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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…

Allegan girls beat Coloma, Black River

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor COLOMA—Make it three straight wins for the Allegan girls basketball team.The Tigers traveled to Coloma on Friday, Feb. 16, and cruised to the 62-27 victory to complete the season sweep of the Comets.Eight of the nine…

Obituary: Phyllis Ann Moored Drozd

Obituary: Phyllis Ann Moored Drozd

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Phyllis Ann Moored Drozd 91, a life-long resident and business owner of Allegan County, died on Feb. 14, 2024, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 26, 1932, to Edward and Wilma (Busfield) Moored. In 1953, she married…

Obituary: Judy Ellen Shumaker

Obituary: Judy Ellen Shumaker

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Judy Ellen Shumaker, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 15, 1943, to Larry and Mary Flegal in Mishawaka, Indiana, and spent her…

Obituary: William Jene Martinez

Obituary: William Jene Martinez

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

William Jene Martinez, a man of analytical mind and adventurous spirit, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2024, at the age of 67. Born on November 14, 1956, in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Nestor and Wilma (Spencer) Martinez. William’s life was…

Obituary: Daniel “Danny” Robert Miller

Obituary: Daniel “Danny” Robert Miller

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Photo: ©2014 Isaac Hernandez Daniel “Danny” Robert Miller, was born March 18, 1960, in Allegan, Michigan to the late C. Eugene and Betty Miller. Growing up, Danny enjoyed playing outdoors, skiing, and wrestling. He earned a black belt club ranking…

Obituary: Jody Lynn Peters

Obituary: Jody Lynn Peters

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

Jody Lynn Peters, 60, of Allegan, MI passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at her home. Born December 24, 1963 in Allegan, she was the daughter of the late Walter D. and Normadien W. (May) Grauman and was the wife…

Early Voting for the Primary Election has begun

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

By Gari Voss Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment in the November 2022 election. Now all voters can go to early voting sites and cast their ballots. The 9-day window for early voting began Sat., Feb. 17, 2023, and ends…

Ganges body ID’d as Chicago man

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorPolice have identified a body that washed up on a private Ganges Township beach Feb. 14 as belonging to Elijah Ramone Cooper, 21, of Chicago.Cooper, identified by dental records, had last been seen Nov. 15, 2023.The Allegan County…

The Arts arrive at the Griswold and City Hall

The Arts arrive at the Griswold and City Hall

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20244 min read

Tim Carr receives assistance from Chairperson of the Art Reach Project Paulette Carr, left, and President of the Allegan Area Arts Council (AAAC) Judi McCall, right. The last-minute adjustments were made before the February Allegan Area Chamber of Council (AACC)…

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Presidents’ Day has come and gone but I can’t help but reflect on two of my favorites, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.Washington was our first president. He led an army of rag tag colonists of victory over the well-trained, formidable…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Step back in time to midsummer in Paris, 1945. After five years of German occupation, the war in Europe had ended. Paris had been liberated the previous August.At first the city was full of joy again. Despite the Bavarian corporal’s orders,…

Otsego girls split pair of games

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor EDWARDSBURG—The Otsego girls basketball team fell behind early in its Wolverine Conference clash with Edwardsburg on Friday, Feb. 9, and never fully recovered.The Bulldogs fell behind 15-8 after one quarter and eventually fell by a 50-28…

Allegan boys bowling posts comeback win

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor BRONSON—Following the two baker games in its SAC non-divisional match against Burr Oak on Monday, Feb. 12, the situation appeared pretty dire for the Allegan boys bowling team.After all, the Tigers dropped both bakers—135-122 and 168-152—to…

City of Allegan dismantles Historic District Commission

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 202411 min read

By Gari Voss The Monday, February 12, 2024, City of Allegan Council meeting brought some tough decisions. The Historic District Commission (HDC) and the Allegan City Council have wrestled with whether the HDC could adequately carry out the responsibilities outlined…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

One day, after a salesclerk said, “Have a nice day,” I turned towards her with my bleakest expression and replied, “Thank you, but I have other plans.” When I bought a couple tomatoes from her later, she said, “Have a good…