Samantha West, Post-Crescent Media

Samantha West

Post-Crescent Media

Appleton, WI, United States

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Past articles by Samantha:

Kimberly, Neenah school districts now requiring masks this fall as region's COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Administrators at both districts said the change became necessary due to the community's recent surge of COVID-19 cases. → Read More

Two new members have been appointed to Appleton School Board. Here are the details.

A former Democratic state assemblywoman and a longtime educator will join the Appleton School Board. → Read More

Appleton School Board reverses previous decision, will require masks

The vote followed nearly two hours of public comment, and came after more than 100 protesters gathered outside the district's downtown offices. → Read More

Green Bay police urge public to avoid 'active incident' around 1400 block of South Oakland Avenue

Parts of South Oakland Avenue and 9th Street are blocked off because of an "active situation" in a Green Bay home on Sunday afternoon. → Read More

Over 500 parents press Appleton Area School District to require masks this fall

The petition comes a week after state Superintendent Jill Underly urged schools to require masks as the delta variant picks up speed across the U.S. → Read More

Rain dampened Mile of Music's return after last year's COVID cancellation — but it was still good to be back

Despite on-and-off rain on Saturday and Sunday, Dave Willems is confident Mile of Music 8 was a resounding success. → Read More

To mask or not to mask? The latest from Fox Valley school districts as the school year approaches

While all districts have pledged face-to-face school this fall, mask and other safety guidelines differ from place to place. → Read More

Oshkosh Area School District makes masks optional as it prepares for full year of in-person classes

The announcement comes as COVID cases climb in Winnebago County and Oshkosh Area School District boundaries. → Read More

Here's what you need to know about changes for Mile of Music 8

"This will be a different year," Dave Willems, the festival's co-founder and executive producer, cautioned fans earlier this summer. → Read More

An expert's guide to Mile of Music 2021: How to make the most of Appleton's annual original music festival

If you're a Mile of Music newbie, the sprawling music festival may seem daunting. So, we asked a local expert for tips and tricks to have a good time. → Read More

Neenah School Board makes masks optional unless COVID-19 'incidents' force mandate

The new plan gives Neenah administration the ability to make masks mandatory if "incidents, prevalence and/or transmissions" of COVID-19 are high. → Read More

Appleton School Board member Barry O'Connor resigns, joining Gary Jahnke

Appleton School Board member Barry O'Connor has resigned from his post, becoming the second to do so in less than a week. → Read More

Appleton School Board makes masks optional for school year

The school board voted 4-2 Monday night to make masks optional, following administrators' recommendation. → Read More

Appleton School Board member Gary Jahnke resigns, effective July 31

At a meeting set for Monday night, the six remaining board members will formally approve Jahnke's resignation. → Read More

Neenah school board keeps mask requirement for unvaccinated students, rejecting administration's proposal

Students and staff will need to provide proof they're vaccinated if they want to ditch their masks, unless they're outside or more than 6 feet apart. → Read More

24% of Appleton area high school students failed at least one class last semester

Broken down by grade level, 18% of 12th graders, 27% of 11th graders, 29% of 10th graders and 23% of ninth graders failed one or more classes. → Read More

Appleton School Board moves to rename Lincoln Elementary in honor of Ron Dunlap

Lincoln Elementary will be renamed the "Ronald C. Dunlap Elementary School, Home of the Lincoln Lions" after the Appleton School Board's 4-3 vote. → Read More

YMCA of the Fox Cities to expand after acquiring Valley Fitness & Racquet in Fox Crossing

The new location will be named the Ogden Family YMCA Fitness & Tennis Center in honor of the family's donation to make the acquisition possible. → Read More

Chris Matheny selected to be Fox Valley Technical College's next president, replacing Susan May

The next leader of Fox Valley Technical College already knows a thing or two about the college and its community. → Read More

Mile of Music is officially on for downtown Appleton. Here's what you need to know.

The massive music festival will return Aug. 5-8 and feature nearly 650 live music sets at indoor and outdoor venues across downtown Appleton. → Read More