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Gas prices continue downward trend

Editorial StaffAug 26, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent Gas prices have come down below $4 a gallon in Osceola and other neighboring counties with speculation it may or may not continue to decline.Triple A reported the national average was at $3.878 a gallon as of…

Pray for Alzheimer’s cure

Pray for Alzheimer’s cure

Editorial StaffAug 24, 20223 min read

Of all the conditions or diseases, one might encounter, Alzheimer’s/dementia is in my opinion the worst.Many of us know a mother, father or a close relative that has suffered from this disease that saps almost all memory from a person.…

Obituary: Peggy Ann (Ruby) Dillon

Obituary: Peggy Ann (Ruby) Dillon

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20223 min read

Peggy Ann (Ruby) Dillon, age 90 of Clare, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 12, 2022 at the Pioneer Golden Estates Assisted Living Facility of Clare surrounded by her loving family.  On January 26, 1932, Peggy was born one of three…

Obituary: Arnold Lee “Bill” Newman

Obituary: Arnold Lee “Bill” Newman

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20222 min read

Arnold Lee “Bill” Newman, age 89 of Clare, (formerly of Frankenmuth) passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022, just ten days shy of his 90th birthday, at Pioneer Golden Estates in Clare.  “Bill” was born the son of Ted and Arvilla Newman…

Obituary: Betty Baker

Obituary: Betty Baker

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20222 min read

Jackson, Michigan – Betty Baker, of Jackson passed away Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Summit Park Assisted Living. She was 89.She was born on September 15, 1932, in Cadillac Michigan, to Oscar and Marguerite (Kent) Johnson. Betty was married to…

$1 million land purchase will make industrial park possible

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20223 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent With the help of Clare Businessman Steve Letherer, the City will be able to begin the process to develop a third Industrial Park on the south side of the original Industrial Park.After the last lot in the…

2022 Harrison Street Fair begins August 26

2022 Harrison Street Fair begins August 26

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20223 min read

Loads of Vendors at Harrison’s Street Fair. 2017 file photo By Pat MaurerCorrespondent When the Old US-27 Motor Tour stops at Harrison, Friday afternoon, August 26th, they will be just a part of Harrison’s annual Street Fair on Friday and…

Car tour comes to Clare Thursday, Harrison Friday

Car tour comes to Clare Thursday, Harrison Friday

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20224 min read

Classic Cars arrive at the Harrison Street Fair.2017 file photo Above – Downtown streets are packed all along the Old US 27 Motor Tour route.At left -Tour originatorCraig Parrish Classic cars arrive in Clare in 2018 Classic cars arrive in…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Suddenly, signs of Fall

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Suddenly, signs of Fall

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20223 min read

The dog days of summer are here. They always set the backdrop for certain activities, high among them everything involving the back-to-school rush. This week students picked up schedules amid the final paving of the MHS drive and parking lot.…

Faces in the Crowd: Clare and Deb Wood

Faces in the Crowd: Clare and Deb Wood

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20227 min read

Although Marion wasn’t home in the beginning for Clare and Deb Wood, Marion will always be home in the end.Clare, a ’69 Gladwin graduate, and Deb, a ’77 Marion graduate [who moved here with her grandparents in the 8th grade]…

Schools, students prepare for 2022-23 year

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent School officials are getting ready for the opening of the 2022-23 school year.“McBain Schools is fully staffed with teachers, and we are ready for the 2022-2023 school year,” superintendent Scott Akom said. “We have posted and are…

Osceola commissioners approve school resource officers

Editorial StaffAug 19, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Osceola County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the Osceola County Sheriff Department to hire four school resource officers and to place them in the schools as soon as positions are filled.County commissioner Roger…

Mike’s Musings: Don’t be scam victim

Mike’s Musings: Don’t be scam victim

Editorial StaffAug 17, 20223 min read

By Mike WilcoxPublisherScammers are everywhere these days, often where you least expect them.I ran into a group a couple nights ago while trying to call Spectrum to fix my internet.Spectrum wants you to make all inquiries online, so they do…

Obituary-Wilma Troyer Bontrager

Obituary-Wilma Troyer Bontrager

Editorial StaffAug 15, 20223 min read

MAY 19, 1921 – AUGUST 4, 2022 Wilma Troyer Bontrager, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, passed awaypeacefully at her home near Fairview, Michigan, on August 4, 2022, at the age of 101.  Wilma was born at thefamily home…

Obituary: Edward J. Schlafley

Obituary: Edward J. Schlafley

Editorial StaffAug 12, 20223 min read

Edward J. Schlafley, age 99, of Manistee, passed away Sunday July 31, 2022, at Maple Ridge Manor in Manistee. He was born on December 25, 1922, the son of the late Edward and Eva (Sanders) Schlafley.His wife, Eleanor Fern Schlafley,…

Obituary: Jill Lynne Hochstetler

Obituary: Jill Lynne Hochstetler

Editorial StaffAug 12, 20222 min read

Jill Lynne Hochstetler-age 79 of Farwell, passed away on Saturday, August 6th, 2022, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Gratiot. Jill was born to parents Charles Phillip and Alice Louise (Gee) Hochstetler in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on June 28, 1943. Jill has been…

Obituary: Mary Ellen Beebe Orton

Obituary: Mary Ellen Beebe Orton

Editorial StaffAug 12, 20222 min read

Mary Ellen Beebe Orton, of Detour Village, MI, passed away August 8, 2022 at the age of 74. Mary was born on June 8, 1948 to John and Jeanine Nordquist in Highland Park, MI.Mary married Douglas M. Beebe on October…

Postcard from the Pines: Do you have an Old Fashioned Hangover?

Postcard from the Pines: Do you have an Old Fashioned Hangover?

Editorial StaffAug 12, 20224 min read

Many Marionites are all in the same boat this week. They are suffering the after effects of Old Fashioned Days. In short, they have a good old-fashioned, Old Fashioned hangover. It comes from the anticipation, preparation and realization of our…

Faces in the Crowd: Paula Nevins

Faces in the Crowd: Paula Nevins

Editorial StaffAug 12, 20226 min read

Although Paula Nevins spent much of her life in places like Florida, and Kentucky, Marion has always been her home.As a kid, she vividly remembers riding her bike from store to store and street to street, often winding up at…

Marion contemplates how to spend ARPA funds

Editorial StaffAug 12, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Marion Village Council, at its monthly meeting earlier in August, had discussion on how to spend the $49,977.46 in ARPA funds.Among the discussions was something to plow the sidewalks with. The village will check…