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Blackhawk Technical College receives donation to help educate manufacturing workforce

The Grainger Foundation, an independent Illinois-based private foundation, donated $10,000 toward Blackhawk Technical College's (BTC) new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton, bringing their total donations to the college up to $30,000, according to a release.

“These gifts will play a major role in our efforts to help educate and build the manufacturing workforce in South Central Wisconsin,’’ said Garry Krause, BTC’s dean of the advanced manufacturing and training program.  “We are extremely grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.’’

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.

RWD, Janesville eliminated at state hockey

Cedarburg defeated Reedsburg-Wisconsin Dells 3-2 and Superior stopped Janesville 4-2 in the opening games of the WIAA State Boys Hockey Tournament at Alliant Energy Center Thursday.

Dylan Brown scored both goals for RWD as they held a 2-1 lead early in the second period.

But Cedarburg's Evan Gable and James Furey scored goals to give the Bulldogs a spot in the semifinals Friday.

Janesville fell behind Superior 2-0 after the first period, but the Bluebirds got second period goals by Connor Perkins and Harry Henschler to tie the game.

The Spartans took a 3-2 lead on Grant Hanson's tally in the third period and Beau Reder's empty net goal provided the final margin for Superior.

Soul Food Luncheon to bring in money for multi-ethnic students

Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) will host its annual Soul Food Luncheon on Tuesday to raise scholarship money for multi-ethnic students.

Attendees will be able to sample a menu featuring baked and fried chicken, fried catfish and barbecue ribs. Various sides like candied yams, plus corn bread and desserts will be offered as well.

Board of Education names two Beloit interim co-superintendents

The Board of Education has chosen Dr. Thomas Johnson and Dr. Pamela Kiefert to lead the Beloit School District for the rest of the 2014-15 school year. The two will temporarily replace Steve McNeal, who retired on Jan. 31.

According to a release from the School District of Beloit, Johnson was most recently the assistant superintendent of operations for the District. He also served as an assistant principal and principal for Hackett Elementary School before acting as Beloit Memorial High School's head principal.

Kiefert is a retired administrator, and has experience in the District as a teacher, executive director of curriculum, and interim co-Superintendent during the 2005-06 school year.

The Board of Education said they are confident in the two administrators and believe they will keep the focus on students during the process of naming a new superinteendent.

WATCH: Janesville Craig girls basketball faces off at Middleton

See highlights from the Janesville Craig game in Middleton Saturday. Janesville Craig Cougars beat Middleton's Cardinals 65-60.

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.