• 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.

  • 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.
  • State Recreation Area
    State Recreation Area

    Enjoy camping, hiking and fishing at the Randolph County State Recreation Area.

  • Spring at the Confluence
    Spring at the Confluence

    Spring and the midday sun at the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers.

  • Farm Bureau President
    Farm Bureau President

    Richard Guebert, Randolph County resident and President of the Illinois Farm Bureau, speaks to a Chester Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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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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.

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Administrative Order No. 17-CA-6

ORDER

Effective August 1, 2017, pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(b) all judicial mortgage foreclosure sales shall be conducted by the Sheriff of Randolph County, Illinois, except by leave of Court.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Dated: July 17, 2017

Enter: Richard A Brown, Circuit Judge

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