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RACINE – No one was injured in a garage fire that happened at a residence located at 5226 Marboro Drive Thursday night.

The Racine Fire and Racine Police departments were called at 11:15 p.m. to a report of a garage fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters had to use multiple lines to put out the fire.

David and Shalanda Bedford own the home. The garage fire started near an interior west wall in the garage, but the cause is under investigation.

The estimated loss is set at $45,000. The garage was turned over to the Bedfords.

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Work continues on many WisDOT road projects both in the city of Racine and adjacent to the Foxconn site.

Looking for a job or want to improve your employment skills? There are a ton of jobs open right now in the area. Check out our employment page. There is also a job festival from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. Want to learn more about unemployment in our area? Check out this story on unemployment and the labor force participation rate.

By the way…

Racine County Eye just received a grant to pay for mobile technology platform to reach readers that may not have access to the internet. The reason why this technology is important is that we know a substantial number of people in our community own cell phones, but don’t have internet access. This will help us reach an entire audience that currently don’t get the news.

In a few weeks we’ll be able to send text messages around certain topics. We plan on using this technology in the news gathering process and to distribute information to readers. Topics can range from job listings, construction updates, events, police news, or election updates. But we’re also looking for input on what information you’d like to see us cover. Email your ideas to

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.