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Jaden Shaffer enjoys return to basketball court for Otsego

Jaden Shaffer enjoys return to basketball court for Otsego

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20225 min read

Pictured above, Otsego sixth grader Jaden Shaffer (at left) celebrates with his teammates after recording an assist to start the basketball game against Plainwell. (Photo provided) At right, Otsego Middle School students show their support for Jaden Shaffer. (Photo provided)…

Obituary: David Orville “Dave” Lowery, 87

Obituary: David Orville “Dave” Lowery, 87

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20222 min read

David Orville “Dave” Lowery, age 87, of Mount Pleasant, MI, passed away Friday, December 9, 2022, at Woodland Hospice House, Mt. Pleasant.Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, MI at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 13,…

Obituary: Joyce Waterman, 92

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20223 min read

Joyce Waterman, 92, of Holland, MI passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 4, 2022. She was born on June 1, 1930 in Allegan, MI to Jack and May Arndt of Allegan, MI. Joyce spent two of her high…

Mike’s Musings: Here’s why your local newspaper is important

Mike’s Musings: Here’s why your local newspaper is important

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20223 min read

I have a confession to make. I’m a local newspaper addict. I write them, I sell them, and most importantly I read every single one I can get my hands on.Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately depending on your viewpoint, I also…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20227 min read

  If anyone knows where you can find one of those ugly little soft rubbery-like coin wallets, please let me know. If it is before Christmas, bring it over to our place and let my wife know so she can wrap…

MSP move will impact Missaukee County

Editorial StaffDec 9, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – A recent announcement by the Michigan State Police post is likely to provide more law enforcement coverage for Missaukee County and neighboring areas.The MSP announced in the coming weeks, it will open a full-time service…

Lake Doster Golf Club suffers $100,000 in damage

Lake Doster Golf Club suffers $100,000 in damage

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20222 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PLAINWELL—Damage done to the sixth and seventh greens at Lake Doster Golf Club will cost upwards of $100,000 to repair, according to head golf professional Matt Townsley.“The greens were completely destroyed,” Townsley said. “There was no…

Local communities get in Christmas spirit

Local communities get in Christmas spirit

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20223 min read

Elves handed out candy canes during Plainwell’s Light up the Night celebration. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) The path to Santa’s village was well lit during the Light up the Night event in downtown Plainwell. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) Santa Claus…

Otsego’s Maxwell named to All-State Band

Otsego’s Maxwell named to All-State Band

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20224 min read

Sophie Maxwell poses with Otsego High School band director Mitch Piersma. (Photo provided) Otsego High School senior Sophie Maxwell (center) performs during a competition this fall. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor For the second straight year, an Otsego High…

Team Impact accepts Plainwell’s Larsen

Team Impact accepts Plainwell’s Larsen

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20224 min read

Cam Larsen, at right, is seen with younger brother Dylan. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Plainwell Middle School student Cameron Larsen recently received some exciting news.Larsen, a seventh grader, has been paired with the Michigan State University Men’s golf…

Otsego boys bowling team beats Portage Central

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20221 min read

PORTAGE—The Otsego boys bowling team came out firing on Saturday, Dec. 3, as the Bulldogs bested Portage Central in the opening day of Southwest Michigan Bowling Conference action.Otsego had a 845 in the first game, with a high score of…

Allegan bowlers cruise past Gobles

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20221 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The first SAC matches for the Allegan bowling teams were a rousing success.Hosting Gobles at Snowden Sunset Lanes on Monday, Dec. 5, the Tigers cruised to wins by an identical score of 28-2 in both the…

Obituary: Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, 80

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20223 min read

Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, long time resident of the Warrenton, Virginia area, she passed away peacefully at home on October 23, 2022, following a brave struggle with cancer. Her husband of over fifty years, Edmund M Wageley IV preceded her…

Obituary: James “Jim” Vincent Tew, 82

Obituary: James “Jim” Vincent Tew, 82

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20223 min read

James “Jim” Vincent Tew, 82 of Hopkins, Michigan, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022 following a valiant fight against leukemia. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan on March 15, 1940, he was the son of the late Shirley Vincent and Opal…

Obituary: Judy Lynne Curry,64

Obituary: Judy Lynne Curry,64

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20223 min read

On November 23, 2022 Judy received her angel wings, with her caring family by her side at Holland Hospital. Judy (Jones) Curry was born on August 1, 1958, in Allegan. She was the oldest daughter of 5 to the late…

Obituary: Ila May (Pelkey) Pokornowski, 94

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20222 min read

May 21, 1928 – November 21, 2022On November 21, 2022, Ila May (Pelkey) Pokornowski passed away at age ninety-four. Ila passed peacefully at the Allegan County Medical Care Community. Prior to this, she had resided at Briarwood Assisted Living in…

Mike’s Musings: Old woman jailed for $77 debt, give me a break

Mike’s Musings: Old woman jailed for $77 debt, give me a break

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20223 min read

82-year-old Martha Menefield of Valley, Alabama was handcuffed and driven to jail last week for failing to pay her Waste Management trash bill for three months- June, July and August.I did a quick reread when this was sent to me…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20227 min read

   One afternoon about this time of year, as my sister walked past his woodworking shop,  Mr. Ness stuck  his head out the door and called for us to come inside.  In his thick Norwegian accent, he told us that a letter for us…

Christmas arrives in Allegan

Christmas arrives in Allegan

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20221 min read

At right, Allegan Youth Baseball defied the off-season, winter weather, and the Cub Scouts demonstrated that winter can be conquered with a tent, the proper clothing and a positive attitude.See more photos on A10. By Gari Voss Allegan’s Festive Fridays…

Lake Doster Golf Club suffers $100,000 in damage

Lake Doster Golf Club suffers $100,000 in damage

Editorial StaffDec 7, 20222 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PLAINWELL—Damage done to the sixth and seventh greens at Lake Doster Golf Club will cost upwards of $100,000 to repair, according to head golf professional Matt Townsley.“The greens were completely destroyed,” Townsley said. “There was no…