New pool, old bridge among 2015 stories

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Staff | January 5, 2016

From high-profile court cases to a tornado touchdown, news events and features on people in Walworth County captured readers' attention in 2015. Here are some of the most-viewed online stories on

2015 top-read news stories:

Jan. 6. A bridge between U.S. Highway 14 and Wisconsin Highway 67 in the town of Sharon deemed unsafe could remain closed for years in a dispute over repairs and funding:

Jan.28. The father of the 14-year-old town of Sharon boy suspected of fatally shooting his 11-year-old friend in the head, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a child (In March he was sentenced to a year's probation):

March 3. A bomb threat written in the bathroom at the Williams Bay High School caused students and staff to be evacuated:

April 15. VIP Services in Elkhorn hosted a stop on the Green Bay Packers' Tailgate Tour, letting local fans meet and greet current and former players:

Aug. 19. Utility and public works crews cleaned up storm damage ranging from damaged buildings to downed trees after the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in the town of Lyons on Aug. 18:

Aug. 20. The former Waal's Department Store on the square in the village of Walworth was demolished to make way for a Wisconsin Department of Transportation planned reroute of U.S. Highway 14 that's now in limbo:

Oct. 11. Elkhorn police believe two men found dead of gunshot wounds in a house in the city died in an apparent murder-suicide:

Oct. 14. A Lake Geneva couple were sentenced to a year in jail after being found guilty of abusing their six adopted children from Russia and Guatemala:

Nov. 27: The Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit members and local authorities said they discovered a small methamphetamine lab in the home of a 31-year-old Bloomfield man, who was charged with possessing and manufacturing meth:

Dec. 11: After a formal complaint last year from the Freedom From Religion Foundation over its location, Elkhorn's Nativity scene moved from the county-owned square to a local church, about a block away:

2015 top-read features:

Jan. 4. Walworth is working to keep its downtown alive despite a planned state transportation project that would cut into its village square and a number of vacant downtown storefronts:

Jan. 15. A 144-year-old Delavan lumber business is sold, but keeps its local connection:

Feb. 18.A Delavan father and son turned the city's first Mexican grocery store into a thriving restaurant, while becoming a community anchor in the process:

June 7. Their heyday was the 1950s, but drive-ins and car-hops can still be found in the area:

June 23. A newly renovated public pool opened at Sunset Park in Elkhorn, the end result of a referendum issue that seemed to divide city council members and residents:

Aug. 11. The death of a longtime Elkhorn farmer and Korean War veteran drew notice from the VetsRoll organization:

Aug. 14. With its lighted boat parade and scenic backdrop, the 53-year-old Venetian Fest in Lake Geneva still brings in the crowds:

Sept. 20.For the village of Williams Bay, downtown isn't just a place, but a state of mind:

Sept. 24. Elkhorn Area High School All-Sports Booster Club held its first Hall of Fame ceremony, honoring nine members, including athletes, coaches and a journalist:

Sept. 29. A Delavan couple who lost their daughter to suicide hosted the first Out of Darkness Walk in Walworth County in her memory to raise public awareness of suicide:

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