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Neil Johnson

Janesville proposing landfill changes
- The city is proposing a plan to shift debt at Janesville's landfill back to the city's general fund and allow more “flexibility” in garbage contracts and where garbage could come from. Read more >>
Walker rallies Janesville backers
- At an appearance in downtown Janesville Gov. Scott Walker rallied local backers, acknowledging a race for re-election against Democrat Mary Burke could be a dead heat. Read more >>
Downtown building could become banquet hall
- If a developer's plan moves forward, a former appliance store downtown could become an event hall. Read more >>
New tour, old technology at Tallman
- The Tallman House has a new angle on its tours. The focus: old technology. Read more >>
Bypasses, libraries in city five-year plan
- A five-year strategic plan gives an outline for the next five budget cycles. Read more >>
More retailers suing over taxes
- The city of Janesville is being sued by a growing number of local big box retailers who say their city property tax assessments are too high. Read more >>
Aldi to build new Janesville store
- Local grocer Aldi will break ground later this month on a new Janesville store along Deerfield Drive that will replace its current store on Milton Avenue. Read more >>
Janesville wants to clear properties for riverfront plan
- Residents soon will see changes downtown if the city buys property that's in the footprint of Janesville's proposed riverfront revitalization project. Read more >>
Homeless men feel sting of summer
- The Gazette takes a look at the recent closure of drop-in center The Shelter in Janesville's Fourth Ward and the gap in services that local homeless men experience in summer. Read more >>
Fire code dispute continues to simmer
- A dispute over a business fire code inspection continues to simmer, although the Janesville Fire Department denies it targeted the owner over his opposition to a planned fire station. Read more >>
Janesville might alter alcohol rules
- After months of policy wrangling, a city committee has pushed forward two alcohol proposals that business owners and anti-substance abuse advocates say they agree on. Read more >>
Businessman wonders if code inspection targeted him
- A businessman wonders if his public opposition to a proposed fire station in Janesville prompted a fire code inspection just four months after the city last inspected his property. Read more >>
Janesville buying homes for fire station
- The city of Janesville is moving ahead on buying homes that lie in the footprint of the planned fire station along Milton Avenue. Read more >>
Hedberg Library closed for water repairs
- Hedberg Public Library is closed the rest of the day Thursday for ongoing water repairs, according to a release from the library. Read more >>
Freitag calls for 'all hands on deck'
- City Manager Mark Freitag ripped a page from his playbook as a former U.S. Army colonel, holding a military-style “all-hands-on-deck” meeting of city employees Tuesday afternoon. Read more >>
Festival fences ditched
- Janesville will now allow festivals downtown to operate without fenced in alcohol serving areas. One city council member wants to see fence-free festivals spread citywide. Read more >>
Janesville considering fence-free downtown festivals
- The Janesville City Council is considering new rules that would no longer require special events held downtown to have temporary fences around areas where alcohol is served. Read more >>
Police: DNA links Courtney to killing
- Janesville police arrested Clayton J. Courtney this afternoon on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Britney N. Cross, 21, Deputy Chief Dan Davis said. Read more >>
Group to ban weapons at ball fields
- The Janesville Youth Baseball and Softball Association plans to post signs banning guns at ball fields that it leases from the city, a league official said. Read more >>
Milton OKs mobile food vendors
- Milton is officially a mobile food vendor town, but not without lingering concerns by one council member over parking issues and competition against existing restaurants. Read more >>
Milton chamber seeks new leader
- The Milton Area Chamber of Commerce is without a director for the second time in two years after Executive Director JoLynn Burden resigned to take a job with Forward Janesville. Read more >>
A Deere goes to auction
- Edgerton students have rebuilt and restored the ultimate Father's Day gift: A 1949 John Deere Model B tractor. The Deere goes to auction at a tractor pull Sunday at Racetrack Park. Read more >>
Rail plan would tie Chicago, Madison
- A statewide transportation advocacy group has unveiled a plan for a passenger rail service between Chicago and Madison it says could have stops in Rock County, including Janesville. Read more >>
Food trucks are a go in Janesville
- The Janesville City Council OK'd new rules Monday that give mobile food trucks and cart vendors a healthy degree of food-carte blanche to sell streetside in the city. Read more >>
Milton High grads celebrate with tissue, not tears
- Milton High School graduates gave Principal Jeremy Bilhorn scraps of toilet paper as mementos on Sunday. Bilhorn said the prank won't be as memorable as the students' talents. Read more >>
Rock County to issue same-sex marriage licenses
- In the wake of a judge's ruling on gay marriage, Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler said she plans to start serving both opposite-sex and same-sex couples who seek marriage licenses. Read more >>
Janesville trash game changing
- The Gazette takes a trip to the Janesville landfill at a time when the city is looking to unload the facility—or even close it altogether. Read more >>
Parker High Grads seize inner superheroes
- At the Janesville Parker High School Friday night, students seized their inner superhero—and their inner lunch lady. Read more >>
Food truck rules gain traction in Milton
- The Milton City Council is favoring rules that would regulate mobile food vendors, but the council seeks ways to regulate them without stepping on local produce farmers' toes. Read more >>
Officials consider food truck rules
- Both the Janesville and Milton city councils this month are considering new rules that would allow and regulate mobile food vendors. Read more >>
Disc golf takes flight in Edgerton
- A local couple have organized and built a disc golf course geared for beginners at Racetrack Park in Edgerton. Gazette reporter Neil Johnson, a disc golf newbie, gives the new course a try. Read more >>