Sunday, January 21st


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as it is called, is creating a major reform in how both corporate and individual income taxes are treated in the U.S. The act was signed just before Christmas and will be effective for income earned in 2018. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will reform the individual income tax code by lowering tax rates on wages, investment and business income; broadening the tax base; and simplifying the tax code. The plan will lower the corporate income tax rate to 21 percent and move the U.S. from a worldwide, to a territorial system of taxation.

The plan’s main aspects:

  • The tax brackets for income taxes shift downward for most filers. This includes the top marginal rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.

One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Hwy. 12 in the town of Alma in Jackson County.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies and emergency crews found two vehicles about noon that had received severe damage. Leanna L. Cernohous, 36, of Merrillan was transported to a hospital for treatment of her critical injuries, while Norman T. Tischer, 80, of Augusta was pronounced dead on scene. 

Cernohous is the agriculture teacher for the Lincoln School District.

Hwy. 12 was closed for about four hours as authorities investigated.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Merrillan Police Department, Merrillan Fire and First Responders and the Black River Falls Fire Department responded.

Four County Board members have decided not to run for re-election in the April 3 election, leaving three of those seats currently without a registered candidate as the Jan. 2 registration deadline to be on the ballot quickly approaches.

District 10 supervisor Tom Reid, District 14 supervisor John Chrest, District 15 supervisor Joe Hunter and District 19 supervisor Danny Iverson have decided not to run for re-election, while the other 15 supervisors have registered to remain on the board.

District 19 is the only district with candidates registered to replace an outgoing supervisor. The candidates for that spot are Ed Chamberlain, who worked for the county for 30-plus years as a mechanic at the Highway Department, and Rebecca Franks, who is the current town clerk for Manchester.

Melrose Fire Department Chief Tim Kunes has been looking into purchasing a generator for the village and fire hall in Melrose ever since he was given the go ahead by both the village board and fire department in October.

With the purchase of a generator for the building, Kunes is hoping the building would be better-suited to handle emergency situations when the power goes out.

“The thought is, like a lot of fire stations, if the power goes out for even a short time, but especially if it is for a longer period, we are going to have a hard time even opening the garage doors,” Kunes said.

Kunes is checking into costs and several different options this winter and is expected to share his findings with both the village board and fire department in the coming months.

Congratulations to freshman Jonah Waughtal, sophomore Katie Hoeth, junior Bee Xiong and senior Anna Giertych for being recognized as the December Students of the Month for the Melrose-Mindoro High School.

Congratulations to freshman Jonah Waughtal, sophomore Katie Hoeth, junior Bee Xiong and senior Anna Giertych for being recognized as the December Students of the Month for the Melrose-Mindoro High School.

Since humans populated Black River’s watershed, it’s been an important aspect of the lives of those residing along its banks. Since European settlers arrived in the area, the economic value of the river and its watershed has been significant.

This economic impact will be the topic of the Wednesday, Jan. 10 Friends of the Black River meeting program. The meeting will be held in the Jackson County Bank community room beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Chris Hardie, chief executive officer of the 7 Rivers Alliance and former executive director of the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce, will present a program about the river and its watershed’s economic value.

The Black River flows for 190 miles from its headwaters in Taylor County before draining into the Mississippi River in La Crosse.