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City manager’s absence still unexplained

City manager’s absence still unexplained

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20241 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Where did Saugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise go? Council and staff have been mum on his whereabouts since naming planning and zoning head Ryan Cummins interim manager Feb. 6 at a special meeting. “Ryan Heise,” said…

Douglas FY planning Fixing roads, water won’t come cheap

Douglas FY planning Fixing roads, water won’t come cheap

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20243 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas City Council planned to explore engineering firm Prein & Newhof’s assessments of road and water infrastructure needs. City manager Lisa Nocerini said doing so would help budget planning for fiscal year 2024-25. Because Monday was…

City manager’s absence still unexplained

City manager’s absence still unexplained

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20241 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorWhere did Saugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise (left photo) go? Council and staff have been mum on his whereabouts since naming planning and zoning head Ryan Cummins (at right) interim manager Feb. 6 at a special meeting.“Ryan Heise,”…

Ganges body ID’d as Chicago man

Ganges body ID’d as Chicago man

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20241 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorPolice have identified a body that washed up on a private Ganges Township beach Feb. 14 as belonging to Elijah Ramone Cooper, 21, of Chicago.Cooper, identified by dental records, had last been seen Nov. 15, 2023.The Allegan County…

Washington St. receives Literacy Leader Award

Washington St. receives Literacy Leader Award

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20244 min read

Students at Washington Street Elementary select books at an event last year. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Grand Rapids-based organization TalentFirst announced the first recipients of its Literacy Leader AwardAnd Otsego Public Schools’ Washington…

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Sports

Saugatuck starts fast and cruises past Fennville

Saugatuck starts fast and cruises past Fennville

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor FENNVILLE—On Saturday, Feb. 17, Fennville hosted its 13th Annual Never Forgotten Games to honor the memory of Wes Leonard and raise money for the Wes Leonard Heart Team.As always, Saugatuck was the opponent.And for that, Saugatuck…

Otsego bowling finishes regular season

Otsego bowling finishes regular season

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor KALAMAZOO—It was a busy weekend for the Otsego bowling teams.The Bulldogs took part in the Wolverine Conference Championship at Revel & Roll on Friday, Feb. 16, before participating in the Southwest Michigan Conference Championship the following…

Allegan girls beat Coloma, Black River

Allegan girls beat Coloma, Black River

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor COLOMA—Make it three straight wins for the Allegan girls basketball team.The Tigers traveled to Coloma on Friday, Feb. 16, and cruised to the 62-27 victory to complete the season sweep of the Comets.Eight of the nine…

Bulldogs finish strong, eliminate Section in regionals

Bulldogs finish strong, eliminate Section in regionals

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20243 min read

Branaviyun Story finished the night with 5-points and 9 rebounds. Vedarrian Story led the way for the Dogs with 25-points. Dra Vines dropped in 11-points, with 3 steals and 4 boards. By Pamela Whitlow Friday afternoon the LaFayette High School…

Paw Paw boys defeat Three Rivers

Paw Paw boys defeat Three Rivers

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent PAW PAW – Paw Paw’s boys basketball team defeated Three Rivers 81-55 to improve to 9-12 on Feb. 19.Paw Paw had quarter leads of 15-8, 35-17 and 60-33.“Paw Paw came out of the gates hot and continued…

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Columns

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorTransitionsThe Black Death is back, and about time too. Guess who caused an Oregon man last week to be diagnosed with bubonic plague?Illegal immigrantsThe cancel cultureBiden, Trump, Fauci or some other popular scapegoat currentlyHis catCat owners can’t be…

Humor: MARDI GRAS

Humor: MARDI GRAS

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20243 min read

HOW does this mean good luck?! You never know what you’ll see in Walmart The staff put on a parade Last week Mardi Gras rolled into the Old Folks Hotel. I’ve been all over the world (that’s an exaggeration, I…

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20243 min read

Presidents’ Day has come and gone but I can’t help but reflect on two of my favorites, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.Washington was our first president. He led an army of rag tag colonists of victory over the well-trained, formidable…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20243 min read

Step back in time to midsummer in Paris, 1945. After five years of German occupation, the war in Europe had ended. Paris had been liberated the previous August.At first the city was full of joy again. Despite the Bavarian corporal’s orders,…

Maggie’s Pantry

Maggie’s Pantry

Editorial StaffFebruary 14, 20242 min read

By Maggie ConklinCheesy GarlicBiscuitsI tripped over an old recipe card given me by a coworker more than a decade ago. Now, I try to eat healthy and refrain from fatty breads, but we were going to a potluck and this…

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Obituaries

Obituary: Pete Hepp

Obituary: Pete Hepp

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20241 min read

Pete Hepp, 64 Pete Hepp, 64 of Alabama passed away Feb. 3, 2024. He was a 1977 graduate of Saugatuck High School. Shortly after graduation he moved to Alabama. In 1986 Pete married the love of his life, Patti. He…

Obituary: Nancy J. (Lechler) Mendonca

Obituary: Nancy J. (Lechler) Mendonca

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20242 min read

Nancy J. (Lechler) Mendonca passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 16, 2023, at age 75. Nancy’s kindness, generosity, love and patience touched many people throughout her life and is irreplaceable to all. She had a special ability to be in the moment…

Obituary: Phyllis Ann Moored Drozd

Obituary: Phyllis Ann Moored Drozd

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20243 min read

Phyllis Ann Moored Drozd 91, a life-long resident and business owner of Allegan County, died on Feb. 14, 2024, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 26, 1932, to Edward and Wilma (Busfield) Moored. In 1953, she married…

Obituary: Judy Ellen Shumaker

Obituary: Judy Ellen Shumaker

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20243 min read

Judy Ellen Shumaker, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 15, 1943, to Larry and Mary Flegal in Mishawaka, Indiana, and spent her…

Obituary: William Jene Martinez

Obituary: William Jene Martinez

Editorial StaffFebruary 21, 20242 min read

William Jene Martinez, a man of analytical mind and adventurous spirit, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2024, at the age of 67. Born on November 14, 1956, in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Nestor and Wilma (Spencer) Martinez. William’s life was…

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