Recognition

The Taylor County Board recognized Jean Nuernberger for 33 years of service to the county. She began working as a social worker and retired as the family/juvenile services coordinator in the circuit court in June. “I didn’t know where Medford was when I got this job. It has been a wonderful ride and Medford is my home now,” she said. Board chairman Jim Metz (right) presented her with a plaque in recognition of her service.
Cuts are coming for Taylor County’s budget, the question of how deep those cuts will be will be in the hands of county voters.
Reading time

Gilman School District Administrator Georgia Kraus reads to students in Jaime Wilson’s first grade class.
After a series of informational community meetings this fall, and years of discussions at the school board level about using the option of a referendum vote to exceed the state revenue cap, Gilman School District voters will decide on Tuesday the fate of a question asking for a four-year override of the state revenue cap.
The Edgar Theatre Company will present the comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You,” in three performances this weekend. The show times are Friday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m.
Stratford's Kamren Bornbachs looks to rush past a Mishicot defender while teammate Tanner Weinfurtner attempts to aid Bornbach's run during the WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff game on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Stratford defeated Mishicot and advanced to Level 2, which will be played this week Friday in Amherst at 7 p.m.
All four local football teams picked up win the WIAA Level I playoffs on Friday. to advance to this week’s Level 2. Here is a recap of the four area games:  Stratford
Abbotsford's Cooper Henrickson grabs the ball, completing an interception early in the game Friday night.
The Abbotsford Falcons football team scored touchdowns on their first six possessions of the game en route to a 53-20 victory over the visiting Clear Lake Warriors in the first round of the WIAA Division 7 playoffs last Friday.
Preston Mertins, left, helped the guys take first place at the sectional meet in Black River Falls. Mertins took 11th overall, crossing the finish line in 17:51. His time helped the boys’ team earn their trip to state this Saturday.
The Colby/Abbotsford cross country teams traveled to Black River Falls for the sectional meet Oct. 25.
RAIDER CELEBRATION-Marathon High School volleyball team members celebrate excitedly after winning the fourth game of the WIAA Division 3 regional final matchup with Athens on Saturday. Pictured above are, from left to right, Dana Gerschen, Bailey Seubert, Emily Kind, Julia Anderson, Amanda Kind and Morgan Rachu. Marathon defeated Athens, 3-1, to win the regional title.
The Marathon High School volleyball team defeated the Marawood Conference Crossover champions on Saturday in the WIAA Division 3 regional final in Marathon to be named the regional champions.
FRONT RUNNERS-Athens’ Joshua Langteau and Marathon’s Xavier Lechleitner, Jordan Balz and Satchenl Beranek lead the pack of runners lead the pack of runners at the WIAA Division 3 sectional cross country meet at Erbach Park, Athens, last week Friday. Langteau won the race in 16 minutes, 49.8 seconds, and advanced to this weekend’s state meet. The Red Raiders qualified for state with a team sectional championship.
The Marathon High School boys and the Stratford High School girls cross country teams both earned a trip to the WIAA Division 3 state cross country meet after Friday's sectional at Erbach Park, Athens.
The ghoulish cast of Forsaken Hollow Haunt, town of Rietbrock, gathered on Saturday for a photo before spooking visitors on the attraction’s two-thirds mile trail. The Halloween entertainment, located on CTH H one mile north of Edgar, is open weekends through Nov. 1.
BACK AT YA-Athens’ Briana Lavicka hits the volleyball back to the Edgar side of the court after Edgar’s Melissa Urmanski attempted to send it to the Athens’s side during Tuesday’s WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal. Athens defeated Edgar in three games with scores of 25-11, 25-13 and 25-7.
Three of the four area volleyball teams picked up wins in Tuesday’s WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal and have advanced to Thursday’s semifinal. Athens downed neighboring Edgar in three games while Marathon defeated Thorp and Stratford upset Cadott.
CONFERENCE CHAMPS- Above, members of the Colby/Abbotsford boys cross country team pose with the first place conference trophy. They are, from left to right, starting in the top row: Logan Flink, Preston Mertins, Coach Bryon Graun, Sam Bach and Zachary Underwood. Bottom row: Issiah Meddaugh, Trevor Flick, Ricky Ortega, Alex Kampmeyer, Dillon Novak and Kolby Jensen
On Saturday, the Colby/Abbotsford cross country team traveled to Eau Claire to compete in the Cloverbelt Conference meet at The Wells Trail. With just 25 points, the guys blew 14 other teams out of the running and took the Cloverbelt Conference title for the second year in a row.
Miles of smiles — Ayden Blume, 5, was all smiles in his homemade firefighter and fire truck costume as he waits for the start of the 2014 Harvest Days parade on Sunday afternoon.  Online subscribers can see additional content in this week’s e-edition.
Recognition

