• Chester Bridge at Sunset
    Chester Bridge at Sunset

    The Chester Bridge is the gateway to and from Missouri. It is the only motor-traffic bridge between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.

    Principle Photography Courtesy of Christopher & Stephanie Martin. Used by Permission.
  • Rustic Barn
    Rustic Barn

    A relic of a bygone era near Wine Hill.

  • World Shooting & Recreation Complex
    World Shooting & Recreation Complex

    The World Shooting & Recreation Complex near Sparta. The Complex is home to the Grand American Trap Shoot each summer, which attracts shooters and visitors from all over the world.

  • Boating on the Kaskaskia River
    Boating on the Kaskaskia River

    Thousands of pleasure boaters and fishermen pass through the Kaskaskia River Project's Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam each year to visit the ports of Randolph County.

  • Fall Festival
    Fall Festival

    The Annual Fall Festival Parade in Coulterville.

The Sparta Community Airport (KSAR) has been in existence for about 60 years, providing numerous benefits to the surrounding area- both in the aviation community as well as the non-flying public.

Airport of the Year Award


The businesses on the field help to support and grow the airport, and the airport helps to grow the businesses. Arch Air Ambulance has a helicopter base at the south end of the field, and provides life-saving services to the immediate area. Their geographic position in Sparta is critical to their response time to a patient, as well as their ability to access smaller hospitals in the region - and the larger facilities in St. Louis.


Sparta Aero Services, Inc. is integral to the Airport's operation. They are contracted not only to provide FBO services, but to manage the airport as well. The staff at Sparta Aero oversee the day-to-day operations at the airfield, maintaining the facilities and ensuring safety. They also coordinate maintenance & construction projects with the Airport Board, Engineers, Contractors and State/Federal Agencies. As for the FBO services, Sparta Aero provides fuel sales, aircraft rental, flight instruction, aircraft sales, a full-service aircraft maintenance shop, and oversee the leases for the 30+ aircraft that are based at KSAR.


2017 Aviation Awards 10 Sparta Hunter Field Scott Marquardt Ken Martin Steve Long 640x401In addition to the daily activities, Sparta Aero always welcomes local daycare, primary, and college students for an educational field trip opportunity. They also host several community 'Fish Fry's' throughout the year, as well as their big annual (and free) 'Flight Fest' in the fall that draws hundreds of spectators and other pilots. The Flight Fest is a great opportunity for the general public to get up-close-and-personal with their local airport and pilots. There are food vendors, craft vendors, local businesses, activities for the kids, and even Young Eagle rides.

KSAR is a great stop for student pilots from all directions. The airport is used daily by the students at SIU- Carbondale, Parks College, SWIC, Airgo out of Centralia, and of course by the students at Sparta Aero. The airport has a 4000' paved runway, but is very proud of it's nearly 3000' turf runway that gives pilots the opportunity to practice take offs and landings on a 'soft field.' Many pilots take advantage of KSARs location as a lunch stop or as an overnight stop on a X/C trip. The area around the airport has dozens of restaurants and several hotels to fill those needs. Each Memorial Day, a group of volunteer pilots gather at KSAR to perform a fly-over for memorial services at a large local cemetery. In addition, the Sparta Training Area, an Illinois National Guard Base is a mere 1/2mi to the west of the airport, and hosts/fuels many of tIMG 0035 640x443he helicopters when needed.


If the present day activities weren't enough, KSAR maintains the historical importance of aviation days gone by. The Sparta, IL area was host to the 'Hunter Brothers.' True Barnstormers of the 1920s and 1930s, the Hunter Brothers taught themselves how to fly, entertained crowds, and are most famous for pioneering the concept of aerial refueling, in which they stayed aloft for approx. 23 days straight in 1930. They were also good friends with Charles Lindbergh, who would frequent the Hunter's house for Sunday dinners, as legend has it.


The Sparta Community Airport, and the businesses based here, continue to grow and remain viable thanks to exceptional planning, management and oversight. The benefit to the area is very evident when looking at the airport's activities as a whole.


Respectfully,
Scott Marquardt
Manager, KSAR

 

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Violence Prevention Awareness Month

OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH


WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.


