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Lowell and Sparta Area Schools chosen as finalist to compete for up to $25,000 Grant

Lowell and Sparta Area Schools chosen as finalist to compete for up to $25,000 Grant

Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community. Lowell Area Schools and Sparta Area Schools were recently named as finalists to receive consideration for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant. Lowell and Sparta Area Schools are two of 19 finalists in Michigan.

“We received so many outstanding applications from rural school districts across the county,” said Deborah Patterson, President, Monsanto Fund. “The finalists truly went above and beyond what was expected and stand out as top tier choices.” 

More than 61,000 farmers shared their passion for rural education by nominating more than half the eligible school districts. Finalist schools were chosen for their program ideas and funding needs. Lowell and Sparta Area Schools also benefited from community support through numerous farmer nominations which strengthened the respective districts’ application.

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Big Band & Wind Orchestra to perform in Rogers Park

Big Band & Wind Orchestra to perform in Rogers Park

The Big Band & Wind Orchestra of Angelschule from Osnabruck, Germany are headlining July 25th's installment of the Concerts in Rogers Park series. The band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at 75 N. Union Street, Sparta, MI.

Rogers Park's weekly concert series continued last Wednesday with Lazy Blue Tunas who entertained the crowed with hits from the 50s and 60s.

This free, family-friendly series will continue every Wednesday at the same time and place through August 22.

UPDATE: Deputies to reopen M-37 after crash

UPDATE AT 4:20 P.M. (WZZM) -- The driver of the motorcycle involved in the accident, a man believed to be from out of state, was air-lifted to an area hospital with serious injuries. He was the only person on the motorcycle.

The truck driver, a male, was also alone during the accident and was not injured.

UPDATE AT 4:07 P.M. (WZZM) -- Deputies expect to reopen M-37 at 10 Mile Road NW to traffic around 4:45 p.m. Thursday after an accident involving a truck and a motorcycle.

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies have closed off part of M-37 on the Sparta-Alpine township line due to a crash involving a motorcycle and a truck.

The accident happened around 3:15 p.m. Thursday on M-37 at 10 Mile Rd. NW.

At least one person was injured in the crash, and an Aero Med helicopter has been flown to the scene to carry the victim to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

Sparta Cares About Students

Sparta Cares About Students

On June 30, the Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) wrapped up another year of providing the “extras for education” to Sparta Area Schools. Grants have been provided, through the support of many individuals and local businesses, for over 20 years since 1991. “The Sparta Education Foundation will continue to look at the changing needs of students and educators, and work with a community that cares for, and supports, these young people,” Julie Anderson, retired teacher and recently elected SEF president commented.

Fighting for a cure for Huntington's Disease

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Huntington's disease patient has no finish line for their disease. It slowly kills your brain function, leaving you unable to do simple tasks like put on your own cloths or recall a memory, has no cure.

To find a cure the Mikula family holds an annual race to raise money for the disease. This year the lawn mower race was held at the Sparta airport with many supporters racing around the track for a cure.

Huntington's is hereditary through family's DNA. Children have a fifty-percent chance of developing the disease.

Jim Mikula already lost more than half of his family. Six of nine people have died from the disease. One of his brothers currently developed the symptoms. Those symptoms start with anxiety, an odd walk, falling, speech, and memory problems.

They hope the more than ten thousand dollars they raise every year will help researchers find a cure.


Farm equipment sparks hay field fire

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sparta Fire Department Deputy Chief Dick Simons says that a hayfield fire in the 9200 block of Fruit Ridge Avenue Saturday began when farm equipment used to cut straw hit a stone, causing a spark that ignited the field.

The fire began around 11:45 a.m. and burned about five to six acres of hay, but no one was hurt. Firefighters believe that West Michigan's recent dry conditions helped fuel the fire.

Within minutes of fire crews leaving the scene, dirt was being laid over the burnt straw.