A new school demonstrates a community’s commitment to education and its next generation of leaders.

The new Karcher Middle School was touted as the Burlington area’s symbol of that commitment on Tuesday when officials formally dedicated the state-of-the-art facility.

The dedication and public open house at Karcher is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. The newspaper will be available 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:


  • CHURCH STEPS UP FOR CITY: Volunteers from LifeBridge Church spent their Sunday helping the City of Burlington with audio and visual upgrades to the Common Council chambers. The upgrades, according to Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty, aim to improve experiences for both in-person and virtual attendees of city proceedings such as Common Council meetings and municipal court appearances.


  • HIT AND RUN CHARGE FILED: An area man has been charged for allegedly striking a pedestrian and then leaving the scene on a rural road near Union Grove. The victim suffered multiple injuries including a loss of sight


  • CRUMBLING ALLEYS: In the City of Burlington, most alleys have been rated in poor condition and some local property owners have voiced dissatisfaction, according to a city official. The Common Council is now considering whether to share the cost of repair with property owners. –


  • BOOSTER SHOTS SET: The Central Racine County Health Department plans to offer a limited number of COVID-19 booster vaccines for eligible residents by appointment only on Oct. 26 at its office in Franksville.


  • BATTERIES PLUS OPEN: Area residents who’ve cracked their cell phone screens, need a key fob replacement for their vehicles, or struggle to find batteries for electronic components now have a specialty store to turn to with the opening of Batteries Plus in Burlington.


  • DEMONS ARE PLAYOFF BOUND: Burlington tallied two interceptions in the final minutes to hang on and hold off visiting Wilmot, 13-6, in the Demons’ annual homecoming game. The victory qualified the Demons for the WIAA playoffs for the fifth straight season.