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Grandson’s charged with abuse, death of Grandfather

Grandson’s charged with abuse, death of Grandfather

Editorial StaffMar 2, 20227 min read

Cory Nethery and Christopher Fitzhugh By Gari VosCorrespondent In Michigan, elder abuse affects an estimated one of every 10 adults. The abuse falls in six major categories: physical abuse, psychological or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, financial exploitation, and neglect.…

Wayland Schools superintendent resigns

Wayland Schools superintendent resigns

Editorial StaffMar 2, 20222 min read

Dr. Christina Hinds Wayland Union Schools Superintendent, Dr. Christina Hinds, announced her resignation, effective June 30, 2022 to the Wayland Union Schools staff and community today. Dr. Hinds has served as the Wayland Union Superintendent since July 2020. She was…

Obituary: Clifford Willard Morris

Obituary: Clifford Willard Morris

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

Clifford Willard Morris, age 94, of Allegan, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2022, with family at his side. He was born July 23, 1927 in Allegan to Clement and Beatrice (Butcher) Morris. Cliff is survived by his wife of…

Obituary: Bobby J. Conley

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

Bobby J. Conley, 90, of Gobles, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Ascension Borgess Allegan. Bobby was born August 29, 1931 in Kentucky, son of the late Willie and Shirley Conley and had lived in the area since 1960.…

Obituary: Kevin Michael Stearns

Obituary: Kevin Michael Stearns

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Kevin Michael Stearns, age 32, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022, in Comstock Park, Michigan.Kevin was born April 4, 1989, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Mary Beth Stearns (Czajkowski) and Michael Stearns.He graduated from Wayland High School, class…

Obituary: Richard Alan Priebe, 66

Obituary: Richard Alan Priebe, 66

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Richard Alan Priebe, 66, passed away on February 16, 2022. Born in 1955 to William and Jean Priebe, he lived his whole life in and around Allegan. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed his work at Independent Tool. Rich…

Obituary: Raymond Garrett, 84

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Raymond (Ray) Garrett, age 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, February 11, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Reta Garrett, and two sisters Veva Hendricks and Janet Trutsch. He will be…

Otsego mayor battles mysterious medical condition

Otsego mayor battles mysterious medical condition

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20225 min read

Cyndi Trobeck (center), seen after completing a 5k, began noticing vision problems in early December. Her condition deteriorated rapidly since then and she is currently at the Cleveland Clinic for further treatment. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Kind. Joyful.…

Petrie family opens Great Gains Fitness in Otsego

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20224 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Petrie family dreamed about opening a gym near their hometown of Martin. But after several opportunities failed to pan out, they thought it might be time to move on from that dream.That’s when the Petries…

Allegan, Hopkins cheer teams advance to regionals

Allegan, Hopkins cheer teams advance to regionals

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20223 min read

The Hopkins competitive cheer team made history by qualifying for regionals for the first time. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Of the 14 teams competing at the Division 3 competitive cheer district in Allegan on Saturday, Feb. 19, only…

Masons help fund several charities

Masons help fund several charities

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

Allegan Masonic Lodge #111 in conjunction with the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan was able to provide funding of $2,400 dollars to Sylvia’s Place ($650), Operation Injured Soldiers ($800) and Camp Kidwell ($950).…

Plainwell, Lee Township hope to expand broadband

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN – Progress continues to be made in getting broadband in the area.Broadband Action Workgroup (BAW), created by the Allegan County Board of Commissioners to spearhead the expansion and availability of higher speed internet to county residents,…

Otsego mayor battles mysterious medical condition

Otsego mayor battles mysterious medical condition

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20225 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Kind. Joyful. Giving. Selfless. Compassionate.Those are just a few of the words that come to mind when Anthony Trobeck thinks about his mom Cyndi, a longtime realtor in the area and the current mayor of Otsego.“Oh…

Data breach affects 567 county employees

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20226 min read

By Leslie Ballard A confirmed data breach occurring on February 11 could potentially affect 567 Allegan County employees.In a February 15 e-mail, Vickie Herzberg, Executive Director of Human Resources for Allegan County, informed employees that “one of our employees fell…

Mike’s Musings: High cost of energy fuels inflation

Mike’s Musings: High cost of energy fuels inflation

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20223 min read

Inflation is at a 40-year high in the United States. Prices that were stable a year have taken a 7.5% jump. Going to the grocery store has put a strain on most of our pocketbooks. Used cars are 41 percent…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20226 min read

Marinell Barretta of north-ern Italy died at age 70. That part, with the mortality rate holding steady at 100 per-cent, was not surprising. What followed was.Local authorities found her mummified remains Feb. 4 some two and a half years after…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20225 min read

It’s the time of year when aspiring writers get out pens and big legal pads of lined yellow paper. Others find their grandparents’ manual Underwood or Royal type-writer, spray WD-40 on the ribbon to refresh it after dec-ades in the…

Mike’s Musings: Release Assange now, he has endured enough punishment

Mike’s Musings: Release Assange now, he has endured enough punishment

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20223 min read

There are so many innocent people jailed for crimes they haven’t committed. I worked for a time, helping to expose some that were incarcerated, yet innocent. One of those, a man I truly admire is Julian Assange, and I hope…

Otsego posts victory over Plainwell

Otsego posts victory over Plainwell

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20222 min read

Otsego’s Kaitlyn Payseno (left) tries to drive past Plainwell’s Lauren Vandersteldt. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor OTSEGO—Cali Miller, Hannah Fitzpatrick and Kaitlyn Payseno formed quite the tremendous trio for the Otsego girls basketball team in its game…

Allegan places second at quad

Allegan places second at quad

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20222 min read

Titus Smith set a school record in the butterfly during a home quad. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor A record-setting effort from Titus Smith in the 100-yard butterfly highlighted a runner-up finish for the Allegan boys swim…