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VFW Badger Post 328 Inc.200 Veterans Rd., Stoughton
All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry
Dine-in only. Regular menu also available
Karaoke by Big Johnson
Saturday Night Aloha Party 6-?Karaoke by Big Johnson
Drink Special, hors d’oeuvres and snacksGuest Bartender, Billy Manson
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and 2014-15,” Pickettsaid in a letter to the com-mittee. “The budget alsoallows for a $75 per stu-dent categorical aid alloca-tion for each district.”The categorical aid isseparate from the revenuelimit, Pickett told the com-mittee. The limit is a capon the amount of moneya school can receive fromthe state aid and local tax-payers without going to areferendum.“I feel like there’s lesssecurity in that (categori-cal aid),” Picket said.“That categorical aidexists for next year and theyear beyond, but I don’tknow if that’s still going tobe there after this currentstate budget.”The new figures bodewell for the district’s bud-get, though Pickett said thedistrict is still fine-tuningit. Total spending will varydepending on the numberof staff members the dis-trict hires - an ongoingprocess. Student enroll-ment next fall could alsoinfluence spending limits.“When we look at ourcurrent kindergartenenrollment, it’s not realpositive,” Pickett said.Pickett said there arecurrently about 185 kidsenrolled in the district’skindergarten program.That would be a sharpdrop for the district fromthe approximately 260 stu-dents who just graduated.
A July 1 estimate fromthe state Department of Public Instruction showan increase of 1.88 percentor $270,000. The districtwon’t know the final certi-fied aid payment until Oct.15, though preliminarynumbers are usually prettyaccurate.“That’s the first timethat’s happened in a num-ber of years,” Pickett saidof the increase.Stoughton has seen adecline in state aid for atleast the last five years,Pickett said.Pickett told the commit-tee last week that while theincrease will be beneficialthis coming year, the dis-trict can’t count on thosefunds increasing in thefuture.“This is just an esti-mate,” Pickett said.“They’ll finalize the actualamount on Oct. 15.”
The good financial newswill be helpful as the dis-trict plans for a April 2014referendum.The district previouslysaid a worst-case scenariowould result in a shortfallof around $5 million afterthe 2010 referendum mon-ey runs out.That projection wasbased on a spending freezefor public school districtsthat was initially proposedin the most recent statebudget.Superintendent TimOnsager said the projec-tions won’t be as bad asthey initially thought.“I can tell you that we’renot going to be short $5million for that first year,”Onsager said. “Our realityisn’t as bad as our assump-tions.”The board will still con-tinue planning for a refer-endum, but a hard and fastnumber for what the dis-trict needs won’t be avail-able until October, Onsag-er explained.The board will likelybe looking at several sce-narios for the years beyond2014-15 budget in orderto plan how to garner sup-port in the community fora potential referendum.The board plans to meetin early August to discusspreliminary numbers andtimelines.
Despite good news, referendum talks continue
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Reports collected from thelog books at the StoughtonPolice Department.
A 48-year-oldman was cited for his secondOWI on North Monroe Streetnear Jackson Street after hewas seen stumbling insideKwik Trip.
A vehiclecrashed into a post at DeanClinic after the 41-year-olddriver got her sandal caughtin the accelerator and causedthe vehicle to speed forwardinto the post.
An altercationon Sixth Street between a19-year-old man, a 42-year-old man and a 38-year-oldwoman resulted in two dis-orderly conduct citations forthe men.
A 32-year-oldwoman was arrested for bailjumping after a traffic stopon North Van Buren Streetresulted in a drug parapher-nalia possession citation.
A 20-year-oldwoman was cited for disor-derly conduct after a reportof a disturbance in which awoman was screaming nearthe 300 block of Olson Court.
Police and fireresponded to a tree fire onKreideman Drive. The firewas believed to have beenstarted by lightning.
A 42-year-oldman was suspected of dis-orderly conduct after a dis-turbance at Kwik Trip East.The man became upset afterthe store refused to sell ciga-rettes to his wife. He alleg-edly threw items and becameinsulting to staff and othercustomers.
A man suspect-ed of stealing $1,500 worthof Crest White Strips wasarrested in another state, buta report from the Stoughtonpolice was needed.
A 20-year-oldman was warned for shoot-ing carp with a bow and arrownear South Fourth Street.
A 23-year-oldwoman was taken to detoxwith a BAC of .475, nearly sixtimes the legal limit for driv-ing in Wisconsin. The wom-an was taken to StoughtonHospital until her BAC wasbelow .40, the maximumaccepted at the detox center.
– Mark Ignatowski
Utica Festival set for Aug. 2-4
The 42nd annual UticaFestival is slated for nextweekend.Visitors will find ampletruck, tractor and horsepulls, along with livemusic, food, and sportsentertainment.The weekend kicksoff Friday, Aug. 2 with aslow pitch softball tourna-ment at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m.,the Wisconsin Horsepull-ers Association Horse Pulltakes place, followed bylive music with ChameleonBand at 8:30 p.m.Saturday will see a craftfair in the school house allday. The slow pitch tour-nament continues at 8 a.m.Tractor and truck pulls takeplace at 10 a.m., 2 p.m.and 5 p.m. Stoughton takeson Utica in Home TalentLeague baseball action at1 p.m. and Madison Coun-ty takes the stage for livemusic at 8 p.m.Visitors will find moresoftball on Sunday, alongwith truck and tractor pullsat 10:30 a.m. and noon. Aspectator truck pull beginsat 3 p.m., followed by kara-oke at 5 p.m. At dusk, aThunderCat fireworks dis-play is slated for the skyover Utica CommunityPark.Festival events are run byvolunteers from the UticaCommunity Associationwith proceeds benefittingthe Utica Community Park.There will be concessionsand a beer tent all weekendlong.For more info, visit utica-park.org.
If you go
All day, Aug. 2-4
UticaCommunity Park, on Hwy.B near Hwy. W betweenStoughton and Cambridge
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Truck and tractor pulls can be found on Saturday and Sunday atUtica Fest, held this year Aug. 2-4.