Karcher Middle School, the shiny new lynchpin in the Burlington Area School District’s $43.7 million referendum, is ready for its close-up.

The school will be open to the public Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. following a brief dedication ceremony. District residents and members of the public are invited to check out the new learning environment.

The dedication of the state-of-the-art school is among the top stories in this week’s Standard Press.

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


UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: The Burlington Area School District concluded its investigation of a racial slur allegedly uttered by a Burlington player or players during a football game last month against Westosha Central. The district released a summary of its probe without saying whether it had confirmed or ruled out the use of racially motivated language and instead said players on both team were guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct.


DRIVER HAS A COURT DATE: A Racine man accused of injuring a Walworth County sheriff’s deputy who was deploying stop sticks in the Town of Spring Prairie on Aug. 1 is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 22 for preliminary hearing. Tony Perales, 25, is an unlicensed driver who was fleeing from police when his car allegedly struck deputy Wayne Blanchard.


FIRE DAMAGES HOME: Three people escaped safely Saturday evening when a mattress in the basement of a home in the 500 block of Abbey Lane in Rochester caught fire. The fire spread to the main floor of the residence and caused extensive damage to the home, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.


SPOOKY CITY RETURNS: Spooky City will return to downtown Burlington Oct. 30 after a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Burlington Common Council on Tuesday approved a permit for the event, which typically features a costume parade, trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, hay rides and coffin races Pine Street.


COMPUTER PURCHASE APPROVED: After learning city officials sought comparative pricing from other providers, the Burlington Common Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of computer equipment that staff will use for working remotely when needed. The cost for 20 computers and related equipment is $33,000.


RECORD RUNNER: Catholic Central High School’s Elsie Kmecak established a new school record recently as she leads the school’s strong contingent of cross country runners.


TIME IS RIPE FOR PICKING APPLES: Area apple orchards have weathered the pandemic and fluctuating growing conditions to offer a sweet crunch in the crisp autumn air.