Central Commons A Go
The Commons Renovation Project at Central High School got the green flag this week from the school board and construction on the $201 thousand project will start as soon as school is out. Principal, Jeff Fleig ( FLAG ) says he couldn't be happier.
Three walls will be removed to increase the square footage and provide an open concept atmosphere. The walls, floor, and columns will be upgraded. Next, a permanent concession stand and ticket booth will be built. Finally, the School Store and Altra Credit Union will share a space which will make both more accessible to students and visitors. All with about $146 thousand in donations.
Kind Questions Defense Budget
Recent months have seen a flurry of headlines about cuts to the U.S. defense budget. Last week, lawmakers in the House of Representatives even passed a bill that was meant to spare national security spending from future cuts by reducing school lunch funding and other social programs. Congressman Ron Kind talked with WIZM news about the defense portion of the budget.
Kind says the government is spending 2 billion dollars a week when they were supposed to be sending more troops home. A budget item he says he just doesn't get.
Wanted Man Caught in La Crosse
A wanted man, captured. La Crosse police have been looking for Frederick Lomprey IV for weeks. He's suspected of being responsible for several burglaries in the city. Last night, cops spotted Lomprey riding in a car on the northside, stopped the car and then chased Lomprey down when he took off on foot. Among the crimes Lomprey is wanted for are a couple of rip-offs in which he apparently targeted some friends and took their electronic equipment, presumably to pawn for cash.
Gateway Scouts 4th Best Boy Scout Council In US
Being number four at something can be a pretty good achievement...and so it is for the La Crosse area Boy Scouts.
The national Scouting organization ranks the Gateway Area Council as the fourth-best council in the U-S, based on a set of several criteria. Local director Sean Henneman says he knew the La Crosse scouting program was good...but didn't realize it was rated so close to the top.
The Gateway Council has a high retention record...meaning about 70 per cent of the local boys who enter Scouting stay in the program for many years.
City Pleas for No Storm Sewer Dumping
Changing the oil and dumping it in the street? Don't do it. The city of La Crosse is warning against dumping into the city's storm sewers. The storm sewers run directly to the river and pollutants go to the Mississippi untreated. Along with obvious prohibitions against dumping oil and other very clearly toxic substances into storm sewers, the city's rules against dumping also include soap of all kinds, human bodily waste, and lawn clippings.