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OMS students participate in postcard exchange

OMS students participate in postcard exchange

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20233 min read

Eighth grade art students at OMS created postcards to exchange with students in Hawaii. (Photo provided) OMS art students created postcards that they sent to students in Hawaii. (Photo provided)…

Plainwell wrestling duo shines at all-girls tourney

Plainwell wrestling duo shines at all-girls tourney

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20232 min read

Plainwell freshman Madison Nieuwenhuis (top) shows off her skills at the West Michigan Girls Showcase. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor MONTAGUE—On Thursday, Dec. 29, approximately 150 female high school…

Allegan, Fennville grapplers compete at Comstock Invitational

Allegan, Fennville grapplers compete at Comstock Invitational

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorKALAMAZOO—A pair of local wrestling teams was among the 16 squads that competed at the Horseshoe Classic at Comstock High School on Wednesday, Dec. 28.Allegan had the…

Obituary: Evelyn Kay Hitchcock, 32

Obituary: Evelyn Kay Hitchcock, 32

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20231 min read

Evelyn Kay Hitchcock, 32. Born Oct. 4, 1990 in Allegan.Passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022.She loved all animals, especially her pet snakes.. Her hobbies were fishing, mudruns, building with…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20237 min read

    Years ago, I discovered there is a sweet spot-on Christmas Eve afternoon.  I like to go for a short solitary walk, but not this year.  I go out about the time that…

Mike’s Musings: Free Assange in 2023

Mike’s Musings: Free Assange in 2023

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20233 min read

It’s a new year, and I’m counting on President Biden to do the right thing in 2023, when it comes to imprisoned journalist, Julian Assange.Assange, founder of Wikileaks, began publishing…

Thousands gather to usher in 2023 at Allegan’s riverfront

Thousands gather to usher in 2023 at Allegan’s riverfront

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20233 min read

In past years, the celebration has rung in the New Year through subzero temperatures, rain, and snow – 2023 began in a dry and balmy 30 degree temperature that drew…

It’s official, Allegan to get a third circuit judge

It’s official, Allegan to get a third circuit judge

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondence ALLEGAN – The long-desired third circuit court judge for Allegan Couny has finally become a reality following an extensive amount of local effort for this to happen.Governor…

Enjoying a winter wonderland in Otsego

Enjoying a winter wonderland in Otsego

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20221 min read

The Wheeler family in Otsego once again provided the community with a spectacular light show to celebrate the Christmas season. The lights are programmed to “dance” with the music that…

Local middle schoolers get to ‘Shop With A Hero’

Local middle schoolers get to ‘Shop With A Hero’

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20224 min read

A middle school student receives help picking out Christmas gifts to give to his family. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports EditorSome local first responders took time away from their usual…

Macker committee donates money to OPS groups

Macker committee donates money to OPS groups

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20224 min read

Gus Macker committee co-chairs Scot Reitenour (far left) and Marty Bennett (far right) present a check to the OHS boys basketball program. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports EditorSince first being…

Otsego beats Sexton, improves to 5-0

Otsego beats Sexton, improves to 5-0

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

2202-294-OHS-PCHS B FR BB 295-OHS-PCHS B JV BB 296-OHS-PCHS B VAR BB By Jason WesseldykSports EditorKALAMAZOO—A big second half from Sam Bronkema and some clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth…

Allegan girls, Wayland boys win bowling invitational

Allegan girls, Wayland boys win bowling invitational

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20223 min read

The Allegan girls took top honors at the invitational the Tigers co-hosted with South Haven. (Photo provided) Members of the Wayland boys bowling team were all smiles after winning the…

Obituary: Vernon Chauncey Olcott, 97

Obituary: Vernon Chauncey Olcott, 97

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20223 min read

Vernon Chauncey Olcott, 97, passed away at home on Dec. 22, 2022. He was born April 4, 1925, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to the late Vernon and Frances Olcott. On…

Obituary: William David Schmitz, 93

Obituary: William David Schmitz, 93

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

William David Schmitz, 93, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died Thursday, December 15, 2022. He was born March 30, 1929, in Allegan, Michigan to William Emil Schmitz and Dorothy (Blanchard) Schmitz.Bill was…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20229 min read

   No doubt you have seen a televised insurance company commercial where an older fellow is trying to help a group of young people avoid turning into their parents.  It is such…

Brink, Zeter honored by Masons

Brink, Zeter honored by Masons

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20221 min read

On Dec.14th the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan came to Allegan to install the new officers of Allegan #111. Allegan was proud to…

Blizzard related accidents close down US-131

Blizzard related accidents close down US-131

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN – Allegan County Board of Commissioners chairman Jim Storey reported the pre-Christmas blizzard tested the response of public safety agencies throughout the county last week.Blizzard warnings…

Chambers has success against Coosa Valley, falls to Glenwood

Chambers has success against Coosa Valley, falls to Glenwood

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20225 min read

Drew Sheppard controls the boards in the JV Rebels’ win over Coosa Valley. Chambers swept the night with each Rebel team posting a win. Photo by Taphne Nelson. By Katie…

Here’s end of year opportunity to give to local non-profits

Here’s end of year opportunity to give to local non-profits

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20225 min read

By Gari Voss As 2022 comes to a close and 2023 appears to open with countless possibilities, individuals have the opportunity to answer calls of need and offer assistance where…