Lakeshore News

UW Manitowoc to Hold Athlete Preview Day

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Blue Devils Athletic Department will host prospective student-athletes and their parents on Sunday, April 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for Athlete Preview Day.

High school juniors and seniors interested in playing intercollegiate athletics for the Blue Devils are invited to this informational event to be held in the campus’ Hillside Hall and gym, 705 Viebahn Street, Manitowoc. Parents are encouraged to attend with their son or daughter.

The event will include: informational presentations led by Blue Devils coaches, campus tours, open gym and pizza with the coaches. Current student-athletes will also be available to answer questions.

Reservations for Athlete Preview Day can be made by contacting Neil Hall, UW-Manitowoc athletic director, at (920) 629-2724 or

UW-Manitowoc competes in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference. The campus currently offers women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s tennis. For more information, visit the web at


Community Events, Lakeshore News, News Around the World

4 Tips for Saving Money This Spring

1. Spring Cleaning Deals: April showers help to wash off the winter, but they won’t do a deep clean. Home improvement and big box retailers hold big weekend home sales featuring savings on spring cleaning supplies and tools, vacuums, shopvacs, storage bins, garage organizers and car wash and waxes. Smart shoppers will seek out B1G1 deals on cleaners and heavily discounted bulk paper towels and rags that will last through summer.

2. Spring Apparel and Gear: New seasonal spring apparel gets a second go around and better pricing compared to late March, with a range of 20-40% off top name-brand clothing, activewear and running shoes from stores like Nike, Under Armour and Adidas. Outdoor sports stores such as REI, Cabela’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods display deep discount pricing on the latest sports and outdoors gear for baseball, golfing, hiking, cycling, fishing, hunting and camping

3. Lawn, Garden and Patio Needs: Stores like Walmart and Sears rain down timely savings on outdoor spring essentials by offering seasonal deals on lawn and garden needs. Expect 10-30% off lawn seed/fertilizers, landscaping/mulching, perennial bulbs and plants, shrubs and trees and many high-quality tools and equipment to help DIYers do the work. Other home maintenance sales include savings for paint, deck and siding cleaners, washers, hoses and sprayers.

4. Mother’s Day Sales: Some folks find hidden savings from spring sales as they shop for mom. April can present better over-all savings (vs. May) on jewelry and luxury apparel accessories like handbags. Spring sales also offer some of the lowest prices ever on last year’s health juicers, coffee makers, cookware and small kitchen appliances. Local deals from Groupon and Living Social offer great savings alternatives for moms with up to 50% off coupons at restaurants, spas, fitness classes, auto-detailing and spring house cleanings.


Country News

Chris Stapleton & Kelsea Ballerini Are Big Winners

The Academy of Country Music has announced its winners in the New Female Artist, New Male Artist and New Duo/Group categories for its 51st Academy of Country Music Awards presentation, coming up on Sunday, April 3.

The winners are, respectively, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton and Old Dominion.

New Male Vocalist

Chris Stapleton
Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice

New Female Vocalist

Kelsea Ballerini
Mickey Guyton

New Vocal Duo or Group

Old Dominion
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae

This year marks the first ACM wins for all three artists, who are nominated for additional ACM awards when the ceremony takes place at the Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, co-hosted Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

The live broadcast will be held at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.



Kyle Busch Racing Trucks This Weekend

Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch will make the first of four scheduled Camping World Truck Series starts this season on Saturday afternoon in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch’s last race in the Truck Series was last fall in New Hampshire, where he finished eleventh. His most recent start at Martinsville came in October 2011, when he ran second to Denny Hamlin – who was also driving a Busch-owned entry. In addition to this coming Saturday’s race on the Virginia half-mile, Busch will drive the Number-18 Toyota in Charlotte on May 20th, Kentucky on July 7th and Bristol on August 17th. Although Busch has not personally won a Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, Kyle Busch Motorsports has four victories there … two apiece for Hamlin and Darrell Wallace Junior.


Country News

New Kenny Chesney Single – Listen Here

Kenny Chesney released his new track called “Noise” on Thursday, March 24th.  Kenny says the song perfectly captures the frustration of modern life, full of distractions, endless rushing and attention seeking.

