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Oak Creek's Jakubczyk faces two opponents in aldermanic race

Jan. 03, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Oak Creek has three aldermanic seats up for re-election April 2.

Incumbents James Ruetz, District 3, and Kenneth Gehl, District 5, will run unopposed.

District 1 Alderman Dan Jakubczyk will square off against Steve Kurkowski and Shawn Vollmer.

The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Franklin boys tennis team sends three entries to state

May 31, 2016 10:17 p.m. | WIAA sectional tennis runner-up.

To state elites like Marquette, Nicolet, Brookfield Central, Neenah, etc., it is not a big deal — even considered a bad day.

But to the fast-rising Franklin boys program, it is a symbol the Sabers have arrived.

They earned the spot, as well as three entries, in this weekend's WIAA Individual Tennis Tournament out of the sectional competition at Nicolet on May 25.

The only caveat was that the Sabers actually tied for that spot and lost the WIAA tie-breaking procedure for the sectional runner-up plaque.

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Peaking Franklin boys track team to send 10 entries to state

May 31, 2016 10:05 p.m. | A perfect time to peak.

The Franklin boys track team took advantage of warm temperatures and premium conditions to peak just at the right time in the WIAA Whitnall sectional on May 26.

The Sabers will not only send seven individuals and three relay teams to state, but senior performers Tri Pham in the triple jump and Brady Snelson in the 800 meters will enter the WIAA state meet in La Crosse this weekend as the event leaders. Snelson's sectional effort was a school record.

Franklin coach John Troy was astounded by the showing.

"It was a pretty great night for us," he said. "The guys really stepped up and ran to their potential. We had backed off of (Southeast) Conference in hopes that would lead to fresher legs, and it really seemed to pay off.

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Oak Creek girls track team dominates WIAA sectional

May 31, 2016 9:49 p.m. | The steamroller of success for the Oak Creek girls track team continues unabated.

After overpowering the field in the WIAA regional field on May 23, the Knights came into the WIAA sectional on May 26 at Whitnall intent on proving their point that they are among the best teams in the state, and they did just that by pulling away from rival Franklin to win the team title and advancing an impressive nine individuals and three relay teams to this weekend's state meet in La Crosse.

That simple description of success only scratches the surface of the team's achievement, said veteran Knight coach Bob Haberli.

"Yes, the girls had a terrific day," he said. "We qualified 17 girls in 10 events with multiple qualifiers in both the 400-meter dash and the 3,200. We also set five new school records in the process. The records were in the 4x800 relay, 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay and the 300 low hurdles (Jazsmin Washington), all of which qualified for the state meet.

"We also set a new school record in the 4x400 relay, but unfortunately it took fourth place, which does not qualify for the state meet.

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Ogden to lead 13 state entries for Oak Creek boys track team

May 31, 2016 9:38 p.m. | The crazy-fast speed of sprinter Caleb Ogden has been the focal point, and rightly so, for the Oak creek boys track team for the last few years now.

But the Knights are so much more than just Ogden, and the Southeast Conference champions proved that point again last week, as behind Ogden's impressive efforts, they won the the WIAA regional on May 23 and then came back three days later to overpower the field and dominate the sectional field at Whitnall on May 26.

In the process, the Knights advanced 10 individuals and three relay teams to the WIAA state meet in La Crosse, Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4.

"I couldn't have planned much better of an outcome for our team," said coach Rick Stack. "They competed with such class and determination. You can't be more proud of the team than the one we fielded. There were so many outstanding efforts put forth."

And it can be safely said that the Knights are not done yet.

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Franklin girls track team sends 13 entries to state meet

May 31, 2016 8:47 p.m. | The Franklin girls track team has been just a step or two behind powerful Southeast Conference champion Oak Creek all season.

But the Sabers are closing the gap. Though they lost the team title to the Knights in the WIAA sectional meet at Whitnall on May 26, the Sabers had a slightly better day in terms of advancing people to state.

As part of its sectional runner-up finish, Franklin advanced an impressive 10 individuals and three relay teams to the WIAA state meet in La Crosse, Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4. This total beat out Oak Creek's by one individual qualifier (9-3 for the Knights).

The Sabers will take part in the state test at UW-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium, starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 3. The finals are at 10:30 a.m Saturday, June 4.

Taking part for Franklin will be Breanna Judkins in the long jump and triple jump; Haley Pyan in the 100-meter high hurdles and the triple jump; Kathryn Pecha in the 100 and 200 dashes; Alyssa Colla in the long jump; Hailey Migliano in the 3,200; Brittney Lincoln in the discus; and Brianna Oelke in the pole vault.

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Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool Road Rally fundraiser being held June 4

May 31, 2016 5:16 p.m. | Hales Corners —The third annual Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool Road Rally is being held June 4.

"Participating teams will ponder puzzles, perform feats of daring, and take on a scavenger hunt as they navigate a course through Hales Corners," said Bob Stollenwerk in an email about the event.

Cost for the event is $15.

Village Trustee Don Schwartz called it a "really fun community event."

