Deer, deer, they’re everywhere!

Editorial 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

Editorial 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

Editorial 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…

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

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

Editorial 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…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial 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…

You can get there from here!

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorThe new roundabout at Blue Star Highway and Allegan Road opened formally Monday, but more than one motorist jumped the gun.“Look at them,” said Woodland Nursery owner Joe Migas, who for 39 years has kept alive John Mann’s…

Fire destroys home on Mariette St. in Plainwell

Fire destroys home on Mariette St. in Plainwell

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Fire ripped through a Plainwell home on Sunday, July 14. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) Money from the Ransom operating millage would fund day-to-day operations, such as various programs. (Photo provided) Ransom District Library is seeking an operating millage renewal. (Photo…

Ransom Library seeks renewal of operating millage

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The future of Ransom District Library in Plainwell will be decided when voters head to the ballots on Tuesday, Aug. 6.The library is seeking a renewal of its operating millage that was initially passed in 2014.The…

Nieuwenhuis places runner-up at Nationals

Editorial 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

Editorial 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…

Obituary: Hazel Marie (Russell) Guigue

Obituary: Hazel Marie (Russell) Guigue

Editorial 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

Editorial 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

Editorial 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

Editorial 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…

City of Allegan awarded $1 million for dam improvements

City of Allegan awarded $1 million for dam improvements

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

In 2019, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and AECOM from Traverse City conducted a feasibility and conceptual design report on the City of Allegan Dam. The analysis considered the complete removal of the dam, the partial removal of the…

Allegan native Tyler Merren set to make fifth Paralympic appearance

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

By Donald Talonen Allegan native Tyler Merren is making headlines as he prepares for his fifth trip to the Paralympics, representing Team USA in goalball at the 2024 Paris Games. Despite being diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease as a…

August Primary offers many candidates, particularly on GOP side

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20246 min read

By Gari Voss Absentee/Early Voting ballots for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election have been made available. Voters who are Early Voters have received their ballots, and completed ballots are rolling into precinct offices. This is an extremely important election…

CA Dance Team on the move

CA Dance Team on the move

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20241 min read

The Chambers Academy Dance Team has had some exciting things happening this summer. The team has a new home studio to practice in with mirrors and a ballet bar and has been visiting with local dance studios to expand their…

LaFayette Main Street holds inaugural youth pageant

LaFayette Main Street holds inaugural youth pageant

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

By John BriceCorrespondent Contestants, event staff, families and members of the media gathered in the auditorium of LaFayette High School for the first Miss LaFayette Main Street Pageant during the afternoon hours of Saturday, July 13th of 2024.Chambers County Probate…

Memorial Gazebo dedicated at Handy Cemetery

Memorial Gazebo dedicated at Handy Cemetery

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

Guests of honor stand for a group portrait during a gazebo dedication ceremony at Handy Cemetery. By John BriceCorrespondent Community leaders and local residents gathered for a dedication of the memorial gazebo and brick walkway of remembrance at Essie J.…

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