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Obituary: Larry J Ter Avest

Obituary: Larry J Ter Avest

Editorial StaffSep 20, 20232 min read

On September 12th, Larry J Ter Avest went to his heavenly home surrounded by his family. To honor Larry’s wishes we will not list his achievements, other than to say he loved his Lord and Savior and always wanted to…

Obituary: Wanetta Marie Armintrout

Obituary: Wanetta Marie Armintrout

Editorial StaffSep 20, 20235 min read

Wanetta Marie Armintrout, age 99, passed away peacefully at her home in Moline on September 10, 2023. She was born in Moline on June 10, 1924, the daughter of Alton and Gertrude (Van Horn) Frank. It was in Moline that…

Mike’s Musings: Pull them I say, if it means pain goes away

Mike’s Musings: Pull them I say, if it means pain goes away

Editorial StaffSep 20, 20233 min read

It’s no fun getting old. Although your mind remains sharp your physical attributes begin to deteriorate.In my case it is my teeth, that seem to be rotting away at a rapid clip. I’ve been to the dentist a dozen times…

Life as a Performance Art

Life as a Performance Art

Editorial StaffSep 20, 20236 min read

    Every September my mother spent several dollars buying boxes of rolls of caps for my genuine Roy Rogers Six Shooter.  If we needed more ammunition she was more than happy to foot the bill.  The reason for this was simple:  starlings.  We were directly…

Despite Nelly reschedule, Fair breaks records

Despite Nelly reschedule, Fair breaks records

Editorial StaffSep 20, 20232 min read

This lady is caught reading while resting atop her prizes-winning fair animals in the livestock barn at the Allegan County Fair. Photo by Cindy Thiele. By Shawn Brennan The 171st Allegan County Fair kicked off on Friday, September 8, with…

Allegan County deputy injured in altercation with suspect

Editorial StaffSep 20, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent A deputy with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office was injured week while attempting to arrest a suspect, the department saidThe incident took place in Dorr Township shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday Sept. 11.  The deputy was responding to a complaint of a suspect driving back…

Three injured when vehicles collide head-on

Editorial StaffSep 20, 20231 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent Allegan Central Dispatch received reports of a two car injury accident at the intersection of 56th St and 116th Ave Fennville, MI Clyde Township last week.Upon arrival deputies determined a south bound vehicle had struck a north…

Plainwell, Otsego offer Lifelong Learners program

Plainwell, Otsego offer Lifelong Learners program

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20234 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The community education departments from Plainwell and Otsego are teaming up to provide opportunities for senior citizens to get involved and remain active.The Lifelong Learners groups from Otsego and Plainwell are holding a fall kick-off event…

Remembering 9-11

Remembering 9-11

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20231 min read

Monday, Sept. 11, marked the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks that targeted the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C, among other locations. And while none of the students who attend Otsego Public…

Christian Neighbors hosts 8th Annual PATH Walk

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20233 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor With demand for its food pantry increasing by roughly 40 percent in the past year, Christian Neighbors remains committed to keeping its shelves stocked.The 8th Annual PATH Walk for Stabilization is one way to do just…

Plainwell boys cross country takes first at Delton Invite

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor HICKORY CORNERS—For the second time in its first four invitationals of the season, the Plainwell boys cross country team emerged victorious.The Trojans placed four runners in the top 10 at the Delton Kellogg Invitational on Thursday,…

Allegan boys tennis upends Liggett

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor GROSSE POINTE WOODS—The Allegan boys tennis team traveled nearly three hours to Gross Pointe Woods for the University Liggett Quad on Saturday, Sept 9.The Tigers made the trip for one primary reason: to test themselves against…

Obituary: Mary Louise Babbitt

Obituary: Mary Louise Babbitt

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20231 min read

Mary Louise Babbitt, 74 of Allegan, MI, passed away on September 8, 2023, at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Born September 6, 1949, in Allegan, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth F. Russell. Mary was loved by…

Obituary: Deb S. Smalla

Obituary: Deb S. Smalla

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20232 min read

Passed away Monday, September 4, 2023 in Kalamazoo. Deb was born November 21, 1955 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of James and Diane (Kopp) Nelson. Deb was a 1974 graduate of Otsego High School and had worked for Perrigo for 41…

Obituary: Donald J Carra

Obituary: Donald J Carra

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20234 min read

Donald J Carra, age 62 of Allegan passed away peacefully on September 6th, 2023, surrounded by family and friends at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Heartfelt gratitude goes out to the amazing ICU medical and nursing staff, as well as…

Mike’s Musings: A Mothers Cries Out for Help

Mike’s Musings: A Mothers Cries Out for Help

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20233 min read

I received a phone call from a distraught reader and mother a few days ago, that really hit home. She called me because of the strong positions I have taken in past columns about Big Pharma, opioids and doctors that…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20236 min read

    In 1951, the renown Protestant theologian, Richard Niebuhr published his important book Christ in Culture.  In it, he outlines the different ways Christ, and his church is in relationship with the secular world.  Seventy-two years later the book remains in print, and I…

Allegan County Fair 2023 encounters some ups and downs

Allegan County Fair 2023 encounters some ups and downs

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20233 min read

By Gari Voss Friday, September 8, 2023, the Allegan County Fair opened to a crowd on the Midway, in the barns and buildings, and on the Grandstand. Jake Owens and Jamison Rodgers drew a full house that enjoyed the music…

Nelly reschedules, will perform Thursday night

Nelly reschedules, will perform Thursday night

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20231 min read

Nelly will perform at the Allegan County Fair later this week after he didn’t show for a concert on Saturday night.The rescheduled concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night, according to the Allegan County Fair website. Comedian Steve Treviño will begin…

Casino employee pleads guilty to stealing $84,000

Casino employee pleads guilty to stealing $84,000

Editorial StaffSep 14, 20232 min read

A former employee at the Gun Lake Casino in Michigan has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $84,000 in cash from the tribal-owned business. Jordan Lewis Clark admitted to stealing the money while attending to “cash out machines” that jammed.…