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Cochran selected as new Osceola County Clerk

Editorial StaffJun 10, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Tracey Cochran has been appointed the new clerk for Osceola County.County commissioner Roger Elkins of Evart confirmed the appointment which was made by the two circuit court judges.Cochran has been the deputy clerk. She will…

Osceola delays economic development for election outcome

Editorial StaffJun 10, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Osceola County Board of Commissioners, voted to not move forward with economic development until after the August Primary.“There was some concerns that we have some millages coming up and those didn’t pass we’ll probably…

Marion woman sentenced for drug delivery

Editorial StaffJun 10, 20221 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Osceola County prosecuting attorney Anthony Badovinac has announced Shiann Ankney, 43, of Marion, was sentenced on June 3 to the Michigan Department of Corrections for a term of 4 years and three months to 20…

Bring back Civics classes, initiate term limits

Bring back Civics classes, initiate term limits

Editorial StaffJun 8, 20223 min read

I fear for our democracy. My fear is rooted in the fact that most citizens don’t really care about what is happening at their federal, state and local governments. Only fifty percent of us bother to vote, and once the…

Farwell VFW honors World War ll vet on Memorial Day

Farwell VFW honors World War ll vet on Memorial Day

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20222 min read

World War II Vet Floyd Schmid of Farwell, who will be 96 years old in July, was honored at the Sparta-Esterline VFW Post 3039 Memorial Day Ceremony in the Farwell Village Park Monday morning. Veterans and their families attended the…

Student’s comment leads to Farwell Schools shutdown

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20225 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondents Comments from two students looking for books in the Farwell High School library during school hours May 26 prompted what a school employee perceived as a threat and led to an employee seeking charges against one student…

Postcard from the Pines: The ‘Season’ is here

Postcard from the Pines: The ‘Season’ is here

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20224 min read

Ken and Helen Richardson in 2016 We hope that everyone had a great ‘official’ start to the summer season. Mom Nature pulled her usual Memorial Day tricks, giving us half good and half so-so weather for the long weekend; then…

Obituary: Lee H. Greenacre

Obituary: Lee H. Greenacre

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20223 min read

Lee H. Greenacre, age 73 of Clare, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.  On June 8, 1948, Lee was born the youngest of six children to Lee and Gertrude (Rhynard)…

Obituary: Helen Ann Bardallis

Obituary: Helen Ann Bardallis

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20223 min read

Helen Ann Bardallis, age 91 of Clare, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Pioneer Golden Estates Living Facility of Clare.  On July 6, 1930, Helen was born the daughter of George and Sally (Ykimoff) Raicoff in…

Obituary: Ila Mae Schumacher

Obituary: Ila Mae Schumacher

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20222 min read

Ila Mae Schumacher, age 90, of Clare, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at MyMichigan Medical Center in Midland.  Ila was born the daughter of Louis and Genevieve (Davis) Fancon on Sept. 3, 1931, on the family farm on Surrey…

Obituary: Robert Michael “Mike” “Chief” Dwyer

Obituary: Robert Michael “Mike” “Chief” Dwyer

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20223 min read

Robert Michael “Mike” “Chief” Dwyer, age 87, of St. Louis, MI, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Maple View Retirement Community, Ithaca. Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, MI, on Wednesday, June 1,…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Holiday is over — Summer has Begun

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Holiday is over — Summer has Begun

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20223 min read

We just returned from our first official trip to the campsite at Roscommon, where we had an absolutely lovely, if much too short weekend.Even the weather cooperated this time, with mostly sunshine, and only a brief rain in one evening…

Administrators have fond memories of 2022 graduates

Administrators have fond memories of 2022 graduates

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20222 min read

Ty Baker and Stella Henderson Jessica Dean For Marion. Valedictorians were Jordan Wood and Emily Krchmar and salutatorian was Emily England. By John RaffelCorrespondent BIG RAPIDS – Local administrators have expressed the fond memories they’ll have to the Class of…

Faces in the Crowd: Dan Kingsbury

Faces in the Crowd: Dan Kingsbury

Editorial StaffJun 3, 20227 min read

Dan Kingsbury has lived in Alaska, Colorado, and Hawaii.But he calls northern Michigan home.As Store Manager at the Marion Village Market, Dan enjoys getting to know the friendly faces that make a northern Michigan community go. After all, he’s one…

Stop talking and provide meaningful action to curb school violence

Stop talking and provide meaningful action to curb school violence

Editorial StaffJun 1, 20223 min read

Here’s a sobering statistic. There have been 2032 school shootings in the U.S. since 1970 and the number of shootings is increasing in frequency. Yet very little is being done to help our vulnerable school children.We can talk. We can…

Farwell softball takes broom to Vestaburg

Editorial StaffMay 27, 20222 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer The Farwell softball team was able to pick up two non-league wins at Vestaburg on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles won the opener 12-0 and claimed an 11-1 win in game two.Maddy Travis had the win in…

Postcard from the Pines: Lilacs, Road Work and the Last Garage Sale…

Postcard from the Pines: Lilacs, Road Work and the Last Garage Sale…

Editorial StaffMay 27, 20224 min read

Haskell Lake Pavement It’s almost the end of May, and with a few weather blips, we seem to be on track to welcome June’s weather, right on time. Mom Nature agrees and has showered the landscape with the most spectacular…

Obituary: Helen Arlene Richardson

Obituary: Helen Arlene Richardson

Editorial StaffMay 27, 20222 min read

Helen Arlene Richardson, of Marion, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at home with family by her side. She was 88.Helen was born on September 17, 1933 to Arly and Vera (VanWegen) Reedy in Sylvan Township, Michigan. Her life…

Obituary: Richard (Dick) Eugene Archey

Obituary: Richard (Dick) Eugene Archey

Editorial StaffMay 27, 20222 min read

Richard (Dick) Eugene Archey, also affectionately known as “Arch”, a lifelong resident of Clare, passed away surrounded by his family on May 18, 2022 at MyMichigan Health – Midland. He was 62 years old. Dick was born on March 30, 1960…

Obituary: Bradley Allen Johnson

Obituary: Bradley Allen Johnson

Editorial StaffMay 27, 20222 min read

Bradley Allen Johnson, of Traverse City, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at his home. He was 29.Brad was born on August 29, 1992 to Daniel and Ann (Towe) Johnson in Alpena, Michigan. He was engaged to be married…