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Highway 26 expansion project under way in Rock County

Big changes are coming to Highway 26 in the form of a $470 million expansion project underway just north of Janesville.

Jim Casey, of Automatic Transmission Service, knows a bit about change. He's operated his business from Highway 26 for nearly 30 years.

"It hasn't kept anybody from coming or going so at this point we've been fine," said Casey.

The road construction project stretches 48 miles from Janesville to Highway 60 in Dodge County.�

Across the highway at Inlanta Mortgage, Managing Partner Craig March said the orange barrels aren't hurting business. He believes in the end the completed project will help make things better for business and safety.

"We've got an intersection that's right out in front of us here that can be dangerous," March said. "We've seen a number of accidents that have happened there an installing a stoplight is going to be great for our customers or ourselves if we are trying to cross through it."

One dead following rollover crash in Rock County

One dead following rollover crash in Rock County

A rollover crash in northern Rock County has left a 71-year-old Edgerton man dead, according to the Rock County sheriff's department.

The incident happened just after 11 p.m. on north U.S. Highway 51, just north of county highway M in Fulton Township.

According to the sheriff's department, a truck driven by Ronald Johnson of Edgerton was heading south on 51 when the vehicle drove into gravel on the shoulder. Sheriff's deputies said Johnson overcorrected, causing the vehicle to skid across the road before the vehicle rolled over.

Johnson was ejected from the vehicle, according to sheriff's deputies. Coroner Jennifer Keach pronounced Johnson dead at the scene.

Johnson wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to deputies. Deputies said neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in the crash.

National Weather Service to send weather warnings as text alerts

The National Weather Service will soon send weather warnings directly to cellphone users when severe weather happens.

The National Weather Service has teamed up with cellphone carriers to send emergency alerts via text messages. The Wireless Emergency Alerts Service begins in June.

WISC-TV and Channel 3000 currently offer severe weather text alerts, which people can sign up for by clicking here.

The Wireless Emergency Alerts Service text alerts will warn people about severe weather such as tornadoes, flash floods and blizzards.

In extremely dangerous situations, such as a tornado, the alert will also contain advice urging people to take shelter immediately.

Milton group offers low-cost clothes to families

Even with Mother?s Day coming, some moms just can?t relax and let others pamper them.

For example, a group of moms in Milton were busy this weekend uncluttering their closets and helping the community with what?s been labeled the "M.O.M.E." program.

That stands for "Moms On a Mission Exchange."

And these ladies are definitely on a mission.

Using Facebook, Craigslist, and Freecycle, Rock County moms are spreading the word about the monthly clothing giveaways.

In just a little over a year, the M.O.M.E. program has gone from helping just a few scattered families to assisting more than 780 people.

On the second Saturday every month, Milton United Methodist Church transforms into a clothing boutique.

"With four kids, any time you can get a good deal on clothes you snag it up," said volunteer Molly Coggins.

Jolyn Stankus, the program?s co-founder, describes M.O.M.E. as a rummage sale with no prices.

Janesville Parker High School ranked in magazine's list of top schools

A Janesville high school is the cream of Wisconsin's crop, according to one national magazine survey of the best schools.

Janesville's Parker High School ranks 19th in the state, according to

U.S. News and World Report said that Janesville's Parker High School ranks 19th in the state among the Wisconsin's top schools. That slot is higher than any Madison school on the list.

Students at Parker High School said they're not surprised at their showing.

When she isn't dancing a bit in French class, Parker High School senior Kaitlyn Biester said she's busy preparing to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. She said she feels her years at the school have readied her for what's ahead.

"I feel absolutely prepared for college. My AP classes, my honors classes, even the regular classes, they're really good," said Biester.

Residents oppose proposed Milton gravel pit

A group of residents in Rock County are hoping their legislator can stop a gravel pit from coming to their neighborhood.

A developer is making a second appeal for a permit to install a gravel pit on a farm in the town of Milton.

Nestled among the trees on Klug Road is Camp Wakonda in the Town of Milton. Brandon Crandall maintains the 84-acre campground for the Milton 7th Day Baptist Church.

"We came here 60 years ago because of the serenity of this place," Crandall said. "(They said) because of the neighborhood and the proximity to Storrs Lake Wildlife Area that this is the only and best place to have another gravel pit. A gravel pit will absolutely change our way of life."

Neighbors and friends of Klug Road and Storrs Lake Wildlife and Marsh Area said a proposed gravel pit will harm the environment and destroy their roadways.

At a news conference Thursday, the residents presented a petition with 300 signatures to state Rep. Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater.

Dead fish found along shoreline of Rock County lake

A Rock County lake is being monitored after several dozen dead fish were discovered along the shoreline.

Jim Ark and his high school friend were catching and releasing memories on Thursday afternoon on Lake Leota.

"Every fish we've caught today have been real nice and fat. They look real healthy," said Ark.

Things at the Evansville lake hit a snag last Friday when city workers discovered dead fish along the shoreline of the lake.

"I got a call there were some fish floating in the water. I came up here to look," said Rock County Streets Department worker Brian Roberts. "They were around the spillways and along the north shore here, probably three dozen or so (dead fish)."

A group of residents working to preserve the lake notified Department of Natural Resources officials, who believe the fish kill was likely an isolated incident.

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