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Death up close and personal at Brookwood: Mock crash shows dangers of mixing alcohol and driving

Posted October 1, 2014 at 4:50 pm

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

Cecilia Mendoza should have reigned as the queen of Brookwood’s homecoming last week. Instead, a few days before, she lay dying across the hood of a mangled car in the high school parking lot. Her last trip was not on a float down Main Street, but in a hearse to the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home.

Last week, in what can be described as a gruesomely realistic mock crash, Brookwood seventh- through 12th-graders were exposed to the possible consequences of mixing alcohol and driving.

In real life, Mendoza did hop off the car, fit and healthy, and went on to serve as homecoming queen. Many do not.

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    KVR’s Dam Challenge Triathlon is Saturday

    Posted October 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    The 12th annual Dam Challenge Triathlon will be Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

    Organizers expect the event will draw about 500 racers and more than 250 volunteers and spectators.  Spectators are allowed to ride shuttles

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    Royall mill rate projected at 11.79

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    By SARAH PARKER | County Line Managing Editor

    The Royall School District mill rate may drop by about 18 percent this year, decreasing from 14.36 to 11.79, business manager Jeff Lankey noted at the school’s annual meeting Monday.

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    St. Luke’s to offer October hymn sing

    Posted October 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Contributed by FRIEDA JACOBSON

    St. Luke’s Auxiliary president

    This year’s Colors of Kendall Autumn Ridge tour, set for Saturday, Oct. 11, will include an old-fashioned hymn sing at historic St. Luke’s Church, located at 30013 Oxford Road.

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    Genealogy group meets Oct. 7

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    The Monroe, Juneau, Jackson Genealogy Workshop group will meet Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta.  

    This is a change of meeting place. Doors will open 6:30 p.m., the meeting will

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    Norwalk man arrested on domestic violence charges

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Jesse Mannise, 25, of Norwalk was arrested Sept. 12 on charges of domestic violence-related threats after an incident late Sept. 11, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

    Police were dispatched to a Norwalk residence at about 11:30

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    Ontario man accused of violating restraining order

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Roy E. Dobbs, 55, Ontario, is facing violation of a harassment injunction charges after he was accused of making contact with a man in violation of a restraining order.

    According to the report, Dobbs delivered an eviction notice

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    Two men charged with trespassing in Norwalk

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Michael W. Donskey, 55, of Sparta and Leonard J. Cunitz, 34, of Norwalk were charged with trespassing after being accused of entering an apartment in Norwalk without the tenant’s permission.

    According to the police report, Donskey is

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    Ontario hosts Harvest Fest

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    The Ontario Public Library coordinates a community garden, and to mark the end of the season, hosted its Harvest Fest on Saturday. Here, Jacklynn Downing of Ontario takes part in the children’s games, creating a billowing bubble. For

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    Monroe County officer helps woman escape submerged vehicle

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Monroe County Deputy David Sundvall freed a woman from a submerged vehicle Monday morning near the boundary of Monroe and Juneau counties, according to Juneau County police.

    At 10:42 a.m., the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman saying that her vehicle

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    Community supper slated for Sept. 24 in Elroy

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    A free community supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Elroy United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 125 Royall Ave.

    This community supper is offered on the last Wednesday of each

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    Necedah spoils Brookwood’s homecoming bid

    Posted October 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

    The Brookwood offense seemed to be getting some traction, as the team for the second straight week generated at least 250 yards of offense. But the Falcons still couldn’t find a way to score, and

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    Brookwood boys place first, girls second at home invitational

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm



    Brookwood cross-country coach

    Our annual Brookwood Luethe-Levy Invitational was a major success Saturday.

    Despite a sloppy muddy course due to Mother Nature the night before, both the boys and girls teams ran exceptionally well. Taylor Schmitz has been running very

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    Brookwood students named athletes of the month

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Four Brookwood High School students were named athletes of the month for August. They are listed below, with coaches’ comments following the names.


    • Calvin Marriott: ”In August, Calvin did a great job of assuming his role as a team captain. He has done a great job on

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    Panthers continue to quietly climb standings

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm


    By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

    Momentum is growing around the Royall volleyball team, which improved to 4-0 in conference play after sweeping Brookwood at home on Sept. 9 and felling Necedah and Wonewoc-Center at the conference quadrangular Sept. 11, also

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    Wolves romp on Panthers’ playground

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

    For the second time this season, the Royall football allowed the team with the state’s longest active losing streak to celebrate.

    The Panthers became prey for the visiting Wonewoc-Center

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    Falcon harriers fare well despite missing key runners

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

    The Brookwood cross-country teams are preparing to enter the second half of the regular season, and that preparation includes running against some stronger competition.

    Last week the teams took part in the River Valley invite, a

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    Have giant football helmet, will travel

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Norwalk Village Board President Mike Wiedl has been in the headlines lately as the Wilton and Norwalk boards spar over the fate of the joint police commission. But when Wiedl isn’t lobbying for preserving the commission,

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    Pedal power on a penny farthing

    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Click here to see Wilton resident Betsy Schindler’s account of the visit.


    Courtesy of the Sparta Herald

    Anyone traveling through Sparta on Friday afternoon could have caught sight of strange figure wearing a British Army pith helmet, sitting astride

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