risk alcohol consumption and obesity also ranked as high concerns. About 30 people met at the Heyde Center for the Arts on Monday to review results of the Chippewa County Community Health Survey. There were 1,225 completed surveys. They also saw data that compares Chippewa County demographics with state and
Wrestling group holds food drive CHIPPEWA FALLS — Showtime Champion Wrestling is holding “Greetings From Chippewa Falls,” a food drive and wrestling matchups event on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Eagles Club Banquet Hall, 2588 Hallie Road. The event will feature main event “The Big Hurt” DeAndre Jackson versus “Mr. Athletic” Jeff Cobb, as well as several other matches including a tag team attraction, six-man tag and others. Tickets are $12
Dennis Miller knows firsthand about the traumatic impact on local families when Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. closed its Eau Claire plant in June 1992. Miller, an electrician at the plant for 15 years, was one of about 250 workers who chose to transfer to another Uniroyal Goodrich plant rather than lose his benefits and be thrust into unemployment. He ended up working at the company’s tire factory in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for seven years until he reached age 55, qualified for his pension and
What comes to mind when you hear the word “inmate”? Activist Michael Sandvig assumes people, including him, often conjure up a negative image of a person who has done something wrong. What’s often forgotten is many inmates are still people who have something to offer the community. Sandvig, who works with the organization 513free in Eau Claire to help inmates find purpose, said his group has partnered with the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls to