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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…

Mike’s Musings: Tone down political Rhetric demand answers from ss

Mike’s Musings: Tone down political Rhetric demand answers from ss

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

Like many of you I was in shock when I heard there was an assassination attempt on former president Trump’s life while he was speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania. It had been 43 years since the barbaric act of…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

Another “Old” in the grocery checkout lane ahead of me asked the clerk, “Is this the airport?”“What do you mean?” she asked, baffled.“I’d expect to pay this much for a bottle of water there, but not here,” he said.She rolled…

Bicyclist killed in July 4 hit-and-run accident

Bicyclist killed in July 4 hit-and-run accident

Editorial StaffJul 10, 20242 min read

Justin Lambert By Jason WesseldykSports Editor A hit-and-run accident in Cooper Township on Thursday, July 4, claimed the life of a bicyclist.The accident happened at approximately 11 p.m. at North Riverview Drive and East B Avenue in Cooper Township. The…

Wright leaves Plainwell High School

Wright leaves Plainwell High School

Editorial StaffJul 10, 20244 min read

Jeremy Wright is seen with his daughter Kaylee during her graduation from Plainwell High School. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor After serving nearly a decade-and-a-half as principal at Plainwell High School, Jeremy Wright is ready for his next challenge.Wright…

Antkoviak reflects on Olympic Trial experience: Allegan grad competed in 400-meter hurdles

Editorial StaffJul 10, 20245 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor EUGENE, Oreg.—Be bold. Be strong. For the Lord your God is with you.Those lyrics are from the the worship song “Be Bold, Be Strong.” And those are the words that were playing in Hannah Antkoviak’s mind…

Obituary: Wilma Halstead

Obituary: Wilma Halstead

Editorial StaffJul 10, 20242 min read

Wilma Halstead, age 97, passed away on July 7.Wilma worked for several local companies in Holland. Her specialty was sewing canvas. She retired full time from West Michigan Canvas in 2011, at the age of 84.Although she never had children…

Obituary: Vivian Ileath Arnsman

Obituary: Vivian Ileath Arnsman

Editorial StaffJul 10, 20242 min read

Vivian Ileath Arnsman, 95, of Hopkins, MI was called home to our Lord on Friday, July 5, 2024.  She was always a loving caretaker for many people and was always willing to help someone in need.  Vivian was raised in…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJul 10, 20248 min read

   In many ways, Jimmy Carter was a good President.  He was decent, honest, free from personal scandals, and along with his wife, Rosalind, set the example of a good long-term marriage.  A good man, but it turned out he…

July 3rd Jubilee brings thousands to Allegan Riverfront

July 3rd Jubilee brings thousands to Allegan Riverfront

Editorial StaffJul 10, 20242 min read

The City of Allegan’s 2024 July 3rd Jubilee began with a parade that began at the Cutler St. parking lot and snaked through town to the Riverfront where the evening festivities would soon begin. Photo: Olivia Ott Once a vantage…

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