Money raised goes to Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool, a group with the goal of bringing year-round opportunities for recreation to the Hales Corners community.

Hales Corners Youth Music Theatre presenting The Sound of Music

May 31, 2016 5:09 p.m. | Hales Corners Youth Music Theatre is putting on a production of The Sound of Music with three days of performances at the beginning of June.

The production will be presented at Faith Bible Church, 4175 S. 112th St., in Greenfield. Performances will be held June 3 at 7:30 p.m., June 4 at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., and June 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission with seniors and children getting in for $10.

Suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country's 2016 WIAA State Track and Field Meet Special Section

May 31, 2016 3:00 p.m. | The WIAA state meet runs Friday and Saturday at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and several area athletes will be taking part looking to make history.

Check out our special section for the event, including athletes to watch, past photo galleries and past champions with the meet just around the corner.

Second year to Stuff the Squad for St. James food pantry

May 31, 2016 10:12 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Police Department along with Roundy's are offering residents the chance to Stuff the Squad for the second year June 4-11 to benefit the St. James food pantry.

The event will be held at two Pick 'n Save stores, 7201 S. 76th Street and 5800 S. 108th Street. Customers can purchase $5 or $10 prepackaged bags of food for the drive.

"This type of program was done very successfully at the Pick 'n Save at Easter time for the benefit of our pantry," said Frank Levar, volunteer at the St. James food pantry.

Levar said a squad will be present June 11 to be stuffed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both locations.

Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country

May 27, 2016 12:15 p.m. | There are many programs, parades and events on Memorial Day in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Here's a roundup of events on the Monday, May 30, federal holiday:

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Festival Foods proposal advances in Hales Corners with panel's support

May 26, 2016 4:25 p.m. | The proposed Festival Foods has bagged some key village support as plans advance for a store in the old Kmart site along Highway 100 in Hales Corners.

The plan commission's recommendation for a conditional-use permit and a tax incremental financing district tied to the development now puts the plan in the hands of the village board, which will meet June 6 and is expected to act on both measures.

Village Administrator Mike Weber said this week that a developer's agreement will also be on the agenda, but terms have not been finalized so far.

In TIF districts, the increase in property tax dollars generated by a new development help to finance some upfront costs of construction. The proposed TIF is over 19 acres with 13 parcels, including commercial frontage along Highway 100 as well as existing multifamily residential.

A presentation at the plan commission's May 16 meeting by Ehlers and Vandewalle Associates projected expenditures of approximately $10.7 million, spread over five phases. It also mentioned streetscaping and other utility costs up to a half-mile radius from the TIF district, which could divert tax dollars for up to 27 years to pay for the costs.

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Warrior Dash obstacle course coming to The Rock Aug. 13

May 26, 2016 2:10 p.m. | Are you a warrior?

A 5K obstacle course known as the Warrior Dash is coming to The Rock Sports Complex Aug. 13 with registration open now.

"Whether you're an elite athlete, this is your first 5K, or you just like getting outside on the weekends, you can conquer the battleground," an email release from The Rock states.

The course includes 12 world-class obstacles — such as Goliath, Deadman's Drop, Fisherman's Catch, and Chaotic Cargo — leaps over fire, and mud paths according to the official website, warriordash.com.

Following the finish line are games, music, and food.

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2 men sentenced in attempted carjackings in Greenfield, Oak Creek

May 25, 2016 5:52 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for using a stolen car to try to commit another carjacking, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Devonte Hayes and his accomplice, Norman Howard, 18, for carjackings that occurred last August in Oak Creek and Greenfield. Howard received 7 1/2 years in prison.

The two tried to rob a female driver who had slowed for a red light at S. 76th St. and W. Layton Ave. A red car swerved in front of her and stopped. A man carrying a revolver got out of the car and came to her partially rolled down window and asked for directions before ordering her out of the car, prosecutors said.

"I am going to (expletive) shoot you," the man said, according to the criminal complaint.

The man opened her door but the woman didn't move immediately because she had her seat belt on, and the man shoved her. The woman began honking the car horn to draw attention, which caused the man to run back to the red car and get in the passenger seat.

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Classes resume at Franklin High School following evacuation

May 25, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Franklin — Classes have resumed following an evacuation after an automated bomb threat phone call was received at Franklin High School May 25.

Police did a sweep of the building at 8222 S. 51st Street and found nothing according to the department's dispatcher.

According to the Franklin School District a "computer generated threat" came through early in the morning. A press release from Franklin police said both police and fire responded at about 9:45 a.m. to the school.

A similar evacuation also happened in Germantown.

Franklin High School wins awards for "Fiddler on the Roof"

May 25, 2016 12:10 p.m. | Franklin High School was awarded eight Tommy Awards for their 2016 production of "Fiddler on the Roof" according to a news release May 24.

Those awards include:

·Outstanding Orchestra

·Outstanding Lead Performance by Brandon Heath (Motel)

·Outstanding Supporting Performance by Emma Brockman (Chava)

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