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Girls Big 8 Basketball: Middleton tops Verona 65-60

The Middleton girls basketball team beat Verona 65-60 Thursday night in a big 8 conference showdown of top teams. The Cardinals are now 14-0 in league play.

Middleton had four players in double figured and they led by 5 at the half. Verona was led by Marley Campbell scored 18 points to lead Verona.�

Middleton won the first meeting 48-38 back in December.

With the win, the Cardinals virtually locked up its 7th conference title in 8 season.

Verona is now 12-2 in conference. The only losses are to Middleton.

More than 800 lbs. of lights recycled in city drive

More than 800 pounds of unwanted holiday lights were recycled over four months in the Middleton's collection drive this season, according to city officials.

The City of Middleton said in the Holiday Lights Recycling Drive that began in October and ended in January yielded 836 pounds of burned out, broken or otherwise unwanted lights. The city said some reusable components from the lights can be saved harvested from recycled strings. 

This season's total adds up to nearly 4,000 pounds of lights saved from landfills through the recycling drive since its initiation. 

Lights were collected at Ace Hardware in the Middleton Springs shopping center and Wolff Kubly Middleton Ace Hardware stores and the city streets department picked up the donated lights and delivered them to the recycling facility. 

Businesses burned by freezing cold winter

Businesses burned by freezing cold winter

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James 'Moose' Werner has seen some bad winters in his more than 30 years running Club Tavern, but he can't remember one that froze out business like this one.

"This winter sucks. It's the easiest way to put it," Werner said.

Werner said fewer customers are walking through his doors. He said some of that is due to the economy, but the frigid temperatures certainly haven't helped.

"Wisconsin people tend to be hearty and tend to come out," Werner said, "But when you don't have money and you're worried about paying the MGE bill, you stay in."

Reinstated teacher sends letter to parents

A Middleton-Cross Plains teacher reinstated after facing accusations of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job has sent a letter to the parents of his students.

Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Andrew Harris in 2010 and he should be reinstated. He returned to the classroom this month.

In the letter to parents, Harris apologized for his actions.

?Four years ago I made a mistake that showed a lack of judgment and forethought. I want you to know how sorry I am that I allowed this occur.?

He pointed out that no students were involved in the misconduct and he said his teaching wasn?t affected.

?I am not defending my actions, but I want to assure you that my classroom will be a safe learning environment for your student. I have been given a second chance to do what I love- making science fun for students and showing them that doing science can be exciting and educational all at the same time.?

Walker says aide didn't ask him to send letter about Middleton teacher

Gov. Scott Walker says one of his aides did not ask him to send a letter to the state superintendent asking that a teacher who viewed pornography on his work computer have his license revoked.

The aide, deputy press secretary Julie Lund, posted a message on her personal Facebook account on Tuesday expressing displeasure with the teacher being allowed back in the classroom at a school her daughter would attend next year.

The same day as the post, Walker sent a letter asking that action be taken swiftly to revoke the teaching license for Andrew Harris, who works at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.

Walker said Wednesday he empathized with Lund's feelings, but said she didn't ask him to send the letter. He says she was just voicing frustration.

Recent rise in mail thefts leads to police alert

Recent rise in mail thefts leads to police alert

Police warned residents to be wary of thieves targeting mailboxes in the last month. 

The Middleton Police Department said it has seen an increase in reports of thefts from mailboxes. Police said information thieves obtain from mail can be used to steal one's identity. Checks and other items of value are also targeted in the thefts, according to the alert sent Tuesday afternoon.

Police offered tips to thwart mailbox theft:

Gov. Walker wants revocation hearing for Middleton teacher

Gov. Walker wants revocation hearing for Middleton teacher

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Gov. Scott Walker is asking Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers to start proceedings to revoke the license of an embattled teacher in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District.

In a letter sent Tuesday, Walker said it appears the behavior of Andrew Harris meets the definition of immoral conduct cited in state statutes.

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Harris was a seventh-grade teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School until he was terminated in 2010 after being accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job. Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Harris and he should be reinstated. He returned to the classroom last week.