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Three Rivers police identify body as missing woman’s

Robert TomlinsonJul 17, 20242 min read

Police investigate a home in the 200 block of Middle Street Friday, July 12 following a dead body found there. Police identified the body Wednesday as 41-year-old Nicole Wood, who had been missing since July 7. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON)…

Deer, deer, they’re everywhere!

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas deer complaints keep rolling in. May Street resident Debbi Larsen wrote city council July 8: “Hello, I live in Douglas and have for the last 25 years. The deer population in the last 5 years…

Locals guide to Venetian Fest fun

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20246 min read

The Saugatuck Venetian Festival, a perennial summertime celebration of life on our waterways, returns to town next weekend July 26-28. Fun will begin Friday with a dance party in Coghlin Park featuring ‘80s cover band Star Farm. The festival continues…

SPS Superintendent Travis to retire

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Tim Travis is retiring as Superintendent of Saugatuck Public School effective Dec. 31. The school board accepted his retirement at Monday’s meeting. Travis has been an educator for 40 years, the last 20 here, including as middle/high school principal before…

You can get there from here!

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorThe new roundabout at Blue Star Highway and Allegan Road opened formally Monday, but more than one motorist jumped the gun.“Look at them,” said Woodland Nursery owner Joe Migas, who for 39 years has kept alive John Mann’s…

Fire destroys home on Mariette St. in Plainwell

Fire destroys home on Mariette St. in Plainwell

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Fire ripped through a Plainwell home on Sunday, July 14. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) Money from the Ransom operating millage would fund day-to-day operations, such as various programs. (Photo provided) Ransom District Library is seeking an operating millage renewal. (Photo…

Ransom Library seeks renewal of operating millage

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The future of Ransom District Library in Plainwell will be decided when voters head to the ballots on Tuesday, Aug. 6.The library is seeking a renewal of its operating millage that was initially passed in 2014.The…

City of Allegan awarded $1 million for dam improvements

City of Allegan awarded $1 million for dam improvements

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

In 2019, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and AECOM from Traverse City conducted a feasibility and conceptual design report on the City of Allegan Dam. The analysis considered the complete removal of the dam, the partial removal of the…

Allegan native Tyler Merren set to make fifth Paralympic appearance

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

By Donald Talonen Allegan native Tyler Merren is making headlines as he prepares for his fifth trip to the Paralympics, representing Team USA in goalball at the 2024 Paris Games. Despite being diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease as a…

August Primary offers many candidates, particularly on GOP side

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20246 min read

By Gari Voss Absentee/Early Voting ballots for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election have been made available. Voters who are Early Voters have received their ballots, and completed ballots are rolling into precinct offices. This is an extremely important election…

CA Dance Team on the move

CA Dance Team on the move

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20241 min read

The Chambers Academy Dance Team has had some exciting things happening this summer. The team has a new home studio to practice in with mirrors and a ballet bar and has been visiting with local dance studios to expand their…

LaFayette Main Street holds inaugural youth pageant

LaFayette Main Street holds inaugural youth pageant

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

By John BriceCorrespondent Contestants, event staff, families and members of the media gathered in the auditorium of LaFayette High School for the first Miss LaFayette Main Street Pageant during the afternoon hours of Saturday, July 13th of 2024.Chambers County Probate…

Memorial Gazebo dedicated at Handy Cemetery

Memorial Gazebo dedicated at Handy Cemetery

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

Guests of honor stand for a group portrait during a gazebo dedication ceremony at Handy Cemetery. By John BriceCorrespondent Community leaders and local residents gathered for a dedication of the memorial gazebo and brick walkway of remembrance at Essie J.…

Two Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers honored

Two Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers honored

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Shown from left, 911 Director Tim McGee, Dispatcher Alison Dean, and Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott. Shown from left, 911 Director Tim McGee, Dispatcher Brooke Smith, and Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott. PAW PAW – On Wednesday, July…

Lawrence Public Schools announces new superintendent

Lawrence Public Schools announces new superintendent

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

Williamson succeeds Gretchen Gendron, who is retiring after 30 years of dedicated service to the district. LAWRENCE -The Lawrence Public Schools Board of Education has announced the appointment of Ryan Williamson as the new superintendent of schools, effective Aug. 1,…

Paw Paw Days 2024 – The Fabulous 50s set for July 26-28

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

PAW PAW – The Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce is putting the finishing touches on Paw Paw Days 2024 – The Fabulous 50s, set for the weekend of July 26-28. The traditional Classic Car & Truck Show and Marketplace…

Lawrence names new director of athletics and dean of students

Lawrence names new director of athletics and dean of students

Editorial StaffJul 17, 20241 min read

Noah Wiswary LAWRENCE – Lawrence Public Schools has named Noah Wiswary as the district’s new director of athletics and dean of students, according to a press release from the school district.A graduate of Olivet College, Wiswary achieved a bachelor’s degree…

Contributions accepted at Patronicity for Sturgis downtown lighting project

Contributions accepted at Patronicity for Sturgis downtown lighting project

Dennis VolkertJul 15, 20241 min read

Sturgis “Electric City” lighting project is live at crowdfunding site Patronicity.  Each dollar donated is matched by the state, up to $50,000. The contribution period closes Aug. 12. DDA received approval to use grant funding from Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s…

Disaster assistance now available for those impacted by May tornado, storm

Disaster assistance now available for those impacted by May tornado, storm

Robert TomlinsonJul 14, 20243 min read

Crews clean up trees along Driftwood Drive north of Colon on the night of May 7 following an EF-2 tornado that passed through the area. Disaster assistance for homeowners and businesses affected by the storm were recently made available by…

Police investigating death of person at Three Rivers residence

Police investigating death of person at Three Rivers residence

Robert TomlinsonJul 12, 20242 min read

Police investigate a deceased person found behind a house in the 200 block of Middle Street in Three Rivers Friday. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — A person was found deceased behind a residence in…

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