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Sturgis superintendent Ebert rated ‘highly effective’

Sturgis superintendent Ebert rated ‘highly effective’

ByDennis VolkertJun 19, 20241 min read

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education on Monday presented superintendent Art Ebert with a “highly effective” rating on his year-end performance appraisal, during a closed session.  The board used School ADvance Administrator Evaluation System, a research-based tool that measures 31…

Township eyes phased-in campground plan

Township eyes phased-in campground plan

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20243 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR California-based Autocamp has scaled back plans from 112 total to 76 phase-one campsites on 29.24 acres 34.61 Blue Star Hwy. because “stuff” happens — specifically, need to dispose of sewage. The Saugatuck Township Board June 12…

Township hires Viridis for park design

Township hires Viridis for park design

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR The Saugatuck Township Board June 12 hired Viridis Design Group for $10,500 to prepare a final landscape design for now-undeveloped 7.5-acre Amalanchier Park next to Riverside Cemetery at 3461 Clearbrook Drive. It will be incorporated into…

SHS junior is swift photo Study

SHS junior is swift photo Study

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

Saugatuck High School junior Leilani Schoonmaker’s journey through a lens crescendoed — so far, at least — with National Scholastic Art Awards Gold Medal recognition. Her black-and-white photo of the 2023 Portage Cross Country Invitational start made Schoonmaker  SHS art…

Douglas hires Tien as Treasurer

Douglas hires Tien as Treasurer

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas has hired former Allegan County elections coordinator and Plainwell city payroll administrator Jennifer Tien new city treasurer for $74,000 a year plus benefits. City council approved the move at its Monday meeting. Tien will start…

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Sports

Rock named Saugatuck varsity boys basketball coach

Rock named Saugatuck varsity boys basketball coach

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20244 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorDuring his tenure as head coach of the Fennville varsity boys basketball team, Ty Rock had a front-row seat for the rivalry between the Blackhawks and Saugatuck.Now, he’ll experience that rivalry from the other side.Rock is the…

Antkoviak qualifies for U.S. Olympic trials

Antkoviak qualifies for U.S. Olympic trials

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20245 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Have you ever dreamed of donning the red, white and blue and representing the United States in the Olympics?Allegan native Hannah Antkoviak has. And later this month, she’ll head to Eugene, Ore., for the opportunity to…

Story signs with Point University

Story signs with Point University

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20241 min read

Pictured right Story signs letter of intent for Point University to play college basketball. LaFayette Bulldog, AHSAA 2A Player of the Year Award nominee Vaderrian Story signed with Point University on Monday to play college basketball.Coaches, family, students and friends…

Mattawan golfers have bright future

Mattawan golfers have bright future

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent For Mattawan golfers and coach Troy Pelak, the future looks very bright.Key returners next year.Griffin McClish – Pelak: “Was a freshman this year and had a tremendous season once he got comfortable playing with upper classmen. Griffin…

TR girls’ soccer earns academic team All-State; two players named Honorable Mention All-State

TR girls’ soccer earns academic team All-State; two players named Honorable Mention All-State

ByEditorial StaffJun 14, 20241 min read

THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers’ girls’ soccer team was honored with a few awards for their efforts on and off the field in the 2024 season.The team as a whole earned Academic Team All-State Honors for their efforts in the…

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Columns

Blue Star

Blue Star

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorKrokodil RockI remember when rock was young. Me and Susie had no clue a Krokodil rock would find us.“Krokodil” I learned too late, is street name for Desomorphine, a synthetic opioid said to turn skin green and scaly…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20246 min read

“Maybe it’s in the closet,” Molly would say. “I’ll check.”We all knew what was coming: Fibber would shout to her, “Don’t touch that closet!” too late, and the sound effects man would pour his props into a metal container, much to the…

Mike’s Musings: Make peace with Russia, align against China

Mike’s Musings: Make peace with Russia, align against China

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20243 min read

Don’t condemn me before I lay out my logic. Don’t call me a Putin lover or a Russian agent, I’m neither, but do have an opinion that differs from many in power these days.I’m not concerned with Russia. I don’t…

Historical Notebook: ALBION HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1924

Historical Notebook: ALBION HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1924

ByEditorial StaffJun 14, 20243 min read

Each year at this time we feature the Albion High School Class of 100 years ago. The Class of 1924 had 94 members; 39 were boys, and 55 were girls. Most of them had been born around 1906. It was…

Looking Out: The Mick

Looking Out: The Mick

ByEditorial StaffJun 14, 20243 min read

Two days ago I met a guy from Chicago.  He was trying to sell me a car and must have thought it was important to tell me that he used to be a major league baseball pitcher. I needed new…

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Obituaries

Obituary: Andy Wilson Branham

Obituary: Andy Wilson Branham

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

Andy Wilson Branham, of Allegan, passed away May 28 at age 89. He is survived by Arlene (Brown) Branham, his wife of 67 years and his daughter, Linda (Tim) Nielsen of Commerce Township, MI. He was a 1953 graduate of…

Obituary: John Wesley Robart

Obituary: John Wesley Robart

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

???????????????????????????????????? John Wesley Robart went home to Heaven to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on the morning of June 12, 2024, at the age of 98. John was born October 22, 1925, to Wesley and Viona Robart of Bloomingdale.…

Obituary: Donald Gibson, 76

Obituary: Donald Gibson, 76

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20241 min read

Don passed away, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at his home in Allegan. He was born September 22, 1947, in Bell County, Kentucky, the son of Belvin and Vesta (Collins) Gibson.Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He started…

Obituary: Kevin Franklin Kelly, Sr

Obituary: Kevin Franklin Kelly, Sr

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20243 min read

8/31/1956 – 5/31/2024He spent his dash well!Please help us celebrate his life:Grump, grandpa, dad, husband, son, friend, and some titles best not put in print, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2024. We lost the best!Kevin F. Kelly was born…

Obituary: Candace Still McElvaine

Obituary: Candace Still McElvaine

ByEditorial StaffJun 19, 20241 min read

Candace Still McElvaine, 70 of Lafayette, AL passed away on May 31, 2024. Candace was born August 5, 1953 to the late Rosser and Hazel Still.Candace was a very loving woman, she loved everyone. She truly loved her family and…

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