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  • 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…
  • Won’t you help us help those in need?
    It’s that time of year when our email and post box is flooded with Christmas Wishes. Our annual program, partially funded by local businesses fulfills the wishes of dozens of families in need of food, transportation, shelter and holiday gifts for children.This year is particularly difficult for many families. Because of inflation, the price of Read More…
  • A peek behind the scenes: A Christmas Carol
    By Gari Voss The live radio broadcast of A Christmas Carol: a Radio Production by the Allegan Community Players will be on stage at the Griswold Auditorium Friday, December 9, 2022 at 6 and 8pm, Saturday, December 10th at 7pm, and Sunday, December 11th at 2pm.Each audience will be invited into a radio studio to Read More…
  • Council hears about hotel plans, county office relocation
    By Leslie Ballard The City Council had a busy agenda for their Nov. 28 Study Session, which included an update on the potential Brady Street hotel, the possible relocation of county office from the City of Allegan, a proposal to repair the Riverfront boardwalk and a discussion of rate increases for election officials.Brad VanMelle, representing Read More…
  • Fennville seeks to buy parking lot they already own
    Fennville City Administrator Kathryn Beemer asked commissioners on Monday, Nov. 21, why the city bought a former bank building in 2019 for its new city hall.“To save the parking lot,” some commissioners answered in unison, repeating the years-old mantra of why the city moved to the location at 125 S. Maple St. and even turned Read More…
  • Christmas events planned for Plainwell, Otsego
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor With all the snow that fell recently, it certainly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.And it will look even more like Christmas when Plainwell and Otsego host their respective tree-lighting ceremonies.Plainwell’s “Light Up the Night” holiday celebration is set for Friday, Dec. 2, with Otsego’s “Hometown Christmas” the following Read More…
  • OPS receives rave reviews following budget audit
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Otsego Public Schools’ annual audit wasn’t perfect … but it was pretty darn close.The audit, which was presented at a recent Board of Education meeting, landed within 0.02 percent of the projected budget.“The auditor stated it was an extremely clean audit with no recommendations for improvement,” OPS superintendent Jeff Haase said. Read More…
  • Doster celebrates 100th birthday with family, friends
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor What’s the key to living a long, happy life?According to Eloise Doster, it’s helping others and staying mentally active.“You’ve got to be interested in other people and do everything you can to make their day a little better,” she said. “Listen to their stories. Hear what they have to say. You’ll Read More…
  • Raymond Edward Mayhew, 87
    Rev. Raymond Edward Mayhew, age 87, went home to be with the Lord on November 19, 2022.Born in St. Clair, Michigan, on July 1, 1935, he was the second of five children born to Eugene and Viola (Danniells) Mayhew.Growing up, Ray enjoyed watching the freighters on the St. Clair River. He also enjoyed biking, camping, Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Think twice before you make your child walk
    I was going to write my usual Thanksgiving tribute to those that have made 2022 a bountiful year, when scanning the news, I came across this piece that got my blood boiling.The headline declared, “Woman arrested for forcing her son to walk home.”So the story goes, two brothers were arguing in the backseat of the Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        Ever since moving to Saugatuck some thirty-plus years ago, we have always made a point of going to see A Christmas Carol, with Steve Williford as the director, producer, and the lead character.  He manages to transform himself from a truly nice fellow into the old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and he is wonderful.  The short story is, in Read More…
  • State Champs!
    The Martin football completed its quest for a state championship on Saturday, Nov. 19, beating Merrill 74-24 in the 8-Player Division 1 title game at the Superior Dome in Marquette. The championship wa the first for the Clippers since 1987. For full story, see Page B1. (Photo provided by MHSAA)
  • Allegan merchants invite you to shop local this weekend
    By Leslie Ballard After the recent snowstorm, Christmas seems much closer, so it is no surprise that Allegan’s businesses are geared up for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales on Nov. 25-26.Here is a sampling of what’s on offer.Businesses that have been promoting their sales this weekend include Let It Grow (136 Brady) and Read More…
  • America’s largest spinning wheel located in Allegan
    By Gari Voss What began as a purchase of giant 8-foot diameter wheels that would become a water wheel for a mini-grist mill and a small spinning wheel to be used as yard art morphed into the largest working spinning wheel in North America.Joe Leverence decided to purchase a pair of steel wheels on Marketplace. Read More…
  • Festival of Trees bedeck Camp Kidwell
    In July, advertisements promote Christmas, but at Camp Kidwell in December the advertisements promote summer fun and camping on Eagle Lake. The 20th Festival of Trees will bright the nights from December 1 – 4, 2022. The Holiday Spirit will be in the air as visitors of all ages stroll from cabin to cabin to Read More…
  • Ladies, Leaves and Laughter event thrives
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor For the third straight year, the Plainwell Downtown Development Authority joined forces with local merchant groups to host a Ladies, Leaves and Laughter event on Friday, Nov. 11.And City of Plainwell community development manager Denise Siegel said the evening couldn’t have gone better.“The event was a huge success,” Siegel said. “It Read More…
  • Winners announced from November 8 elections
    By Gari Voss The unofficial totals have been tallied at the state and county levels. 62 of 62 Allegan County precincts have reported results, and the numbers must be certified by county canvassers by November 21st and by Michigan state canvassers by November 28th.Statewide, this is the first time since 1982 that the Democrats have Read More…

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