Posted at 3:15 p.m. on December 26, 2019 The Brillion News HARRISON – A large home with a view overlooking Lake Winnebago was destroyed by fire on Christmas night, despite efforts by fire departments from three counties. The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting smoke and flames coming from the home at N6494 Lake Shore Dr., just north of Faro Springs Road. Friends of the family identified the owners as Tyler and Rachel Schmidt, who were married a month earlier. If was their first Christmas in their first home. The couple lost nearly everything they owned. Donations can be sent to the Tyler Schmidt Family Benefit Fund at the Greenleaf Wayside Bank, P.O. Box 260, Greenleaf, WI 54126. The couple grew up in the Greenleaf and Morrison areas. The Harrison Fire Department was dispatched at 10:17 p.m., and shortly after that the fire department opened the first of two box alarms calling for mutual aid for manpower, equipment and water trucks. Several water sources were used to fill tankers that ferried water to the fire scene. Eventually, all of the tankers were filled at Calumet County Park and a clockwise rotations of trucks was established between the park and the fire scene. The Schmidts, who bought the property this fall, were hosting relatives for Christmas, according to WBAY-TV2. Everyone was able to escape the burning home. No firefighters were injured. Fire departments working to assist Harrison were Hilbert, Buchanan, Hollandtown, Stockbridge, Forest Junction, Potter and Brillion. The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department blocked off roads in the area, and took over investigation of the fire. The Calumet County Highway Department salted roads in the area after they began icing up. THIS STORY WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Posted at 11:45 a.m. on December 19, 2019 The Brillion News WRIGHTSTOWN – In unanimous votes on Wednesday evening, December 18, the Wrightstown Community School District Board of Education approved two companion motions that set a referendum vote for the April 7, 2020, general election. At issue is a $28.7 million proposal for additions to the elementary school, a small addition to the middle school building, infrastructure upgrades at all three schools, and campus security upgrades. The question is a “not to exceed” request. The actual final designs for the proposed capital investments have not been established. Superintendent Carla Buboltz said the district will be running a comprehensive information campaign, but it cannot ask for a “yes” vote by district electors. The April 7 election also features county board and municipal elections, as well as the state’s presidential preference primary. It is expected to draw a heavy voter turnout. The district includes all or portions of the Village of Wrightstown and the towns of Brillion, Kaukauna, Morrison, Holland, Wrightstown, Rockland and Lawrence. A complete story on the school board’s decision will be featured in the December 26 print edition of THE BRILLION NEWS.
Posted at 2 p.m. on November 21, 2019 The Brillion News GREEN BAY – At the end of a hearing in Brown County Circuit Court on Thursday, November 21, Judge John Zakowski ruled that the petitioners behind the initiative to incorporate Greenleaf as a village had met all the legal requirements for the matter to go forward to a study and hearing by the state Department of Administration. Also at the hearing, the Village of Wrightstown asked to be officially listed as an “interested party” in the process, and Zakowski granted that request. The Village of Wrightstown’s attorney, Robert Gagan, argued that the Greenleaf group – which the village feels is really the Town of Wrightstown – wants to incorporate Greenleaf, then annex the rest of the Town of Wrightstown, essentially surrounding the Village of Wrightstown on three sides and blocking it from expanding. A COMPLETE REPORT ON THE HEARING BEFORE JUDGE ZAKOWSKI WILL BE FEATURED IN THE NOVEMBER 28 PRINT EDITION OF THE BRILLION NEWS. THE BRILLION NEWS IS THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF BOTH THE TOWN OF WRIGHTSTOWN AND THE VILLAGE OF WRIGHTSTOWN.