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Tim Crachit (Dale Frei, left) encounters his younger self, played by Xavier Zwiefel, when Ebenezer Scrooge (Tom Houteveldt) gives the now-grown Tim a lesson in Christmas spirit. SUMMIT Spirits’ production of “Tiny Tim’s Christmas” will be performed for the next two weekends in the Sparta United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Photo by Renae Caldwell
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:46am
   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...
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:43am
   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...
Pictured is a mockup of the  proposed fountain at the Tomah Public Library.  Already named “The Wellspring of Knowledge” and designed by local artist Craig Zahrte, the fountain will consist of an original cast bronze sculpture with a water wall.
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:01pm
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,”...
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 11:56am
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...
Members of the Sparta High School Earth Club man the “disassembly line” in the high school cafeteria, separating recyclables into their proper containers.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:18am
         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...
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:10am
   Binge drinking by adults aged 18-20 is the biggest concern of Monroe County residents, according to preliminary results of a community perception survey.    The survey, which is put out by the Monroe County Safe Community Coalition, is conducted every two years. In 2013, the number one concern...
Nick Guy, 31, a Sparta native, is a professional steer wrestler who is presently ranked fourth in the world. He will compete against the best of the best in the National Finals Rodeo next month.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:09am
   Four might be Nick Guy’s lucky number, but he’s looking for Number One this year.    Guy is ranked fourth in the world for steer wrestling, and he’s headed to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas next month for the third time in a row.    The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is to rodeo what the...
Krista and Scott Perkins will face off during the Couples Game at Club 16 Dec. 5. The event is a fundraiser for the Monroe County K-9 Unit.
Monday, November 16, 2015 - 10:04am
   A really great way to get to know a pair of elected officials is coming up, and they’ll have no choice but to answer the questions they’re delivered.    In an effort to fundraise for a Monroe County K-9 Unit, a Sparta woman has decided to organize an event called “The Couples Game”, featuring...
Monday, November 16, 2015 - 10:01am
   High wind is to blame for a potentially dangerous situation involving power lines in the City of Sparta last Thursday afternoon.    Emergency officials closed off Court Street between Franklin and North Streets just before 5 p.m. because tree limbs had gotten tangled in the power lines, causing...
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 2:10pm
A bomb scare at Sparta High School Wednesday morning turned out to be a hoax. According to Superintendent John Hendricks, at about 8:45 a.m., a student reported to Principal Sam Russ that there was a threat written on a bathroom wall referencing a bomb. Staff reviewed security camera footage of the...

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