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Otsego seeks development ideas for Elks Lodge

Otsego seeks development ideas for Elks Lodge

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

The City of Otsego is accepting development proposals for the old Elks Lodge at 113 S. Farmer St. By Aaron MitchellOtsego City Manager The City of Otsego recently has taken possession of the former Elks Lodge located at 113 S.…

BookshelfBandits winBattle of the Books

BookshelfBandits winBattle of the Books

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20241 min read

A total of 26 teams representing elementary schools in Plainwell, Otsego, Hopkins and Martin participated in the annual Battle of the Books competition at the Plainwell Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 24.And it was the Bookshelf Bandits from Plainwell’s…

B-I-N-G-O

B-I-N-G-O

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20241 min read

The Lifelong Learners, a group for senior citizens sponsored by the community education departments from Otsego and Plainwell, held its most recent event on Thursday, Feb. 15. Attendees played bingo in addition to enjoying refreshments and prizes. (Photos provided)

Plainwell robotics compete at state

Plainwell robotics compete at state

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

Plainwell students who competed at the VEX State Championship were (back from left) Blaine Rensi, Aiden Mallory, JD Fritz, Ayden Young, Clay Rankin, (middle) Blayne Withrow, Luca Cassada, Aiden Glass, Kolton Johnson, and Kevin Vicenzi, (front) Owen Ferris, Isaiah Looney-McPhillips,…

Early voting is sparse in county

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN – Voting in the presidential primary during the state’s first venture into early voting yielded sparse participation in the county.“The low turnout set off alarm bells for the budgets of local governments that must staff polls…

Martin girls beat Delton to return to winning ways

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor MARTIN—Having dropped six of their previous eight games, members of the Martin girls basketball team were hoping to get back to their winning ways against Delton on Friday, Feb. 23.And the Clippers did just that, shaking…

Otsego edges past Plainwell for conference title

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor OTSEGO—For the second year in a row, the Otsego boys swim & dive team claimed the Southwestern and Central Michigan Conference championship.Not that it was easy.The Bulldogs, who finished in three-way tie for first place with…

Obituary: Judy Ball

Obituary: Judy Ball

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

Judy Ball, 77, of Mancelona, Michigan passed away on 2/1/24 after a stroke.Judy was born on 8/28/1946 to Milton and Ellen Backofen in Charlotte Michigan. After Judy graduated from Charlotte High School in 1964 she continued her education at Western…

Obituary: Eleanor June Russell

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

Eleanor passed away, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at her home in Allegan. She was born April 8, 1922, in Allegan, the daughter of McKinley and Madeline (Anderson) Oisten. She was a Girl Scout for two years while in grade school.…

City discusses Hubbard Street parking lot, 4-day work weeks

City discusses Hubbard Street parking lot, 4-day work weeks

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 202410 min read

Hubbard Street parking lot. Photo by Julie Hotchkiss. By Gari Voss The City of Allegan Council spent time wrestling through the Study Session and Regular Council meeting balancing needs and opportunities related to special funding. As the Council heard the…

Only 980 residents take advantage of early voting

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN – Voting in the presidential primary during the state’s firstventure into early voting yielded sparse participation in the county.“The low turnout set off alarm bells for the budgets of local governments that must staff polls with…

Construction manager takes part in Hillside activities

Construction manager takes part in Hillside activities

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

Every once in a while,  a community member steps up and becomes a integral part of a school. Steve McCaskey, a Project Superintendent for Owen, Ames, Kimball, has gone above and beyond his duties for the construction company and become…

Group to address county’s lack of housing

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

Led by a coalition of non-profits and government entities including Allegan County Community Foundation, Community Action of Allegan County, Allegan Area ESA, United Way of Ottawa and Allegan County, OnPoint, and Allegan County government, Bowen National Research was commissioned to…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20244 min read

If you are a Republican, the Democrat next door is not your enemy, nor vice versa. If you are pro-life and your neighbor down the street supports Planned Parenthood, he or she is not your enemy.  If you believe in enforcing gun laws,…

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

Today’s a great day. I have a cold now running on 8 days, my bank account is in the negative, and my ex-wife has called for the umpteenth time- and it hasn’t even reached noon on my wall clock.But hey…

Washington St. receives Literacy Leader Award

Washington St. receives Literacy Leader Award

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20244 min read

Students at Washington Street Elementary select books at an event last year. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Grand Rapids-based organization TalentFirst announced the first recipients of its Literacy Leader AwardAnd Otsego Public Schools’ Washington…

Nominations open for Outstanding People for Education

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Do you know someone who has made a positive impact on students who attend Otsego Public Schools or Plainwell Community Schools?If so, then you should consider nominating that person for the 2024 Outstanding People for Education…

Plainwell robotics teams compete at finals

Plainwell robotics teams compete at finals

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

Plainwell Middle School students who participated at the VEX State Championship were (from left) Bryce Stoeffler, Mia Williams, Tavi Rosati, Caleb Williams, Mason Potts, Hunter Crouch, Malachi Waters, Mason Anderson, Ava Anderson, Anne Wilkinson and Lucas Pauly. By Jason WesseldykSports…

Municipalities offer early voting through Sunday, Feb. 25

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Michigan will hold its presidential primary.And for the first time in a major statewide election, voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots through early, in-person voting.Beginning with the presidential primary, municipalities…

Otsego bowling finishes regular season

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor KALAMAZOO—It was a busy weekend for the Otsego bowling teams.The Bulldogs took part in the Wolverine Conference Championship at Revel & Roll on Friday, Feb. 16, before participating in the Southwest Michigan Conference Championship the following…