VOTE! 2018 General Election from 7 am to 8 pm

The election is TODAY! Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. Wisconsin has same day registration. IF YOU ARE IN LINE BY 8 PM, YOU ARE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO VOTE!


You can register in person at your voting place. Find your voting place here:

To register you will need proof of residence. List of accepted proof of residence documents here (a valid driver’s license counts):


What is on your ballot?

For more information:

Poll Location and Ballot information:

More info from the State of Wisconsin

More info from the City of Whitewater


Results will be posted on The Banner as they become available.

Military Veterans make great business owners- Irontek workshop, November 9

As part of Wisconsin’s Start Up week any current veteran business owner,  military veteran/active duty member or military spouse interested in entrepreneurship is invited to Irontek in Beloit Wisconsin on November 9 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Speaking at the event

  • Ana Simpson, Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center
  •  Perry Zukowski of FranNet, exploring business ownership through franchising
  • Josh Bowers;  Army Veteran and Owner of Bowers Grass Fed Beef
  • Dave Bynum;  Air Force Veteran and Owner of Party Inventory

In addition to the speakers, there will be a light snack, business card exchange and a question and answer session.

Current supporters for the event include: Irontek, Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Lab, and Veterans Business Outreach Center

To ensure your spot please register via Eventbrite via the following link.

For additional questions please contact Mike Olmsted at or Dave Bynum at


Upcoming City and Community Meetings: Week of November 5 to November 11

Operational Referendum Results Viewing – Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 7:00 pm, Whitewater Unified School District Central Office

For agenda,  

Joint Meeting – Common Council, CDA, and Plan and Architectural Review Commission – Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:00 pm, Innovation Center – Room 105A/105B

For agenda,  

Police & Fire Commission – Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 6:00 PM, Whitewater Municipal Building – Community Room

For agenda,  

City of Whitewater Common Council – Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 6:30 PM, Whitewater Municipal Building

For agenda,  

2018 Operational Referendum Summary – Voting Day is November 6, 2018

The referendum question, as it will appear on the ballot, is as follows:

Shall the Whitewater Unified School District, Jefferson, Rock and Walworth Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $2.0 million for the 2019-20 school year, by $2.8 million for the 2020-21 school year, by $3.6 million for the 2021-22 school year, and by $4.4 million for the 2022-23 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of the following:  maintaining targeted class sizes, maintaining student support and mental health services, maintaining comprehensive instructional and co-curricular programs, and maintaining technology, safety, and facilities infrastructure?

For more on the referendum from the Janesville Gazette, 

From District Administrator Dr. Mark Elworthy:

We just concluded our 33 community engagement sessions this fall. It was a great opportunity to connect with the community and share our story. Thank you to the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee for helping the District develop its story for the 2018 Operational Referendum.


If you could not attend one of our information sessions, please watch the video below which summarizes the 2018 Operational Referendum:

J. Fred Woell: An American Vision -The Life and Times of Jeweler and Political Artist

UW-Whitewater is hosting the Wisconsin Premiere of the film J. Fred Woell: An American Vision. The film will be shown Monday, November 5 at 6:00 pm in the Center of the Arts Room 30. This new feature film by Richard Kane celebrates the pioneering metal artist who created work with wit, satire, and meaning often on the dark side of history. Fred Woell was the first metals professor at UW-Whitewater and a visionary artist. This screening of the film is free and open to the public. Please join us for this important art film.

“Fantastic! … a really important film … an essential piece for American history.” Curator Barbara Gifford, Museum of Arts and Design

“insightful … informative … intelligent.” Susan Cummins, Art Jewelry Forum

“inspiring”. Stuart Kestenbaum, former director Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

J. Fred Woell: An American Vision captures the essence of this jeweler who made wearable art with a political message. a political artist who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit. As a patriot, he had profound beliefs in our democratic ideals yet saw the flaws in our politics. He used art to make satirically searing commentary often on the dark side of history. An inspiring, humble and humorous artist and teacher, Woell opened the door to a new way of seeing.


Review by Stuart Kestenbaum, former Chair of the American Craft Council:

J. Fred Woell: An American Vision is a new film by Richard Kane with Robert Shetterly (50 min., 2017) that “captures the essence of a man who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit. As an artist, he was an innovator and a rule-breaker. As a teacher, he encouraged his students to make their own discoveries. Fred … had a deep belief in democratic ideals .… While he could see the inconsistencies and flaws of his own country, he could also evoke in us our potential to make a better world. For Fred, making that better world began with his hands in the studio. In this inspiring film, we are fortunate to witness a part of that journey.” Stuart Kestenbaum is Maine’s Poet Laureate and former Chair of the American Craft Council.

For further information contact Audra Lange at 262-472-5943 or at

Scholarly Scoop: The Life of a Burial Archaeologist: Telling and Protecting the Lives of Those Once Lived

Friday, November 2 at 10:30 am

Starin Park Community Center


Peter E Killoran

This talk focuses on the work of a Burial Archaeologist; similar to those who do forensic anthropology. They deal with the legal and ethical aspects of what happens when burials that are historical and not of criminal interest are uncovered, usually individuals who have unmarked graves that are disturbed through construction or other types of development. The process involved in the legal and ethical treatment in the recovery and protection of these individuals and some of the new tools available to help us identify and document these people will also be covered.

Peter E Killoran, Lecturer, Depart. of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology.  He is an Anthropologist specializing in Forensic Science and Bio-archaeology.

Please register in advance if you will be attending by calling 262-473-0535.

WMS to host Veterans Day breakfast and ceremony

To thank you for your service and commitment to our country, Whitewater Middle School would like to invite you to join us for a special Veterans Day Commemoration.

     Who:             You

     What:            Breakfast of donuts & coffee, juice followed by a special Veterans Day ceremony

     When:           November 12, 2018

     Time:             Breakfast will be served from 7:15 am -7:45 am, the ceremony will be held from 8:00 am -8:45 am

     Where:          Whitewater Middle School (check in at the main office) 401 S. Elizabeth Street, Whitewater, WI

     Why:              To thank and honor local U.S. men and women who have served our country in the U.S. Military and National Guard

To respond, e-mail Mr. Nick Bee at or call 262.472.8327 by November 2nd Thank you & we look forward to honoring you