RHINELANDER - Monday night could prove to be a big night for the Rhinelander Girls Basketball team. No they were not playing. The Hodags have a new head coach.
Rhinelander Athletic Director Charlie LeHam was searching for a new coach. Last month, Mark Jacobson stepped down after one season.
LeHam recommended former Northland Pines boys coach Ryan Clark. The recommendation was given to the school board. The board met in a closed door session. That is standard with the district. Clark was also recommended for a teaching position in the district. After the closed door session, the votes were made. The board unanimously approved Clark for both positions.
Clark coached for 8 seasons at Northland Pines. After getting reinstated for one season, Clark decided to step down back in March.
He said it was a family decision.
We'll have more on the Clark hiring tonight on Newswatch 12 at 6pm.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
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