Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.
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In a matter of 10 minutes and with no opposition, the conditional use permit for two employee houses to be used by Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center was unanimously approved by the Douglas County Planning Advisory Commission. Jeff Wild, general manager of the Alexandria resort on Lake Darling, spoke before the commission and a packed room at a hearing Tuesday evening, Dec. 13.
Amid protests from neighbors, a major feedlot expansion project is one step closer to coming to fruition after a permit was recommended for approval by the Douglas County Planning Advisory Commission on Tuesday evening. The conditional use permit would allow the expansion of an existing 680 animal unit feedlot to a feedlot that would house 6,800 animal units. The applicants of the permit are Joe and Hope Wagner and Wayne and Alice Wagner. Joe Wagner, who owns a beef cattle farm in Millerville Township, is the one who would be expanding his operation by tenfold.
Although donations and pledges are still trickling in, more than $88,000 was raised during the Jaycees Jingle Bells Telethon. The 68th annual event took place Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria. Nearly 45 acts performed during the five-hour telethon.
Computer users beware. Yet another scam is making its way around the county and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants the public to know about it. Mike Tvrdik, a detective sergeant with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, explained how the scam works. He said people have been receiving phone calls stating there are computer issues that need to be addressed. Or, occasionally, they will receive a pop-up on their computer informing them that there are some technical issues that need to be addressed.
When she was a little girl participating in tae kwon do, Carla Wheeler's instructor gave her the nickname, "Little Fighter." Who knew how much that nickname would mean so many years later? The Alexandria wife and mother, who is the manager of the Dairy Queen on Broadway, is now fighting the battle of a lifetime. On Nov. 11, Wheeler was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her liver.
It was another successful year for the Jaycees Jingle Bells Telethon. The 68th annual event took place Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria. Nearly 45...
Do you know what I remember about Christmas as a child, teenager or even in my early adult years? I guarantee you, it's not the presents. Oh, OK, maybe there are a few that stick out — like the apples and oranges that always filled our Christmas stockings each year or maybe the rollerskate printed sweatshirt my mother sewed for me or maybe my purple record player with its white lid adorned with the most gorgeous picture of the Bee Gees (yes, I said the Bee Gees!). So, yes, I guess a few presents stick out in my mind.
Editor's note: Double Lives of Douglas County will be an occasional feature in the Echo Press, profiling people who have a hobby or second-calling that may seem an odd fit with their normal lives. To suggest a possible subject, email jbeach@echopress . A broken life that left him weighing 130 pounds, dependent on drugs and alcohol, alone and nearly dead is what eventually led Jay Jenson to the current life he loves — a life where he preaches from a pulpit and performs preacher curls from a stage.
If you drive by the construction site at the Douglas County Hospital at 7 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., you might catch a glimpse of the wave, the bobble head, the PMer or even the tea pot. No, these are not names for the latest dance crazes. They are stretches and the crew from Mortenson Construction does these, along with several more stretches, during two scheduled stretch breaks.
Kyle Anderson considers himself a jack-of-all-trades. He may not be a master at everything, but he loves to dabble in everything from carpentry, quilting and knitting to soap making, playing guitar or wine making. He just loves to try everything. He has a passion for learning. Hence his newest adventure — iTry Studios. Anderson, who co-owns the Potomac Bead Company with his partner, Deb Kerr, uses the lower level of the bead company for his iTry Studios business. He has hosted classes on quilting, knitting, crocheting, guitar playing, winemaking and soap making.