Six named Chambers Academy pageant winners

Six named Chambers Academy pageant winners

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Chambers Academy recently held its annual Miss Panacea Pageant. Winners in the elementary divisions were Emmy Allen, Little Junior Miss Panacea; Charlie Kate Fuller, Sweetheart Miss Panacea; and Elsea Daniel, Tiny Miss Panacea Chambers Academy recently named its 52nd Miss…

County Commission talks infrastructure improvements with Tuberville

County Commission talks infrastructure improvements with Tuberville

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20224 min read

By John West The Chambers County Commission met with Alabama senator Tommy Tuberville last week to discuss the county’s many infrastructure needs. During what Commissioner Debra Riley described as “a short meeting,” the county leaders discussed capital projects including road,…

Health care initiative kicks-off March 8

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development is spearheading the Equitable Neighborhoods Initiative, a $4 million project to improve health care equity by helping underserved communities in the state be more resilient to health disparities, many of which have…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20224 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorGlamour“Know your audience” is a communications axiom. Say you want to sell lawncare products. What better way than send out mass emails peddling “2022’s Most Glamorous Cities in the U.S.”?“Many of us dream of a ‘Real Housewives’ lifestyle,”…

Obituary: Clifford Willard Morris

Obituary: Clifford Willard Morris

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

Clifford Willard Morris, age 94, of Allegan, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2022, with family at his side. He was born July 23, 1927 in Allegan to Clement and Beatrice (Butcher) Morris. Cliff is survived by his wife of…

Obituary: Bobby J. Conley

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

Bobby J. Conley, 90, of Gobles, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Ascension Borgess Allegan. Bobby was born August 29, 1931 in Kentucky, son of the late Willie and Shirley Conley and had lived in the area since 1960.…

Obituary: Kevin Michael Stearns

Obituary: Kevin Michael Stearns

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Kevin Michael Stearns, age 32, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022, in Comstock Park, Michigan.Kevin was born April 4, 1989, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Mary Beth Stearns (Czajkowski) and Michael Stearns.He graduated from Wayland High School, class…

Obituary: Richard Alan Priebe, 66

Obituary: Richard Alan Priebe, 66

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Richard Alan Priebe, 66, passed away on February 16, 2022. Born in 1955 to William and Jean Priebe, he lived his whole life in and around Allegan. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed his work at Independent Tool. Rich…

Obituary: Raymond Garrett, 84

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Raymond (Ray) Garrett, age 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, February 11, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Reta Garrett, and two sisters Veva Hendricks and Janet Trutsch. He will be…

Otsego mayor battles mysterious medical condition

Otsego mayor battles mysterious medical condition

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20225 min read

Cyndi Trobeck (center), seen after completing a 5k, began noticing vision problems in early December. Her condition deteriorated rapidly since then and she is currently at the Cleveland Clinic for further treatment. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Kind. Joyful.…

Petrie family opens Great Gains Fitness in Otsego

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20224 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Petrie family dreamed about opening a gym near their hometown of Martin. But after several opportunities failed to pan out, they thought it might be time to move on from that dream.That’s when the Petries…

Neighbors question Wicks Park plan

Neighbors question Wicks Park plan

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20225 min read

Cottage at Wicks Park proposal discussed at Saugatuck City Planning Commission public hearing Feb. 17. By Scott SullivanEditorA Wicks Park Bar & Grill request to expand operations behind its downtown Saugatuck restaurant into a speakeasy with backyard patio ran into…

On ice

On ice

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

This group seen exploring and enjoying Saugatuck’s Oval Beach in Sunday’s thaw and sunshine had the good sense to stay well inland. With Lake Michigan’s continuous churn, surfaces anywhere near water’s edge are unreliable and hazardous. Ten feet of ice…

Saugatuck boys avenge earlier loss to Clippers on hardwood

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor SAUGATUCK—A win over visiting Martin on Tuesday, Feb. 15, would not only give the Saugatuck boys basketball team a measure of revenge for an earlier loss to the Clippers, but it was also mark the Trailblazers’…

Allegan, Hopkins cheer teams advance to regionals

Allegan, Hopkins cheer teams advance to regionals

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20223 min read

The Hopkins competitive cheer team made history by qualifying for regionals for the first time. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Of the 14 teams competing at the Division 3 competitive cheer district in Allegan on Saturday, Feb. 19, only…

Masons help fund several charities

Masons help fund several charities

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Allegan Masonic Lodge #111 in conjunction with the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan was able to provide funding of $2,400 dollars to Sylvia’s Place ($650), Operation Injured Soldiers ($800) and Camp Kidwell ($950).…

Plainwell, Lee Township hope to expand broadband

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN – Progress continues to be made in getting broadband in the area.Broadband Action Workgroup (BAW), created by the Allegan County Board of Commissioners to spearhead the expansion and availability of higher speed internet to county residents,…

Otsego mayor battles mysterious medical condition

Otsego mayor battles mysterious medical condition

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20225 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Kind. Joyful. Giving. Selfless. Compassionate.Those are just a few of the words that come to mind when Anthony Trobeck thinks about his mom Cyndi, a longtime realtor in the area and the current mayor of Otsego.“Oh…

Data breach affects 567 county employees

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20226 min read

By Leslie Ballard A confirmed data breach occurring on February 11 could potentially affect 567 Allegan County employees.In a February 15 e-mail, Vickie Herzberg, Executive Director of Human Resources for Allegan County, informed employees that “one of our employees fell…

Lawrence recognizes emergency service employees

Lawrence recognizes emergency service employees

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

The Lawrence Township Emergency Services (LTES) recently paid tribute to several of its members for their years of service. At left, LTES Fire Chief Michael Anchor presented plaques to William Gaborik, second from left, five years of service; Morgane Curtis,…