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Hale wrestlers claim second straight GMC title over Falls

Jan. 24, 2013 10:37 p.m. | The first thing West Allis Hale wrestling coach Randy Ferrell wanted people to know after the Huskies claimed at least a share of their second straight Greater Metro Conference title with a 40-25 win over host Menomonee Falls Thursday night was the team philosophy.

"We tell them that intensity and heart will carry you through the toughest of times," he said. "We work the kids hard and we want them to know that the room (the practice area) will be the toughest place that they will have to go through. Everything else will be easier than that."

And Ferrell knows that by living that philosophy and carrying out this important win, the wrestlers were able to bring something important back to the school.

"We don't get to celebrate back-to-back titles in many sports here," he said. "So to repeat like this was a big deal for us."

The Huskies philosophy carried them through in many matches, such as in the case of several rallies that Hale grapplers had to pull out Thursday night.

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Indoor baseball facility proposed for West Allis warehouse

Jan. 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. | An indoor practice facility for the Milwaukee Angels youth baseball program is being proposed for a multitenant industrial building in West Allis.

The Angels would occupy 15,225 square feet of the warehouse portion of the building, which has addresses of 5121-5325 W. Rogers St. and 2020-2060 S. 54 St., according to information filed with the city Department of Development.

The program plans to hold baseball practices for off-season training at the building, which would have artificial turf added as part of the project. The proposal will be considered by the Plan Commission at its Wednesday meeting.

Greenfield police seeking man who flashed knife in front of off-duty officer

Jan. 22, 2013 2:30 p.m. | Greenfield police are seeking a man who caused a disturbance and brandished a knife in front of an off-duty Milwaukee Police officer Jan. 15.

According to the police log:

The off-duty officer observed a man yelling and wielding a knife in the parking lot at Walgreens, 4296 S. 76th St., at about 1:33 p.m. Jan. 15. When the officer attempted to leave the lot, the subject walked in front of her vehicle, blocked the path for her to leave, and then put the knife up the sleeve of his jacket.

The man then got into the passenger side of a dark-colored, two-door Saturn that was parked in an area parking lot. The off-duty officer followed the car. It was last seen traveling northbound to the area of South 68th Street and West Morgan Avenue.

The subject is described as a five-foot-eight-inch Hispanic man between the ages of 30 and 40 with a medium build and wearing a black hat. The driver of the vehicle was described only as a white male.

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Greenfield schools deal with two vacancies at top

Jan. 22, 2013 1:52 p.m. | The Greenfield School District will hire both an interim superintendent and an interim business manager until candidates can be found to fill both positions permanently, the School Board decided Monday.

Superintendent Conrad Farner departed last week to take a job as human resources director for the Cedarburg School District.

Kristen Kollath, director of business services, will leave next month to accept a position with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The board had offered the interim superintendent position to Todd Bugnacki, director of elementary education, but he said he had to decline because of pressing needs in his current position. He was invited to apply for the superintendent's job.

To get the best candidate for superintendent, the board wanted to take its time with an eye to filling the position at least by July 1. There was a feeling that the appointment should be made considerably earlier so the new superintendent can help choose a business manager.

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Later Greenfield High School start time decision pushed back

Jan. 22, 2013 11:31 a.m. | While some hoped that the Greenfield School Board would decide on Monday whether to have Greenfield High School start later and three other schools start earlier, the board instead called for updated cost estimates on changing the times for its Feb. 11 meeting.

The board wants to know if the $210,000 cost that was estimated in 2011 for the high school to start 35 minutes later and two elementary schools and the middle school to start earlier would still be valid for the 2013-14 school year. Cost information also will be gathered on the high school starting 30 minutes later, but leaving the other school start times alone.

About six years ago, the high school went to a 7:10 a.m. start time to save money. Parents asked the board to reconsider its decision and an ad hoc committee was formed. It eventually recommended a later high school start time and adjusting start times in some other schools. The committee said educational research shows that high school students do better if school starts later and that elementary students do better if school starts earlier.

The board turned the recommendations down mainly because of the $210,000 cost. But renewed calls for a later high school start time came because of disappointment that the high school students didn't do better on the state's new academic testing program. If the students would do better with a later start, the expenditure is justified, some said.

Candidates for West Allis police chief down to two

Jan. 22, 2013 9:58 a.m. | Two candidates are still in the running to succeed Michael Jungbluth as West Allis police chief.

They are Interim Chief Charles Padgett who previously had been a deputy chief in charge of operations and Rick Balistrieri, who retired as a deputy chief in the West Allis department more than a year ago, said Joseph Kempen, chairman of the West Allis Police and Fire Commission.

The commission will start interviewing the candidates later this month and will probably choose one in early February, he said.

"Both are outstanding candidates," Kempen said.

The city received eight applications for police chief, he said. Jungbluth's last day was in mid-November.

Social media users showcase running in West Allis

Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.

The Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is comprised of a 5K, a half marathon, a relay marathon and a marathon. Here's what runners and their friends and family were sharing on social networks.

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