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TRHS students to put on production of ‘Freaky Friday’

TRHS students to put on production of ‘Freaky Friday’

Robert TomlinsonMarch 1, 20246 min read

In one of the opening scenes from the Three Rivers High School production of “Freaky Friday,” Katherine Blake (left, played by Arwen Burkey) and Ellie Blake (right, played by Natalie Moore) get in an argument and break a magical hourglass,…

Preliminary injunction issued in Lowry lawsuit; annexation of property can be pursued

Preliminary injunction issued in Lowry lawsuit; annexation of property can be pursued

Robert TomlinsonMarch 1, 202411 min read

St. Joseph County 45th Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman issues his ruling on a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit by Tom Lowry against Lockport Township and Park Township during a hearing Wednesday. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director…

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.…

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Sports

Howardsville Christian takes home district title over Colon

Howardsville Christian takes home district title over Colon

Robert TomlinsonMarch 1, 20246 min read

Howardsville Christian’s players lift head coach Ken Sparks in the air with the Division 4 district championship trophy following the Eagles’ 66-52 win Friday night over Colon in the district finals in Athens. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews…

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…

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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: Jerri Susanna (Bennett) Brumfield

Obituary: Jerri Susanna (Bennett) Brumfield

Editorial StaffMarch 4, 20242 min read

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved, Jerri Susanna (Bennett) Brumfield, who passed away on March 1, 2024, at the age of 65. Jerri was born on February 18, 1959 in Sturgis, Michigan to…

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.…

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