Wednesday, April 25th


Nearly 30 garage sales, including several multi-family events, are planned for this year’s Warrens Community Garage Sale, April 26-28.

Organized by the Warrens Area Business Association, a list of the participants – along with the days and hours of their sales – can be found on Visit Warrens website.

“We traditionally hold the Warrens Community Garage the week before the Tomah Citywide Rummage Sale, so it’s sort of the kickoff for the garage sale season in our area,” said Lorry Erickson, WABA secretary.

Warrens has held a community garage sale for a number of years. The Warrens Area Business Association took over sponsoring the event about 10 years ago, Erickson said.

“We thought if individuals planning to hold garage sales would do it the same weekend, we’d be able to draw more shoppers to all the sales and to our member businesses here in Warrens,” she said.

The words young and experienced typically don’t go together, but the Blair-Taylor High School softball team has shown otherwise.

Last year the Wildcats were a team composed of mainly freshmen and sophomores. To many people’s surprise, Blair-Taylor advanced to the WIAA Division 5 state softball tournament and earned a spot in the championship game.

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Blair-Taylor High School's Lauren Steien fires a pitch against Chippewa Falls McDonell in the WIAA Division 5 state championship game at Goodman Diamond last year. Steien, a sophomore, is one of number of key players back for a team that posted a 24-4 record last season.

NATE BEIER, Special to the Chronicle

Even though Chippewa Falls McDonell beat the Wildcats 8-3 for the Division 5 title at the University of Wisconsin’s Goodman Diamond, a nearly identical roster is using that experience to motivate them in hopes of a return trip.

Sirens wailing, the ambulance pulls up to the emergency room. A teenage boy on a gurney is whisked through the door followed by his mother, praying quietly. They’ve been in a car accident and her son has lost a lot of blood.

As the teen is surrounded by doctors and nurses assessing his injuries, the doctor calls for someone to draw some blood and get it to the lab for a type and cross-match so the teen can receive a blood transfusion. The doctor asks the mother is she knows her son’s blood type. She says no.

This story illustrates just one of the critical behind-the-scenes roles laboratory professionals play in health care. Until the lab types the teen’s blood and cross-matches it against donated blood, he cannot receive the transfusion.

While doctors and nurse are more visible, lab professionals, like the staff at Tomah Memorial Hospital, are an essential part of the health care system, providing doctors, nurses and the community, with the information needed to best manage your care.

A 23-year-old Black River Falls man faces drugs and weapons charges after an April 11 arrest in the town of Adams.

Jonathan David Barhyte was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing a firearm as a felon after an April 11 traffic stop.

According to the criminal complaint, Barhyte was eastbound on Hwy. A when he reached a speed of 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. Barhyte took an inordinate amount of time to stop for the officer's emergency lights, which led the officer to believe that Barhyte's vehicle contained contraband. The officer recognized Barhyte, the vehicle's lone occupant, from previous contacts.

The complaint says the vehicle was cluttered with garbage and that Barhyte was shaking and hesitant with answers to the officer's questions. He told the officer there was nothing illegal in the vehicle, but the officer saw a butane torch lighter on the front passenger floorboard.

Jackson County authorities have determined that a head-on crash that killed an 80-year-old Augusta man Dec. 27 was caused by texting while driving.

Leanna Lee Cernhous, 36, Merrillan, was charged in Jackson County Court for her role in a two-car crash that resulted in the death of Norman T. Tischer. Cernhous is charged with felony homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000.

The crash occurred seconds before noon on Hwy. 12-27 between Black River Falls and Merrillan in the town of Alma. According to the criminal complaint, a witness told police a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Cernhous was northbound on Hwy. 12-27 when it hit the shoulder at least three times and crossed the centerline by about a foot. The witness said she "hung back a ways" due to the erratic operation of the Cernhous vehicle.