RHINELANDER - You probably already unwrapped your presents, but now is a great time to buy a new car. Sales at the Honda in Rhinelander are higher compared to this time last year. One of the reasons for the increased sales can be attributed to increased advertising.
"End of the year is a great time; it's not just the dealers that need to move as many as they can but the banks as well," says Dave Rushman, Rhinelander Honda Sales Manager. "The bank rates right now are phenomenal I mean you can get 1.9% on used vehicles even, so it is really a great time to buy at the end of the year."
Anytime you're buying a car you want to make sure it's reliable.
"Whether you're buying new or used you want to make sure you're buying from a reputable dealer that goes through the whole 120 point inspection and things like that," says Rushman. "Make sure you know there all machines that can break down but if you're purchasing a used car especially you want to make sure that you're buying from a reputable dealer that is going to take care of that vehicle not only before you buy it but after the sale as well."
Many car dealerships including Honda will offer year-end sales up until January 6th 2014.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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