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Columbus' historic Capri Steakhouse closes doors
The Capri Steakhouse, a popular restaurant and one of the last supper clubs in the Columbus area, has closed its doors. General Manager Jeff Campbell decided to close the downtown steakhouse and bar Nov. 11. The restaurant was purchased by his father, Craig “Doc” Campbell, in 1992. “Doc” Campbell, a
BOYS HOOPS: Beaver Dam's pressure D paves way for easy win over Milwaukee Juneau
Things didn’t go as smoothly in the first 18 minutes Thursday night against Milwaukee Juneau as Beaver Dam boys basketball coach Tim Ladron would have liked, but that didn’t end up mattering on the scoreboard.
Columbia County farmers say 2018 was 'harvest from hell'
COLUMBUS — Farmer Steve Wolfe called it “the harvest from hell,” and every head at the table nodded in agreement. Wolfe, who farms about 800 corn acres south of Columbus, told stories about his combine getting stuck in muddy fields during the sodden autumn -- fields that yielded about 200 bushels pe
Many attended Columbia County legislative event
Prevention and Response Columbia County and Tobacco Free Columbia-Dane County would like to thank all who attended the State of Substance Use: Columbia County legislative breakfast on Dec. 7. Our coalitions were amazed at the representation of more than 40 community members, and the legislative repr
Columbus, Fall River prepare for 2019 spring election
Local municipalities and school boards are beginning to prepare for the 2019 spring election. The election will be held Tuesday, April 2. On Columbus City Council, a few seats are open, including the mayoral position currently held by Michael Thom. Also up for reelection are council member seats hel
Speed, alcohol factors in crash that killed Madison man, sheriff says
COLUMBUS, Wis. - Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash that killed a Madison man in Dodge County early Sunday, according to a news release. The Dodge County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded at 6:53 a.m. to a report of a one-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 16/60 near Oxb
Family displaced in Sun Prairie explosion happy to have permanent place to call home
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - The outlook for a Sun Prairie family who lost their home in this summer’s explosion is looking brighter. Maria and Saul Hernandez signed a lease in Sun Prairie for next year, giving them a permanent home after the explosion destroyed their old apartment above a Chinese restaurant
Chris Watts serving sentence in Waupun prison
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- A Colorado man who killed his pregnant wife and two children is serving time at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections said 33-year-old Chris Watts was admitted there on Dec. 3. Watts was moved out of Colorado for safety reasons.
Wisconsin strip club reaches $400k settlement with dancers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin strip club has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle dancers’ claims that they were paid essentially nothing for their performances. Teriana Jones, who worked as a stripper at Cruisin’ Chubbys Gentleman’s Club, filed a federal class action lawsuit in 2017 alleging club ma
A Columbus Pastor's Perspective: Churches prepare for 'The Longest Night'
the hurt still throbbing. will you give us a hand?" We are all tethered to something unresolved from our past. Tucked inside these words, Ann Weems has revealed something that will help us find our way forward. First, we are not alone. Notice her use of “us” and “we.” Second, we are on a journey. Li
Madison woman missing since Monday
MADISON (WKOW) — The Madison Police Department is seeking assistance in locating a missing woman. Elaine Calabrese, 65, was last seen by family members at her West District home on Monday.
Reeseville man sentenced to prison for cocaine
JUNEAU -- A Reeseville man, who was arrested in a multi-agency drug bust, was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 years in prison. In September, Victor Adamemares entered a guilty plea to felony counts of manufacturing - delivering cocaine and possession with intent to sell cocaine.
Dodge County Sheriff releases name of man who died following accident
JUNEAU — The name of the man who died on following a rollover crash on Highway 16/60 near Oxbow Road in Dodge County was released Tuesday. Jack R. Dennis, 38, Madison died at UW Hospital in Madison on Sunday.
Kwik Trip closing early on East Washington due to “increased pattern of crime” in the area
MADISON (WKOW) — The Kwik Trip store on East Washington Avenue will start closing early because of an “increased pattern of crime” in the area, according to company officials.
Columbus FFA hopes to increase membership
This week: Columbus FFA Roster and Program of Activities: Columbus FFA Secretary Amanda Dunbar finished the FFA roster and it was submitted by Mrs. Crook. The chapter is concerned that the initial roster shows a decline in membership by 50 members this year. The supplemental roster is due in March s
Columbia County offers buildings for sale
Columbia County has put two of its buildings on the real estate market, but no buyers have emerged. Monday’s lengthy agenda for the County Board’s Executive Committee included discussion of the sale of the former Health and Human Services building in Portage’s industrial park, and a recommendation t
Dodge Correctional inmate appears on battery charges
JUNEAU – A 20-year-old inmate at Dodge Correctional Institute made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday on charges of assaulting a correctional officer at the prison. Tyler Milton is charged with a felony count of battery by prisoner. He could face an additional 6 years in prison and a $10,000
Man Sentenced for Moving, Selling Cocaine
REESEVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A Reeseville man was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on Monday for "moving thousands of dollars of cocaine into Dodge County." According to prosecutors, 39-year-old Victor Adamemres sold an ounce of cocaine to undercover agents, seven different times, between Dece
MEMORY LANE: Bill Becker steps down as Columbus Scout Master in 1988
The Columbus City Council approved the preliminary plat submitted by Frank Lueders for the development of a subdivision on a portion of the former Elmer Miller farm on the southwest edge of Columbus (Parkview Subdivision). This first step is likely the largest expansion ever taken by the city of Col
Columbia County panel OKs jail-based drug treatment
Columbia County Jail inmates who struggle with addiction might soon get a going-away gift just before they’re released -- their first injection of a drug designed to lessen their physical dependence on opioids.