MOSINEE - Imagine having to drive a car, brush your teeth and do all the normal things without your arms.
Jessica Cox has been doing that since birth, but that hasn't stopped her from conquering her fear.
"My greatest fear was flying. So I decided to face it head on and become a pilot." said Cox.
But it hasn't been a smooth ride her whole life.
"I was the type in junior high and high school student who wanted to blend in," Jessica said.
"Who wanted to go unnoticed, but my message now, because I've grown into an adult my confidence levels have increased, is to teach others to be confident about themselves about their difference and it's ok to be different."
That's why Jessica came to Mosinee high school Tuesday.
Student Anthony Gesick helped bring her here.
He's partially blind and is unable to operate a vehicle or fly a plane, but that's not stopping him either.
Jessica wants all the students to know they can do anything.
"I hope people can take away to celebrate differences. To realize that we are very different. We're also very similar in many ways," said Cox.
"So we all want to be accepted and we should accept ourselves. If I can fly an airplane, there's so much they can do."
Students seem to be catching on to her message.
"Don't use 'I can't' because obviously you can overcome anything you want," said Junior Mosinee High School Student, Jonah Siranni.
"You don't have to give up. Don't do it because you can do anything you want."
We talked to a Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce board member about what the future holds as they search for a new executive director almost a month after Bill Clow was let go from the position.
We'll tell you when snowmobile trails are set to open in Vilas County and what's being done to prepare for the season.
And as the World Series is taking place between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, we'll introduce you to the grandson of legendary baseball player and former Three Lakes resident Cy Williams. Hear what William's grandson has to say about his grandfather's role in World Series history.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
MERRILL - People know Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill as the place to go to get your fall season fix.
The pie makers and apple peelers come in early to crank out caramel apple pies fresh throughout the day.
When people come to Helene's, they are usually greeted by the smell of the pies before they even see them.
"I love being out in the parking lot when people step out of their cars and smell the air. It doesn't smell like a lot of other farms. It's distinctly the cinnamon sugar you smell," said Helene' Hilltop Orchard baker Olivia Telschow.
Helene's is only open for six weeks from mid-September to late October; however, Telschow works alongside her mother Helene throughout the entire year.
Even in the winter, the apple orchard is checked on.
"February is pruning season. Think of me when it's minus ten and it's snowing and windy and snow drifts because I will be out there," said Telschow.
The orchard is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 30th.
Helene's will close Sunday for the season, but pies will be available to order for Thanksgiving.
MADISON - A University of Wisconsin student charged with sexually assaulting and choking a woman is expected to face additional charges after investigators say they were contacted by dozens of other women.
Police say officers searching Alec Cook's Madison apartment found a black book with names of women he had met and what he wanted to do with them, including his sexual desires.
RHINELANDER - The finishing touches of Rhinelander's Downtown Streetscape project will include painting crosswalks, removing traffic gates, and completing sidewalks. Planting dozens of trees downtown will also help the city finish the major project.
Nationwide, "Arbor Day" falls in late April. But the city proclaimed Tuesday Arbor Day in Rhinelander.
It's a recognition of the importance trees play in finishing the streetscape project and in Rhinelander as a whole.
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