Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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It was another successful Jingle Bells Telethon Saturday night, with the pledged amount of donations reaching more than $85,000. "That was the amount at the end of the telethon," said Mike Schreiner, a Jingle Bells Foundation member and one of the event organizers. "But we typically raise more than the amount announced on-air because donations are still coming in." In fact, donations to the foundation come in throughout the year, said Schreiner, who was pleased with how everything turned out this year.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Dec. 10 Suspicious vehicle, person sleeping car, Highway 29 N. Motorist assist, as caller started driving, she said her back window broke, it appeared something hit her vehicle, County Road 82 SE. Property damage crash, report of van that bumped into another vehicle, Arrowwood Lane NW.
A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred Saturday, Dec. 8, in Alexandria. Zachary Gordon, 29, of Alexandria, was apprehended Monday afternoon. Authorities say additional arrests are expected as the Alexandria Police Department continues to investigate. According to Police Chief Rick Wyffels, at approximately 9:46 p.m. Saturday, the department received a call that a male had been shot on the 400 block of Elm Street.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Dec. 7 Vehicle in the ditch, report of truck in the ditch, South Lake Jessie Road SE. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 18 NE, Dog Wood Road NE. Suspicious person, report of male who seemed intoxicated, driving southbound.
Although donations and pledges were still trickling in at the close of the Jingle Bells Telethon Saturday evening, the Jingle Bells Foundation was close to reaching its $90,000 goal. The 70th annual event, which took place Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Lake Geneva Christian Center, featured 40 different acts including dancers, singers, musicians and tons of other fun.
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday night. According to Police Chief Rick Wyffels, at approximately 9:46 p.m. the department received a call that a male had been shot on the 400 block of Elm Street. The victim, whose name is being withheld at this time for safety reasons, was taken to Alomere Health for his injuries.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, Dec. 5 Suspicious activity, caller reported an air compressor was left in the neighbor’s yard. Suspicious activity, caller reported items from shop were thrown all over the yard. Noise complaint, caller reported neighbor’s music is too loud and is doing it on purpose, Osakis.
Joy Wrolson isn't new to directing, but she's making her directorial debut at the Andria Theatre Thursday with "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Wrolson, the theatre's box office manager, has directed plays in Kansas, California and in Zimbabwe. "I had a Fulbright Hays Fellowship in 2004-05 for dissertation research and during that time, I taught at the University of Zimbabwe in the Theatre Arts Department," she said. "I directed in Zimbabwe twice for the Harare International Festival of the Arts."
Despite bitterly cold winds Saturday evening, hundreds of people walked through The Living Nativity at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. "We had a great turnout this year," said Greg Tvrdik, First Lutheran's director of church administration. "We counted 328 people during the walk through from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., and 385 cars that came through the drive-through portion." Around 1,400 people were estimated to have viewed the nativity scene this year.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Dec. 3 Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 21 SW, Long Lane Lane SW. Theft, report of the theft of a cell phone. Property damage crash, minor crash, 8th Street W., Douglas Avenue.