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White Pigeon receives funds for demolition of Tasty Nut Shop building

White Pigeon receives funds for demolition of Tasty Nut Shop building

Robert TomlinsonFeb 23, 20246 min read

The Tasty Nut Shop building in White Pigeon is slated to be demolished this year, with the Village of White Pigeon recently receiving a $578,556 grant from the state to complete demolition work on the Civil War-era building. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS |…

County to begin terminating architect’s contract for Centreville courts project

County to begin terminating architect’s contract for Centreville courts project

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 202410 min read

COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSONShawn Parshall of architectural firm TowerPinkster addressed the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners in public comment at Tuesday’s meeting prior to discussion of the county possibly terminating their contract with the firm for a courts building…

Clare will submit grant for new police equipment, okays SCADA purchase

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20245 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Following a Public Hearing Monday (with no public comment) the Clare City Commission approved a motion to submit an application for a grant from USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) that would pay 55 percent of the…

Moolenaar honors fallen veterans

Moolenaar honors fallen veterans

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20241 min read

Congressman John Moolenaar recently presented certificates to the families of fallen soldiers including one from Clare. He said, “Today, I had the privilege of presenting military honors to the families of the late Kenneth Fink of Clare (photo) and the…

Primary election to select presidential candidates next Tuesday

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20244 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent If you are planning to cast your primary ballot the old-fashioned way, Tuesday is the day to do it at your township or city headquarters.If not, you can still take advantage of early voting, or casting an…

Faces in the Crowd: TeBos Family Farm – Ken and Carol TeBos

Faces in the Crowd: TeBos Family Farm – Ken and Carol TeBos

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20249 min read

There has been a transition with family farms for many decades. Dairy farming has slowly, and not so slowly, accelerated from small family farms milking a small number of cows to milking several hundred and some milking several thousand or…

Man arraigned for hitting bicyclist, fleeing

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent LAKE CITY – A 37-year old Lansing man, John Lynn Major, was arraigned on Feb. 20 in Missaukee County 84th District Court on one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in…

Murphy, Cotter named McBain homecoming king, queen

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – McBain High School earlier this month had a week-long homecoming celebration.McBain is unique is that it celebrates the main homecoming during winter and at a basketball game. Most schools celebrate during the fall and at…

Osceola sheriff wants you help in identifying

Osceola sheriff wants you help in identifying

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the help of the public in identifying the subject shown in these photos. If you believe you know the identity of this person, please contact Sgt. Moeggenberg at 231-832-2288…

City manager’s absence still unexplained

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Where did Saugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise go? Council and staff have been mum on his whereabouts since naming planning and zoning head Ryan Cummins interim manager Feb. 6 at a special meeting. “Ryan Heise,” said…

Douglas FY planning Fixing roads, water won’t come cheap

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas City Council planned to explore engineering firm Prein & Newhof’s assessments of road and water infrastructure needs. City manager Lisa Nocerini said doing so would help budget planning for fiscal year 2024-25. Because Monday was…

City manager’s absence still unexplained

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorWhere did Saugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise (left photo) go? Council and staff have been mum on his whereabouts since naming planning and zoning head Ryan Cummins (at right) interim manager Feb. 6 at a special meeting.“Ryan Heise,”…

Ganges body ID’d as Chicago man

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorPolice have identified a body that washed up on a private Ganges Township beach Feb. 14 as belonging to Elijah Ramone Cooper, 21, of Chicago.Cooper, identified by dental records, had last been seen Nov. 15, 2023.The Allegan County…

Washington St. receives Literacy Leader Award

Washington St. receives Literacy Leader Award

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20244 min read

Students at Washington Street Elementary select books at an event last year. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Grand Rapids-based organization TalentFirst announced the first recipients of its Literacy Leader AwardAnd Otsego Public Schools’ Washington…

Nominations open for Outstanding People for Education

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Do you know someone who has made a positive impact on students who attend Otsego Public Schools or Plainwell Community Schools?If so, then you should consider nominating that person for the 2024 Outstanding People for Education…

Plainwell robotics teams compete at finals

Plainwell robotics teams compete at finals

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

Plainwell Middle School students who participated at the VEX State Championship were (from left) Bryce Stoeffler, Mia Williams, Tavi Rosati, Caleb Williams, Mason Potts, Hunter Crouch, Malachi Waters, Mason Anderson, Ava Anderson, Anne Wilkinson and Lucas Pauly. By Jason WesseldykSports…

Municipalities offer early voting through Sunday, Feb. 25

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Michigan will hold its presidential primary.And for the first time in a major statewide election, voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots through early, in-person voting.Beginning with the presidential primary, municipalities…

Early Voting for the Primary Election has begun

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

By Gari Voss Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment in the November 2022 election. Now all voters can go to early voting sites and cast their ballots. The 9-day window for early voting began Sat., Feb. 17, 2023, and ends…

Ganges body ID’d as Chicago man

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorPolice have identified a body that washed up on a private Ganges Township beach Feb. 14 as belonging to Elijah Ramone Cooper, 21, of Chicago.Cooper, identified by dental records, had last been seen Nov. 15, 2023.The Allegan County…

The Arts arrive at the Griswold and City Hall

The Arts arrive at the Griswold and City Hall

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20244 min read

Tim Carr receives assistance from Chairperson of the Art Reach Project Paulette Carr, left, and President of the Allegan Area Arts Council (AAAC) Judi McCall, right. The last-minute adjustments were made before the February Allegan Area Chamber of Council (AACC)…