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City outdoor eating park gets makeover

Volunteers paint picnic tables for a new outdoor eating area in downtown Whitewater open through Oct. 31.

Ben Yang, Journalist

August 31, 2020

The recently-opened outdoor eating park in downtown Whitewater received a makeover by community members and organizations who came together to paint picnic tables in the area Friday, Aug. 21. Participants who aided in painting the picnic tables include the Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce, the Whitew...

New Whitewater bookstore features unique look

Brenda Echeverria, Arts & Rec Editor

April 3, 2019

Behind the large, heavy glass doors of an old historic city bank sits The Book Teller, Whitewater’s newest used book and hand-crafted gift store. It is located on West Main Street and will be having a ribbon cutting and open house event at 1 p.m. April 6 to celebrate. Karen McCulloch, the lead artist at Th...

Rick’s Eastside Pub & Grill wins best bar honor

Rick's Eastside Pub & Grill wins best bar honor

Dylan Piccolo, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2019

In a college town, the best bar is often the one where good alcoholic drinks are the main feature. It’s actually quite the contrary here in Whitewater. For the 2019 Best of Whitewater edition, the best bar winner is Rick’s Eastside Pub and Grill. Rick’s has been a staple of the Whitewat...

SweetSpot captures coffee title

SweetSpot captures coffee title

Carli Pope, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2019

The SweetSpot is on the top of the coffee world in Whitewater. The local café and bakery was recently given the Royal Purple Best of Whitewater 2019 award for best coffee. The SweetSpot is a family-run, community focused business. The owners, the mother and daughter team of Karen Moline and Lac...

Council approves fare increase for Whitewater taxi service

Nicole Aimone, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2019

The City of Whitewater Common Council voted to approve an increase in riding fares for a shared ride taxi program hosted by the city. The biggest hikes come to agency fares, which are fares paid for by social-service agencies in the area, which will increase from $6.50 to $9.50. There is also a ...

Whitewater Main Street Festival supports one final cause

Whitewater Main Street Festival supports one final cause

Brenda Echeverria, Arts & Rec Editor

February 25, 2019

The Whitewater Main Street Festival committee has announced that the festival will come to an end. The festival, which first started in 2014 as a way to support the arts in Whitewater, was able to award several artistic merit awards to local students throughout the years with the funds it raised...

Parking rule could lead to drunk driving

February 11, 2019

It’s all fun and games until someone decides to drive home. In the City of Whitewater, it is illegal to park on city streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31 every year. In theory, these winter guidelines make sense. If there is snow overnight or early in the morning, it makes sense to ...

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

Shannan Lojeski, News Editor

February 4, 2019

The City of Whitewater Police Department (WPD) swore in a new officer, Aleksandar Marjanovic Jan. 3. Officer Marjanovic is 24 years old and has a degree in Healthcare Administration from UW-Milwaukee. Before choosing to work in law enforcement, Marjanovic worked at Blount Orthopedics in Milwaukee ...

The new and improved Bark Park

The new Bark Park opened June 13 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and treats for owners and pets.

Shannan Lojeski, Assistant News Editor

September 18, 2018

   City of Whitewater officials and community members marked the June 13 opening of the new “Bark Park” with the slice of a ribbon.    Bark Park, located on the corner of Jefferson Street and Starin Road, was previously home to Industrial Park. At the new-and-improved park, community members can bring their p...

Council discusses higher fines

Killian Jauch, News Editor

September 10, 2018

The City of Whitewater Common Council might decide to raise fines and fees for using false identification, being intoxicated in public or carrying illegal substances. During its first meeting of the month Tuesday, Sept. 4, the council members addressed a proposal to increase financial penalties for...

Student fills vacancy in Whitewater Common Council

Nicole Aimone, News Editor

July 25, 2017

The City of Whitewater swore in its newest Council Member for Aldermanic District 2 on July 18. James "Jimmy" Schulgit, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, replaces James Langnes as the alder for Whitewater's District 2. Langnes resigned from the Common Council in May. Schulgit...

Multiple events cultivate stronger sales

This graphic shows how some local businesses were impacted by several events over this past weekend, including Spring Splash, State Solo & Ensemble and several sporting events.

Brad Allen, Biz & Tech Editor

May 3, 2017

Rainy weather and every student residence being on lockdown did not deter an economic boost for some local businesses. This wasn’t the first time, either. In the March 8 edition of The Royal Purple, it was reported that last year’s Spring Splash event cultivated an increase in sales for many lo...

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