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'You never know when it's going to be your last day'
Nov 28, 2014 • Springfield News-LeaderShe did not know Lance D. Porterfield, 19, of Sparta, the fourth person who died. He also was involved in ... According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the pickup was southbound on Pleasant View Road, just south of O Highway west of Highlandville ... More
Top Five things to do this weekend
Nov 28, 2014 • Belleville News DemocratSnow hit the metro-east Wednesday and covered grassy surfaces and some concrete surfaces as well. Here, a Nutcracker on the arches welcoming patrons to the German Christmas Market stands guard at Belleville's Public Square. The Christkindlmarkt - as ... More
Cross country qualifiers ready for hilly state race
Nov 5, 2014 • USA TODAY High School Sports“Springfield Lake is my home course and that's one of the hilliest courses in Missouri,” Raynor said. “Running out there in Jeff ... She will contend in Class 1 against her fellow Christian County residents from Sparta, who qualified as a team. Sparta ... More
Catholic cross country runners OK with second place
Nov 8, 2014 • USA TODAY High School SportsJEFFERSON CITY – A runner-up Class 2 team finish at the Missouri State Cross Country Championships didn't seem like it at all Saturday for the Springfield Catholic boys team. Naturally, the Fightin' Irish would have preferred winning their first state ... More
Why Trojans? Shouldn't Sparta's mascot be Spartans?
Jul 24, 2014 • Springfield News-LeaderAfter all, reader Betty Ridge asks, it's Sparta High School in Sparta, Missouri. Shouldn't the mascot be the Spartans and not the Trojans? Even worse, aren't the Spartans and Trojans of Greek mythology mortal enemies? Like the feuding Hatfields and ... More
High school senior gets early start to college at OTC
Oct 5, 2014 • Springfield News-LeaderHayley Peryer wanted to get a head start on her college career while attending Sparta High School. So, when she learned of Ozarks Technical Community College's Dual Credit program, she jumped at the chance and is taking college math online and an ... More
Ozark Fire Dept. stands by same-sex benefits decision despite court ruling
Oct 12, 2014 • KY3Earlier this month a Missouri judge said the state has to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states or countries, but the Ozark Fire Protection District Board says it plans to keep its current policy. "Our Lawer told us that until ... More
Ozark, Glendale advance in district volleyball
Oct 21, 2014 • USA TODAY High School SportsThe Sparta Trojans cruised on their home floor in the Class 1 District 7 championship, beating School of the Ozarks 25-13, 25-12. Eminence will play host to a Class 1 sectional tournament Saturday that will feature Sparta, Winona and Billings, which ... More
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