Best of The Gazette, Oct. 1, 2013: Confusing bypass, missing beer and ‘incredible' stained glass find
The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a summary of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:
Cases show importance of competency evaluations
A number of high-profile cases in recent months have placed a spotlight on the mental competency evaluation system. Reporter Nico Savidge took a look at how the process works and what the designation means for people on trial. “It's not a get-out-of-jail free (card),” assistant public defender Walter Isaacson said.
Lack of signs at Milton bypass creating confusion
The Highway 26 bypass was meant to divert about 16,000 vehicles a day east of Milton, in part to remove heavy truck traffic from Milton's downtown. But what's disconcerting for business owners on the east side is that even local traffic is struggling to find its way in and out of the city from the bypass, citing a lack of signage and familiarity.
Warhawk kicker's career a study in perseverance
UW-Whitewater kicker/punter Eric Kindler started his college football career in perhaps the worst spot on any football roster—as the backup kicker. But the four-year starter has gone on to become one of the most prolific kickers in school history.
Midwest Invite a hidden Janesville gem
After spending nearly seven hours attempting to wrap my mind around the Midwest Invitational, Gazette Sports Editor Eric Schmoldt came to one basic conclusion: The cross country meet is Janesville's finest sporting event that relatively no one knows about.
Our Views: Teen center deserves support from Edgerton
As residents in many Midwestern communities know, teen centers too often come and go. They're generally good ideas. They require, however, fresh infusions of money and dedicated volunteers to keep their doors open. They also need support from teens. Here's hoping cash and help keep flowing toward the Edgerton Teen Center and teens keep showing up, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.
State Views: New federal coal rules risk Wisconsin jobs
On Sept. 20, the federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first national limits on carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants. The crackdown will strike at the heart of the Wisconsin economy, cost our families jobs and drive up electric bills, writes Eric Bott, the environmental policy director for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.
Where's the brew? Madison's Blair Street Brew & BBQ still needs beer
Four months after opening, Blair Street Brew & BBQ still hasn't begun the brewing end of the operation, but it has become a popular hangout almost as much for the atmosphere as the “Mad City-style” barbecue, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick writes.
Edgerton book festival gives local authors a boost
The Edgerton Sterling North Book Festival draws renowned national authors. It also draws Rock County authors who want to show off their work and earn new fans. One such writer even included a local lake in her murder mystery.
Xtra Points: A record-setting night in Oconomowoc
Oconomowoc and Wisconsin Lutheran combined to score 166 points in their matchup Friday night. As you might expect, the game set a state scoring record, and both teams had several eye-popping individual performers.
Janice Peterson: Don't blame hay fever allergies on goldenrod
Allergies acting up? Don't blame goldenrod, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. Instead, cast your ire upon ragweed, a plant with pollen so adept at traveling by wind that it has been found hundreds of miles out to sea.
Oakhill Cemetery chapel missing stained glass is a 'fantastic' find: Expert
For local stained-glass expert Richard Snyder, discovering a box containing hundreds of pieces of century-old glass in the basement of the Oakhill Cemetery chapel was as good as finding buried treasure. Gazette photographer Nick Agro was there to document the “incredible” find.
Aging population faces long-term care choices
In a two-day package, The Gazette looked at the decisions the aging population faces for long-term care. One person who recently faced that choice was 101-year-old Jane Whitmore, who spoke her mind about assisted living in this video.