Best of The Gazette, July 22: GM recalls, local heroes and a football career cut short


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 look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:


GM recalls not hurting sales, local dealers say

Waves of GM recalls have created more work in the service and parts departments at local dealerships, but they haven't significantly hurt sales, officials at the businesses said. How can an automaker that has recalled nearly 26 million vehicles in the first six months of the year continue to have such strong sales? Don't cite brand loyalty, one local manager says.

Three heroes save Pick 'n Save employee

A heart attack could have taken Thomas Anderson's life while he worked at Pick 'n Save July Fourth, but the quick actions of three good Samaritans saved him. “He wasn't breathing, and he had no pulse,” said store director Karl Wetzel. “I'm just glad we got to him in time and were properly trained.”


Milton's Nate Hammon sees UW football career cut short

Milton's Nate Hammon, who realized a lifelong dream when he was offered a football scholarship at UW, would love to play his junior season for the Badgers. His legs just won't allow that to happen. Hammon has compartment syndrome, and no amount of surgery has been able to fix it. “My legs just kind of quit on me,” he said.

Riverside, Blackhawk golf courses celebrate anniversaries

Last week marked a combined 140 years of operation for Janesville's two municipal golf courses. Riverside turned 90 on July 15. Blackhawk turned 50 on July 17. The city is lucky to have both, says one official. “(To have both courses) is really great, because it allows us to do a lot of different things,” said Steve Loomis, the head professional and general manager of the courses.


Our Views: Avoid repeat problems and remove tower at Rock County Courthouse now

In hindsight, it was financially foolish to build a tower serving no purpose other than aesthetics when Rock County expanded and remodeled its courthouse in the late 1990s. Harsh winters have taken a toll on the hollow, exposed structure. With repair estimates reaching $1 million, it's time to tear the tower down, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.

Our Views: City of Janesville's strategic plan a proactive plus

Some Janesville residents were surprised by and concerned about The Gazette's story last Sunday on the city's new five-year strategic plan. Why is this the first time we're hearing about this, and why so many pie-in-the-sky ideas? Take a deep breath: A five-year strategic plan is a smart idea, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. Many communities have them.


Broadway to Wisconsin: Actress tutors Janesville students

Broadway actress Karen Olivo has experienced life in the big city. These days, she's sharing her knowledge with local students. “It's like getting Aaron Rodgers to show up for a football practice,” said Jim Tropp, director of “All Shook Up.”

Decor, scones draw crowds to Lazy Jane's in Madison

Lazy Jane's Café, located in the heart of the restaurant-rich Williamson Street neighborhood, is a perennial Madison favorite for breakfast, lunch or brunch, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick writes. The restaurant specializes in breakfast items, which it serves all day, but it also offers terrific sandwiches, soups and salads. And definitely do not forget the bakery.


John W. Eyster: Secrecy undermines our republic

President Barack Obama, who ran on a ticket pledging transparency, has gone on to lead one of the most secretive administrations in decades. More than words are needed to fix the damage, blogger John W. Eyster writes.

Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl

Feed often makes the difference between raising healthy birds and seeing slower growth, community blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Here are some handy tips for finding and formulating feed for your fowl. does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

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