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Teens accused of burglarizing, vandalizing home

Two Lone Rock teens are accused of burglarizing and causing about $20,000 worth of damage to a home.

Deputies were called to the home on Richland Road near Lone Rock on Sunday, where they found damage that included spray-painted graffiti, damage to electronics and appliances, knives and other objects thrown into walls, food items thrown around the home and furniture broken.

A witness reported two people coming and going from the home early Sunday morning. Deputies later identified and interviewed Charles A. Towsley, 17, and a 15-year-old. Towsley was arrested on suspicion of burglary, damage or threat to property of witness, intimidation of a witness, obstructing an officer and two counts of bail-jumping. The 15-year-old was referred to Sauk County Human Services on charges of burglary and damage or threat to property of witness.

Deputies said the teens believed the owner of the home was a witness in a pending criminal case involving Towsley in Richland County.

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Construction work will close County Road K for 3 weeks

Construction work will close County Road K for 3 weeks

County Road K from County Road G to Alexander Avenue will be closed for three weeks starting Thursday, officials said.

The closure for road construction will be in the townships of Ironton, Washington and Reedsburg, according to a release.

The suggested detour is Highway 23 to County Road S to County Road G, officials said.

Students let back into school following gas leak

Students and faculty who were evacuated from Merrimac Elementary School due to a gas leak will get to go back to school at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Merrimac Elementary School was evacuated Thursday morning after a staff member smelled gas in the kitchen area around 10 a.m., according to Merrimac Fire and Rescue.

Teachers and students were taken from the building and moved to Merrimac United Methodist Church and the Merrimac Fire Station. Both are right next to the school.

Sauk Prairie district administrator Cliff Thompson said Merrimac Fire and Rescue worked with Alliant Energy and Prairie Plumbing to find the cause of the leak, which was located outside the building.

Two fire trucks and two ambulances remain on standby at the school.

Dells residents vote against $30M school referendum

Wisconsin Dells residents voted against a $30 million referendum Tuesday to ease overcrowding in schools.

District Administrator Terry Slack said the vote was 58 percent (2,017) against the referendum and 42 percent (1,474) for the referendum.

Less than seven months ago voters rejected the same referendum by eight votes.

Administrators said with enrollment growing in the first through seventh grades, there are more students than space.

The district was asking voters to approve the referendum, which would have allowed the district to build a new school.

"Kids are disappointed too. They had that level of excitement that something was going to happen. They're thinking, 'Hey, I could've graduated from a new high school,' but I think that goal is a little bit defeated at this point," Wisconsin Dells Superintendent Terrance Slack said.

The cost to taxpayers would have been $16 for every $100,000 of property value.

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Meeting will lay out proposed interstate study

A public involvement meeting is scheduled for Sept. 29 to discuss a study of the Interstate 90/94 corridor between Highway 12/16 and Interstate 39, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is conducting a study to analyze the existing and future conditions of the Interstate 90/94 corridor, officials said. The study will evaluate operational and safety issues, review interchanges and ramps in the corridor, and evaluate possible improvements and their impacts.

The meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Wisconsin Dells High School at 520 Race Street. The meeting will follow an informal open house format with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.

WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the purpose and need of the study.

State’s report cards show area schools meet, exceed expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Baraboo School District was rated as exceeding expectations, and the Wisconsin Dells School District was rated as meeting expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

Wisconsin Dells looking to add schools due to overcrowding

Eight votes - that is what supporters of a school referendum in Wisconsin Dells believe they need to find.

Less than seven months ago, voters rejected, by a narrow eight-vote margin, a $30 million referendum to ease overcrowding in schools.

School administrators will tell you it is because the overcrowding problem is not going away. Since last spring?s vote, school registration has increased.

It is a matter of numbers, seeing as there are too many students for the two buildings they currently have.

With enrollment growing in the first through seventh grades, there are more students than space.

The district is again asking voters to approve the $30 million referendum to build a new school. It would allow the district to have a high school, middle and elementary school.

The cost to taxpayers would be $16 for every $100,000 of property value.