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Obituary: Jeffrey R. Witbeck

Obituary: Jeffrey R. Witbeck

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20221 min read

Jeffrey R. Witbeck; age 67 of Beaverton; formerly of Shepherd, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2022 at his home with family by his side. Jeff was born March 9, 1954 the son of Robert and Gladys (Kenny) Witbeck. He enjoyed…

Obituary: Paul Kevin Morgan

Obituary: Paul Kevin Morgan

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20222 min read

Paul Kevin Morgan age 67 of Marion passed away at Autumnwood of McBain on Sunday, February 6, 2022. He was born on February 19, 1954 in Mt. Clemens to Sylvan Henry and Betty Lou (Ragsdale) Morgan.Paul moved to the Marion…

May I Walk With You? Synod 2021-2023

May I Walk With You? Synod 2021-2023

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20222 min read

Pope Francis has called the whole church to participate in Synod 2021-2023. A synod is simply an assembly of the People of God-the Church. Generally, synods have been gatherings of Bishops and clergy, along with others of special expertise. With…

Postcard from the Pines: What’s that got to do with the price of butter and eggs?

Postcard from the Pines: What’s that got to do with the price of butter and eggs?

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20223 min read

In each of my numerous computers I’ve kept a document file titled ‘IGA’. It was/is for the purpose of collecting and saving Marion Food Market/Bernie’s IGA Foodliner advertising, photos, clippings and memories. I’ve been at it a long time, but…

Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Valentine’s Day Monday

Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Valentine’s Day Monday

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20224 min read

I was nearly 19 before I got my first heart-shaped box of chocolates from a boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. I was totally thrilled.Of course, I got loads of elementary school style “Valentines” (which were required) from classmates from Kindergarten days…

Farwell girls tame Harrison in season opener

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20222 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer The Farwell girls basketball team built an early double digit lead in its season opener with Harrison Wednesday night. The Lady Eagles didn’t play quite as well as the night rolled on, but still managed to…

Marion girls hang on for season opening win

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20222 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer It was a good start to the new season for the Marion girls basketball team Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles, playing at Manistee Catholic Central held a lead for most of the contest, and hung on…

Late Darren Acton named Irish Fest Grand Marshal

Late Darren Acton named Irish Fest Grand Marshal

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20223 min read

2022 Irish Festival Grand Marshal Darren Acton 2022 Irish Festival Grand Marshal Darren Acton By Pat MaurerCorrespondent For the first time ever, Clare’s famous Irish Parade will have a posthumous Grand Marshall.Darren Acton, who wore many Civic Hats throughout his…

One injured in Clare High Rise fire

One injured in Clare High Rise fire

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20222 min read

Emergency personnel are shown at the main doors to the apartment building. Directly above the doors on the third floor is the window to the apartment where the fire started.Photo by Bob Guiliani By Pat MaurerCorrespondent A Gateway Village Apartments…

Faces in the Crowd: James “Jimmy” Johnson

Faces in the Crowd: James “Jimmy” Johnson

Editorial StaffFeb 11, 20227 min read

The Johnson Family: Bonnie, George, Mark, and Jimmy Jimmy Johnson, the son of George and Bonnie Johnson, grew up in much the same way many locals do:Living in town, riding bikes with friends, and hanging out at the local basketball…

Mike’s Musings: A day I don’t want to repeat

Mike’s Musings: A day I don’t want to repeat

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20223 min read

Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. One of those days was last week, when I boarded anairplane in Orlando to Detroit.Now all I had heard days before is how this once-in-a-decade blizzard was blanketing Michigan. Iassumed…

Postcard from the Pines: Groundhog Wins Again

Postcard from the Pines: Groundhog Wins Again

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20224 min read

It’s only the 4th of February and already we’ve had Groundhog Day, occurring this year on the melodic 2-2-2022, a series of whopping storms, mostly missing us and some very cold arctic air that did not miss.All of the various…

China King destroyed by fire

China King destroyed by fire

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20223 min read

Massive amounts of smoke hampered firefighters efforts to extinguish the blaze at China King.Photos courtesy of Clare Fire Chief Jim Chapman The interior is gone and only the shell remains of the China King Restaurant on Clare’s east side. China…

Area fire departments donate to Kentucky stations

Area fire departments donate to Kentucky stations

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20222 min read

A large amount of equipment and tools were gathered at the Clare Fire Station and donated to the Fulton County Fire Protection District in Kentucky after two stations there were destroyed by tornados. By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Four area fire departments,…

Clare communities issue ‘Let-Run’orders for water

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20222 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Due to the extreme cold in the area lately, all three communities in Clare County have now issued water “Let Run” orders for the rest of the winter due to “excessively deep frost levels and extreme cold.”The…

Faces in the Crowd: Kevin Sisson

Faces in the Crowd: Kevin Sisson

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20226 min read

The kids: Milly, Olivia, and Kevin Kevin Sisson, the son of Kevin and Lisa Sisson, has made it a point to give back to the community that has given so much to him.A 2011 Marion graduate, Kevin is a volunteer…

Schonert, Hamilton crowned at McBain homecoming

Schonert, Hamilton crowned at McBain homecoming

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20221 min read

Senior Class Assembly By John RaffelCorrespondent McBain High School celebrated its homecoming last week and crowned King Dylan Schonert and Queen Karri Hamilton.The theme for the 2022 McBain Homecoming was Hollywood. The students participated in a spirit week leading up…

Farwell girls take down rival Clare in JPC action

Farwell girls take down rival Clare in JPC action

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20223 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer The Farwell girls basketball team was able to get off to a fast start at rival Clare on Thursday, Jan. 27. The Lady Eagles never let up either, as they were able to claim an impressive…

Man jailed afterallegedly lighting wife’s house on fire

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20222 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent LAKE CITY – James Melvin Aldridge, 42, was arraigned on Monday in the 84th district court in Missaukee for one count second degree arson, one count fourth degree arson, one count interfering with an electronic communication device…

Fourth ranked NMC takes care of arch-rival McBain

Editorial StaffFeb 4, 20222 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer The McBain Northern Michigan Christian boys basketball team continues to meet every challenge thrown their way. On Wednesday, the Comets were finally able to defeat crosstown rival McBain, 72-44.The host Comets led just 14-12 after the…