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Phones behind the wheel still a big problem

Texting and driving remains a big problem, despite the state's ban on it. A national study shows 75 percent of people with a cell phone admit to sending a text while they're behind the wheel. Appleton police Sgt. Dave Lund…

posted 2014-11-13 13:03 by WHBY

Appleton skate park opening

It might be a bit cold, but skateboarders will get their first chance to check out Appleton's new skate park this afternoon. Parks and recreation director Dean Gazza says they're holding a "soft opening" for the facility at Telulah Park.…

posted 2014-11-13 13:02 by WHBY

Harrison creating parks plan

Harrison's population is growing, and officials are assessing the need for more parks. Administrator Travis Parish says they're working on a five-year plan, and that could include a regional park. That idea has been talked about for a while, but…

posted 2014-11-13 13:01 by WHBY

Budget includes funding for library

Some funding for a new library in Appleton will be part of next year's city budget. The city council voted 10-4 on the entire budget last night. Much of the debate focused on the proposed $37 million dollar library. The…

posted 2014-11-13 05:05 by WHBY

Contracts set for Family Care expansion

The state's program that helps keep the elderly and disabled in their homes, instead of more expensive nursing homes, is going to be available soon in seven more northeast Wisconsin counties. The Legislature's budget committee agreed to contracts with two…

posted 2014-11-13 05:04 by WHBY

Snowmobile trails closed up north, despite snow

Don't go up to the northwoods this weekend for a long snowmobile ride, because the trails will be closed. Vilas County parks and recreation administrator Dale Mayo says their contracts with private landowners prevent them from opening until December 12.…

posted 2014-11-13 05:03 by WHBY

Group fighting WPS fixed fee hike

A state panel is expected to make a final decision soon on a proposal from Wisconsin Public Service to increase its fixed monthly fees, and a group is protesting that plan. Elizabeth Ward is a member of the Alliance for…

posted 2014-11-13 05:02 by WHBY


2 arrested after Oshkosh meth lab bust

Oshkosh police have two people in custody for running a meth lab out of their home. Officer Joe Nichols says investigators had an eye on the house in the 800 block of Franklin Street. They arrested them, in their car,…

posted 2014-11-12 13:05 by WHBY

Library expected to be focus of budget debate

The proposed downtown library will likely be the hot topic tonight, when Appleton's city council takes up next year's budget. Mayor Tim Hanna included $5 million for the project, in next year's capital plan. He also expects to spend $12.5…

posted 2014-11-12 13:04 by WHBY

City wants to study expo center site soil

Most of the site of the proposed Fox Cities Exhibition Center used to have deep ravines, and the city of Appleton could hire a consultant to test the soil. Community development director Karen Harkness says it's important to know exactly…

posted 2014-11-12 13:03 by WHBY

Kaukauna hosting mental health expo

12 local high schools are sponsoring a mental health expo tonight, at Kaukauna high school. Kaukauna superintendent Mark Duerwaechter says the event is a follow up to last year's "Let's Talk About It Fox Valley" program. Duerwaechter says it's meant…

posted 2014-11-12 13:02 by WHBY

Sober house pilot project for men to end

A pilot project for a men's sober living house is coming to an end, at the same time a group is planning to open a similar facility, for women. STEP Industries president Michelle Devine Giese says three men lived in…

posted 2014-11-12 13:01 by WHBY

Yes, it's a rare SATURDAY blog posting here from me. I'm up early on a Saturday in late November, and…
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Friday, Dec. 12th PhilCast show. LIVE from the Outer Edge Stage in Appleton. 303 Oneida St. No reservations. No tickets…
posted by Philcast 1 day ago
Ahhhh, one week from today...my favorite holiday of the year! But what's this? Wisconsin has turned up on a national…
posted by Philcast 2 days ago