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Mike’s Musings: Are we in Danger of losing Free Speech?

Mike’s Musings: Are we in Danger of losing Free Speech?

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20233 min read

All I want for Christmas is the return of free speech to America and the rest of the world. Free speech, long a credo of Democracy, has been hijacked by those that can’t stand others having a differing opinion. Thus,…

Boys Hoops Preview:

Editorial StaffNov 22, 202312 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor ALLEGANTalk about making a strong first impression.As a freshman last season, point guard Quentin Edwards II helped guide his team to a winning record at 12-10, earning First Team All-Conference honors for his efforts.Edwards II is…

Obituary: Bruce W. Kolhoff, 90

Obituary: Bruce W. Kolhoff, 90

Editorial StaffNov 22, 20232 min read

EPSON MFP image Bruce W. Kolhoff passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the age of 90.Mr. Kolhoff was born September 30, 1933 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Cyril and Lillie (Cross) Kolhoff.He was…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffNov 22, 20237 min read

    “They don’t make Thanksgivings like they used to,” Ol’ Curdlepuss moaned the other day. “Back when I was growing up it was pretty good, but not so much anymore. It isn’t the way it used to be.”      He didn’t wait for…

State Champs!

State Champs!

Editorial StaffNov 22, 20231 min read

The Martin Clippers are back-to-back state champs. Taking on Inland Lakes in the 8-Player Division 1 State Finals at the Superior Dome in Marquette on Saturday, Nov. 11, the Clippers secured the 30-26 win in comeback fashion.Trailing 20-0 through three…

Thanksgiving Weekend Brings Opening of Downtown Allegan

Editorial StaffNov 22, 20234 min read

By Gari Voss The highlight of Thanksgiving Weekend may be the Ribbon Cutting for Allegan’s Downtown Streetscape at 11am on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, but the Holiday Roller Coaster is ready to explode from the starting platform! Everyone is encouraged…

County announces first broadband customer

County announces first broadband customer

Editorial StaffNov 22, 20232 min read

Coralee and Lynn Zandbergen, are pictured with Commissioner Scott Beltman presenting a hat, for 123Net. They were one of more than 11,000 county residences to gain access to high speed internet through the $65 million program. By John RaffelCorrespondent The…

Overisel treasurer retires after 41 years on the job

Editorial StaffNov 22, 20231 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN –- Allegan County commission chairman James Storey said Overisel Township Treasurer Patty Reuschel participated in her last board meeting this past week.During the meeting, Supervisor Russ VanDam read Reuschel’s letter announcing her resignation from the jobs…

Mike’s Musings: Holidays are here, enjoy your family

Mike’s Musings: Holidays are here, enjoy your family

Editorial StaffNov 22, 20233 min read

As we partake in a Thanksgiving feast, watch football, and enjoy time with our relatives, I harken back to these words from Apple founder, Steve Jobs, who died at the age of 56, and lamented about his lack of time…

Bulldog fall short against Edwardsburg in regional finals

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20235 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PARCHMENT—In its Division 2 regional final against Edwardsburg on Thursday, Nov. 9, the Otsego volleyball team utilized a diversified offensive attack.Three Bulldogs racked up at least 10 kills, led by a team-best 13 from Brooke Smalldon.Unfortunately…

Otsego upends ParmaWestern in regional semis

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PARCHMENT—Second-year Otsego volleyball coach Kelsey Swoboda often talks about her team’s competitive spirit.And that competitiveness was on full display during the Bulldogs’ regional semifinal against Parma Western on Tuesday, Nov. 7.After losing the first set 26-24,…

Obituary: Alice Irene Henry

Obituary: Alice Irene Henry

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20232 min read

Alice Irene Henry, 88, passed away Monday, November 13, 2023 at Greencroft Healthcare.She was born April 22, 1935 in Elgin, Ohio to Wiley I. and Blanch S. (Ashbaugh) Miller.On February 13, 1959, she married Arthur Sewell Henry in Bellefontaine, Ohio.He…

Obituary: James Edward Thayer

Obituary: James Edward Thayer

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20232 min read

James Edward Thayer, 67, of Cassopolis, died Sunday, November 12, 2023.His life began January 14, 1956, in Plainwell, Michigan born to Edward and Lena Thayer. He married the love of his life, Melva Louise DeVries August 9, 1980 in Allegan,…

Obituary: Frank Piantek

Obituary: Frank Piantek

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20233 min read

Frank Piantek, 79, of Fennville, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep on the morning of November 4, 2023.  Frank was born in 1944 in Chicago, IL to Frank Piantek Sr. and Lottie Piantek.  He married his wife, Gloria,…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20237 min read

    Back in the Olden Days, sometimes known as The Good Old Days, even if they were not all that great, there was no such thing as Black Friday that began at the stroke of midnight the day after Thanksgiving.  Back then,…

Otsego grad Dugan chosen to play at Carnegie Hall

Otsego grad Dugan chosen to play at Carnegie Hall

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20233 min read

Margaret Dugan, a 2023 Otsego High School graduate, was recently selected for the Honors Performance Series and will have the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor From Otsego to New…

35-star flag display unveiled

35-star flag display unveiled

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20232 min read

Civil War reenactors salute the 35-star flag that is now on display at the Otsego Area Historical Museum. The flag was unveiled as part of a Veterans Day ceremony. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor A new display featuring a…

Alamo Elementary hosts Veterans Day breakfast

Alamo Elementary hosts Veterans Day breakfast

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20232 min read

Approximately 35 veterans were on hand for the Veterans Day breakfast at Alamo Elementary School. (Photo provided) Veterans and students enjoy breakfast at the annual Alamo Elementary School Veterans Day breakfast. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Thank you.That’s the…

Do you need help? Write Us!

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20233 min read

It’s time again for this newspaper’s annual Christmas Wish program. In the next few weeks we are asking readers that find themselves or their family in a dire situation to write us and in detail, tell us what you or…

Nurse impostor pleads guilty to identity theftand making false medical records

Editorial StaffNov 15, 20234 min read

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten announced that Leticia Gallarzo, 49, of Allegan County, pleaded guilty to using the identity of another person to obtain employment as a licensed registered nurse and…