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  The Taylor County Personnel Committee met Wednesday morning, November 18th.  The committee approved the request to maintain a 40 hour per week administrative assistant position for the U.W. Extension offices.  It was noted that future state budgets may require extension agents to cover several counties which will put more demands on the support staff.  The measure now will be taken up by the county board.  The Land Conservation Department was authorized to replace a conservation technician.    Next, the joint personnel and finance committee met.  They approved creating a finance department.  It was noted that from a functional standpoint there will be no changes but now there will be a formal structure of the county finances.  The committees approved job descriptions for the finance director and accountant with an amendment to include the language “review compliance reporting for human services department” for the finance director.  That measure will now be acted on by the Taylor County Board.  




  On November 17th, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at W2581 County Road M in the town of Greenwood Taylor County. Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies, RibLake Fire Dept., Medford Fire Dept., and Medford Ambulance were dispatched.

  Upon Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies arrival, the house was fully engulfed in thick smoke. Deputies could hear a television on and could see a lamp on in what was believed to be the living room portion of the residence. Believing somebody may be in the residence deputies attempted to enter through the front door but were quickly overcome by dense smoke and zero visibility. Deputies also forced open the back door and attempted entry again but were overcome by the smoke once again.  Deputies’ yells into the residence were met with no reply.

  Once Medford and RibLake Fire Departments arrived on scene fire department personnel made entry into the residence and extricated one unresponsive male victim. The victim, identified as 77 year old Leroy H. Thieme was later pronounced dead at Medford Aspirus Hospital.

  Cause of the fire has not yet been determined, investigation is pending




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