“Sometimes you know you’ve got something so timely, so right then, you have to grab it,” he explains. “It seemed like everywhere I turn, everywhere I go, there is so much stuff coming at you. Your phone, your car, on the streets, on TV. Everywhere it’s just so loud, so much, so many different things—all pushing buttons, being sensational, shouting for attention. You can’t escape it, and you can’t turn it down.”

His new album has yet to be announced, but he hopes to get it into the hands of fans this spring.

Take a listen to the song here:



NASCAR is Back This Weekend

Following an off-weekend to mark the Easter holiday, two of NASCAR’s three top national series are back in action this week. Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series teams head to Martinsville Speedway for a doubleheader April 2nd and 3rd. The X-FINITY Series remains idle until the April 8th O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway … Joe Gibbs Racing is off to a flying start in 2016. In the Sprint Cup Series, Denny Hamlin won the season-opening Daytona 500 and Kyle Busch has opened defense of his 2015 championship with top-five finishes in four of the first five races. Hamlin, Busch and Carl Edwards all presently reside among the top five in the Sprint Cup Series standings … In the X-FINITY Series, J-G-R’s Daniel Suarez sits atop the early-season standings with a ten-point advantage over Elliott Sadler. He’s notched top tens in all five of his starts so far, including a runner-up showing to Busch earlier this month in Las Vegas.


Country News

Little Big Town Teams Up with Justin Timberlake

Pop singer Justin Timberlake has teased a new collaboration with Little Big Town, with an Instagram “behind-the-scenes photo” of a songwriting session.  The caption reads “NBD [no big deal] . . . Just writing with Little Big Town. This band is the truth! So good!”

Little Big Town reposted the photo with a caption of their own, writing “Just some good ol’ Tennessee folk hanging.”

No other details of the song they were working on have been revealed. If it becomes a country single, it wouldn’t be Justin’s first. Following his wildly popular rendition of “Drink You Away” on the 2015 CMA Awards with Chris Stapleton, the song hit Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in February, peaking at No. 60.


Country News

Blake Shelton Suing In Touch Weekly

Blake Shelton is suing InTouch Weekly over an article which claimed the signer was headed for rehab following his divorce from Miranda Lambert.

In September, the story made many allegations that Blake said are just not true.  Blake swears he’s never been to rehab, hit rock bottom, has a drinking problem, slurs his words when drinking, etc.

Blake is reportedly seeking $2 million in damages for the false story, claiming it had negative effects on his career.


News Around the World

Comedian Garry Shandling Dead at 66

Garry Shandling, is dead at the age of 66.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reports they received a call at 10:40a.m. on Thursday on the street where Shandling lives in Brentwood. An adult male was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Shandling started out as a writer on Sanford and Son in the ’70s, before moving into stand-up comedy. He performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and guest-hosted the late night program several times.

He won numerous awards & received Golden Globe nods.



NASCAR Penalties

Danica Patrick of Stewart-Haas Racing has been fined twenty thousand dollars and placed on probation for the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as a result of her actions last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. After contact from Kasey Kahne sent her into the wall and out of the Auto Club 400, Patrick walked onto the apron of the track and gestured at Kahne as he passed by – which drew a “Behavioral” penalty from the sanctioning body. Patrick is currently twenty-ninth in the point standings through the first five races of the season with a best finish of nineteenth at Phoenix International Raceway … Kyle Busch drew a ten thousand-dollar penalty and was placed on probation for four races after skipping post-race media obligations last Saturday following his second-place finish (to Austin Dillon) in the X-FINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway … NASCAR also issued written warnings to six Sprint Cup Series teams for a variety of rule infractions. The list of drivers whose teams were affected includes rookie Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard from Richard Childress Racing, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing, and Michael McDowell from Circle Sport-Leavine (la-VINE) Family Racing. Kenseth’s Number-20 J-G-R team received two written warnings, both for pre-qualifying violations. Of that group, Edwards had the best finish in the Auto Club 400 – seventh place.