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Most area districts get increase in aid; Middleton gets 7th largest cut

Most area school districts will receive a small increase in general state aid, but the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will get the seventh biggest cut in the state, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid.

General state aid for school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, but the actual amount of aid that the state?s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than last school year, according to the release. That is due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

Verona, Edgewood lead WIAA girls golf

Verona leads Division One and Edgewood has the top spot in Division Two after the first day of the WIAA State Girls Golf Championship at University Ridge in Verona.

The Wildcats (315) have a four-shot lead on Arrowhead (319) with Middleton (320) within striking distance in third.

Individually, Middleton's Loren Skibba had the best round of the day with a three-under par 69. Skibba had a five-shot lead on defending champion Jessica Reinecke of Verona and Homestead's Annika Hitt.

In Division Two, Edgewood has a 15-shot lead on Fox Valley Lutheran as the Crusaders posted a score of 328.

Edgewood's Tess Hackworthy shot 74 to take a two-shot lead on Racine St. Catherine's Sarah Busey.

Last year's champion, Caroline Lake, is just five shots behind her teammate after shooting 79.

The final round of the WIAA State Girls Golf Championship is Tuesday at University Ridge.

2 men charged in Poynette Bank, earlier sandwich shop robberies

Two men are in custody after authorities said a Lodi bank was robbed Saturday.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Karl Lee Kreier, 28, of Madison, and Peter Lee Meeker, 48, of Middleton, are facing several charges of armed robbery and party to a crime in connection with the Saturday bank robbery and another robbery of the Subway restaurant near Poynette on Wednesday.

Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards said in a news release that deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Harmony Grove branch of the Bank of Poynette at 11:52 a.m.

A man entered the bank displaying a handgun and demanded cash, according to the report.

A deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway vehicle and took the two occupants into custody at 11:59 a.m. with assistance from Lodi police, the sheriff's department said.

University Ave. on-ramp to close briefly Monday

University Ave. on-ramp to close briefly Monday

The Old Middleton Road on-ramp will be closed for about five hours Monday morning for emergency road work, according to the city of Madison.

Madison Traffic Engineering said in a release Friday that the on-ramp to University Avenue from Old Middleton Road would be shut down from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an emergency paving operation.

The city said the the off-ramp from University Avenue will be open. Metro bus stops will also be open, according to the alert.

City reports brief power outage near University Ave., Branch St.

A struck power line near University Avenue and Branch Street in Middleton caused a power outage affected hundreds of customers and knocked out two traffic lights Friday afternoon, the city said.

The city of Middleton said in an alert shortly before 3 p.m. that traffic lights at University Avenue and Branch Street and at Century Avenue and High Road were out.

Madison Gas and Electric reported 1,096 customers in the area were without power at about 3 p.m. About 15 minutes later, the MG&E website reported power was restored.

Middleton tennis wins sectional

Middleton tennis wins sectional

The Middleton girls tennis team qualified for the WIAA State Team Tennis Tournament Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, as the Cardinals edged Waunakee 50-42.

Kaisey Skibba won the number one singles crown, beating Onalaska's Shannyn Waltz in the final and Waunakee's Meg Mathison in the semifinal.

In number one doubles action, Middleton's Abbey Webber and Alison Ragsdale of Middleton beat Bobbi Stricker and Bailey Chornery of Waunakee in straight sets to advance to state.

Individual State Tennis is October 16-18. Team State is October 24-25. Both are held at Nielsen.

Volunteers visit schools during Fire Prevention Week

Volunteers from the Middleton Fire District will be visiting elementary schools in Middleton to discuss fire safety and prevention this week, according to a release.

The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to generate awareness of fire prevention and protection among young children, specifically grades K-3, officials said. The program features live skits, puppets and music for the children to take part in.

Evacuation plans, kitchen safety, electrical safety and smoke detector usage will be covered during the programs, according to the release.