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Branimal’s expands with move to new store

Branimal’s expands with move to new store

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20225 min read

By Aaron Michell Late this summer, Branimal’s Party Store moved from their location on the northeast corner of M-115 and 20 Mile to their new bigger location just across the road. And the move to a bigger location was just…

Marion council members running unopposed

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Nov. 8 general election ballot for Marion voters will include officers for the village council.None of the races are contested. Incumbent Flora A. Grundy is running unopposed for another term as resident of the…

Missaukee voters have choices to make on Tuesday

Editorial StaffNov 4, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – Missaukee County will be having various candidates on the ballot for offices during the Nov. 8 election.For Missaukee County Commission, Republican Lan Bridson is the only candidate in District 1 and Frank Vanderwal the lone…

Reasons to vote? Let me count the ways

Reasons to vote? Let me count the ways

Editorial StaffNov 2, 20223 min read

By Mike WilcoxPublisherIn some ways the Nov. 8 vote is more important than a presidential election. There are so many local candidates and issues on the ballot. To me, not participating in our elective process is akin to not paying…

Clare awarded $2 million to upgrade water system

Clare awarded $2 million to upgrade water system

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20225 min read

CCAC President Carol Santini presents a check for $3,500 to the Clare-Gladwin CTE Welding Class to purchase “Hypnotic Sphere,” a sculpture built by the class that will be a permanent addition to the community. By Pat MaurerCorrespondent A Michigan Economic…

Host of candidates to be voted on

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20224 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Two newcomers, Republicans David Coker and Max Shunk, will join Tm Haskin, Karen Hulliberger and former appointee, and now elected Bill Simpson on the new five-member Clare County Road Commission, barring any successful write-in candidates next Tuesday.Republican…

CCAC buys four sculptures for Clare

CCAC buys four sculptures for Clare

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20227 min read

Jim Edwards, sculptor of “The Bee,” accepts a check for $3,000 from Carol Crawford of the CCAC which purchased the art to keep as a permanent addition to the community. Peoples’ Choice winner, the “Bait Ball” by Dave Reimer is…

Postcard from the Pines: Trick or Treat Time

Postcard from the Pines: Trick or Treat Time

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20224 min read

It’s almost Halloween. Beware Marionites! The ghosties and ghoulies and all of their friends will soon be out and about! Halloween is a long awaited event for a lot of kids and many not so young kids too.My earliest recollections…

Clare kickers blanked by Alma in district finals

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20221 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer The Clare volleyball team welcomed Pinconning to town for a memorable Jack Pine Conference match on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Lady Pioneers won the game in straight sets, 25-15, 25-25 and 25-22, and also created awareness…

Marion caps off undefeated season with 62-6 win over Farwell

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20225 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer For as storied of a football program as the one Marion has, it might be a bit surprising that they’ve never had a perfect 9-0 regular season. The third ranked Eagles, who did go 7-0 back…

Obituary: Garry Lee Wills

Obituary: Garry Lee Wills

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20222 min read

Garry Lee Wills, age 75, of Clare, Michigan, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2022 at North Woods Nursing Center in Farwell, Michigan. Garry was born on December 17, 1946 in Reed City, Michigan. He attended Barryton Rural Agricultural School…

Faces in the Crowd: Karl Bailey

Faces in the Crowd: Karl Bailey

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20227 min read

Marion resident Karl Bailey has always loved Halloween.And 7 years ago, he started sharing that love with the community, when he started the Haunted House at the Marion Fairgrounds.What started out as a small fundraiser to help the Marion Fair…

Obituary: Myra Lee Comer

Obituary: Myra Lee Comer

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20222 min read

Myra Lee Comer, age 85, of Prudenville passed away Friday, October 21, 2022, at McLaren Bay Hospital in Bay City.Funeral Services for Myra will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1125 Byfield Drive Harrison, on…

Obituary: Elmer Benchley

Obituary: Elmer Benchley

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20222 min read

Marion – Elmer Benchley, longtime resident of the Clare and Marion area, passed away with family by his side, on Friday, October 21, 2022 at The Porches in Gaylord. He was 89.Elmer was the 8th of 16 children born to…

Nightmares in the Neighborhood

Nightmares in the Neighborhood

Editorial StaffOct 28, 20221 min read

Marion’s Haunted House will wrap up their season this Halloween Weekend. If you’re in for a scare, be sure to head on down to the fairground and check it out!

Mike’s Musings: PAC’s must be limited if our votes are to count

Mike’s Musings: PAC’s must be limited if our votes are to count

Editorial StaffOct 26, 20223 min read

The term “dark money” has become all too familiar to those political watchdogs who assess campaigns at the national level. One could say contributions that come from out-of-state PACs (political action committees) have hijacked our democratic elections.Just look at the…

55th Circuit Judge Hovey sworn in

55th Circuit Judge Hovey sworn in

Editorial StaffOct 21, 20222 min read

Circuit Court Judge Roy Mienk swears in new Circuit Court Judge Tara Hovey, who takes the place of Judge Thomas Evans who died last May. Also shown are 80th District Court Judge Joshua Farrell and Probate Court Judge Marcy Klaus.…

Fire guts room at Acorn Motel

Fire guts room at Acorn Motel

Editorial StaffOct 21, 20222 min read

A fire Tuesday morning at the Acorn Motel in Harrison destroyed one of the rooms and slowed traffic on Old US-27 while firefighters extinguished the blaze, which they believe was started by a room furnace. Passerby Michele Pomeroy captured and…

Halloween fun for everyone — starting today

Editorial StaffOct 21, 20223 min read

By Pat Maurer CorrespondentThere are lots of Halloween activities planned around the area beginning this weekend! Check out our list and pick the ones you won’t want to miss, or pick up a fl yer with loads of events listed…

Lake man dies in Farwell crash

Lake man dies in Farwell crash

Editorial StaffOct 21, 20221 min read

A Lake man died when this truck pulled out in front of his motorcycle in Farwell late Sunday afternoon.Courtesy photo By Pat MaurerCorrespondent A Lake man, 31-year-old Benjamin Sherman, died Sunday evening when he ran into the side of a…