Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:31am
A Marine and Army veteran who lost his home and $10,000 worth of photography equipment in Hurricane Katrina is back in the swing of things and shooting astonishing photos locally.
Romeo Giovanni’s love of photography began as a middle schooler in New Orleans. He entered the Marine Corps in 1997...
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:25am
With cold weather right around the corner, area residents should start to think about applying for energy assistance.
Flock’s Guardians of Sparta is contracted by Monroe County to oversee the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). Energy assistance is available based on several...
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:46am
In anticipation of a downsized Monroe County Board next April, the current board will be voting on raising its per diem rate effective following the 2016 spring election.
The county’s administrative committee is offering the resolution, which calls for supervisors to receive a $10 increase for...
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:54am
In an effort to make the Bicycling Capital of America an even more bicycle-friendly community, the Downtown Cooperative has introduced the Borrow-A-Bike program.
The Sparta Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department donated a total of 10 abandoned bicycles, which the Downtown...
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:40am
Nearly two trillion gallons of water from over 12,000 wells, streams, ponds, rivers and lakes in Wisconsin were used in 2014.
That’s enough water to cover the entire state in 1.7 inches of water, according to Bob Smail, a Wisconsin water supply specialist with the DNR.
Smail was among a panel...
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:38am
Marion Brieske, front, and Cindy Frank lead the Alzheimer’s Walk in Tomah on September 15. The Tomah event was one of 28 walks in Wisconsin and 600 nationwide that are taking place between September and October. Pizza Hut provided pizza for the participants at the end of the walk. Those wishing to...
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:33am
John McDonald’s assessment of the Sparta Aquatic Center’s past season was “successful” despite a several thousand dollar loss.
McDonald, the city’s recreational specialist in charge of the aquatic center, gave a report on the facility to the Sparta City Council Wednesday.
He said the...
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:30am
A bad hook off the number nine tee might not be the only hazard Sparta residents have to watch out for on the west end of Perch Lake.
Apparently, a Wisconsin statute, ACT 71, prevents municipalities from prohibiting people from hunting on state-regulated waterways.
According to City...
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:29am
Fate, in the form of a flat tire, led Tom and Phyllis Getzinger to become the 2015 Sparta Honorary Citizens.
Pete Perkins, Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and organizer of the honorary citizen program, found the out-of-towners at the Best Western Motel in Sparta.
The couple, from...
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:21am
After more than a year, Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta has a permanent pastor.
Pastor Mark Kvale comes to Sparta from a six-year post at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in Decorah, IA.
“The call to serve as senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church is an exciting opportunity,” said Kvale...