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Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr.
A 33-year-old rural Tomahawk woman is in the Lincoln County Jail after being formally charged in the death of a Tomahawk youth this past week. The six-year-old died after being transferred from Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk to Wausau North Hospital. Deputies say they went to a home after an emergency call reported the boy was not breathing. The boy lingered at Wausau North before dying on Sept. 22. An autopsy in Madison showed the boy died as the result of gross mistreatment. Judge Donald Schnabel set a $15,000 cash bond in the matter. The woman is pictured being escorted back to the jail after the bond hearing by Jail Matron Patricia Juhlke and Sheriff Ron Krueger.
The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors has finally approved the bonding for Pine Crest Nursing Home. The board had approved the renovation project, but efforts to get it started and funded have stalled. Johnson Brothers of Tomahawk will be the general contractor. In other local government news, the Senior Citizens’ Intercity Bus will start running next Wednesday. The trial basis run bus will leave Merrill City Hall at 9:30, to Gleason, to Irma, to Tomahawk and then back to Merrill by 10:50. The route will be repeated in the afternoon departing town at 4 p.m. There will be no charge, but reservations are a must.
The Merrill Bluejay football team thrilled the home crowd with a decisive 40-13 homecoming victory over the Wausau East Lumberjacks this past Saturday. Three of Merrill’s six touchdowns came in the third quarter including a spectacular 48-yard reception and touchdown between quarterback Bob Semling and John Zuelsdorff. Steve Lutterbach scored the second touchdown of the quarter, and Bob Semling capped the period with a 42-yard touchdown run. The defense was also stingy, holding the Lumberjacks to under 200 yards while rolling up 441 of their own. Pat Nelson and Steve Strom also scored touchdowns in the game. The boys travel to Antigo next to take on the 4-0 Red Robins this Friday.
The county may have found the site for the next landfill in the Town of Merrill. The Lincoln County Solid Waste Committee voted last week to consider the purchase of land from Walter Nelson and his daughter of 170 acres. The land has no homes on it and is completely surrounded by county owned land in the state’s forest crop program. Two other sites in the Town of Birch are being considered as well on land owned by Alfred and Cleone Turner and Burton Schnur, but the Nelson property looks so promising the board voted to stop all testing on the Birch properties while awaiting results from the Nelson land. In other business, the committee voted to pass on a resolution to the county board to join Langlade, Oneida, and Vilas counties in a feasibility study to explore a four county incineration site to dispose of waste.
It is homecoming week in town and the Silver M Club will be busy inducting new members. New members to Silver M this year include: Jerome Borchardt, Bill Briggs, Tim Caylor, Fritz Johnson, Robert Hanson, James Kennedy, Earl Knott, Wayne Kraetsch, Jim Lagerbloom, Peter Lane, Don Langenkamp, Tom Michalski, Ed Pleus, Savid Seis, Mack Swett, Bill Taylor, and John Thomas. Golden M’s inductees are: Jim Hanig, William Braun, Reuben Krummrei, Paul Reiche, George Schwartzman, Marvin Heckendorf, Garth Heath (manager), Eugene “Skipper” Schulz (manager), and Dale Heath, a manager from 1934 who was previously omitted. The future Silver M Club members will take on Eau Claire North Saturday.
Lots of things to do around town this weekend per the entertainment page: The Lincoln House Lounge is celebrating their fifth anniversary with Mark Donner on the keyboard. Dominick’s Pub has ten cent tappers Tuesday and Thursday until 7 p.m. Tom Hanks and John Candy appear together at the Cosmo in “Volunteers.” Whoope Bob will be at the Moose Hall. The Legion Lounge has a Sunday dinner special of ½ chicken for $2.25 or a rib eye for $4.95. Want to eat at home? Kentucky Fried Chicken has an eight piece take out bucket for $5, and of course that includes mashed potatoes and gravy. Want to just get away? Omni Travel of Wausau has an ad for a Hawaiian vacation starting at $499 including air, hotels, and transfers or an eight day Caribbean Cruise with air from CWA at $793.
The Lincoln County E911 Center is celebrating their first anniversary. All 911 calls made in Lincoln County are answered at the safety building with the exception of calls made in the City of Tomahawk. The center is not only enhanced with locations coming up when calls are answered, but also all of the communications officers are able to instruct callers through emergency situations. This week communications staff are out and about with local firefighters instructing children during Fire Prevention Week on the proper use of 911.
Residents watched with mixed emotions as the former Eddie’s Bake Shop in downtown Merrill was knocked down. Most of the building was hauled away, but portions were left such as the back wall for the expanding Thelma’s Store. Bridal wear is expected to be the feature of the newly expanded store.
The Merrill Bluejay football team lost its Hwy. 64 battle to the Antigo Red Robins on Friday, 26-12, leaving the local boys still winless on the season. They may fare a bit better this weekend for homecoming when they will welcome the 1-3 Hodags to Jay Stadium. The Silver M Club will induct new members at its annual banquet this Saturday. New Silver M members include: Pat Ament, Gary Cole, Bob Grunewald, Dave Gryskiewicz, George Johnson, Mike Lemmer, Randy Rajek, Rick Semling, Tom Schulz, Jeff Anderson, Steve Dahm, Carl Gruett, Randy Harbath, Barry Jensen, Gary Porath, Mike Semling, John Schewe, and Bill Heideman. New Golden M Members are: Roger English, Dick Howland, Bob King, Dick Mulvihill, Jim O’Day, John O’Day, Jack Seger, Don Wilbur, Don Buchs, Floyd Johnson, and A.H. Stange.