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2023 City Commission Election Preview: Brown and Reeves square off in At-Large commissioner race

2023 City Commission Election Preview: Brown and Reeves square off in At-Large commissioner race

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20239 min read

Incumbent At-Large Three Rivers City Commissioner Torrey Brown (top) and challenger Jason Reeves (bottom) will view for an at-large seat on the Three Rivers City Commission in the Nov. 7 election. Brown photo provided; Reeves photo credit: Commercial-News | Robert…

Proposed dog park rules tabled by TR Planning Comm., public hearing set

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20235 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — A draft of proposed rules for Three Rivers’ newest dog park will have to sit and stay just a bit longer before they’re approved.On Monday, the Three Rivers Planning Commission tabled a set…

Albarran appointed to 2nd Precinct seat on Sturgis City Commission

Albarran appointed to 2nd Precinct seat on Sturgis City Commission

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20232 min read

Alan Albarran has been appointed to a 2nd precinct seat on Sturgis City Commission. Dennis Volkert photo By Dennis Volkert  Alan Albarran was appointed Wednesday to a 2nd Precinct seat on Sturgis City Commission, to fulfill the unexpired term of Brandon…

Revision approved for clerk/treasurer contract; tax exemption OK’d for St. Joseph Street Lofts

Revision approved for clerk/treasurer contract; tax exemption OK’d for St. Joseph Street Lofts

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20233 min read

Sturgis City Hall Sturgis City Commission on Wednesday approved revisions to a contract for clerk/treasurer Ken Rhodes.The contract addresses two details of the position. It outlines and clarifies duties, benefits and supervision. City charter outlines the clerk and treasurer positions,…

‘Monster Mash’ set forOct. 28 at SYCA

‘Monster Mash’ set forOct. 28 at SYCA

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20232 min read

Sturges-Young Center for the Arts presents “Monster Mash” Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-midnight.It’s billed as a scary evening of fun in a Haunted Mansion-themed atmosphere. The event is for ages 21 and up.Basic admission is $15. A party pack is available for…

School’s finance committee updates project progress, outlines recommendations for funding

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20232 min read

Sturgis Public Schools finance committee met Oct. 12 and outlined funding and scheduling recommendations and revised a project list for the 2023-24 academic year. Members present were superintendent Art Ebert; board of education members Ben Myers, Betsie Drumm and Kerri Millett;…

Clare Fire Department celebrates Fire Prevention Week with youngsters

Clare Fire Department celebrates Fire Prevention Week with youngsters

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20232 min read

Shown here are morning Kindergarten students with staff from Clare Primary. They learned about “Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” and how to protect themselves in case of a fire. By Pat MaurerCorrespondent October 9th marked the first day of Fire…

Halloween Happeningsaround the Area

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20232 min read

By Pat Maurer In addition to Trick or Treat in Clare and surrounding communities on Halloween (see times in Halloween Trick or Treat article), there’s plenty of activity planned for this weekend right through October 31.October 28: Clare Pumpkin 5K…

Lake man arrested following fatal crash in Isabella County

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20231 min read

A crash that killed a 29-year-old Lake man who was riding a dirt bike, allegedly on the property of the 54-year-old neighbor who is now jailed for reckless driving causing death, is being investigated by Isabella County Sheriff’s officers.Deputies were…

Clare woman facing federal charges for sexually abusing toddler

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20233 min read

By Kaitlyn Campbell             A Clare woman is facing federal charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a toddler while babysitting them.             27-year-old Isabella Cloud was left in charge of two children in Isabella County on Oct. 15, according to an…

Trick or Treat hours around the area

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20231 min read

For the area youngsters, Tuesday, October 31st will be the big day for Trick or Treating this year.The event, now just 4 days away in Clare and the four communities around Clare, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm…

Missaukee County Administrator resigns

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – Chairman Dean Smallegan of the Missakee County Board of Commissioners at a recent meeting read a letter of resignation from Administrator Liz Vogel, stating that her last day as County Administrator would be December 1,…

Middle Branch agrees to replace hall flooring

Editorial StaffOct 27, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Middle Branch Township Board took action on several items at its most recent meeting.Board members approved a motion to submit a quote to replace the flooring in the hall.A motion was also made to have…

Faces in the Crowd: In Memory of Don Gilmore

Faces in the Crowd: In Memory of Don Gilmore

Editorial StaffOct 27, 202311 min read

Faces in the Crowd: In Memory of Don GilmoreThe community of Marion has lost a number of good people in 2023, Don Gilmore being one of them.Many locals remember Don from his time as Village President; others remember him as…

Arrows out for first Douglas public hunt

Editorial StaffOct 25, 20232 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR A Douglas public notice issued last Thursday said let city deer hunting start on 17 public acres (see map) north of Wiley Road, south of Ferry Steet, west of Northern Lights Condominiums. Tighten bow strings, retest…

Runners take off on Old Airport land

Editorial StaffOct 25, 20234 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Saugatuck High School, whose trophy cases groan and keep growing with state cross country trophies, may have found a home course at last. Except … “Angelina,” co-coach and teacher Rick Bauer said of his wife, “and…

Events scheduled for Lifelong Learners group

Editorial StaffOct 25, 20233 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Lifelong Learners program continues to thrive.The program, a collaborative effort between the community education departments from Plainwell and Otsego, offers senior citizens the opportunity to get involved and remain active in the community.Lifelong Learners held…

Hill receives Chris Haas Volunteer of the Year Award

Hill receives Chris Haas Volunteer of the Year Award

Editorial StaffOct 25, 20234 min read

Gail Hill (far right) was honored as the 2023 Chris Haas Volunteer of the Year during a Plainwell City Commission meeting. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Putting her faith into action.That’s the way Gail Hill views her volunteer efforts…

Dafoe fills vacancy on Otsego Board of Education

Dafoe fills vacancy on Otsego Board of Education

Editorial StaffOct 25, 20234 min read

Michael Dafoe officially joined the Otsego Public Schools Board of Education on Monday, Oct. 16. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Otsego Board of Education welcomed its newest member on Monday, Oct. 16.Michael DaFoe was selected from a field…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffOct 25, 20234 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorRoundaboutDouglas, deluged with more WTF?’s than praise, punted fast on its 2015 Blue Star Highway splitting.The baby cutting divvied 3 car and truck lanes — from the Kalamazoo River bridge south to Center Street — into now 2…