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Pat’s Bits and Pieces: It’s Thanksgiving!

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: It’s Thanksgiving!

Editorial StaffNov 25, 20224 min read

I know, by the time you read this the actual day will already be over.Not for us. For years we have celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday, mostly because of deadlines and putting the paper together. It always seemed easier to wait…

Faces in the Crowd: KaMartin Blackledge

Faces in the Crowd: KaMartin Blackledge

Editorial StaffNov 25, 202210 min read

Martin and his dad Martin wore number 35 on the Marion Basketball Team of the Early 50s ‘Tis the season to be thankful. Thankful for your family. Thankful for your friends. Thankful for your loved ones.But also it’s a time…

Osceola committee discusses coordinator evaluation

Editorial StaffNov 25, 20221 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Osceola County Board of Commissioners’ personnel and administration committee, at a meeting earlier this month, discussed the evaluation form that Commissioner David Turner of Marion put together and if the Committee felt it was adequate…

Mike’s Musings: Think twice before you make your child walk

Mike’s Musings: Think twice before you make your child walk

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20223 min read

I was going to write my usual Thanksgiving tribute to those that have made 2022 a bountiful year, when scanning the news, I came across this piece that got my blood boiling.The headline declared, “Woman arrested for forcing her son…

Mike’s Musings: Election results prove country deeply divided

Mike’s Musings: Election results prove country deeply divided

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20223 min read

Now that the Mid-Term election is over (at least in most states) it is time to reflect on the results. I’m happy to say voter turnout was better than expected in most states which indicate our Democracy is alive and…

Postcard from the Pines: Veteran’s Day and other Observances

Postcard from the Pines: Veteran’s Day and other Observances

Editorial StaffNov 11, 20224 min read

Veteran’s Day is Friday, November 11. Since 1919 this date has been used, first to commemorate the anniversary of the end of WWI, and later to honor those who fought. It became a time to remember those who paid the…

Clare runners score 9th place finish in state finals

Editorial StaffNov 11, 20222 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer Finishing in the top-10 in the state is certainly an accomplishment. The Clare boys’ cross country team did just that on Saturday, when they finished in ninth place out of 28 squads in an extremely windy…

Marion set to host top-ranked Powers Central in semis

Editorial StaffNov 11, 20223 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Marion is set to play number one ranked Powers North Central on Saturday in the Division 2 8-man state semi-finals. Sound familiar? That’s because this exact match-up has…

Obituary: Barbara Ann Richards

Obituary: Barbara Ann Richards

Editorial StaffNov 11, 20224 min read

Barbara Ann Richards, age 80, of Harrison passed away surrounded by family on Friday, November 4, 2022, at the Woodland Hospice House in Mt Pleasant.Barbara was born on December 16, 1941, in Bay City, daughter of Clarence and Beatrice (Voss)…

Obituary: Robert D. Mercer

Obituary: Robert D. Mercer

Editorial StaffNov 11, 20221 min read

Farwell, Michigan Bob passed away on November 3, 2022 at the age of 64. He was born on June 30, 1958 to the late Dale and Elaine (Scott) Mercer. He enjoyed farming and spending time with family and friends after his…

Obituary: Denise Marie Roe

Obituary: Denise Marie Roe

Editorial StaffNov 11, 20222 min read

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Denise Marie Roe, 79, of Clare MI, passed away on November 4, 2022 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  Denise was born on July 5, 1943 to Esther and Joe Rose in Cambridge, MA.She married John Arthur…

Mike’s Musings: Daylight saving time makes no sense

Mike’s Musings: Daylight saving time makes no sense

Editorial StaffNov 9, 20224 min read

In the immortalized words of David Coverdale, lead singer of Whitesnake, “here I go again.” It’s another year and another rant as to why daylight saving time should go the way of video stores and Oldsmobile.As you can probably tell…

Community urges single school bond proposal

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20224 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Following a community bond forum, the Clare Board of Education discussed the upcoming bond project at their regular October meeting.At the board’s July meeting, representatives from Wolgast Derek Rickett and Joe Powers and Steven H. Hoekzema of…

Candidate challenges, proposals on Tuesday’s ballot

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20226 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Tuesday will be an interesting day for voters.At the State level, Democrats Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Garlin D. Gilchrist II are facing a challenge in a particularly “muddy” campaign from Republicans Tudor M. Dixon and Shane Hernandez.…

NMC soccer season ends at regional finals

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20221 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer The McBain Northern Michigan Christian soccer team certainly had a memorable season. Their impressive campaign came to an end on Saturday however, when the Comets lost a Division 4 regional championship game at Big Rapids, 2-0…

Lady Pioneers destroy Shepherd in district opener

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20222 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer The Clare volleyball team was able to get a home win in Division 2 district action on Monday. The Lady Pioneers were taking on Shepherd in both team’s district opener, and Clare was able to extend…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Nefarious November has arrived

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Nefarious November has arrived

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20224 min read

When it comes to the weather around mid-Michigan, November is definitely nefarious (wicked).Typically, it’s cold nights and cold days, windy, cloudy weather, rain, and sometimes snow (which can arrive any time after November shows up).The sun peeks out just to…

Obituary: Sharon Mae Jackson

Obituary: Sharon Mae Jackson

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20222 min read

Sharon Mae Jackson, age 80, of Clare, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2022, at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant.  She was born the daughter of William Henry and Aletha Mae (McLaughlin) Jackson on June 4, 1942, in Clare.  Sharon lived most…

Obituary: Vernon “Vern” L. Hart

Obituary: Vernon “Vern” L. Hart

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20223 min read

Vernon “Vern” L. Hart, age 80, formerly of Oscoda passed away Monday, October 24, 2022 at the Schnepp Senior Care Center in St. Louis.  Vernon was born the son of the late Richard “Dick” and Jennie (Heizer) Hart on April 14,…

Obituary: Phyllis Jean Cowles Richardson Ellison

Obituary: Phyllis Jean Cowles Richardson Ellison

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20222 min read

Phyllis Jean Cowles Richardson Ellison.Heaven gained a new citizen on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Phyllis went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Phyllis was born in as the 11th child of Maud and Ralph Cowles, on June 3, 1930.…