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Traffic routes will be altered for Beloit fireworks event

Traffic routes will be altered for Beloit fireworks event

There will be altered traffic routes in the area of Riverside Park Friday night for the 2014 Pop on the Rocks event, according to an alert from the Beloit Police Department.

The altered traffic routes will be in place to prevent unsafe traffic hazards for those attending the fireworks event from 7:30-9:30 p.m., officials said.

Police reminded drivers to be cautious of pedestrian traffic.

Annual motorcycle event raises thousands for muscular dystrophy

The 20th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Tub Run, a charitable fundraising motorcycle ride, returns Saturday in Janesville. 

The 90-mile motorcycle ride, presented by the South Central Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group, Kutter Harley-Davidson and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, begins at Kutter on North Pontiac Drive in Janesville at noon, organizers said. 

The Tub Run also includes a poker run, live music, pork barbecue, camping, bike games, a silent auction and steak dinner presented by Texas Roadhouse.  

Janesville police said motorists should expect traffic disruptions because of the motorcycle riders from about noon to 12:30 Saturday. Traffic flow on Highway 14 and other roadways in the area near North Pontiac Drive, Ruger Avenue and South Wright Road will aslo be affected. 

Hospital org recognizes employee for community efforts

Hospital org recognizes employee for community efforts

On Wednesday, Edgerton Hospital's community education coordinator, Lisa Rebman, accepted the 2014 Rural Health Ambassador Award given by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. Rebman was one of 15 recipients in the state of Wisconsin.

The Rural Health Ambassador Award was established in 2004 to recognize employees at member hospitals who have gone above the call of duty in promoting their hospital and have made significant contributions to rural health care in general. The award recipient must be involved in one or more activities that enhance the hospital’s relationship with the community, strengthen rural health care within their community and demonstrate a positive attitude with patients, visitors and co-workers.

Walmart gives police $3k for community programs

Walmart gives police $3k for community programs

Walmart donated money to the local police department to fund community programs. 

According to a Janesville Police Department release Wednesday, the Walmart Foundation and the Janesville Walmart gave $3,000 through the Local Facility Giving Program.

"Walmart believes that the police department is doing important work in the community it serves and Walmart is proud to be able to support [those] efforts," Janesville police said in the release.

Police said the $3,000 will support the police department's 12th annual Bike Rodeo on June 7 at Wilson Elementary School. The money will also help the "Shop with a Cop" program in December at Walmart.

Annual CROP Hunger Walk returns Sunday

Annual CROP Hunger Walk returns Sunday

An annual charity hunger walk and run event returns to Janesville Sunday.

The 37th annual CROP Hunger Walk begins at Cargill United Methodist Church, 2000 Wesley Ave., at 1 p.m.

Organizers said there is no charge for the event but donations are welcome, which are put toward local and worldwide hunger relief.

Participants choose to walk or run a 2k, 5k or 10k route, according to a news release. Water is provided along the route.

According to the group, the CROP Hunger Walk is symbolic of the walk that hungry people in developing countries take -- as many as six miles a day -- to get food, water and fuel. "We walk to be in solidarity with their struggle for existence," the group said in a statement. "We walk because we want to end hunger -- one step at a time."

Edgerton high schooler wins car through safety program

Edgerton high schooler wins car through safety program

An Edgerton High School senior was the winner of a car Thursday as part of a campaign to keep teens safe on the road.

Julia Snell was the excited winner of a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt at the Rock County chapter of Operation Click, a peer-enforced driver monitoring program aimed at reducing fatalities from crashes involving teen operators.

VIDEO: Watch as teen wins car

Snell was the sixth student from a Rock County school to choose a key and attempt to start the red sedan, valued at $10,000, provided by Burtness Chevrolet of Orfordville.

In addition to Edgerton High School, students from Parker and Craig schools in Janesville, Evansville and Orfordville high schools were at the banquet Thursday in Janesville.

Rock County Humane Society to unveil new name

The Rock County Humane Society will host an open house unveiling its new name, logo and website March 28 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The open house will feature presentations on the new name, a look at the organization’s new website, staff tours, a question-and-answer session and reception following. The open house will be at 222 S. Arch Street, Janesville.

"This is a monumental day for our organization, our staff, board, volunteers, for the pets we help, and for our community,” said Executive Director Brett Frazier.