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Sparta High School Graduation Ticket Information

Sparta High School Graduation Ticket Information

Thursday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. - Senior Bash immediately following

Important High School Graduation Tickets Information:

  • Each graduate will be provided with up to 8 tickets.
  • 200 additional tickets will be made available via lottery for graduates requesting more than 8 tickets.
  • 50 tickets will be made available for SHS undergraduates. These tickets will be distributed on a fi rst come/fi rst serve basis. Seniors are encouraged to have their undergraduate friends make reservations.
  • 50 tickets will be made available for the general public, These tickets will be distributed on a fi rst come/fi rst serve basis. Non-family members are encouraged to reserve tickets.
  • Tickets reservations can be made by seniors or parents/guardians beginning on April 10, 2012. Please contact Mrs. Marilynn Bitely at SHS (616-887-8213, ext.5). Tickets will be available for pickup after May 8, 2012.

Golfers Get Ready!!

Golfers Get Ready!!

What does a golf cart, beautiful Friday afternoon outside, and mingling with friends all have in common?  The Sparta Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing on Friday, August 17, 2012!

Tee Off at 10:30 am, lunch at the turn, and prizes!  Only $50 per person or a 4 player team with sponsorship is only $275!  A great afternoon of raising money for the Sparta Chamber events and networking on the golf course!

Click Here for registration

Scholar Athlete of the Week - Brianna Stechebar

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM)  WZZM and Meijer are pleased to recognize Sparta High School sophomore Brianna Stechebar as our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of March 12th.

Brianna is an outstanding young gymnast having finished third in the Level 8 all-around competition for gymnasts age 15 and older. She placed first in the uneven parallel bars and aspires to compete at Michigan State University after finishing high school. Brianna has a 3.7 GPA and is interested in becoming a veterinarian.

WZZM and Meijer salute Brianna and wish her continued success!

To nominate a scholar athlete candidate click here.

Brush Pick Up

From: http://spartami.org

We will again be picking up brush starting the week of April 2, 2012. Brush will be picked up the FIRST FULL WORK WEEK of each month.

BRUSH MUST BE CURBSIDE BY 7:00 AM MONDAY of the week brush is to be picked up. Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, not in the street, with cut ends going the same direction.

Monthly brush pick will end the week of October 1st.

Just a reminder – The Village does NOT pick up leaves, Garden waste or grass clippings. Village residents can drop these items and their brush off at the Village of Sparta DPW at 276 W. Division Street. ID’s may be checked before you unload.

If you have any questions please call The Village Office at 887-8251 or the DPW at 887-9303

Man charged with deadly Sparta fire

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) The man accused of starting a deadly fire Monday in Sparta appeared in court to face charges Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Piranian, 62, is charged with 3 counts including felony murder, arson and aggravated assault.  He told Judge Sara Smolenski that he has been in the area 3 months; that he was from Portland, Maine and is a retired social worker.

Piranian was renting a room at the Sparta home on Vinton Avenue. Witnesses and investigators say Piranian had an altercation with the owner, Paul Preston and his live-in caregiver, Vanessa McCarty.

Men charged with massive Ponzi scheme

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) Two West Michigan men are now formerly charged with what the State Attorney General's office calls the the largest Ponzi Scheme in state history.

Investigators allege Jeffrey Ripley, 59, of Sparta and Danny Lee VanLiere, 60, of Grand Rapids defrauded at least 140 victims of approximately $9 million by selling fake securities.  The Attorney General's office says the two men allegedly promised high returns on money invested, but never delivered.  

In court today investigators say the victims include doctors, dentists, preachers and even a state lawmaker.

Investigation revealed that victims were allegedly defrauded of amounts ranging from $3,000 to $600,000 each. Authorities say most of the victims are elderly and include two women and a man from Ottawa County.

Boarder accused of setting deadly rooming house fire

Boarder accused of setting deadly rooming house fire

 SPARTA, Mich. - (WZZM) - A tenant in a Sparta rooming house is accused of deliberately starting a fire that killed another resident in a basement bedroom.

Witnesses and investigators say 62 year old boarder Michael Piranian had an altercation with the owner of the home on Vinton Avenue and his live-in caregiver.

"He was beating on my dad's caregiver," explains homeowner Paul Preston's daughter,  Emily Preston. "My dad jumped on his back to get him off. The guy turned around and started attacking him."

Investigators believe Piranian then set the house and stairs to the basement on fire.

"It was an arson," confirms Undersheriff Jon Hess of the Kent County Sheriff's Dept.