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Britt Gross named assistant superintendent at Sturgis Public Schools

Britt Gross named assistant superintendent at Sturgis Public Schools

ByDennis VolkertJul 22, 20243 min read

Britt Gross has been named assistant superintendent at Sturgis Public Schools.  The board of education approved the decision Monday at a special meeting, where she was introduced.  Gross served in several capacities at Polk County Public Schools in Florida, most…

Three Rivers police identify body as missing woman’s

Three Rivers police identify body as missing woman’s

ByRobert TomlinsonJul 17, 20242 min read

Police investigate a home in the 200 block of Middle Street Friday, July 12 following a dead body found there. Police identified the body Wednesday as 41-year-old Nicole Wood, who had been missing since July 7. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON)…

Deer, deer, they’re everywhere!

Deer, deer, they’re everywhere!

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas deer complaints keep rolling in. May Street resident Debbi Larsen wrote city council July 8: “Hello, I live in Douglas and have for the last 25 years. The deer population in the last 5 years…

Locals guide to Venetian Fest fun

Locals guide to Venetian Fest fun

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20246 min read

The Saugatuck Venetian Festival, a perennial summertime celebration of life on our waterways, returns to town next weekend July 26-28. Fun will begin Friday with a dance party in Coghlin Park featuring ‘80s cover band Star Farm. The festival continues…

SPS Superintendent Travis to retire

SPS Superintendent Travis to retire

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Tim Travis is retiring as Superintendent of Saugatuck Public School effective Dec. 31. The school board accepted his retirement at Monday’s meeting. Travis has been an educator for 40 years, the last 20 here, including as middle/high school principal before…

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Sports

Nieuwenhuis places runner-up at Nationals

Nieuwenhuis places runner-up at Nationals

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor FARGO, N.D.—Winning a championship is hard.Repeating as champion might be even harder.Yet that’s exactly what Plainwell High School wrestling standout Madison Nieuwenhuis had the opportunity to do at the Junior & 16U Nationals last weekend.One year…

Allegan’s Garvin garnering plenty of attention

Allegan’s Garvin garnering plenty of attention

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20245 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 300 pounds, Allegan junior Sully Garvin makes quite the impression when he walks in a room.He’s also made quite an impression on college football evaluators and coaches.Listed as a three-star…

Paw Paw’s football summer has been busy

Paw Paw’s football summer has been busy

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent PAW PAW – Paw Paw football coach Dennis Strey and his Red Wolves have less than a month to go before the practice season officially kicks off on Aug. 12. But there’s still work to be done.“We’ve…

Local softball team 4-1 in Kentucky

Local softball team 4-1 in Kentucky

ByEditorial StaffJul 12, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Michigan Expos 18U team from Marion triumphed over Midwest Pride 18U in Kentucky on Wednesday in the USSSA Great Lakes Nationals tournament.
Michigan Expos 18U, coached by Ryan Raymond of Marion, took the lead late in…

Clare softball looking forward to next season

Clare softball looking forward to next season

ByEditorial StaffJul 12, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent CLARE – Clare’s softball team came off a Division 3 state semifinal finish last month but many players are on summer teams to get ready for next year.Only two seniors graduated and standouts such as Madison Jones,…

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Columns

Blue Star

Blue Star

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

NuclearLast week’s “STR cap may go nuclea’ anyway” story already has. Then came the shooting in Pennsylvania.I applaud Saugatuck City Council for trying to protect peace, quiet and safety in Community Residential neighborhoods. That’s what R-1 zoning is meant to…

Mike’s Musings: Tone down political Rhetric demand answers from ss

Mike’s Musings: Tone down political Rhetric demand answers from ss

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

Like many of you I was in shock when I heard there was an assassination attempt on former president Trump’s life while he was speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania. It had been 43 years since the barbaric act of…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

Another “Old” in the grocery checkout lane ahead of me asked the clerk, “Is this the airport?”“What do you mean?” she asked, baffled.“I’d expect to pay this much for a bottle of water there, but not here,” he said.She rolled…

Out and About: Kentucky Derby, elections, and faith

Out and About: Kentucky Derby, elections, and faith

ByEditorial StaffJul 12, 20243 min read

Every year, in early May, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky is the place to be if you’re a fan of horse racing. The Kentucky Derby is definitely a race like no other. Horses are beautiful animals and a thoroughbred racehorse…

Postcard from the Pines: Next Holiday, Please

Postcard from the Pines: Next Holiday, Please

ByEditorial StaffJul 12, 20243 min read

Now that July 4th has come and gone, Marion’s Old Fashioned Days is rising fast on the horizon. Almost before we can turn around, we’ll be off to the Friday night Main Street Cruise, the Saturday morning parade and visiting…

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Obituaries

Obituary: Victoria Anne “Vicki” Mayer (nee Thompson)

Obituary: Victoria Anne “Vicki” Mayer (nee Thompson)

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Victoria Anne “Vicki” Mayer (nee Thompson) passed away on July 6, surrounded by her loving family, after a five-year battle with fronto-temporal dementia, and primary progressive aphasia.Vicki was born June 9, 1962, in Chicago, the daughter of Jerry Thompson and…

Obituary: Hazel Marie (Russell) Guigue

Obituary: Hazel Marie (Russell) Guigue

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Hazel Marie (Russell) Guigue passed peacefully on July 13, 2024, in South Haven. Hazel was born to her late parents Harold and Francis (Bushee) Russell on July 30, 1930, at her family homestead. Graduated 1948 from South Haven high school…

Obituary: Kathryn Pearle Mankin

Obituary: Kathryn Pearle Mankin

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Kathryn Pearle Mankin, 97, died July 10th, 2024, in Wings Home hospice of Allegan.Kathryn was born November 25, 1926, in Mendon Illinois to Earl B and M. Grace (Hawe) McCelland. She married Bernard J. “Bud” Mankin on October 3, 1947,…

Obituary: Jeanne Sands

Obituary: Jeanne Sands

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Jeanne Sands, 93, passed away Monday, June 24,2024, at Fountain View Assisted Living in Grant, Michigan. Jeanne was the second of two daughters born to Charles and Pauline Owen. She grew up in Springfield, Missouri, graduating from Springfield High School in…

Obituary: Reverend Paul Newell Ray

Obituary: Reverend Paul Newell Ray

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

Reverend Paul Newell Ray, a cherished minister and pillar of the Rochester, Wisconsin community, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, July 4, 2024 at the age of 85. Pastor Ray’s journey of faith and service touched the hearts…

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