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Clare boys basketball bounced by Meridian, take down Shepherd

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20241 min read

The Clare boys basketball team lost their game against Sanford Meridian on Jan. 25 with a final score of 55-30. They also won their game against Shepherd on Jan. 30 with a final score of 56-44.In a Hudl highlights video…

Obituary: Ronald “Ron” Stephen Mitchell

Obituary: Ronald “Ron” Stephen Mitchell

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20244 min read

Ronald “Ron” Stephen Mitchell age 90 of rural Harrison passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 13, 2024, surrounded by his family. Ronald was born January 12, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan the son of Arthur J. Kmieciak (Mitchell) and…

Obituary: Sandra L. Dewey

Obituary: Sandra L. Dewey

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20241 min read

Sandra L. Dewey, age 64, of Gladwin, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024. She was born on May 20, 1959, to Harvey and Dorothy (Robertson) Miller in Greenville, South Carolina.Sandra dedicated several years of her life to Adult Foster…

Obituary: Danielle Joyce Slanker

Obituary: Danielle Joyce Slanker

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20242 min read

Danielle Joyce Slanker- Our Queen, Tootie, Little momma, went to tend the gardens in heaven on January 26, 2024. She lived in Farwell with her husband Darrel Slanker. They married on June 14, 1980. He was the love of her…

Proud to be a Pioneer: Parenting – the Ultimate Test

Proud to be a Pioneer: Parenting – the Ultimate Test

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20243 min read

Parenting is the world’s greatest honor and its’ most difficult task…all too often we experience both in the same day! We’re grateful for all the time, energy, and lessons you invest in your kids and we’ll continue to support and…

May I Walk with You? Have we Forgotten

May I Walk with You? Have we Forgotten

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20243 min read

I’ve been doing a little reading about the Eucharist, and I came across St. Thomas Aquinas who stated that one of the reasons Jesus gave us the Eucharist is so that we would not forget him. “Do this in remembrance…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: February Again

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: February Again

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20245 min read

Well, it’s here – my least favorite month of the whole year.Yesterday was Groundhog Day and after they rousted the poor critter out of his “log,” reportedly “Punxsutawney Phil” did not see his shadow. Or maybe he did since the…

Cadillac man wins $100,000 in lottery drawing

Cadillac man wins $100,000 in lottery drawing

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20242 min read

A Cadillac man said winning a $100,000 500X Money Maker Second Chance prize from the Michigan Lottery is “life-changing.”Scott Jaworski, 48, won $100,000 after he was selected in a random drawing that took place Jan. 18. He earned entries into…

Faces in the Crowd: Patricia Michell

Faces in the Crowd: Patricia Michell

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20247 min read

Patricia Michell is the matriarch of the Michell family which extends several generations.  Both she and her husband, Max (now diseased), have left a legacy that has impacted the Marion Community deep and wide.  Max and Patricia celebrated their 50th…

Kevin Eisenga named McBain School Board president

Editorial StaffFeb 2, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – The McBain Board of Education, at its recent meeting, voted to appoint the following officer positions for the Board of Education for 2024: President – Kevin Eisenga. Vice President – Ken Stahl Treasurer – Matt…

Mike’s Musings: If you are a Michigan football fan, plenty to cheer for

Mike’s Musings: If you are a Michigan football fan, plenty to cheer for

Editorial StaffJan 31, 20243 min read

Despite a crushing loss to the 49ers, all Michiganders can me mighty proud of how their professional and collegiate football teams (Michigan State not withstanding) performed this year.Just a few weeks ago the Michigan Wolverines were crowned National Champions. They…

Postcard from the Pines: Number Please

Postcard from the Pines: Number Please

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20244 min read

Someone recently posted photos of two, recently discovered, Marion telephone books, from the spring of 1961. This brought quite a bit of discussion, much of it involving remembered numbers, and the immortal party line. Almost everyone shared a party line,…

NMC girls fall to Beal City

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – Beal City defeated McBain Northern Michigan Christian 46-21 on Tuesday in Highland Conference action.Beal City had quarter leads of 15-6 and 20-12 and outscored NMC 24-0 in the third quarter.“We played a good first half…

Clare girls basketball wins against Harrison, Ithaca

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20242 min read

By Kaitlyn CampbellThe Clare girls basketball team won their game against Harrison on Jan. 11 with a final score of 54-6. They also won their game against Ithaca on Jan. 16 with a final score of 51-36.In the game against…

Obituary: Norma Jean Gruno

Obituary: Norma Jean Gruno

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20242 min read

Norma Jean Gruno, age 90, passed away at The Horizon Senior Living in Clare at 11:16 pm on Friday, January 19, 2024. She was born in Lake, MI on February 6, 1933, the daughter of Hollie and Freda (Scott) Loker.…

Obituary: Marijke Ingrid Reedy

Obituary: Marijke Ingrid Reedy

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20242 min read

MARCH 21, 1951 – JANUARY 19, 2024Marijke Ingrid Reedy age 72 of Marion, Michigan went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 19, 2024. Marijke was born March 21, 1951 in Bandoeng, Indonesia the daughter of Willemstad…

Obituary: Mary Margaret Dewey Collins

Obituary: Mary Margaret Dewey Collins

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20243 min read

Marion – Mary Margaret Dewey Collins, lifelong resident of Marion passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Munson Healthcare’s Cadillac Hospital with family by her side. She was 89.Mary was born on April 6, 1934 in Marion, Michigan to…

Obituary: Jerry M. Sikkema

Obituary: Jerry M. Sikkema

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20242 min read

Jerry M. Sikkema age 80 of Marion passed away on January 18, 2024 at Munson Healthcare-Cadillac. Jerry was born on April 2, 1943 in Grand Rapids to Elton and Hilda (Ouwinga) Sikkema. He married Virginia Sutten January 25, 1964 at…

Obituary: Cheryl Ann Bay

Obituary: Cheryl Ann Bay

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20243 min read

Cheryl Ann Bay passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at her home after a 13 year battle with cancer. Cheryl was born on September 15, 1953, the eldest of three children to parents Ron and Evon Radabaugh in Clare,…

Obituary: Barbara Lee Miller

Obituary: Barbara Lee Miller

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20242 min read

12/29/1943 – 1/20/2024Barb was born Barbara Lee Miller, December 29, 1943, to parents Woodrow and Thelma Miller in Farwell Michigan. (She often mentioned that she was born at home, not in a hospital) She graduated as Barbara Gordon from Farwell…