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  • The Art Thing voting runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7
    Last year’s The Art Thing reception took place at Mezzo Coffee House. Due to growth of the event, this year’s reception is taking place at the Otsego District Library, where the artwork will be displayed. (Photos provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Grand Rapids may have Art Prize, but Otsego has The Art Thing.An annual event … Read more
  • Otsego cross country hosts second City Championship elementary race
    Students from Dix Street Elementary School prepare for the start of the City Championship cross country race. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor For the second year in a row, Otsego Public Schools hosted the City Championship cross country meet for the district’s three elementary schools.The meet—which took place on Wednesday, Sept. 20—saw … Read more
  • Gilkey Elementary adds new book vending machine
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor On Friday, Sept. 22, Gilkey Elementary School in Plainwell held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest addition to the building.With Gilkey reading specialist Chad Boender acting as master of ceremonies, Gilkey students, staff members and special guests officially welcomed a book vending machine to the school.The machine houses several popular books … Read more
  • Plainwell honors police officers
    By John RaffelCorrespondent PLAINWELL – The Plainwell City Council was set to honor several officers for their accomplishment at Monday night’s meeting of this week.The Council was set to consider setting a public hearing for Oct. 23, 2023 at 7 p.m. to consider a Commercial Rehabilitation Tax Exemption.The Council was also set to consider approving the … Read more
  • Otsego cross country teams extend league winning streaks
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor EDWARDSBURG—The streaks continue for the Otsego girls and boys cross country teams.The Otsego girls upped their Wolverine Conference winning streak to 84 with victories over Edwardsburg (15-50) and Three Rivers (17-46) on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Otsego boys, meanwhile, moved their league winning streak to 73 by defeating the Eddies (18-42) … Read more
  • Fennville cancels last five weeks of varsity football
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor FENNVILLE—There will be no more Friday night lights in Fennville for the remainder of the 2023 football season.Fennville High School athletic director Wendall Hughes III announced on Tuesday, Sept. 19, that the district had made the decision to forego the final five varsity football games of the season.The Blackhawks will continue … Read more
  • Obituary: Annabelle Elaine (Crowell) Samuelson
    March 29, 1921-September 16, 2023 Annabelle was born in Bloomingdale Michigan, the daughter of John Delbert and Cora Blaine Wright Crowell.  Her family moved to Allegan when she was five and it remained her home the rest of her life.  Her family joined the First Baptist Church of Allegan and she remained an active member … Read more
  • Obituary: Lewis (Louie) Jesse Hitchcock
    Lewis (Louie) Jesse Hitchcock, 92, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 at Allegan hospital, surrounded by his family. Born Sept. 24, 1931 to Leo and Helen(Walker) Hitchcock. He was married to the love of his life, Laura E. Butcher, on Dec. 29, 1951. He was a hard worker his whole life and was always … Read more
  • Prom night, Oktoberfest highlight weekend activities
    As summer officially turned to autumn during the weekend of Sept. 22-24, 2023, Allegan County did not forget how to enjoy the beautiful weekend with a variety of activities. From south to north and east to west, there were events that could engage all the members of the family.
  • Dorr Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School
    September 19, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education recognized 353 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments. Dorr Elementary of Wayland Union Schools has the honor of receiving one of those recognitions.Dorr Elementary received the … Read more
  • Deputy recovering after fight with man who wanted him dead
    The Allegan County deputy who was injured last week while trying to make an arrest was discharged from the intensive care unit this week, the sheriff said.The deputy was transferred to an area hospital to undergo additional treatment and physical rehabilitation, Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker said.Court documents show the deputy was knocked unconscious Sept. 11 after … Read more
  • Six county cities holding elections
    By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN – Six of Allegan County’s cities will hold municipal elections November 7 to elect members of the respective city’s council or commission.Commissioner chairman James Storey said in Holland, there are three contestedseats, including the mayor’s chair, an at large council seat, and Ward 4 that includes part of the city in … Read more
  • Life as Performance Art
    Mike “Dirty Jobs” Rowe wrote about work, “What’s happening now in this country that scares me to the core fundamentally is we have never had so much unrealized opportunity and little enthusiasm for it.”Since before European settlement America has been seen as a land of opportunity, new beginning, where people could work to create a … Read more
  • Mike’s Musings: Nightmare in a latrine, lady can’t get out
    A few days ago, a story popped up on my computer screen entitled Michigan police rescue woman trapped in outhouse. It piqued my curiosity because the article proclaimed it happened in Otsego, MI, where we publish the Union Enterprise. After further review I discerned it was actually Otsego County, Mi, but not to take away … Read more
  • Luke Bryan turns Allegan cornfield into a party
    Jordan Wilcox Assistant Publisher Last week, Nelly and his concert at the Allegan County Fair, was the talk of the town; but he wasn’t the only big-name star to play in Allegan. On Saturday, Luke Bryan performed a sold-out show to over 25,000 concertgoers, in a cornfield at the John Schaendorf Dairy Farm at 2369 … Read more
  • Open house scheduled for Otsego Aquatic Center
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Nearly two years after Otsego Public Schools broke ground on its new aquatic center, the facility is nearing completion.And the district is inviting the public to a sneak peek during an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.OPS superintendent Jeff Haase is eager for the opportunity to … Read more
  • Creative Arts Festival slated for Saturday, Sept. 30
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The month of September is entering its home stretch.And that, among other things, means it’s almost time once again for the Creative Arts Festival in downtown Otsego.This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Clarrisa McDonald is the chairperson of the Creative Arts Festival.“As always, … Read more
  • Otsego cross country teams shine in Peoria, Ill.
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PEORIA, ILL.—Otsego cross country coach Steve Long has never been one to shy away from tough competition.And on Saturday, Sept. 16, his teams took on some of the toughest competition the program has ever faced at the 42nd Annual Richard Spring Invitational at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill.“The teams that we … Read more
  • Allegan tennis places third at home invitational
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Allegan boys tennis team came away with a pair of flight championships at its home invitational on Saturday, Sept. 16.The No. 1 doubles team of Jackson Morrie/Cole Muenzer and the No. 4 doubles team of Joe Sosnowski/Ely Barnhart each finished the day at 3-0 to finish atop the flight standings.As … Read more
  • Obituary: Phyllis Lucille (Belden) Thomas
    Phyllis Lucille (Belden) Thomas, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2023 at her home. Born on January 4, 1934, in Dorr, Michigan, Phyllis lived a life marked by kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Phyllis, known for her strong work ethic and commitment to her community, worked at Allegan … Read more

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