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Sturgis schools set cell phone policy for students

ByDennis VolkertMay 24, 20242 min read

Sturgis Public Schools has established a cell phone policy for students. It encompasses additional phone-type devices, such as Apple Watch.  Families and students were notified directly this week regarding the policy. Prior to setting the guidelines, the district consulted stakeholders…

Three Rivers to make second attempt at state funds for lead line replacement

Three Rivers to make second attempt at state funds for lead line replacement

ByRobert TomlinsonMay 24, 20247 min read

Three Rivers Department of Public Services Director Amy Roth addresses the city’s project plan for potential funding through the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund during Tuesday’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director…

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MPS Board of Education update

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20248 min read

New cafeteria tables and salad bar approved for Harrington Elementary as well as E-Sports computers for Albion students and Flex Farm Units at the Opportunity High School will produce greens and microgreens for OHS and eventually Harrington By John Hendler…

Groundbreaking held for Dispatch Radio Tower Construction

Groundbreaking held for Dispatch Radio Tower Construction

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority (CCCDA) Executive Director Michael Armitage speaks about the value of six radio towers being on an upgraded simulcast network. Representatives standing before throwing dirt for the groundbreaking ceremony (l to r), Calhoun County Sheriff Steve…

Veteran De La Fuente receives proclamation from city

Veteran De La Fuente receives proclamation from city

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20242 min read

Joseph De La Fuente receives a proclamation from the city of Sturgis, presented by mayor Frank Perez and vice mayor Aaron Miller, at the commission meeting Wednesday. Dennis Volkert/Sentinel City of Sturgis on Wednesday presented a proclamation for Joseph De…

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Sports

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Redhawks soaring over opponents

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20245 min read

Marshall baseball team has been picking up steam this past week with several decisive wins. Tuesday, May 21 the team traveled to I-8 competitor Hastings and swept the doubleheader. In game one, Lincoln Fuller led off with a double and…

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Softball RoundupThree Rivers wins Cadillac Tournament

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20244 min read

CADILLAC — Three Rivers’ softball team won the Cadillac Tournament Saturday with two shutout victories on the day.In Game 1, Three Rivers defeated Kingsley 5-0 in six innings. Jennaya Decker starred in the circle for the ‘Cats, allowing just three…

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McBain baseball team falls to Evart

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN –McBain’s baseball team was 13-13 after a pair of losses to Evart on Friday.This week, McBain lost 1-0 and 7-1 to Pine River but on Wednesday, the Ramblers beat Grayling 12-1 in five innings and 17-11…

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Clare sweeps Farwell baseball team

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent CLARE – Clare’s bat were booming on May 6 at Farwell in a pair of Jack Pine Conference wins.The first game went in Clare’s favor 21-0 after four innings. The second game was 15-0.Miles Haggart had three…

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Saugatuck soccer wins two games

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorSCHOOLCRAFT—If you mention the name Cecelia Atkins to players and coaches from the Schoolcraft girls soccer team, there’s a good chance they might break into a cold sweat.And for good reason.Atkins, a Saugatuck sophomore, scored a career-best…

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Columns

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Looking Out: The joy of reading a book

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

by Jim Whitehouse “I’m about to turn off my light,” I say to my beloved wife Marsha, as I put my book down on the nightstand next to the bed. “Already?” she says, turning a page in her own book.…

Historical Notebook: BENJAMIN BARNES FORD

Historical Notebook: BENJAMIN BARNES FORD

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

Digital Camera Each year at this time I like to feature one of Albion’s Civil War soldiers. Benjamin Barnes Ford (1837-1861) was one of the Albion area’s first casualties of the War. Benjamin came to Michigan in 1844 from New…

Out and About: Cooking, Memorial Day, and love

Out and About: Cooking, Memorial Day, and love

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

Next Wednesday, May 29, Chef Brigitte Romanelli will offer a cooking class at the Immaculate Conception Church, 645 S. Douglas St., in Three Rivers. This “Cook for a Cause” will feature preparing Homemade Pasta and Meatballs. The cost is $55.…

Postcard from the Pines: Memorial Day – Still Marching

Postcard from the Pines: Memorial Day – Still Marching

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20244 min read

Main Street Marion Memorial Day 1923 Decoration Day, as Memorial Day was originally known, was established in May 1868. It was designated as the day to decorate graves and honor the memory of soldiers killed during the then very recent…

May I Walk with You? Gardens

May I Walk with You? Gardens

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

I can’t remember a time when I did not have a garden of some kind. The early part of my life in northern Gratiot County was accentuated by gardens. Not only were there the gardens where we planted, weeded, and…

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Obituaries

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Obituary: John Oscar Saurer

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

John Oscar Saurer, 88 of Venice, Florida, passed away into eternal life surrounded by his beloved family, on May 19, 2024 after a brief illness. He was a Christian and lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church. His faith sustained him…

Obituary: Evelyn Ann Gyllstrom

Obituary: Evelyn Ann Gyllstrom

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

Evelyn Ann Gyllstrom, 88, a lifelong resident of Marcellus, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024, at White Oaks Assisted Living in Lawton.She was born November 7, 1935 in Three Rivers, Michigan, the daughter of Ernest Richardson and Lela M. (Worthington)…

Obituary: Sharron Crawford

Obituary: Sharron Crawford

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

With profound sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Sharron Crawford. On May 18, 2024 Sharron passed away at home after a courageous battle with a lung disease. She was 81…

Obituary: Carol Ann (Laughlin) Niver

Obituary: Carol Ann (Laughlin) Niver

ByEditorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

Carol Ann (Laughlin) Niver, Age 80 of Marion Michigan passed from the loving arms of her family to her Heavenly Father on May 20th. She is now reunited with her Husband Donald Niver and son David Wayne Niver and many…

Obituary: Mary K. Bastian

Obituary: Mary K. Bastian

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

Mary K. Bastian, age 71, of Gladstone, MI passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the UP Health System in Marquette, MI.Mary was born July 18, 1952 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Marilyn (Stigers) Bastian.…

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