Nascar Challenge Contest is Back
The Big Q's Nascar Challenge Contest Returns with Daytona on Sunday, February 16.  Play the contest for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to Outboards Bar & Grill and a $25.00 gift certificate to Mr. Scott's Tavern & Grill.  There will also be a monthly winner of $50.00 in Chamber Bucks and grand prize winner of a large screen television from Tomahawk Appliance and Home.  All contest information and entry available here:  Nascar Challenge Contest

Timber Sales on Lincoln County Forest Lands Continue to Pay Off
Published on 02/21/2020 under News Lincoln County residents continue to benefit from the county's forest lands, not only recreationally, but also financially. At their meeting Tuesday, the Lincoln County Board approved the 2019 Annual Forestry report as prepared by forestry administrator Kevin Kleinschmidt. According to that report, the county operates just over 100,000 acres of forest land. The timber sales from those lands generated nearly $2.5 million last year. Twenty percent of those funds, approximately $509,000 goes back into the county's general funds, while 10% or $255,000 is distributed to townships with county forest lands. The remaining dollars are put into the County Forestry Fund, with surplus transferred into the county's capital improvements budget. Kleinschmidt notes in the report that this is the second highest year of revenue from the timber sale program. In addition to the financial benefits, the report also covered the trail improvements, animal and land surveys, recreational opportunities, and tree plantings undertaken this past year. By approving the report, it will be entered into the 15 year comprehensive land use plan. It will also be posted to the public.
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Family Safe After Merrill Fire Thursday Morning
Published on 02/21/2020 under News The Merrill Fire Department was able to limit damage to a single level of the home following a Thursday morning fire. Crews were called to a house on West Main Street at shortly after 3:00am. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the second level of the home where the fire originated. They initially attacked the blaze from outside before finishing indoors. All three occupants of the home, and their pets, were able to safely evacuate. The fire department credited their having working smoking detectors in the home. Based on the initial investigation, they believe the fire was the result of an electrical issue. (Photo contributed from Merrill Fire Department)
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Flu Leads to Cancelled Classes in Elcho
Published on 02/21/2020 under News High numbers of students with the flu resulted in the closure of school in Elcho today. The Elcho School district announced that while their absence rate has not reached the threshold to require a closure, they called off classes as a preventative measure. They are hopeful that the three-day weekend will help prevent further spread of illness. The district says the Langlade County Health Department has supported the decision. All extra curricular activities in Elcho this weekend were also canceled.
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DNR Encourages Participation in Deer Management Assistance Program
Published on 02/21/2020 under News The DNR is encouraging landowners, hunters and land managers to enroll in their Deer Management Assistance Program or DMAP. The goal is to create a healthier habitat for deer and all wildlife. The program provides participants with habitat and management information, communication with DNR staff, annual reports and publications, volunteer opportunities and DMAP workshops. The DNR says that more than 1,000 property owners are currently part of the program. Enrollment is always open, but properties of 160 acres or more are encouraged to enroll prior to March 1, to receive priority access to program benefits, including a site visit and walk-through in 2019 with a professional wildlife biologist and forester. You can learn more by entering the keyword dmap on the DNR website.
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Tomahawk Girl's Basketball Picks Up Win on Senior Night
Published on 02/19/2020 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet girl's basketball team hasn't had the season they may have hoped for, but Tuesday night for Senior night, they couldn't have dreamed for a better ending. The Hatchets hosted White Lake and their Senior, Natalie Zastrow, was able to end her final home game of her Hatchet basketball career on high spirits. Tomahawk was victorious over White Lake with a dominant 52-20 win, their largest margin of victory all season. Tiana Gerstenberger and Gracie Barnett were the top scorers for the Hatchets with 11 points each. Emily Maki was just behind them with eight, while Natalie Zatrow and Maddie Marino had five and Haley Liebelt with four. Addison Bartz finished with threee points, whereas Aubrey Fryar and Ella Genelin ended the game with two points each and Amber Florczak with one point. This was just the Hatchets second victory of the season, but will hopefully be a confidence booster into their match-up with Rhinelander Friday night to end the regular season as they look forward to the playoffs.
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Hatchet Weekend Recap
Published on 02/16/2020 under Sports It was a full weekend for the Tomahawk Hatchets  on, the mat, in the pool and on the court. On Friday night, the Hatchet girl's basketball team welcomed in Florence in a non-conference match-up. Unfortunately for the Hatchets, they came up just short, falling 47-29. Jenna Springer lead the way for Florence offensively with 18 points and kathleen Selden with 10. For the Hatchets, it was another tremendous outing for Gracie Barnett, who once again finished in double figures with 16 points. The Hatchets are back in action in another non-conference game Monday night on the road at Chequamegon. On Saturday on the wrestling mat, the Hatchets took first place at the WIAA Regional from Waupaca High School with 262 total points to advanced to Tuesday night's team sectional event at Wautoma High School. Individually, the Hatchets did extremely well, sending nine wrestlers to next Saturday's sectional. Mason Evans, Alex Bishop, Logan Bishop, Tom Rigney, Marcus and Tony Matti, Kade Wenninger, Eric Decker and Austin Leinen all finished first or second at the Regional. Overall, six Tomahawk wrestlers took the top spot in their weight class. In the pool over the weekend, the Hatchets took place in the WIAA Division 2 Sectionals, coming in second place only to Rhinelander, who finished the regular season 10-0 in conference and also won the conference tournament. For the Hatchets, they ended Saturday afternoon with 278 points to the Hodags 336. This is the highest the Hatchet boys ever finished in sectionals, beating the previous record of 4th place in 2018. Individually, the Hatchets had personal best times in 16 of 18 events including two 1st place finishes. In the three relays, all were top times with two records being re-broken. The Hatchets are back in the pool next Friday at the UW-Madison Natatorium in the WIAA Division II State Swim Championship Meet.
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Hatchet Boy's Hoops Looking Forward to Antigo Rematch
Published on 02/11/2020 under Sports Back in December, the Antigo Red Robins got the better of the Tomahawk Hatchets on the hardwood, as Antigo escaped with a 63-47 win over the Hatchets. However, that was then and this is now. The Hatchets (6-12, 1-8) are a far more improved team, despite what the record says. For the Red Robins (5-11, 3-5)  they had been on a five game skid before their last game 76-44 victory over Ashland. Antigo is led by Senior Forward Tanner Resch, who is averaging 15 points a game, whereas Drew Bolder has averaged the same for the Hatchets. It is a big game for both teams who are working towards improving down the stretch in the hunt to switch up some seeding as the end of the season nears.
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