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Incumbent Ron Button and challenger Bruce Humphrey both survived Tuesday’s primary election for Sparta mayor. Voters cast 446 ballots for Button, giving him almost 46% of the vote. Humphrey garnered 36% of the vote with 356 ballots cast in his favor. Challenger Ted Radde finished a distant third ...
   The Sparta Police Department is investigating reports of people being drugged while at a downtown bar last Saturday evening.    About half a dozen people believe their drinks may have been spiked on February 13.    Police received information that someone put a “date rape” drug in people’s...
   The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) granted the City of Sparta a water rate increase, though a much smaller increase than what the city had requested.    Last fall, the city sought approval from the PSC for a 7% rate increase, though it was fairly certain that percentage would not be...
   Two more City of Sparta employees have announced their retirements.    Director of Public Works Lynn Jerome will call it quits next January 6 after 31 years with the city, and Deputy City Clerk/Block Grant Coordinator Jeanne Sue Choutka will retire a day earlier on January 5 after 20 years with...
   The Sparta Board of Public Works denied a claim for damage as a result of a flood in 2014.    The Neimeier & Sullivan-Flock Law Office at 101 N. Water St. and Kenton LLC/John Wickland, owner of a building at 101 S. Water St., filed claims totaling $24,000 for damage each property owner...
   Sparta Area School District students are on pace to get done with school on June 9 – one day later than anticipated,    School was called off entirely on three separate occasions so far this school year for inclement weather. There also have been two days in which school started two hours late...
Navy Yeoman Second Class Petty Officer Jordan Guevara isn’t in the most hospitable area for a U.S. serviceman, but she’s where she wants to be. The 27-year old, 2006 Sparta High School graduate wakes up these days in Camp Resolute Support, a NATO Coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan. She arrived...
Tomah Mayor Shannon Hough resigned during a closed session during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The resignation comes on the heels of an investigation into allegations Hough made against City Administrator Roger Gorius, concerning a “heated” argument the two had in Tomah City Hall last month....
   The Sparta Area School District is exploring a new option offered under the SAGE program.    SAGE is a program that helps keep class sizes low in an effort to reduce the achievement gap. It stands for Student Achievement Guarantee in Education. Elementary class sizes must be kept at 18 students...
   The third in a series of paintings focusing on Sparta’s bridges is now complete.    The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce commissioned Black River Falls-based artist Susan Renae Sampson to continue the series, which was started several years ago by The Greenery.    The bridge series features four...

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