With lifeguards non-existent or having limited hours at beaches in the area, a county official advises families concerned about safety to seek out an aquatic center.

The advice comes after two people drowned in Lake Michigan in Racine. The director of the Burlington Community Aquatic Center explains why her facility is able to attract and retain a full roster of lifeguards.

That is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. Copies of the newspaper will be on sale at local retail outlets on Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


  • IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE: We have the complete rundown on Independence Day weekend events, from Venetian Fest on Browns Lake to the annual Firefighters Dance Burlington’s in Echo Park.


  • SHERIFF SPEAKS OUT: Since the Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported two inmate deaths recently, authorities have been fighting massive speculation surrounding the circumstances of both fatalities. It came to a head last week when Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling issued a video statement with edited footage of jail staff attempting to help James.


  • COURT NEWS: A man whom police allegedly found disoriented and foaming at the corners of his mouth in a Burlington store parking lot has been formally accused of substance abuse and bail jumping. The man reportedly defecated in his pants as he was being transported to the police station.


  • DROUGHT DRAGS ON: Although Racine County recently received rain, which improved drought conditions, the area will likely need more precipitation offer meaningful relief. The conditions prompted the Town of Burlington to issue a burning ban. – Page 3


  • HOSPITAL COLLECTIONS: An injured Twin Lakes man who lost brother in car crash is among those sued by a hospital system for payment amid the effects of the pandemic.


  • A STIRRING RUN ENDS: The Burlington High School softball team scored a walk-off win over Cedarburg before bowing out of the state tournament this week.