If you are in immediate danger, please:

  • Call 911

  • Contact your local toll free hotline: 800-924-0096 or https://www.vpcswi.org/

  • Call the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or TTY 1-800-787-3224

  • Call, text or chat Love Is Respect—the U.S. National Teen Dating Violence Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453, text "loveis" to 77054 or live chat at http://www.loveisrespect.org

  • Call the U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), which automatically connects you to a local U.S. rape crisis program based on the area code of your phone number


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN ILLINOIS

• In 2014,almost 65,800 intimate violence incidents were reported to Illinois law enforcement. Many others went unreported.i
• In between July 2013 and June 2014, there were 84 domestic violence-related deaths in Illinois, including 15 children.ii

• 26.9% of domestic violence homicides were committed with firearms, significantly less than the nationwide rate.iii 

• Illinois has strong laws to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence from gun homicides, including:

* prohibiting people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking from owning firearms
* prohibiting abusers subject to temporary protective orders from owning firearms requiring perpetrators to actively relinquish weapons to a ‘qualified person’
* requiring firearms purchasers to first obtain a permit from the state. A purchaser must pass a background check
* before being issued a permit.iv


DID YOU KNOW?

• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.v
• On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, an average of close to 15 calls every minute.vi
• Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.vii
• The presence of a gun in the home during a domestic violence incident increases the risk of homicide by at least 500%.viii
• 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female.ix


i Illinois State Police (2015). Crime in Illinois: 2014. Retrieved from http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/cii/cii14/cii14_SectionII_Pg243_to_248.pdf.
ii Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2014). FY14 domestic violence homicide report. Retrieved from http://www.ilcadv.org/HomicideReportFY14.pdf.
iii Center for American Progress and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (2014). Fact sheet: Illinois domestic violence and guns. Retrieved from https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/CAP-DV-IL-copy.pdf.
iv Ibid.
v Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M. (2011). The national intimate partner and sexual violence survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf.
vi National Network to End Domestic Violence (2015). 2014 domestic violence counts: A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services. Retrieved from http://nnedv.org/downloads/Census/DVCounts2014/DVCounts14_NatlSummary_Color-2.pdf.
vii Truman, J. & Morgan, R. (2014). Nonfatal domestic violence, 2003-2012. Retrieved from http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ndv0312.pdf.
viii Campbell, J.C., Webster, D., Koziol-McLain, J., Block, C., Campbell, D., Curry, M. A., Gary, F., Glass, N., McFarlane, J., Sachs, C., Sharps, P., Ulrich, Y., Wilt, S., Manganello, J., Xu, X., Schollenberger, J., Frye, V., & Lauphon, K. (2003). Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multisite case control study. American Journal of Public Health, 93(7), 1089-1097.
ix Violence Policy Center. (2012). American roulette: Murder-suicide in the United States. Retrieved from www.vpc.org/studies/amroul2012.pdf.

 

Randolph County Walk-In Flu Clinics

 

Randolph County Health Department 2018 Walk-in Flu Clinics

The Randolph County Health Department (RCHD) will partner with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Randolph County to provide flu clinics. The RSVP sponsored by Western Egyptian EOC will assist the RCHD with volunteers.

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Randolph County Animal Control

The phone number for Randolph County Animal Control is now 618.826.5484 option 0.

Gov. Rauner Launches 24/7 Helpline to Help Illinoisans in Crisis

ILOpioidOverdoseHelplineEarlier this month, Governor Rauner and members of the Opioid Overdose Intervention and Prevention Task Force launched a statewide Helpline to provide immediate assistance for those affected by addiction to opioids and other substances.

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2017 Airport of the Year

The Sparta Community Airport (KSAR) has been in existence for about 60 years, providing numerous benefits to the surrounding area- both in the aviation community as well as the non-flying public.

Airport of the Year Award


The businesses on the field help to support and grow the airport, and the airport helps to grow the businesses. Arch Air Ambulance has a helicopter base at the south end of the field, and provides life-saving services to the immediate area. Their geographic position in Sparta is critical to their response time to a patient, as well as their ability to access smaller hospitals in the region - and the larger facilities in St. Louis.

Read more ...