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A 65-year-old Hager City woman rolled her vehicle after coming into contact with a semitrailer truck on Nov. 27, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. Lynda Phillips was driving south near N3941 State Highway 35 in Diamond Bluff Township and John Bach, 72, Bay City, drove his semitrailer truck onto the highway. The two vehicles collided, Phillips' vehicle went into the ditch and rolled, according to a press release.
When Marilyn Graw owned the Hager City-based Harbor Bar, she would keep the business open on the holidays. She wanted people with nowhere to go, to have somewhere to go. "She always kept the business open. Not because of greed, but because she knew that you couldn't even buy gas on a Christmas or a Thanksgiving," said Brad Smith, 59, Graw's son and now-owner of Harbor Bar. For about the last 10 years Smith has been honoring his mother's memory with free Thanksgiving dinners every year. And for roughly the last five years, he has put on a free Christmas dinner as well.
Mirroring national enthusiasm, Pierce County voter turnout in 2018 had a sizable growth from the last midterm election in 2014. In Pierce, there were 17,614 voters, not including absentee voters, compared to 14,743 four years ago. Nationally, voter turnout for a midterm was at historic rates, with roughly 49 percent of eligible voters participating and over 116 million votes cast, according to data from the United States Election Project.
An Ellsworth community improvement program from last month focused on potential business, housing and recreation solutions, according to preliminary findings.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors approved a roughly $19 million net county levy, with a roughly .6 percent increase in the overall county levy, at its Nov. 13 meeting. The budget includes several new positions, froze library reimbursement funding at 80 percent for two years and a standard pay raise for employees. The board also approved a new bargaining agreement with protected sheriff's office employees and approved the new, non-interim administrative coordinator.
Trading flying monkeys for ghosts, Ellsworth students are performing the Wizard of Oz in a more family-friendly manner that follows the book, not the movie. Through early November, the Ellsworth High School Drama Department is performing the classic production with a group of students that are handling the lighting, acting and musical performance. Performing the St. Louis Municipal Orchestra version of the play, or MUNY, it features a number of changes from the well-known 1939 film.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors finalized borrowing over $8 million for highway improvements at the Oct. 23 meeting. The county plans to use the funding for 21 improvement projects that span bridge improvements and various other road maintenance. The Pierce County Highway Department has been pushing for the changes since early this year, and the work has a two-year term to be completed.
Despite relocating its headquarters to Bay City this year, the Pierce County Historical Association is on the hunt for a long-term home. The 77-year-old association has been searching for a new central Pierce County location, but faced with an aging, sinking and overloaded Ellsworth-based headquarters, the group moved to its River Bluff chapter building. The sort-of new Bay City home — at W6321 E. Main St. — will offer more space for the group's operations, and for exhibit displays.
Pierce County's Finance and Personnel Committee recommended Jason Matthys fill the administrative coordinator position at a Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting. Already the interim administrative coordinator, Matthys was one of three candidates interviewed at Tuesday's meeting. The recommendation will be reviewed at the November county board meeting, where the board will vote whether or not to confirm Matthys. The administrative coordinator helps establish the county's annual budget, direct departments and other supervising and managerial roles for the county.
Todd Johnson, University of Wisconsin - Extension land use and community development specialist, tries not to use the French term charette to describe the Design Wisconsin program. But it might be the best word to describe the somewhat frenzied three-day community-planning process they run about twice a year.