The Taylor County Board recognized Jean Nuernberger for 33 years of service to the county. She began working as a social worker and retired as the family/juvenile services coordinator in the circuit court in June. “I didn’t know where Medford was when I got this job. It has been a wonderful ride and Medford is my home now,” she said. Board chairman Jim Metz (right) presented her with a plaque in recognition of her service.
Reading time

Gilman School District Administrator Georgia Kraus reads to students in Jaime Wilson’s first grade class.
Stratford's Kamren Bornbachs looks to rush past a Mishicot defender while teammate Tanner Weinfurtner attempts to aid Bornbach's run during the WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff game on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Stratford defeated Mishicot and advanced to Level 2, which will be played this week Friday in Amherst at 7 p.m.
Abbotsford's Cooper Henrickson grabs the ball, completing an interception early in the game Friday night.
Preston Mertins, left, helped the guys take first place at the sectional meet in Black River Falls. Mertins took 11th overall, crossing the finish line in 17:51. His time helped the boys’ team earn their trip to state this Saturday.
RAIDER CELEBRATION-Marathon High School volleyball team members celebrate excitedly after winning the fourth game of the WIAA Division 3 regional final matchup with Athens on Saturday. Pictured above are, from left to right, Dana Gerschen, Bailey Seubert, Emily Kind, Julia Anderson, Amanda Kind and Morgan Rachu. Marathon defeated Athens, 3-1, to win the regional title.
FRONT RUNNERS-Athens’ Joshua Langteau and Marathon’s Xavier Lechleitner, Jordan Balz and Satchenl Beranek lead the pack of runners lead the pack of runners at the WIAA Division 3 sectional cross country meet at Erbach Park, Athens, last week Friday. Langteau won the race in 16 minutes, 49.8 seconds, and advanced to this weekend’s state meet. The Red Raiders qualified for state with a team sectional championship.
BACK AT YA-Athens’ Briana Lavicka hits the volleyball back to the Edgar side of the court after Edgar’s Melissa Urmanski attempted to send it to the Athens’s side during Tuesday’s WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal. Athens defeated Edgar in three games with scores of 25-11, 25-13 and 25-7.
CONFERENCE CHAMPS- Above, members of the Colby/Abbotsford boys cross country team pose with the first place conference trophy. They are, from left to right, starting in the top row: Logan Flink, Preston Mertins, Coach Bryon Graun, Sam Bach and Zachary Underwood. Bottom row: Issiah Meddaugh, Trevor Flick, Ricky Ortega, Alex Kampmeyer, Dillon Novak and Kolby Jensen

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Medford’s Jarod Rudolph is in the lead as he nears the two-mile mark in Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Tomahawk sectional. A few strides later, Freedom’s Sam Hinz would pass him, but Rudolph’s second-place finish was more than enough to qualify him for the state meet this coming Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids.
The unbeaten streak is over, but Saturday was still an exciting day for Medford junior runner Jarod Rudolph, who finished second in the boys race of the WIAA Division 2 Tomahawk sectional.

Obituaries

Raymond Mathias
Raymond Emil Mathias, 105, San Clemente, Calif., died on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at his home. Interment will take place in Rib Lake in spring 2015.

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