UPDATED: Coronavirus-related cancellations and closures

The following local events have been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak: • Margie's on Main, a Wilton salon, has closed. • All Monroe County senior meal sites are closed, but delivery options are available. • With the exception of the Justice...

Flooding 2018

Heavy overnight rains reaching 11 inches caused widespread flooding Aug. 28. Pictured here is Garden Street in Ontario. (As it becomes available, flooding information will be updated on this page.)

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Court appearance for Barton changed again, postponed until July

A preliminary hearing for Leigha Barton, the former Wilton clerk/treasurer accused of embezzling from the village, was postponed to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in Monroe County Circuit Court. 

Your Right to Know: Shine more light on open investigations

By Kelly Lecker A horrific scene played out in February in an apartment complex in Middleton, a Madison suburb. A woman and her two young children had died. The tight-knit community mourned for this family as its members asked: How could this happen?  Kelly Lecker...

Letter to the editor: We give praise and thanksgiving to the memory of Karen Parker

By Gary and Phyllis Winkler | Ontario It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the loss of our dedicated community publisher, Karen Parker. We first started reading her BackTalk years ago when we were only weekend campers here, enjoying them so much that we would...

Letter to the editor: Are you better off?

By Dani Sulik | Kendall Republican candidates are asking, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Well, I haven’t had to go on a scavenger hunt for toilet paper. We have effective protocols for Covid. We didn’t experience the projected recession. We’ve...

Letter to the editor: Trump: Man or Beast?

By Kay Ziegahn | Richland Center What would our world be like if it was ready for a heavenly existence? I believe all humanity would be living in peace and equality, without the fear, hate, hunger and wars that plague so many now. Then that would actually be...

Classifieds for April 11

COMPUTER REPAIR: Contact Dave Heilman at 608-487-3271 or email dheilman@centurytel.net. New and refurbished computers in stock. EXPERT REPAIR on most brands of appliances – 4 certified technicians to serve you. Mitby’s in Cashton, 654-5144. NEW CONSTRUCTION: Room...

Vernon County Sheriff’s Report for March 31 to April 6

Sunday, March 31: Sheep were reported out on a property along Bohland Hollow Road in the town of Wheatland. The deputy spoke with the owner of the sheep and gave him a warning for animals running at large. Monday, April 1: The Zzip Stop in Genoa reported a gas...

Chicken day in Wilton

Nalani Bever collects tickets Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s drive-through chicken dinner in Wilton. The congregation is raising money to improve handicapped accessibility at the church.