Drug overdoses are on the rise in Racine County and problem is linked to the rise in opioid use – especially fentanyl, which is relatively inexpensive and easy to get.

Officials in Racine County and across the country have taken notice and are looking for ways to reverse the trend.

Racine and Kenosha counties are working to create a collaborative partnership that will take the lead in the fight against opioids.

The report 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 Friday this week and subscribers will receive their copies with Friday’s mail.

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

 

DOWNTOWN BUILDING RENOVATION APPROVED: Plans to renovate a vacant and decaying downtown property into four short-term rental units cleared another hurdle on Tuesday when the Common Council endorsed a certificate of appropriateness to alter the building’s exterior.

 

COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 7 for a Waterford man charged with a sixth drunken-driving offense in Burlington. Timothy T. Anderson, 41, was charged Aug. 31 in Racine County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, sixth offense, and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.

 

SUV FOR FLIGHT: Flight for Life helicopter medical service added another tool to its Burlington critical care fleet on Wednesday when officials unveiled a donation of a sport utility vehicle from Miller Motor Sales at the Burlington Municipal Airport.

 

JACOBSEN TO RUN: Former City of Burlington alderman Joel Jacobsen, who previously ran for Wisconsin’s 63rd Assembly District, announced he will seek the seat for the third consecutive time as a write-in candidate.

 

HONORED FOR SERVICE: Peter Hintz simply couldn’t pull himself away from serving the Burlington community. His long-standing service, which extends 30 years, earned him recognition from Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty and the Common Council on Tuesday.

 

DEMONS WIN: The Burlington High School football team picked up its first win of the season, 34-24, over Elkhorn on Sept. 1. The victory was powered by running back Drew Weis, who rushed for 264 yards.