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STR freeze talk may draw heat

STR freeze talk may draw heat

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20248 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck short-term rental discussions may come to a head Thursday, Feb. 29, when city council weighs placing a 6-month moratorium on new rental licenses in the R-1 Residential district. Council’s workshop last Wednesday brought a spirited…

Manager, missing 3 weeks, resigns

Manager, missing 3 weeks, resigns

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20242 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise has resigned for “personal reasons and opportunities for professional development” on heels of an unexplained three-week absence. “It became widely known six months ago,” said Mayor Lauren Stanton, “that Ryan had…

Otsego seeks development ideas for Elks Lodge

Otsego seeks development ideas for Elks Lodge

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20242 min read

The City of Otsego is accepting development proposals for the old Elks Lodge at 113 S. Farmer St. By Aaron MitchellOtsego City Manager The City of Otsego recently has taken possession of the former Elks Lodge located at 113 S.…

BookshelfBandits winBattle of the Books

BookshelfBandits winBattle of the Books

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20241 min read

A total of 26 teams representing elementary schools in Plainwell, Otsego, Hopkins and Martin participated in the annual Battle of the Books competition at the Plainwell Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 24.And it was the Bookshelf Bandits from Plainwell’s…

B-I-N-G-O

B-I-N-G-O

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20241 min read

The Lifelong Learners, a group for senior citizens sponsored by the community education departments from Otsego and Plainwell, held its most recent event on Thursday, Feb. 15. Attendees played bingo in addition to enjoying refreshments and prizes. (Photos provided)

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Sports

Saugatuck clinches division crown

Saugatuck clinches division crown

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor SAUGATUCK—One of the goals the Saugatuck girls basketball team set for itself this season was to win the SAC Central championship.The Trailblazers can cross that item off their to-do list.Controlling the tempo of the game from…

Martin girls beat Delton to return to winning ways

Martin girls beat Delton to return to winning ways

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20243 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor MARTIN—Having dropped six of their previous eight games, members of the Martin girls basketball team were hoping to get back to their winning ways against Delton on Friday, Feb. 23.And the Clippers did just that, shaking…

Otsego edges past Plainwell for conference title

Otsego edges past Plainwell for conference title

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20243 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor OTSEGO—For the second year in a row, the Otsego boys swim & dive team claimed the Southwestern and Central Michigan Conference championship.Not that it was easy.The Bulldogs, who finished in three-way tie for first place with…

Gobles eighth-grade girls triumph

Gobles eighth-grade girls triumph

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent GOBLES – The eighth girls basketball team is at 4-5 with 21-13 win at home v. Delton-Kellogg last week.The Tigers came out pressing and playing tough defense and fell behind 2-4 after the 1st quarter then after…

Bulldogs capture regionals, but fall short in Final Four

Bulldogs capture regionals, but fall short in Final Four

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20243 min read

Branaviyun Story All-Tournament Team De’Aundra Vines All-Tournament Team MVP Vedarrian Story Congratulations LaFayette Bulldog Basketball Team 2A Northeast Regional Champions! By Pamela Holloway Last Wednesday the Bulldogs traveled back to Jacksonville State University for the AHSAA 2A Southeast Regional Championship…

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Columns

Maggie’s Pantry

Maggie’s Pantry

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20242 min read

By Maggie ConklinMonte CristoMonte Cristo is the name for a grown-up grilled ham and cheese sandwich on steroids. It is an Americanized term for what started in France (of course) as the Croque monsieur, loosely translated as “crunchy gentleman.”The classic…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditor When I need advice, I know where to look: the newspaper. No, not this one. Sure, we have columnists who tell us what to do, where to go and so on. I mean papers that carry syndicated…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20244 min read

If you are a Republican, the Democrat next door is not your enemy, nor vice versa. If you are pro-life and your neighbor down the street supports Planned Parenthood, he or she is not your enemy.  If you believe in enforcing gun laws,…

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20243 min read

Today’s a great day. I have a cold now running on 8 days, my bank account is in the negative, and my ex-wife has called for the umpteenth time- and it hasn’t even reached noon on my wall clock.But hey…

“Out and About” Cheaper prices, gas and saving money on fuel

“Out and About” Cheaper prices, gas and saving money on fuel

Editorial StaffFebruary 23, 20243 min read

There are at least five things that are or will be getting cheaper in 2024. They include: Gas prices. The colder months and lower demand from drivers are largely why there’s been much relief at the pump. According to the…

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Obituaries

Obituary: James (Jim) Wilson Hensley

Obituary: James (Jim) Wilson Hensley

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20242 min read

James (Jim) Wilson Hensley, age 85, passed away on Feb/ 22 after a brief battle with cancer. The main goal in his life was to retire and live the rest of his days in his beloved Michigan.Jim, who was born…

Obituary: Judy Ball

Obituary: Judy Ball

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20242 min read

Judy Ball, 77, of Mancelona, Michigan passed away on 2/1/24 after a stroke.Judy was born on 8/28/1946 to Milton and Ellen Backofen in Charlotte Michigan. After Judy graduated from Charlotte High School in 1964 she continued her education at Western…

Obituary: Eleanor June Russell

Obituary: Eleanor June Russell

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20242 min read

Eleanor passed away, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at her home in Allegan. She was born April 8, 1922, in Allegan, the daughter of McKinley and Madeline (Anderson) Oisten. She was a Girl Scout for two years while in grade school.…

Obituary: Augusta Jean (Montai) Dahms

Obituary: Augusta Jean (Montai) Dahms

Editorial StaffFebruary 28, 20243 min read

Augusta Jean (Montai) Dahms, 92, died peacefully on Feb. 16, 2024, at Maple Lake Assisted Living, Paw Paw. She was born March 26, 1931, in Watervliet, MI, to August and Gertrude (Heuermann) Montai.Jean graduated from Watervliet High School in 1950.…

Obituary: John Douglas Brackett

Obituary: John Douglas Brackett

Editorial StaffFebruary 23, 20241 min read

John Douglas Brackett, 70, of Scotts, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at Ascension Borgess Hospital.He was born May 2, 1953 in Three Rivers, the son of John and Adella (Bresnick) Brackett, and graduated from Three Rivers High School.John worked…

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