Tomahawk Volleyball Team Loses at Medford Published on 09/13/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Volleyball Team lost at Medford on Tuesday night in GNC action, three games to one.

The games scores were: 25-20, 20-25, 25-10, 25-19

Natalie Zastrow had 10 kills, Courtney Theiler had nine kills and Mady Hanse added eight kills.

Zastrow had 17 assists and Taylor Shilts had 16 assists.

The Hatchets are 0-2 in GNC matches and 6-16 overall.  On Saturday, Tomahawk will compete in the first GNC Meet, beginning at 10:00 am at Mosinee High School.


In Other News

Antigo, Mosinee, Rib Lake Among Latest School Safety Grant Recipients
Published on 07/20/2018 under News The state continues to roll out school safety grants, with another round of funding announced yesterday afternoon. According to the Department of Justice, which is distributing the money, 89 districts will share in approximately $4 million. Once again there were a handful of local districts included on the list. Antigo schools received $160,000; Mosinee received $64,000; and Rib Lake Schools get $63,000. The state has made more than $100 million available overall. Last month, more than 700 public and private school districts submitted plans and requests for funding to improve safety on their campuses. Tomahawk is among the districts still awaiting word on funding. The district applied for a little more than $60,000.
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Three Finalists for Rhinelander City Administrator Position
Published on 07/20/2018 under News The City of Rhinelander will meet today to consider three finalists for their vacant City Administrator position. The Council will consider Daniel Guild, Jeff Eder and Stephen Kil. They were narrowed from a field of 7 interviews. The city received nearly 40 applications overall. Guild has recently been in the news as the former Village Administrator in Weston. He and the village board reached a severance agreement earlier this week. A joint release from Guild and the village said the resignation is not the result of misconduct. As for the other two candidates, Eder is a city administrator in East Peoria, Illinois. Kil is the town manager in St. John, Indiana. Rhinelander's city administrator position has been vacant since interim administrator Keith Kost's resignation in April.
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Tourism Grant to Promote Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway
Published on 07/20/2018 under News Several Northwoods counties will share in a grant to promote a scenic roadway this fall. Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism presented a Joint Effort Marketing or JEM grant to the Forest County Economic Development Partnership. The $39,000 grant will go towards promoting the 145 mile Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway. The DoT designated route runs through Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas Counties. They'll use the money to promote the various highlights along route during the fall color season with the "Fall In Love With the Byway" promotion. The campaign begins September 4 and continues through October 31. As the sponsoring entity, the Forest County Economic Development Partnership accepted, and is managing the grant. According to the announcement, the marketing campaign hopes to bring in 4,000 visitors and more than $325,000.
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Kwahamots Compete at Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships in Wisconsin Rapids
Published on 07/20/2018 under News Twenty five of the top water ski teams in the state are competing for a championship, with several local favorites in the mix. Wisconsin Rapids is once again hosting the Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships on Lake Wazeecha this weekend. The Northwoods will be well represented with the Plum Skiters of Sayner hit the water tonight, while the Chain Skimmers from Conover are scheduled to ski Saturday. Of course Tomahawk's Kwahamots return to the state show as well. They are the second to last act scheduled to ski Friday evening. Competitors are judged on a number of categories such as showmanship, difficulty, boat driving, announcing, and overall performance. The skiing actually got underway on Thursday with individual competitions in categories including jumping, swivel and doubles. The Championships run through Sunday. *A reminder, with the the Kwahamots competing in Rapids, they won't have their regular Saturday ski show in Tomahawk.
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Merrill Native Killed in Oklahoma Construction Zone, Brings Awareness for Safety
Published on 07/20/2018 under News A Merrill native was killed while working on a road construction project in Oklahoma earlier this week. Officials say that Brandon Polacek was killed after a semi struck a construction vehicle. The 20 year old was a passenger in that construction vehicle which caught fire. Incidents like this are an important reminder for drivers to use caution in work zones. And the timing is particularly relevant here in Lincoln County. As they do each year in mid July, the Lincoln County Highway Department again took the time to remember the loss of their co-worker Marcus Wydeven who was was struck in a road construction accident in 2015. We actually heard from Highway Commissioner John Hanz earlier this week who asks that everyone take extra time and stay alert on roads as things happen fast in work zones, even when the speed limit is reduced. He says, "It's important to eliminate distractions, slow down, avoid tailgating, stay alert to changing traffic speeds and patterns and when possible move over to the next lane. Remember, Highway Workers are just like anyone else, they want to do a good job and make it home to their families at night."
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 07/20/2018 under News A resident reported that she expecting to receive a check, but it was accidentally mailed to her former address. Someone else had cashed the check. Officers are investigating. Several residents in the city have reported solar lights being taken from their yards on Washington and Spirit Avenues. A man reported that he lost his holstered gun while getting out of his vehicle at a North 4th Street business. When he returned to the parking lot, he could not find it. A woman reported fraudulent credit cards charges. She was concerned about a credit card skimmer, as she had paid at a gas station earlier in the day. Officers checked at the pump and found no evidence of a skimmer device. Officers are investigating a complaint of lewd and lascivious behavior near the SARA Park ball diamonds during the women's softball game on Wednesday. Officers are following up with the man. A woman reported that her elderly mother was contacted from someone claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House. The potential scammer sought $400 from the woman. There was no money exchanged, but the individual contacted the woman a second time.
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Local Communities Receive Funding to Assist in Lead Service Line Replacement
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Tomahawk Graduates Earn Gold in National FCCLA Competition
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Tomahawk Man Sentenced Following Plea for 7th OWI
Published on 07/19/2018 under News A Tomahawk man was sentenced to three years in prison following a seventh offense of operating while intoxicated. Gerald Blaubach was arrested last July following a report of a hit and run in a gas station parking lot in Tomahawk. According to court records, the 71 year old pleaded guilty to the charge in Lincoln County Court. In exchange, a charge of failure to stop was dismissed. In addition to the initial confinement, Blaubach also received 2 years of extended supervision, a 3 year revocation of a driver's license and 3 years with an ignition interlock device. He was credited with 377 days of time served.
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Man Reaches Plea in Woodruff Arson Case
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