WAUSAU - The last thing a parent wants to hear is their child's school could possibly close, but that's what one alternative school in northern Wisconsin is facing.
Students and teachers at Storefront Learning Center in Wausau are livid.
Their alternative high school could possibly close if they don't get the funding to keep their doors open.
The could happen as soon as June.
The North Central Community Action Program funds the school.
They had a lot of budget cuts, but unfortunately Storefront was apart of it.
The director of Storefront Learning Center, Mary Jaax, has been working there for over 40 years.
"Our budget is very minimal. So to be told there's not enough money to run this program, it was very disappointing and very surprising because if you don't educate children, it will cost way more" Jaax said.
Their main concern is to make sure the students graduate at the end of the year.
Students like Austin Betts feels more comfortable at storefront than any other high school.
"I think just like the relations with everybody. The teachers are a lot more close," said Betts.
"You can talk to the teachers pretty much about anything. Just the comfort ability here, I feel a lot more welcomed."
The school has approached some of the local foundations who are willing to help them out.
Storefront will do everything they can to raise money to keep the school running.
If the school does close, the director says she will do her best to work with public school system to get them into another alternative school.
Yesterday two people safely escaped a fire that badly damaged a house in Sugar Camp. It turned out that a cat could have been a victim, but the cat was rescued by a firefighter. We'll bring you details and show you the cat that was slightly injured and is recovering.
We'll tell you about a Plaza that might be built in Boulder Junction.
And you'll hear from the Rhinelander city clerk on preparations for early voting which begins this Friday.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
TOWN OF LITTLE RICE - Dennis Schoeneck's pickup truck sloshes through muddy logging roads these days. But he'd prefer it if a much larger truck could even make it down the path.
"Heck, I think you could spit and make mud here," the Enterprise Forest Products owner said Tuesday morning.
Foot-deep ruts make up most of the logging road leading back to 23 acres of private land the long-time logger harvests in the western Oneida County town of Little Rice. Schoeneck started logging professionally in 1979 and says 2016 has been "exceptionally wet" compared to any other year.
"The old adage, make hay while the sun shines, that's not just for farmers," Schoeneck said. "That's for us too."
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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