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DOT Secretary: Change in bonding would delay Verona Road, I-90 projects

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb says the Verona Road project and Interstate 90 expansion project from Madison to Beloit would be delayed two years if lawmakers reduced the amount of bonding in the governor's proposed two-year budget by $500 million.

Gov. Scott Walker's budget would borrow $1.3 billion for transportation projects in the state rather than raise money through an increase in the gas tax or mileage fees. Republican lawmakers have made clear they are uncomfortable with the level of borrowing and have indicated they will change it.

In a DOT agency briefing Wednesday, Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, asked Gottlieb how many projects would be delayed if $500 million was cut from the bonding level. As part of a long list, Gottlieb said that the Verona Road and Interstate 39-90 projects in south-central Wisconsin would be delayed by two years.

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School district to hold open door sessions in March

The Verona Area School District will offer six sessions open to the public at the district administration building and other public locales throughout March to offer information an a ballot referendum question ahead of the April 7 election... Read More

Residents' ideas for new town hall welcome at meeting

A public meeting Monday night is an opportunity for the Verona community to share their ideas on the planned new town hall with officials. 

The town hall input session is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 335 N. Nine Mound Road. ... Read More

Interim library director named

The city appointed its interim library director to take over after the former director left the post last week. 

The Verona Press reported that Stacey Burkart, who's worked for Verona Public Library about a decade, took over duties for Brian Simons whose last day was Feb. 11. Burkart intends to apply for the permanent position... Read More

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City considers TIF for vaccine lab

A $25 million building in Verona might seem like small potatoes considering the massive office complex the city approved at Epic on Monday night. 

But outside of the healthcare software giant’s enormous campus, the United Vaccines facility that Fitchburg company pitched about an hour later would be one of the biggest, most expensive projects in the city. And it would be a huge anchor for the southeast side, situated on a 6-acre slab of land just up the road from the only other real technology in the slow-moving Verona Technology Park. ... Read More

WATCH: Verona takes first place in Big 8

The Verona boys basketball team defeated Madison East Thursday night to take first place in the Big 8 conference.

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Little league decision doesn't surprise baseball coaches, parents

On any given afternoon, the batting cages in Greg Reinhard Baseball Academy are packed with young boys and girls ready to perfect a swing.

"Things you wouldn't even learn until high school, maybe even college, the subtleties of the game, they're learning now at 10," Trevor Hunley said as his son, Jackson, was preparing for a lesson.

But with those skills also come great expectations out on the field, so much so that Hunley was not surprised to hear that rules were broken, costing a Chicago Little League team their championship title.

"Sometimes there's that temptation when there's a grey area maybe to bend the rules to try and make good things happen, and it's a shame that they crossed the line," Hunley said. "Sometimes the best lessons are the hardest ones."