Downtown Sparta businesses staying

CONSTRUCTION SEASON—Corner of Union and Division St. in downtown Sparta taken 4/16/09.

Through the orange barrels, closed sidewalks, and large piles of gravel, the downtown Sparta businesses can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and are keeping a positive attitude through it all. Dollar N’ More owner Phil Potter uses the construction project to show that a big pile of dirt isn’t holding their […]

Marjorie Wiltse to retire after 35 years

After more than 35 years of teaching piano lessons to Rockford-area residents, Marjorie Wiltse will enjoy a well-deserved retirement beginning this June.  Over the course of her career, she challenged and inspired her 200+ students and instilled in each of them a lifelong love of music. Many of her current and former students, as well […]

RHS student accepted at world-renowned music conservatory

George  Goad.

Success is no stranger to Rockford High School senior George Goad, as indicated by his recent full-scholarship acceptance into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. George is first chair trumpet in Rockford High School’s wind ensemble as well as first chair trumpet in the MSBOA All-State Orchestra. In addition to his musical talents, […]

Rockford’s exchange students enjoy lunch together at Arnie’s

Exchange student in a bunch for lunch.

FAREWELL TO FRIENDS-Just a few weeks before the visiting exchange students will be leaving their Rockford homes, they enjoyed a lunch together at Arnie’s Bakery in downtown Rockford. Pictured (in no order) are Adriana Melo (Brazil), Guillermo Duran-Menendez (Spain), Andres Dominguez (Mexico), Alex Lindberg (Sweden), Doina Bejenaru (Moldovia), Lena Kleinoeder (Germany), Mariel Avendano-Garcia (Mexico), Markus […]

Vendors, craftsman needed for Sparta Art in the Park

The Regional Arts Guild in Sparta welcomes your participation in Art in the Park during the new Harvest on the Ridge Festival.  For the first year kick-off, highly reduced booth rates and no jury fee are offered. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Rogers Park on Saturday, September 26.   […]