Sparks on Parade
Thousands turned out in Victorian Square Saturday afternoon for the Sparks Hometowne Christmas parade presented by Intuit, as floats and bands and youth groups marched in the 25th anniversary event.
Unemployment rate drops to lowest since 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate, which has refused to budge from the 9 percent neighborhood for two and a half frustrating years, suddenly dropped in November, driven in part by small businesses that finally see reason to hope and hire. Economists said there was a long way to go, but they liked what they saw. The rate fell to 8.6 percent, the lowest since March 2009, two months after President Barack Obama took office. Unemployment pas...
O Christmas Tree
SPARKS — Thousands turned out for the city’s tree lighting ceremony in Victorian Square Friday night, which marked the official kickoff of the 2011 Sparks Hometown Christmas celebration, presented by Intuit. The 58-foot Christmas tree, an annual gift from Sparks’ sister city, Garibaldi, Ore., on Monday morning was hoisted into its customary spot in front of Saint Mary’s Amphitheater at the intersection of Victorian Avenue and 10th Street. Caro...
Planning Commission bids farewell to two long-serving members
SPARKS — Two members of the city’s Planning Commission termed out Thursday night following a regularly scheduled meeting. Commissioners Scott Barnes and Mitch Nowicki were honored for their service and dedication to the city. Each concluded their second four-year term, but a stipulation could keep either around for another term. If less than three candidates submit their names to replace either Barnes or Nowicki, it is possible either or both ...