Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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A Bay City man was injured Wednesday night when his car struck a tree in the Town of Hartland.
ELLSWORTH -- The countdown has begun to Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services' 75th anniversary April 28. The energy cooperative service based in Ellsworth plans a series of activities to mark the milestone. The business is asking the public to donate artifacts relating to its history or any other electrical items from that era to be on display in its showroom through the year.
PLUM CITY - John Pollock will be a busy man for the Plum City School District this upcoming year. Pollock was approved by the school board July 18 as its new football coach, replacing Troy Ingli who resigned. It's a return to the PC sidelines for Pollock who was an assistant coach while Pete Adler was at the helm a few years ago. He had also been an assistant coach at Durand as well. Earlier this summer, Pollock was also named girls basketball coach.
Ellsworth -- The Pierce County Board of Supervisors might look different in a few months, but the question is how much? Board Chair Paul Barkla informed his fellow members Tuesday night they will have to make a decision soon about the size of the board as the county looks over population figures from the 2010 census. "Redistricting is a fun, interesting process," Barkla said. A committee to draft a new district plan has begun.
The study began over three years ago with a simple goal: improving the health of Pierce County residents. The group was headed by public health workers with input from personnel in hospitals, ambulance services and medical clinics.
ELLSWORTH -- A recent building summary of the Pierce County Courthouse has confirmed what those who work or visit have known all along: security, accessibility are lacking. "Among many physical and operational problems with the facility, the most severe and immediate issues revolve around space needs, efficient operations, accessibility and security," representatives of KKE Architects said. The architectural firm, specializing in interior design and architectural planning, praised the complex for being attractive and well-maintained for being over 100 years old.
A Prescott man who allegedly struck a teenager several times in a dispute over the boy's housekeeping, faces a charge of felony child abuse. Mark H. Nelson, 53, 334 N. Dakota St., has been ordered to appear for a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Prescott police were dispatched around 8 a.m. Dec. 21 for a possible domestic/battery to a child, according to the criminal complaint. Upon arrival, a 14-year-old alleged that earlier in the day, Nelson grabbed him by the back of the neck.
A Minnesota native was sentenced to 30 days jail Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court after being found guilty of illegally delivering articles to an inmate. Christin Swenson, 19, North Branch, was also placed on two years' probation by Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. The jail term with work release privileges was a probation condition. Other probation terms include no presence in bars or taverns and no possession or consumption of alcohol. A mental health assessment was also ordered. Swenson was convicted of the felony charge by a jury last month.
"Thank you for your service." With those five words, Ami Scarbrough's life changed forever. Scarbrough typed those words on Bill Odell's Myspace page as Odell was nearing the end of a deployment in Iraq. When Odell came back, a friendship was formed, but Odell wanted more. "He asked me out several times until I said yes," which Scarbrough estimated was four months later. That was 2006. Last year, Scarbrough added Odell to her name.
ELLSWORTH -- Here's something you don't see every day in court: Two active district court judges took the stand Tuesday to testify in a trial involving a woman accused of threatening them. The Pierce County woman was found guilty of felonies for verbally threatening Judges Robert Wing and James Duvall, who were involved in a previous case in which Tally Rowan, 34, was found guilty and sentenced for police battery, resisting or obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department learned of the threats in late April when a fellow inmate was allegin