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District, utility disagree on lead source

Nearly three months after drinking fountains at River Bluff Middle School were turned off as a result of elevated lead levels in the water, officials from the school district and Stoughton Utilities can’t agree on the source of the problem.

Drinking water at the school was shut off Sept. 30, after district officials received test results showing elevated levels of lead in the school’s water. District director of business services Erica Pickett said at Monday night’s school board meeting that after flushing the water system, a seventh round of tests showed the only area with elevated levels is where water enters the building.

And that’s where things get a bit complicated... Read More

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Stoughton Hospital offers volunteer program to area teens

Stoughton Hospital is looking for teens to participate in a volunteer program. The Stoughton Hospital Teen Activities Team (STAT Program), is a volunteer program designed for teens, ages 14 to 18, to engage them in healthcare and working with hospital patients.

The STAT Program will be offered four times a year in eight week sessions.

The next session is Jan. 12 through March 16. The teens will commit to a two hour block of time each week. Recommended times for the school year would be two hour blocks between the hours of 3-6 p.m.

Orientation will be on Jan. 8 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the hospital.

Activities may include visiting with patients, playing cards and games, Wii games, making crafts, and assisting staff with serving snacks and meal trays.

Stoughton fire chief: Radio failures could jeopardize lives

Stoughton?s fire chief said repeated radio failures are putting his 39 volunteer firefighters? lives in danger.

?If we get paged to an incident we can?t communicate back and forth with the 911 Center, and at times we can?t communicate with each other,? Chief Martin Lamers said. ?Because if our firefighters are entering a burning building, and they lose radio communication their lives are in jeopardy.?

Lamers said the Dane County 911 system worked for decades and was dependable until a few months ago when it stopped working.

?We don?t know why,? Lamers said. ?Was it the turning on of the DaneCom system at that time? Or is it just the system's age that?s making it the problem? But it?s coming to the point we don?t have communication. That?s a real problem for us in emergency service.?

Prep Mania Game of the Week winter schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school sports this winter sports season.

The games will air live on Channel3000.com.

Here's the schedule:

Thurs., Dec. 18 -- Madison Memorial at Madison West - boys hockey - 8 p.m., Madison Ice Arena

Tues., Jan. 6 ? DeForest at Mt. Horeb boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 8 ? Reedsburg at DeForest girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 ? Poynette at Lodi boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 29 ? Madison Memorial at Sun Prairie boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 30 ? Janesville Parker at Verona girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 6 ? Sun Prairie at Middleton boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 10 ? Middleton at Madison West boys hockey ? 8 p.m. (Madison Ice Arena)

Tues., Feb. 17 ? Stoughton at Monona Grove boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

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Officials ID driver killed in Fitchburg wreck as Stoughton woman

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a Fitchburg crash Friday night, officials said.

The Fitchburg Police Department said officers responded to report of a two-vehicle crash on the 2500 block of County Road MM, between Irish Lane and Haight Farm Road at about 6:40 p.m.

A vehicle headed north on MM crossed the center line and struck a vehicle headed south, according to the report.

The driver of the vehicle headed south, Janet Marie Grady, 55, of Stoughton, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. A passenger in the same vehicle was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

County Road MM between Irish Lane and Haight Farm Road was closed after the crash and was reopened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Wisconsin State Patrol assisted Fitchburg police with the crash investigation.

Taxes rise by $58

The average homeowner in the city of Stoughton will pay about $58 more in taxes this year than in 2013 despite a state tax cut from the technical school system.

That change is mainly owed to the city’s first increase in property values in six years and a successful school district referendum. As a result, city and school taxes each increased close to $100 this year on the average home.

Tax bills will be mailed late this week, and city residents’ taxes will get an overall drop this year of 57 cents per $1,000 in assessed value, or 2.5 percent. But while that is the biggest cut in a while, its effect is overshadowed by the 4 percent increase in residential property values... Read More

City's 5-year parks plan up for reapproval

The city’s five-year Parks and Open Space plan will be up for approval later this month. 

No major changes have been made to the plan due to stagnant residential growth.

Parks director Tom Lynch told the Stoughton Courier Hub that he hoped to have the plan to the council for the Dec. 23 meeting... Read More