Portage Co. chairperson faces scrutiny over accusations of code of conduct violations
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - People in Portage County are still waiting for results from several complaints they filed against a county board member. David Peterson, the chair of the county’s Land and Water Conservation Committee, is accused of violating several conduct provisions. A meeting last month pushed the...
Did a Portage County Board supervisor violate the county’s code of conduct? A committee must decide.
STEVENS POINT − Did a Portage County Board supervisor violate the county's code of conduct? That is what members of the county's Executive/Operations Committee are working to determine after almost a dozen complaints were filed by a group of county residents. The committee met again Tuesday night to discuss the complaints, which were...
County committee to consider complaints against Supervisor on Dec. 12
After nearly an hour in closed session, a Portage County committee on Tuesday decided to address a series of complaints against one of its Supervisors during a public meeting next week. The Executive/Operations Committee on Tuesday heard about an hour of public comment from concerned residents, then entered into closed...
Weekly Safety Report: Attempted Homicide, Swan Shooting, and Child Custody Interference in Portage County, Wisconsin
This week in Portage County, Wisconsin, there were several incidents that required police intervention. These incidents include an attempted homicide in a mobile home community in Plover, a trumpeter swan being shot in Stevens Point, a man being charged with attempted homicide and aggravated battery in Plover, and a father being charged with taking his children from their home in Plover.
Five board members from Boys & Girls Club honored at state level
Five board members from the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County received state-level recognition for their exceptional community service. At the Boys & Girls Club Wisconsin Area Council Conference on Nov. 13, Patty Noel was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club of Wisconsin’s Hall of Fame, joining a group of 30 individuals acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to youth support in Wisconsin.
Hazardous material exercise held in Portage County to make community aware
PLOVER, Wis. (WSAW) - Making the community aware of how to handle emergencies is something the Plover Fire Department emphasized during their hazmat – or hazardous material – training on Dec. 2. A hazmat is any hazardous material that may pose a threat to the public or the environment.
Special Weather Statement by NWS
Target Area: Florence; Forest; Langlade; Lincoln; Marathon; Menominee; Northern Marinette County; Northern Oconto County; Oneida; Portage; Shawano; Vilas; Waupaca; Waushara; Wood.
Public discussion held on the possible sale of the Portage Co. Health Care Center
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - The Portage County Health Care Center could be going up for sale, and on Thursday, the County’s Health Care Center Committee met to discuss selling the facility. The county executive is leading the charge to make the sale, but it’s not without pushback.
Here's why you'll see emergency vehicles Saturday morning at Monogram Appetizers in Plover
PLOVER − People near Post Road Saturday morning may notice emergency vehicles in the area as agencies practice responding to a hazardous materials incident. Portage County Emergency Management is partnering with Monogram Appetizers, 1434 Post Road in Plover, to hold a full-scale emergency exercise from about 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office. It will focus on decision making, coordination and integration with various jurisdictions and organizations. The exercise will simulate...
One non-profit looking to give families their “Best Christmas Ever”
PLOVER, Wis. (WSAW) - The elves are hard at work getting presents ready for Santa, but another group is helping out too. Best Christmas Ever is getting ready to drop off presents to parents and families in need this holiday season, and this year they’re helping more people than ever before.
Portage County Man Charged With Attempted Homicide
STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) — A Wisconsin Rapids man is facing charges of attempted homicide and aggravated battery after an incident in Plover last weekend. Investigators say the unidentified victim was run over by a vehicle on Saturday, November 25th. According to the victim, he was visiting family in Plover when he went outside during a heated phone call. That’s when a pickup came rushing down the road and hit him.
Portage County considers another referendum on Health Care Center
STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU-WAOW) – Officials in Portage County have decided to delay the choice of selling the Portage County Health Care Center, in a vote Thursday. County Executive John Pavelski brought the topic to the committee that oversees the center, saying the county has two feasible options at the moment with the facility: going to another referendum or considering selling the property. “Skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin that have closed since 2016 to 2022: a total of 51. These conditions and these problems are not new only to our health care facility,” Pavelski said, addressing the committee.
Future of Portage County Health Care Center uncertain as leaders debate potential referendum and sale
STEVENS POINT − Portage County’s Health Care Center Committee requested further study on both a potential referendum and a potential sale of the Portage County Health Care Center at its Thursday meeting. The motion was approved with an amendment directing county staff to not act on a sale until after a referendum has been held. ...
First of three committees sound off on potential referendum, or sale, of health care center
A Portage Co. committee on Thursday voted to hold off on any decision to pursue the sale of the county’s nursing home until a spring referendum could take place, but it’s not immediately clear how much weight that vote holds. Following about an hour of discussion on the...
Kontos Column: Is it too early to say that I called it?
So, most of you are familiar with the long drawn-out saga of the new courthouse, jail, and sheriff’s office. Whether it has been the inability of the County Board to agree on a solution or secure funding, or the battles with the city of Stevens Point over the location, this story has been going on for decades. I’m so tired of it, I don’t even want to rehash the facts and the timeline anymore. It’s all out there for you to research further, if you need to.