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  • Lake Doster Golf Club suffers $100,000 in damage
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PLAINWELL—Damage done to the sixth and seventh greens at Lake Doster Golf Club will cost upwards of $100,000 to repair, according to head golf professional Matt Townsley.“The greens were completely destroyed,” Townsley said. “There was no way to save them. We have to start over with them from square one.”Lake Doster Read More…
  • Local communities get in Christmas spirit
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Christmas season has officially arrived in Otsego and Plainwell.Otsego hosted its Hometown Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 3, with the parade taking place at 6 p.m. followed by the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.Other events included a farmers market, children’s crafts, caroling, hayrides, visits with Santa, a community dinner, a Read More…
  • Otsego’s Maxwell named to All-State Band
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor For the second straight year, an Otsego High School student has been selected to the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association All-State Band.Senior Sophie Maxwell, a trombonist, will perform with the elite band at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.Madison Kroes earned a spot in Read More…
  • Team Impact accepts Plainwell’s Larsen
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Plainwell Middle School student Cameron Larsen recently received some exciting news.Larsen, a seventh grader, has been paired with the Michigan State University Men’s golf team through Team Impact, a program that “matches children facing serious illness and disability with college sports teams, creating a long-term, life-changing experience for everyone involved.”When he Read More…
  • Otsego boys bowling team beats Portage Central
    PORTAGE—The Otsego boys bowling team came out firing on Saturday, Dec. 3, as the Bulldogs bested Portage Central in the opening day of Southwest Michigan Bowling Conference action.Otsego had a 845 in the first game, with a high score of 204 from sophomore Connor Farrish. Sophomore Jacob Underwood shot a career-high 160, with Jack Ordway, Dylan Read More…
  • Allegan bowlers cruise past Gobles
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The first SAC matches for the Allegan bowling teams were a rousing success.Hosting Gobles at Snowden Sunset Lanes on Monday, Dec. 5, the Tigers cruised to wins by an identical score of 28-2 in both the boys and girls matches.On the boys side, Allegan took the baker games 141-97 and 148-110 Read More…
  • Obituary: Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, 80
    Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, long time resident of the Warrenton, Virginia area, she passed away peacefully at home on October 23, 2022, following a brave struggle with cancer. Her husband of over fifty years, Edmund M Wageley IV preceded her in death.Kathy is survived by her 3 children – Edmund Wageley V, Jane Satow, Nathan Read More…
  • Obituary: James “Jim” Vincent Tew, 82
    James “Jim” Vincent Tew, 82 of Hopkins, Michigan, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022 following a valiant fight against leukemia. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan on March 15, 1940, he was the son of the late Shirley Vincent and Opal Lucinda (Varin) Tew. Jim grew up in Bellevue, Michigan and graduated from Bellevue High School Read More…
  • Obituary: Judy Lynne Curry,64
    On November 23, 2022 Judy received her angel wings, with her caring family by her side at Holland Hospital. Judy (Jones) Curry was born on August 1, 1958, in Allegan. She was the oldest daughter of 5 to the late George and Gloria (Sweet) Jones.On May 22nd, 1988 she married Timothy Jay Curry, from Allegan, Read More…
  • Obituary: Ila May (Pelkey) Pokornowski, 94
    May 21, 1928 – November 21, 2022On November 21, 2022, Ila May (Pelkey) Pokornowski passed away at age ninety-four. Ila passed peacefully at the Allegan County Medical Care Community. Prior to this, she had resided at Briarwood Assisted Living in Allegan, Genesee Valley in Flint, Fenton, Howard City, and grew up in Albion, Michigan. Ila was Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Old woman jailed for $77 debt, give me a break
    82-year-old Martha Menefield of Valley, Alabama was handcuffed and driven to jail last week for failing to pay her Waste Management trash bill for three months- June, July and August.I did a quick reread when this was sent to me last week because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. An 82-year-old woman? Jailed for Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
       One afternoon about this time of year, as my sister walked past his woodworking shop,  Mr. Ness stuck  his head out the door and called for us to come inside.  In his thick Norwegian accent, he told us that a letter for us from Santa had mistakenly been delivered to his shop.  He solemnly handed it to us, pointing Read More…
  • Christmas arrives in Allegan
    By Gari Voss Allegan’s Festive Fridays began on December 2, 2022 with specials in the shops and hundreds of people wandering the streets and huddling along the sidewalks of Downtown to watch the Christmas Parade that heralded Santa’s arrival.Allegan’s Festive Fridays continue on Friday, December 9, 2022 with Art Hop featuring artists and craftsmen of Read More…
  • Lake Doster Golf Club suffers $100,000 in damage
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PLAINWELL—Damage done to the sixth and seventh greens at Lake Doster Golf Club will cost upwards of $100,000 to repair, according to head golf professional Matt Townsley.“The greens were completely destroyed,” Townsley said. “There was no way to save them. We have to start over with them from square one.”Lake Doster Read More…
  • Leighton Twp man found dead in Ottawa County
    By John RaffelCorrespondence ALLEGAN – The Allegan County Sheriff’s Dept. reported on Nov. 28, the body of Avel Martinez was found along the lakeshore by members of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team in the area of Riley and N. Lakeshore Dr.Foul play is not suspected.Allegan County Deputies reported on Nov. 21, Read More…
  • Algae advisory lifted for Swan Lake
    Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory Lifted for Swan LakeAllegan County Health Department (ACHD) has lifted the advisory for Swan Lake located in Cheshire Township. The advisory originally issued in July of this year was due to the presence of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Cooler weather often reduces or stops harmful algae blooms. Water samples tested on Read More…
  • Wrestling Season Preview:
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor FENNVILLEAs he enters his 13th season as head coach of his alma mater, Steve Fries has a big goal for the 2022-23 campaign.“One of our big goals this year is to support the girls on our team by sending them to as many girls only tournaments as possible,” he said.Those girls Read More…
  • Obituary: June LaVerne Krug, 84
    June LaVerne Krug, 84 of Hopkins, Michigan, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, November 28, 2022, at Briarwood Assisted Living in Allegan, Michigan. Born February 15, 1938 in Patoka, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Charles Davis and Minerva Elliott Wilson Davis. In 1946, June’s family moved her to Read More…
  • Obituary: Donald James Hermenitt Jr, 73
    On Saturday, November 19, 2022, Donald James Hermenitt Jr. (73 years old) of Wayland, Michigan was unexpectedly welcomed into Heaven. He was born to Donald and Diana Hermenitt Sr. in Plainwell Michigan September 15, 1949. He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Diana Hermenitt Sr. and brother, Steven Hermenitt of Gun Lake, Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        HL Mencken was an old school newspaper man who wrote for the Baltimore Herald – fedora, cigar, allegedly a bottle of something in the top drawer of his desk, and magnificently sarcastic and acerbic. Much to everyone’s surprise, he also played in a wind quartet which they thought was completely out of character.  Over the decades, Read More…

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