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LARA suspends Osceola childcare facility

Editorial StaffMar 25, 20221 min read

The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Child Care Licensing Bureau (CCLB), has summarily suspended and issued a notice of intent to revoke the family child care home license of Janet Holmes, located at 14928 200th Avenue, in LeRoy.The…

Mill Pond questions persist, Village provides answers

Editorial StaffMar 25, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Marion mayor Flora Grundy noted the village has been getting plenty of questions about the mill pond project and wanted to address various issues.“The Marion Mill Pond began as a lifeline for this community many…

Inflation, Ukraine situations hurt

Inflation, Ukraine situations hurt

Editorial StaffMar 23, 20222 min read

By Mike WilcoxPublisherMost of us simply want peace in our lives, nation and world. We enjoy resting in a warm or cool house with something to eat, free from worry and stress.Peace is not always easy. This winter, chances are…

Irish Fest begins, Big Brothers – Big Sisters Auction nets over $59K

Irish Fest begins, Big Brothers – Big Sisters Auction nets over $59K

Editorial StaffMar 18, 20223 min read

Two tables full of Silent Auction items were part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser at the Irish Fest Kickoff. It was a full house Wednesday evening at the annual Business After Hours in the Doherty Hotel. The BAH…

Postcard from the Pines: Spring is Knocking on the Door

Postcard from the Pines: Spring is Knocking on the Door

Editorial StaffMar 18, 20224 min read

LaBrie Family and friends What a glorious week this has been to celebrate St. Pat’s. It’s also grand that the Irish Festival has returned to Clare after a two year absence. The luck of the Irish has been rewarded. After…

Faces in the Crowd: Sue Weisburg

Faces in the Crowd: Sue Weisburg

Editorial StaffMar 18, 20225 min read

Faces in the Crowd: Sue WeisburgCraft shows on Saturdays, church on Sundays.With spring just around the corner, that’s where you’ll find Sue Weisburg for the foreseeable future.As a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, faith is a big part of…

Osceola board turns down proposal requests

Editorial StaffMar 18, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Osceola County Board of Commissioners, at its Tuesday meeting, voted not to accept the request for proposals which were requested by the Commission on Aging for Hersey Construction Consultant Services.There were various various requests…

Missaukee to place public safety on ballot

Editorial StaffMar 18, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Osceola County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the SheriffDepartment to apply to Cargill / Walmart for grants to purchase Electronic Citation Equipment at its meeting earlier the week.“Currently if there’s a stop or…

Commissioners here suggestions for spending ARPA funds

Editorial StaffMar 18, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – The Missaukee County Board Commissioners, at its recent meeting, received suggestions on how to spend ARPA funds.During public comment, Natalie Davis encouraged the board to consider using the ARPA funding for community project applications.Amanda Gibel,…

Ukrainian and American Pain – We must unplug from Russia and China

Ukrainian and American Pain – We must unplug from Russia and China

Editorial StaffMar 16, 20223 min read

I’m turning over my column space to my friend, Dr. Glenn Mollette this week. Mollett a doctor and a writer, is of the opinion we need to disconnect ourselves from a reliance on both Russian and Chinese goods. I couldn’t…

Faces in the Crowd: Jayson Lafever

Faces in the Crowd: Jayson Lafever

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20224 min read

Jayson Lafever, an ’01 Port Huron graduate, became familiar with the Marion area over the years by venturing north to stay at the family property. He lived here for a bit in 2014, and since September he’s come to call…

Osceola appoints Andrews to transit board

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Osceola County Board of Commissioners, at its meeting last week, voted to appoint Sally Andrews to the Mecosta-Osceola Transit Board for a 3-year term ending Dec. 31, 2024.Commissioners also approved a 911 surcharge of…

Man accused of sending inappropriate photos

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20221 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – A Cadillac man has been lodged in Missaukee County jail on charges of sending inappropriate photos to a minor.The arrest, made by the Michigan State Police post in Cadillac, was the result of a lengthy…

Leroy man arrested for home invasion, CSC

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – An Osceola County man was arrested earlier this month for home invasion and several counts of criminal sexual conduct.Joshua Thomas Lutzke, 23 of LeRoy, was arraigned in the 84th District Court in Missaukee County on…

Clare police chief retires, Saad takes helm

Clare police chief retires, Saad takes helm

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20222 min read

Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory will retire April 1. Captain Dave Saad has been named the new Clare Police Chief, effective April 2. By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory is retiring April 1st, and will be replaced with…

Irish Festival kicks into high gear this week!

Irish Festival kicks into high gear this week!

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20223 min read

Brand new banners are up at the north and south ends of Clare to welcome everyone to the Irish Festival! After the annual event was downsized due to the pandemic last year, the 47th Clare Irish Festival is back this…

Mid Michigan Health president dies in plane wreck

Mid Michigan Health president dies in plane wreck

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20223 min read

MyMichigan Health CEO & President Postler-Slattery killed in plane crash A press release Wednesday, March 9 announced that MyMichigan Health President and CEO Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, 63, and her husband Don died following a fatal plane crash in northwest…

Grant Twp approves plan to expand township hall

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20225 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent The Grant Township Board approved a plan for an addition on the west side of the Township Hall at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The plan, one of three discussed at the last meeting, would, “keep the disruption of…

Postcard from the Pines: Time to Think Garden

Postcard from the Pines: Time to Think Garden

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20223 min read

The seed catalogs started coming right on time with the new year. Their goal by putting juicy tomatoes and bright zinnias on the cover is to get us all excited to garden, even when the snow is swirling. By March…

Pat’s Bits 7 Pieces: Thing Spring–and green, It’s Irish Festival

Pat’s Bits 7 Pieces: Thing Spring–and green, It’s Irish Festival

Editorial StaffMar 11, 20224 min read

March so far has been quiet…and cold.I don’t know if that qualifies as “in like a lamb” or not, but it certainly hasn’t been warm enough for signs of spring this week, although the sun has been shining quite a…