LAKE TOMAHAWK - Taking care of vision shouldn't be a tough task. If we can't see clearly, it's just a matter of visiting the eye doctor. For some people it's not that simple.
People go without clear vision all over the world. The Lions and Lioness Club in Lake Tomahawk is doing their part to give people the gift of sight.
At the Raymond Sloan Community Center, it's about seeing clearly.
Lake Tomahawk's Lions and Lioness's Club has helped thousands of people's vision, worldwide. Dave Johnson has been here since 1997.
"When we found out they needed clubs to do this, our club went into it whole hog. We started out with a few guys doing it, now we got everyone involved. Almost the whole club works at it sooner or later."
The Lions camp in Rosholt Wisconsin recycles about a million pairs annually. It's the club's job is to clean up the mess.
And once the eye-glasses are sorted the Lions' and Lioness' write new prescriptions.
Thousands of hours are devoted to keep this train rolling. But delivering the gift of sight makes it all worth while.
"It doesn't cost a penny to do this, just our time. And that's what's so great about it. That's how you improve lives. That's what Lionism is all about."
- We take our Long Summer Weekend to Tomahawk to bring you the following stories:
We talk to the Tomahawk School District superintendent and a parent about how the district is getting input from the community regarding an application for a state grant for security upgrades in their school.
We'll show you how the Tomahawk Clay Busters youth team is teaching kids trap shooting and gun safety at an early age.
And the Tomahawk police chief is staying loyal to the Pittsburgh Steelers even here in Packer country. We'll show you how the avid Steelers fan exhibits his support for his team and talk to him about how it's being received by the community and his wife...who is a Cowboys fan.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more on our Long Summer Weekend tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live,
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MERRILL - Three years ago, Lincoln County got good news.
The federal government planned to spend $1.5 million to help give rural parts of the county broadband internet access. It was part of Frontier Communications' agreement to accept $283 million for broadband expansion nationwide.
But then, the contractors, equipment, and better internet were slow to arrive.
Now, Frontier is finally at work, but plenty of people are still waiting anxiously for their high-speed connection.
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