Saturday, October 24, 2020

downtown Sparta

Sparta’s Five Shovelmen (plus one) pose on the Love Lock Bridge in downtown Sparta after its dedication ceremony last Friday. They included, from left, Jerry Kast, Reinhard Mueller, Al Jenkins, Jim Cook, Kerry Schumann and Honorary Shovelman Abernnabi Bendris. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 10:41am
In what is becoming a frequent event, the city of Sparta last Friday celebrated the dedication of a new bridge compliments of the Five Shovelmen. The Love Lock Bridge, which spans Beaver Creek in downtown Sparta, was the sixth bridge built by the Shovelmen, who are led by Sparta businessman...
Workers set a trench box on the Morrow Home construction site on South Water Street north of the current facility. Herald photo by Nate Beier
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 9:55am
Morrow Home CEO Dan Meyer was hoping for little more of a ceremonial kick off  to the Sparta senior care facility’s new $12 million project but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented it. Instead, construction on the project began earlier this month with only the sound of heavy equipment to herald its...
Sparta’s Five Shovelmen, plus one, took a break from working on their latest project, a new Love Lock Bridge in downtown Sparta, to pose for photo. They include, in front, from left, Jerry Kast, Al Jenkins, Reinhard Mueller, Jim Cook and Kerry Schumann. In back is Abdennabi Bendriss, who volunteered to help the crew. Contributed photo
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 10:11am
Anyone strolling through Sparta and glancing down at Beaver Creek will notice the absence of the Lovelock Bridge but the presence of a familiar group of volunteers creating their latest masterpiece. Sparta’s Five Shovelmen, led by Reinhard Mueller, removed the old arched, wooden viaduct on May 15...
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,...

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