LINCOLN COUNTY - Lincoln County wants to know how clean your school or workplace is. Now, they'll have the money to find out.
Wisconsin Public Health gave the Lincoln County Health Department the CHANGE grant. Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation, or CHANGE Grant, focuses on improving health in five areas, from schools to community organizations. They will then take the data to see what can be improved.
"We're going to kind of create that little action plan to help maybe get some programs in to help improve the community. That's our ultimate goal," says Wendy Hilmershausen, CHANGE Project Manager.
The grant was awarded for 10,000 dollars. Part of the money will go to funding those programs. The entire process is in its first month.
"This grant will be for six months. It will take about a month or two to collect our information. It will take another couple months to get the information together, to present it, and then we'll be going on from there," says Wendy Hilmershausen.
Lincoln County was one of only 12 counties to receive the grant throughout the state.
ONEIDA COUNTY - Back in November, a 20-year-old Rhinelander man drove and crashed his car after a night of drinking, killing his best friend in the passenger seat.
That driver will now spend nine months in jail.
Randall J. Lego was sentenced in Oneida County Court on Friday.
He faced two charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
According to court documents, Lego's car hit a power pole on River Road just outside Rhinelander.
The passenger, 23-year-old Jacob Juedes, was dead at the scene. Juedes was a husband and father of a young daughter.
Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Patrick O'Melia said it was a tragic set of circumstances.
"The only aggravating factor here, and when I say that I don't mean to diminish the loss here, but is the result of this accident," O'Melia said. "That is the only thing that is not in your favor, which is the result of the action and the permanency of it."
Some witnesses testified to Lego's character and pleaded with the judge to not give jail time.
But, Judge O'Melia sentenced Lego to nine months in jail and seven years probation.
"There's a lot of people in the community who have strong feelings about what should happen," O'Melia said. "But the court can't sentence on community anger or community empathy."
Lego must also complete 200 hours of community service, for which Judge O'Melia wants Lego to speak to kids and teens about his experience.
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