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Cartoonist to speak, draw at library event

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin will be back at the Verona Public Library next week.

Rubin will discuss his work and demonstrate live cartooning during an Oct. 2 presentation at 7 p.m. at the Verona Public Library... Read More

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Liberty Park gets second TIF phase

With momentum growing at Liberty Business Park, the city signed off Monday on a small second phase of road construction and a winning bid for the project.

It will add 1,262 feet of paving, utilities, sidewalks and landscaping on three streets to the area around the short stub of Liberty Drive just off County Hwy. M at a cost of $764,122... Read More

VAHS council to hold breast cancer awareness week

The Verona Area High School student council hopes to kick-start Breast Cancer Awareness month next week with a Thursday “Pink Out.”

The event will be part of a whole week of awareness efforts, focused mostly on selling T-shirts, ribbons and suckers at lunch, said student council communications coordinator Sara Endres... Read More

Optimist Club's Chili Cook-Off photos

There were 10 entries in the seventh annual Verona Optimists Chili Cook-Off (down slightly from past years), but Optimist John Faber said they were all excellent. He cited drizzly weather, the new location and other area events as reasons why attendance may have been lower this year.

However, the group did come out with approximately $1,000 net proceeds, which will benefit Verona youth activities and scholarships... Read More

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Budget seems like old times

Budget seems like old times

It feels like forever since Verona had its old growth back.

The addition of Epic’s gargantuan Deep Space auditorium to the tax rolls and an improved economy overall have given Verona its biggest growth – 17 percent – since just after Epic moved here, in 2006.

That means a lot more flexibility with its budget.

But of course, because of that long, recession-fueled wait, there’s also a long line of departments requesting help – library, police and planning are all asking for extra staffing, and the fire department will have a new station to upkeep and a new intern program. Plus, the city has been working on filling out its rolling replacement funds to avoid ebbs and flows in capital costs like vehicles, computers and building equipment.

Still, it’s a good problem to have as budget season gets started in earnest next week... Read More

Public meeting to be held for US 18/151 in Dane County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southwest Region will hold a public involvement meeting to discuss the preliminary design concepts for the pavement repair of US 18/151 from Town Hall Road in Mount Horeb to the west junction of County Road MV in Verona.

The meeting is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, October 13, at the Mount Horeb Middle School, 900 E. Garfield St.

Project improvements include pavement repair of US 18/151 and median shoulder replacement. Lanes and ramps will be closed during construction activities.

Construction is currently scheduled to begin in Sept. of 2015.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning this project. Maps showing the proposed improvements will be on display.

Building No. 2 gets started at Liberty

Liberty Business Park is continuing to empty smaller buildings around the Verona area to fill its new spots.

Four-and-a-half months after starting the first building in the new industrial park on the southeast side of the city, builder KSW Construction and landowner David Reinke announced the anchor tenants for the second building, which will share the same parking lot off Liberty Drive... Read More