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   Discussion about the Sparta Area School District’s Advanced Placement (AP) program will be presented at the personnel and educational initiatives committee meeting this week. The topic was placed on the agenda following public input last month from a trio of parents and one student.    Parents...
      A 12 and a half hour standoff between police and an armed man on Sparta’s north side last weekend ended in the arrest of two people. Amanda L. Miller, 29, and 35-year old Andrew J. Raymer are both in the Monroe County Jail awaiting a court hearing today at 1 p.m. According to the Sparta...
   One of Sparta’s three licensed child daycares announced it's closing, leaving parents in a bind.    Childfirst, located at the corner of West Montgomery and North Black River streets, will close its doors Friday at 5:30 p.m.    The owners of Childfirst, a non-profit that owns six area daycares...
     And the Emmy goes to…Jennifer Schwarz.    Well, not just Schwarz, but the morning show team at WMAQ Channel 5, an NBC affiliate in Chicago, where Schwarz is a producer.    Schwarz, the daughter of Betty (Geier) and Richard Schwarz, both 1978 graduates of Sparta High School, is on her way to...
   No one spoke during a public hearing regarding the City of Sparta’s proposed 2016 budget Wednesday evening, and it was passed without fanfare.    The finance committee had recommended the budget for approval last month. It includes a mill rate that will go down a penny.    “In 2015 the equalized...
   What ever happened after “A Christmas Carol?” Did the lessons learned stick with old Ebenezer Scrooge? Did Tiny Tim Crachit grow up to be a happy-go-lucky, well-adjusted adult?    Well, the answers are yes, and no.    “Tiny Tim’s Christmas” is a sequel to “A Christmas Carol” and the play is...
   The injuries sustained by a baby that subsequently died Nov. 8 and his father’s version of events just did not match up, authorities contend.    Troy S. Tralmer, 26, Warrens, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide and physical abuse of a child causing great bodily harm in Monroe County...
When, Irma Keller was a little girl, she was fascinated by the fountain in front of the Public Works building in her small hometown. Years later, when she saw a picture of the Book Fountain in front of the Cincinnati Public Library, she was inspired. “I so loved that fountain as a little girl,”...
It’s definitely a new era now that hunters can register their deer online. Just ask Dennis Schnitzler, owner of Schnitzler’s Fishing, Hunting & Sports Store. In past years, the store, located on East Wisconsin Street in Sparta, was one of the area’s most popular registration stations, bustling...
         Sparta High School’s food digester project is reaping all kinds of benefits, but none more so than the enthusiasm it has garnered.    “The kids are what’s making this work,” said Chuck Amundsen, high school head custodian. “If it wasn’t for the students we couldn’t do it.”    The digester...

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