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Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Police: Gunshots, speeding cars reported on Gammon Road

A dozen shell casings were found after reports of gunfire and speeding cars on Gammon Road early Friday morning.

Madison police were called to the 300 block of Gammon Road at 12:53 a.m. when callers reported gunshots. Witnesses told police they saw two cars speeding north, one appearing to be chasing the other.

Police said shell casings from two guns were found in the road between Mineral Point Road to just past Tree Lane.

No injuries or property damage was reported.

Lower gas prices mean more spending money

This is always a busy time of year for Mike Flint and his staff at Mallatt?s Pharmacy and Costumes.

?We have a lot of fun this time of year,? Flint said.

There?s something else for Flint and families to look forward to this year.

According to AAA, gas prices across the country are the lowest they?ve been for 44 months.� It?s been more than three and a half years since we?ve seen the cost of a gallon of gasoline less than $3.

In Madison, AAA data shows gas averages $3.16 a gallon, about 15 cents cheaper than this time last year.

?In the grand scheme of things, it's a nice little break, you know, it puts a few more dollars in your pocket when you pull up to the pump,? regional AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz said.

Jarmusz said drivers shouldn?t expect the lower prices to last forever, but with the lack of disruptions in crude oil production and exports, Jarmusz does expect the cost of gas to drop even more in Wisconsin before the new year.

Beloit Memorial tops Madison Memorial, 2-1

Ricardo Ramos and Jose Gutierrez scored three minutes apart in the second half to give Beloit Memorial a 2-1 win over Madison Memorial in a WIAA Boys Soccer sectional semifinal Thursday afternoon at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona.

Ramos scored off a corner kick in the 63rd minute, then Gutierrez put home a rebound goal in the 66th minute to give Beloit a 2-0 lead.

Teon Fountain scored in the 82nd minute for Madison Memorial.

Beloit Memorial advances to the sectional final Saturday afternoon at 5 against the winner of the Madison West - Kettle Moraine match that will be played Thursady evening..

2 Beltline construction projects nearing completion

Two road construction projects tying up Beltline traffic should be finished soon.

Officials with Wisconsin Department of Transportation said they hope the projects will be wrapped up in November.

One Beltline project stretches from Fish Hatchery Road to the interstate. DOT officials said crews are replacing six miles of concrete and making repairs to five bridges. The old pavement was 25 years old. DOT officials hope the new concrete will last at least 12 years.

This project started in April and the DOT hopes to finish it by early November.

The second project is on the Beltline from Midvale Road to University Avenue. Road crews are installing a noise wall, widening ramps and doing some electrical work. DOT officials said work is mostly complete with an end date at the end of November.

Task force will research ways to protect Madison's honeybees

A task force will research the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, which directly affects honeybees and other pollinators, in the Madison area, according to a release.

The Madison Common Council adopted a resolution earlier this month directing the Madison Food Policy Council to lead the task force, which will be composed mainly of city staff, officials said. The task force will provide recommendations to departments and the common council on local solutions to protect pollinators.

Madison?s Pollinator Protection Task Force will monitor the progress of the federal task force, use best practices to inform its work and review relevant recommendations from the federal government, according to the release.

Small, white, shaggy dog bites man on west side

A dog bit a man on Madison?s west side Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from the Department of Public Health.

The dog bit the man around 5 p.m. in the 1100 block of Merrill Springs Road, officials said. The man was jogging when the incident happened.

The dog is described as small, white and shaggy, according to the release.

Officials ask anyone with information on the incident to call 255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.