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Ten hour music festival includes local blues great

The sixth annual Sun Prairie Blues Fest brings ten hours of blues for $10.

The festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon until 10 p.m.  The event costs $10 in advance, but $15 at the gate.

Musicians include Lorenzo Menzer-Schmidt, Chris Aaron and Friends, The Cash Box Kings, The Jimmys, and Barrelhouse Chuck with special guest Jim Liban.

New Orleans Blues Institution and Wisconsin Native Bryan Lee will headline the show, playing from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Sun Prairie Lions Club.  The festival will be at the American Legion/VFW Shelter in Sun Prairie’s Angell Park.

“We have once again put together a dynamite line-up of several of the area’s best blues acts and special guest appearances to add a real wow factor,” said Sun Prairie Lion and Blues Fest Committee Chair Bill Tefft.

New Dane County emergency communication network breaks ground

New Dane County emergency communication network breaks ground

DaneCom, a new $18 million emergency communications network, broke ground Wednesday near Verona.

County Executive Joe Parisi led the ground-breaking at the site of several radio tower sites that will comprise the new DaneCom system.  The system will link emergency responders and public work officials on one radio network.

“Whether it’s a car crash or fire, tornado, flood, or blizzard, responders from across our county work together everyday to keep us safe and this new radio system will help ensure a seamless, well-coordinated response,” Parisi said. “By partnering with communities throughout the county, we are able to make a significant investment in public safety despite historically difficult economic times. Despite the boundaries that divide our cities, villages, and towns DaneCom will make it easier for public safety responders to work together and save lives.”

Local children to play in front of thousands at Lifest

Local children to play in front of thousands at Lifest

A group of aspiring musicians from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will soon be playing on the main stage at one of the biggest summer musical festivals in the state.

The Black Star Drum Line has been asked to perform at Lifest, a Christian music festival in Oshkosh that attracts up to 80,000.  The group, led by Grammy nominee Joey B. Banks, will play on the Grand Stage on Saturday, July 14.

In addition to the band, 50 kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will also be attending several days of the festival.  The trip gives the kids a chance to leave the pressures of the city and enjoy a few days out at camp with their friends.

Last year a group of 60 kids attended Lifest, several of whom were homeless at the time.  Another 26 had to be turned away because there simply was not room for them.

Sun Prairie School Board member Jim McCourt resigns

Sun Prairie School Board member Jim McCourt resigns

School Board member Jim McCourt has given notice to the Sun Prairie School Board that he will resign his position following the May 14 meeting due to the relocation of his company to California. 

McCourt said in his letter of resignation that his company's home office will soon be operating out of the San Francisco Bay area.

Because of this change, McCourt wrote he would be unavailable to attend meetings or have the time required to perform his duties as a school board member.

The School Board will follow district procedure to find a person to fill the remaining one year let on McCourt's term. 

School district residents interested in filling this position should submit letter of application to Deputy District Administrator Phil Frei by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.

Voting for candidates will be done by the School Board.

Whalen, Krachey Coast To School Board Victories

Whalen, Krachey Coast To School Board Victories

Voters filled two open seats on the Sun Prairie School Board on Tuesday.

Incumbent John Whalen led all candidates with more than 3,500 votes. Mike Krachey finished second and beat out fellow challenger Gary Naud handily.

Krachey finished with 3,020 votes to Naud's 1,422.

Incumbents Hold On In Pair Of Sun Prairie Council Races

Incumbents Hold On In Pair Of Sun Prairie Council Races

Sun Prairie's City Council will look the same after as it did before Tuesday's eliciting.

District 1 incumbent Hariah Hutkowski narrowly defeated challenger Tiffany Keogh 712 to 687. The race finished in a 51 to 49 percent outcome.

District 4 incumbent Mary Polenske topped Dave Carlson 698 to 467 votes.

 

Sun Prairie Junior Nick Fuller Earns AP Second Team Honor

Sun Prairie Junior Nick Fuller Earns AP Second Team Honor

The 2012 Associated Press Wisconsin boys' basketball all-state team, as voted on by a statewide panel of media members:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Sam Dekker, Sheboygan Lutheran

COACH OF THE YEAR

Steve Showalter, Germantown

FIRST TEAM

Sam Dekker, 6-8, sr., Sheboygan Lutheran (unanimous)
Zak Showalter, 6-3, sr., Germantown. (unanimous)
J.P. Tokoto, 6-6, sr., Menomonee Falls
Jordan Fouse, 6-7 sr., Racine St.
Catherine's Matt Thomas, 6-4, jr., Onalaska

SECOND TEAM

Kevon Looney, 6-8, so., Milwaukee Hamilton
Duane Wilson, 6-3, jr., Whitefish Bay Dominican
Ty Demuth, 6-3, sr., Racine Lutheran
Nick Fuller, 6-6, jr., Sun Prairie
Luke Heller, 6-6, sr., D.C. Everest

THIRD TEAM

Carrington Love, 6-1, sr., Milwaukee Pius
Jamall Taylor, 6-3, sr., Whitefish Bay Dominican
Cory Vaassen, 6-3, sr., Cuba City
Tyson Kalien, 6-2 sr., Chippewa Falls
Brett VandenBergh, 6-6, sr., De Pere

FOURTH TEAM

Cam Ward, 6-1, so., Marshall