TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk's Chris Loehmer Kincaid always wanted to be an author.
But even more, she always wanted to help people in a third world country.
Kincaid want on a mission trip to Kenya in 2006.
There she experienced poverty, widespread disease, and tough living conditions.
"There was this little girl, maybe 8 or 10 years old, this skinny little thing, stark naked, she's got this dirty rag and little bucket, and she's got water in there, and she's trying to wash herself. It's like, oh, it really pulled at my heart because, how can people live like that?" thinks Kincaid.
Even so, Kincaid was surprised to find how happy and grateful people were for their lives.
Seeing how some Kenyans lived changed her outlook.
"They don't realize there's a whole nother world out there. They don't realize what they're even missing. So I think I really brought that home, and I really do appreciate everything more that I have," Kincaid says.
Kincaid started writing about her thoughts and experience in a blog.
Soon after, she started writing a book.
"This is the first book that I've written. I've always wanted to be a writer," she says.
It's called, "A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven".
The book discusses Kincaid's African trip and the inspiration she drew from God for the journey.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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