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Simplee Delicious, a new family-style restaurant serving southern comfort food in downtown Sparta, recently opened its doors for carry-outs and deliveries. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 9:53am
Mi’Cheal Minor and her family have been cooking together for as long as she can remember. Those experiences have left Minor and her parents, Stephen and Teresa Latimer, and her three sisters with enough memories to last a lifetime. But Minor is intent on making more memories in the kitchen, and...
Artist Norb Brown, right, presented Sparta community activist Reinhard Mueller with a painting of the Five Shovelmen Bridge at an unveiling Wednesday at Ginny’s Cupboard in Sparta. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 10:42am
Local artist and business owner Norb Brown expressed his gratitude for one of Sparta’s biggest supporters the best way he knows how – with his art. Brown held an art unveiling at Ginny’s Cupboard in downtown Sparta Wednesday evening, where he presented Reinhard Mueller with a painting of one of...
Rachelle Witherow, owner of Speckled Hen Paint & Create Studio offers customers a non-judgmental space to nurture their creativity. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:00am
Speckled Hen Paint & Create Studio, located in what was formerly Grantie Anne’s Studio in downtown Sparta, is now open. Owner, Rachelle Witherow, believes if a person can envision it, they can create it and she is ready for Speckled Hen to be the go-to destination where community members can...
Dancers at Sparta Dance Academy rehearse in the new space. Contributed photo.
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:44am
Kristine Silvernail, owner and director of Sparta Dance Academy, has a broad knowledge and deep love for dance, having been a dancer herself since she was 3-years-old.  Silvernail attended Orlando Ballet, American Ballet Theater and worked as a dancer in numerous shows at Walt Disney World in...
Visitors to Kriskindlmarkt in downtown Sparta’s Mueller Square took advantage of new fire table to keep warm last weekend. Dozens of vendors will be offering their wares at the German-style holiday market during its final weekend, beginning this Friday evening. Contributed photo
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 9:04am
A full line-up of performers and activities are scheduled for closing weekend of Sparta’s annual outdoor Holiday market. On Friday,  Dec.  13 the Sparta High Vocal Jazz Ensemble and SHE take the stage from 6-7 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the Sparta Area Theatre and Arts Guild (SATAG) appearing as...
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 10:12am
The 5th annual Sparta Kriskindlmarkt kicked off on Friday, Nov. 29th with opening remarks from the event’s founder, Reinhard Mueller, and Mayor Kristen Gust.  Both touted not only the Holiday spirit the market brings to the downtown area, but also the sense of community and the volunteer spirit...
In the last few weeks, volunteers from the Sparta Kiwanins Club checked and readied over a half mile of Holiday lights for the 5th annual Kriskindlmarkt, a traditional outdoor European-style market, set to kick off on Friday, Nov. 29 in Mueller Square and on the Water Street Bridge in downtown Sparta. Pictured, from left, are Paul Oswald, Mike Bernath, Neal MacCallum and Jim Moorehead. Contributed photo
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 9:48am
The fifth annual Kriskindlmarkt kicks off at 4 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 29 (Black Friday) with a brief opening ceremony in downtown Sparta.  Volunteers have been hanging garland, stringing lights, and generally decking the halls, preparing the market’s chalet-style booths for the stream of crafters,...
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 9:11am
The 5th annual Sparta Kriskindlmarkt is set to kick off on Friday, Nov. 29 in Mueller Square and on the Water Street Bridge in downtown Sparta. The magic of the Holiday season will once again come to life as this traditional outdoor European-style market will be open for three consecutive Fridays...
Freelance artist Julie Freyholt (on the lift) and her assistant/mother Ginny Vornholt, make progress on a downtown Sparta mural being painted on the wall of the former Denton's Hobby Shop. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:32am
With the first of three planned murals almost finished on a downtown building, Sparta is looking more and more like the Bicycling Capital of America. Julie Freyholt, a freelance artist from Madison, and her assistant/mother, Ginny Vornholt of Danville, Ind., were well on their way Wednesday to...
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:32am
With the April 2 nonpartisan election still over five months away, Sparta business woman Kristen Gust is the first candidate to file candidacy papers for Sparta Mayor. Current Mayor Ron Button's term will expire in April and he has indicated he won't make a decision on seeking re-election until...

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