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Trivia competition to raise funds for literacy group

A local nonprofit literacy group will host a trivia competition later this month to raise funds for the program. 

The Literacy Connection's 10th annual Trivia For Literacy contest will be held March 25 at UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., in the Hyatt Smith Commons area. 

This year’s event will be begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. The contest follows at 6:15 p.m.

Teams of up to six people cost $180, or it's $40 to join a team, according to the organization website. Participants should register by March 20.

Visit theliteracyconnection.com or call 608-352-0854 for more information.

Janesville food pantry struggles to keep shelves full

The Salvation Army in Janesville is struggling to keep its food pantry shelves full thanks to a huge spike in demand and little-to-no donations coming in.

The pantry likely won't have enough food to make it through the rest of this week.

Usually, the pantry feeds 500 to 600 families each month, but lately that number has been between 650 and 900 families.

"Where will they go and how will they eat? We've never experienced this before, and I'd hate to think we would have to shut down to pantry for a few days or cut our hours shorter," said Tami Prochazka, social service director for the Salvation Army in Janesville.

The food pantry on Sutherland Avenue is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and accepts donations at the same location.

'Night to Shine' gives teens with special needs the royal treatment

'Night to Shine' gives teens with special needs the royal treatment

When it comes to prom, there's no such thing as too much sparkle for Clinton High School students Olivia Parry and Brandy Smith.

The two went shopping for prom dresses at Veils and Tails in Clinton to attend Night to Shine, a prom specifically for teenagers with special needs.

"I'm excited to go on the red carpet, get dressed up, get my hair and makeup done and just have fun," said Olivia.

Brandy said she was excited for the limo ride and red carpet.

Earlier this year, Central Christian Church in Beloit learned it would receive a grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation to make the night happen. It was one of 46 churches chosen to participate. Another Wisconsin church, Brooklife Church in Mukwonago, will hold Night to Shine as well, according to the foundation's website.

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

The Brodhead Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Fire and Ice Festival Dec. 5-6.

There will be many activities held throughout the two-day event, including photos with Santa, ice sculpting, arts and crafts vendors and carriage rides.

A list of events and their times can be found here.


Police hope picture will help ID owner of found property

Police hope picture will help ID owner of found property

Janesville police say some found property may be identifiable based on a photo found with the item, according to a news alert.

A Janesville resident found property in a Janesville neighborhood on the north side, officials said. The owner of the property is unknown, but a photo associated with the property may reveal the owners identity.

Officials ask anyone who recognizes anyone in the picture to contact Lt. Terry Sheridan at 608-755-3100.

Beloit firefighters to help keep kids warm

Beloit firefighters to help keep kids warm

Beloit firefighters partnered with a national group to provide more than 200 winter coats to area children.

Scott Smith, president of the Beloit Firefighters Union Local 583, said firefighters raised nearly $5,000 as part of its partnership with Operation Warm to supply low-income students at Merrill Elementary School with brand-new coats Friday.

Smith said the families of the students to receive coats were informed by phone this week of the Friday night jacket event to take place at Merrill before a movie night at the school.

The Beloit firefighters group purchased about 135 new coats with the funds they raised, and the company matched that number in additional coats, bringing the total of coats to be given to the students to about 270, Smith said Thursday. He said the program is a rewarding experience.

Beloit police conduct tactical training Tuesday night

Beloit police conduct tactical training Tuesday night

Officers with the Beloit Police Department will be participating in tactical training Tuesday night, according to a news alert.

The training will be taking place in the 1700 block of Park Avenue from 5:30-8:30 p.m., officials said.

The area will be marked with signs, and there is no danger to the community, according to the alert.

Normal traffic flow will not be affected by the training, officials said.