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If Sparta could build bottomless pits 2,500 years ago ...
Undrafted out of lower-division Southeast Missouri State, Connolly is the man who replaced perennial Pro Bowler Logan Mankins. For five seasons, Connolly has started almost every Patriots game.

Ann Scherer


She is survived by three sons, Bruce (Michelle) Scherer of Benton, Roy (Jody) Scherer of Sparta, Missouri, and Neal (Jodi) Scherer of Altenburg, Missouri; two daughters, Donna (Tim) Niederkorn of Millstadt, Illinois, and Cathy (Brian) Ekins of Fort Worth ...

Barbara C. Cook


MO, Shane Cook and wife, Jennifer of Lenexa, KS, Trista Markle and husband, Dusty of Sparta, MO, JeremyHearn and wife, Chelsea of Cheyenne, WY and James Stockton, Las Cruces, NM; and thirteen great grandchildren, Abigail, Luke, and Paige of Grafton ...

Cora M. (Chandler)Alexander


Cora (Chandler) Michael Alexander, age 93, of Sparta, Mo., passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. She was born March 14, 1921, in Anderson, Mo., one of 13 children of Robert and Flaua Chandler. She was a 1939 graduate of Anderson High School. In 1940 ...

Sparta Commercial Services, Inc. (OTCMKTS:SRCO)’s Another Month Of Sales Success


Sparta Commercial Services, Inc. (OTCMKTS ...
Ford dealership in Pennsylvania and John Deere dealership in Missouri were among others. The wide-ranging customer base for the company’s iMobileApp in itself is adequate to underscore the company’s ...

McCutcheon taps Benzing as assistant


The Sparta, Wis., native would ask college coaches where they ...
Opting to play at Bradley University, Benzing earned First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1999 and 2000, which conveyed just how quickly she was able to adapt to the college ...

George Shafer


and a sister, Ellen Stark of Independence, Mo.; eight grandchildren ...
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sparta United Methodist Church in Sparta. Pastor Rey Diaz will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in Leon Cemetery ...

Walmart decides against building store in Sparta; Clever store opens


In June, Sparta Mayor Mike Younker told the News-Leader the Bentonville-based company had plans for a 12,000-square-foot Walmart Express with a fuel station on the north side of Missouri 14. At the time, Walmart Express was what the company was calling its ...

Wal-Mart backs off Sparta store plans


“A fence was 35-foot off the property line. “In Missouri, fences are golden.” Sparta farmer Estep has said Wal-Mart attorneys he met with last year verbally agreed to buy his property. “If they want to miss out on the opportunity, it’s ...

Three Nixa Teens, One Sparta Teen Killed in Crash


STONE COUNTY, Mo.-- A motor vehicle accident has taken the life of three Nixa teens and one Sparta teen Nov. 26 STONE COUNTY, Mo.-- A motor vehicle accident has taken the life of three Nixa teens and one Sparta teen Nov. 26. According to the Missouri State ...




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President Obama and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro visited Phoenix, Arizona this afternoon to put a spotlight on the recovering housing sector.

Restoring security to homeownership has always been one of the President's top economic priorities, and the results are clear -- the housing market has greatly improved since President Obama took office.

The President’s push for new consumer protections and tough enforcement on abuses have given Americans more confidence in investing in homeownership:

  • Home sales are up.
  • Home building has more than doubled since 2009.
  • Home values have risen for the past three years.

But there's more work to do. Mortgages need to be more accessible and affordable for creditworthy families.

That's why today, at Central High School in Phoenix, the President announced a responsible reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mortgage Insurance Premium program. The Federal Housing Administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points, from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent.

The President’s new proposal to reduce the fees associated with buying a home would help first-time homebuyers save an average of $900 on their annual mortgage payment. More people buying homes would also strengthen the market, helping everyone who already owns a home.

In Phoenix today, President Obama explained that homeownership was a dream that should be open to all Americans. Not only will the President’s actions help numerous families realize the American Dream and get a place they can finally call home, but millions of families will save billions of dollars in mortgage payments in the coming years, helping to support and stabilize the housing market recovery.

President Obama delivers remarks on housing at Central High School in Phoenix

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Filing A Charge of Discrimination on SPARTA

If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, you can file a Charge of Discrimination. All of the laws enforced by EEOC, except for the Equal Pay Act, require you to file a Charge of Discrimination with us before you can file a job discrimination lawsuit against your employer. In addition, an individual, organization, or agency may file a charge on behalf of another person in order to protect the aggrieved person´s identity. There are time limits for filing a charge.

Note: Federal employees and job applicants have similar protections, but a different complaint process.

If you file a charge, you may be asked to try to settle the dispute through mediation. Mediation is an informal and confidential way to resolve disputes with the help of a neutral mediator. If the case is not sent to mediation, or if mediation doesn´t resolve the problem, the charge will be given to an investigator.

If an investigation finds no violation of the law, you will be given a Notice of Right to Sue. This notice gives you permission to file suit in a court of law. If a violation is found, we will attempt to reach a voluntary settlement with the employer. If we cannot reach a settlement, your case will be referred to our legal staff (or the Department of Justice in certain cases), who will decide whether or not the agency should file a lawsuit. If we decide not to file a lawsuit, we will give you a Notice of Right to Sue.

In some cases, if a charge appears to have little chance of success, or if it is something that we don´t have the authority to investigate, we may dismiss the charge without doing an investigation or offering mediation.

Many states and local jurisdictions have their own anti-discrimination laws, and agencies responsible for enforcing those laws (Fair Employment Practices Agencies, or FEPAs). If you file a charge with a FEPA, it will automatically be "dual-filed" with EEOC if federal laws apply. You do not need to file with both agencies.

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6 Tips for Managing Portion Size

Eating healthy is about enjoying your food while also managing portion size. Most people eat and drink more than their bodies need especially when they are served larger portions. So, choosing smaller portions to begin with is important for maintaining your overall health and well-being.

Here are some tips to help you manage your portion size:

  1. Measure out 1 cup, 1/2 cup, or 1 ounce of some different foods onto the bowls, glasses, cups, and plates you usually use to see what these portion sizes look like on them.
    Remember:
    • 1/2 cup = light bulb
    • 1 cup = baseball
    • 1 oz. or 2 tbsp. = golf ball
    • 3 oz. of chicken or meat = deck of cards
    • 3 oz. fish = checkbook
  2. Eat you meals on a smaller plate. The smaller your plate, the smaller your portion.
  3. Finished your plate but think you’re still hungry? Wait 10 minutes before going back for seconds. You might not want them after all. If you do go back for seconds, aim for the same balance you had with your first serving and start with veggies.
  4. When ordering at a restaurant, ask for a take-home container as soon as your meal comes. Put half of the meal in the take-home container so you’re sure to let your stomach—instead of your eyes—be your guide. Or share the meal with a dining companion. Many restaurants offer a smaller or “appetizer size” of entrees, so when a smaller portion is available, go for it!
  5. Buy or portion out treats and snacks in small, single-serving bags or packages.
  6. Check out the food label for serving size info

Try This: Small changes like these can make a big difference. Commit to making at least one change to reduce your portion sizes this week.

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