WAUSAU - Some kids made sparks fly at Northcentral Technical College Saturday.
75 Kids participated in the Get S.M.A.R.T program.
It gave them hands on experience in welding, machine tool, graphics, electronics and other trades.
"We got students that are late elementary and they're just getting exposed for the first time. And then we've got those seventh and eighth graders that have really been able to apply what they've learned in some of their tech ed courses at school," said Dan Nowak, the Dean of K-12 Programs at NTC.
Teachers and Northcentral Tech students showed kids how to operate the machines.
It was the first time many of students got to learn about these trades.
"A lot of these schools, they don't have this type of equipment where they get to experience. And when they come out to the tech that gives them a feel of "wow, this is cool, this is something that I might want to do. You know, I never got that experience until I was later in high school," said Alison Williams, a welding student.
Kids got to weld their initials, smiley faces and they even made grasshoppers to take home.
"We just took a piece of circular metal and then we used the welder and made two dots, some weird nose and then a line for the mouth," said Asa Rich, a Get S.M.A.R.T. participant.
This was the fifth year the school held the Get S.M.A.R.T program.
But this year, kids had more options to choose from.
"We introduced graphics this year. And we're also introducing health components as well," said Nowak.
An opportunity for kids to get a jump start on their careers.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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