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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:34am
   A 23-year old Cashton man is in custody after allegedly shooting his mother Wednesday evening.             Authorities received a call reporting a shooting in the Village of Cashton at 6:12 p.m. Upon arrival officers and Cashton First Responders located 50-year old Terri Keepers with a gunshot...
A Sparta photographer who used the Mary Morrow Bridge as a subject, fast-tracked his way up a photo-sharing contest website. This is a color version of the entry that is making waves. Photo courtesy of Romeo Giovanni
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...
Kim Johnson, left, and Doug Flock are the owners of Flock’s Guardians in Sparta, which contracts with family care organizations in the area to provide services to the disabled and mentally ill. Deanna Zanon, right, oversees the energy assistance program.
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...
Sparta’s Borrow-A-Bike program is a partnership between the Downtown Cooperative and the city. The county also was involved in donating some bikes. The program encourages people to use bicycles placed at various locations in the downtown and return them to their original location.
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...
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 donate to the Alzheimer’s Association can still do so by accessing its website at alz.org/walk.
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...
Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors named Tom and Phyllis Getzinger of Silver Lake, OH, Sparta’s 2015 honorary citizens. The couple is holding hard hats as they embark on a tour of the Monroe County justice center, along with chamber ambassadors and past honorary citizens.
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...

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