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Janesville teachers push for contract talks

Janesville teachers are pushing for contract negotiations as the school board tries to sort out the implications of a court ruling overturning parts of a state law that previously restricted collective bargaining.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled that parts of the law, Act 10, were unconstitutional. Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 10 into law in February 2011, which curtailed labor unions' collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

The Janesville Education Association made a special delivery to the school district offices Monday morning. The group brought a letter saying members want to talk over contracts with the superintendent and the school board.

"Everything's on the table," said David Parr, JEA president.

Brodhead man in fatal crash charged with OWI

A 26-year-old Brodhead man is dead and another one is in the hospital following a one-car rollover crash near Orfordville Sunday evening, according to the Rock County Sheriff's department.

Sheriff's officials said the crash happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Wisconsin Highway 213 just north of Lang Road in the Town of Spring Valley.

Deputies said when they got to the scene, they found a car lying on its side, with the driver partially ejected and pinned underneath the roof of the car. Deputies said the driver, Sean Waterman, 32, of Brodhead, was airlifted to a hospital in Rockford with severe pelvic injuries.

The passenger in the car, Douglas Axelson, 26 of Brodhead, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's department.�

Waterman faces numerous charges, including homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and operating after revocation.

Impounded animals will receive new help in Rock County


Rock County municipalities are searching for solutions to impounded animal services such as 24-hour emergency services for injured and ill animals.

Last year, Beloit and Janesville began the search for permanent solutions for the services, which also include a receiving and holding facility for abused or neglected or injured animals and bite cases and safe transportation of impounded animals to such a receiving or holding facility.

The Rock County Board of supervisors reached out to the Dane County Humane Society, which serves as an open admission shelter for all animals.  DCHS contracts as a vendor with Dane County for services for impounded and stray animals, said a press release.

After some discussion, DCHS will provide Janesville, Beloit and Rock County a similar contract to the one in Dane County.  There will be no negative impact on services provided to Dane County, said a DCHS press release.

Poker Run benefits all breed animal rescue

A Poker Run Saturday will benefit the Friends of Noah animal rescue.

The HOGS 4 Rescued Cats & Dogs event will take place at Kutter Harley Davidson in Janesville. Registration will take place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

The event will feature cash and door prizes, a raffle and silent auction.  All bikes are welcome and the Poker Run will take place rain or shine.

The Poker Run costs $10 per person.

For more information contact Shiela or Jeff at 608-295-7907.

Suicide awareness walk begins in Janesville


The first annual Youth Emotional Stability suicide awareness and prevention walk will take place in Janesville Saturday.

The walk will take place at the Rock County Fairground located at 1301 Craig Ave.  Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by an information fair, food vendors and speakers.  The walk will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Registration costs $10 per person or $40 for a group of five people.  Onsite registration is available, but t-shirts are limited.

YES! in Rock County’s vision is “for every child and adolescent in Rock County to have his or her social and emotional development needs met within the context of family, educational system, community and culture,” said a press release.

To register and find out more information, visit the YES! in Rock County website here.

Electronics collected for free in Beloit


The City of Beloit will collect residential electronics for free Saturday.

The collection will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Department of Public Works facility, located at 2351 Springbrook Ct.

Because of the electronics collection, the recycling drop off center typically held at the facility will be close on Saturday.

For more information, call the City of Beloit Public Works Operations Division at 608-364-2929.

Janesville Jets goals mean money for charity

Janesville Jets goals mean money for charity


The Janesville Jets have even more incentive to do well this season – the hockey team's goals mean money for charity.

The Goals for Good program, a partnership between the Jets and BMO Harris Bank, benefits United Way Blackhawk Region.

"For every goal scored by the Jets at a home game during the 2012-2013 season, BMO Harris Bank will donate $25 to United Way's 2012 Campaign," said a press release.

“We are thrilled to be the recipient of such an electrifying program.  Each time the Jets 'light the lamp,' BMO will make a contribution to help United Way reach the community’s goals for the common good,” said Steve Kinkade, United Way President.

“Supporting our fans, friends and neighbors in Rock County and beyond, is a priority for the Jets organization,” said Bill McCoshen, Janesville Jets President.  “This is a unique opportunity for us to help others while doing what we do best.”