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Harmon awarded statewide recognition at conference

Harmon awarded statewide recognition at conference

Editorial StaffAug 23, 20232 min read

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On August 17, Main Street Alabama held its tenth annual Awards of Excellence Banquet at Stovehouse in Huntsville to celebrate the successes of local programs. The event was sponsored by Alabama Municipal Electric Authority and Alfa Companies.…

Busby named new CCDA director

Busby named new CCDA director

Editorial StaffAug 23, 20233 min read

By John BriceCorrespondent News broke on Wednesday, August 16th of 2023 that during a board meeting of the Chambers County Development Authority on the previous day that CCDA Deputy Director Chris Busby had been named their new Executive Director. In…

New event space to occupy historic location in LaFayette

Editorial StaffAug 23, 20233 min read

By John BriceCorrespondent Announcements have spread throughout social media regarding plans to open a new event space named The Venue on Alabama Avenue East in downtown LaFayette. Steve White, owner of the Hometown Mercantile on the Square retail shop located…

Rutten hired as new principal at Andrews Elementary

Rutten hired as new principal at Andrews Elementary

Robert TomlinsonAug 18, 20234 min read

Greg Rutten was hired back in July as the new principal at Andrews Elementary in Three Rivers. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — With a new school year comes new faces, and one local elementary…

Food service-enhancement process underway at Sturgis Public Schools

Food service-enhancement process underway at Sturgis Public Schools

Editorial StaffAug 18, 20232 min read

Superintendent Art Ebert reviews a slide-show summary of a food service improvement plan for the district. (Photo by Dennis Volkert).  By Dennis Volkert This week, Art Ebert, superintendent at Sturgis Public Schools, outlined a food service-improvement plan for Sturgis Public Schools. It is a multi-phase…

Harrison District Library moving its location: a history of the Surrey House

Harrison District Library moving its location: a history of the Surrey House

Editorial StaffAug 18, 20235 min read

By Kaitlyn Campbell The Harrison District Library was in the process of moving its location to the historic Surrey House building this week.The move began on Monday, August 14 with the library closing its doors to their location on Main…

Clare Public Schools gears up for new school year

Editorial StaffAug 18, 20235 min read

By Kaitlyn Campbell A Clare County school district is ready to have their students back for another school year, and they’ve made some changes in order to help with their success.Clare Public Schools had an overall successful school year last…

Clare County undersheriff calls it quits

Clare County undersheriff calls it quits

Editorial StaffAug 18, 20231 min read

Dwayne Miedzianowski has resigned from the undersheriff role at the Clare County Sheriff’s Department after being in the position for over a decade.In a statement to The Morning Sun, Sheriff John Wilson said that Miedzianowski “resigned in good standing” and…

Author to appear at Marion Library

Author to appear at Marion Library

Editorial StaffAug 18, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Michigan Humanities announces the Fall 2023 author tour dates for the 2023-24 Great Michigan Read author, Angeline Boulley.She will be at the Marion Library next month.Boulley’s book, Firekeeper’s Daughter, was named the 2023-24 Great Michigan…

Faces in the Crowd: Three Birds Coffee and Tea

Faces in the Crowd: Three Birds Coffee and Tea

Editorial StaffAug 18, 20237 min read

7 years ago, Jason and Stephani Keeler weren’t the least bit interested in coffee.But their oldest son, Josh, was. A student at Central Michigan at the time, Josh had brought his coffee habit home with him, and eventually, his dad,…

Osceola Board approves health care quote

Editorial StaffAug 18, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Osceola County Board of Commissioners, at its meeting this week, approve the Jail InmateHealthcare BCBS Quote as presented with a one-year contract.“We anticipate possibly up to 25 percent savings,” commissioner Tim Michell of Marion…

Check out elementary renovations Aug. 23

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20232 min read

The public is invited to celebrate completion of the latest Douglas Elementary School renovation at a dedication ceremony Thursday, Aug. 23, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Building tours and refreshments will follow the short ceremony, made possible by voters passing a…

‘Mighty Mac’ trip view was over top

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20232 min read

By Jim Hayden Correspondent Hear ye! Hear ye! The Saugatuck Town Crier declares view Aug. 10 from the top of the Mackinac Bridge as spectacular! Art Tolsma, a 6’6” roofing business head and winner of a Felt Estate fundraising raffle…

Voters pass operating millage for Otsego Schools

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Otsego Public Schools superintendent Jeff Haase was able to breathe a sigh of relief when the official results of the Tuesday, Aug. 8, primary election were announced.By a margin of 88 votes, the 18-mill operating millage…

Otsego prepares for another Gus Macker Tournament

Otsego prepares for another Gus Macker Tournament

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20233 min read

Otsego city manager Aaron Mitchell (with ball) tries to drive around Otsego High School varsity basketball coach Matt Dennis in last year’s Gus Macker charity game. (File photo) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor From Friday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Aug. 27,…

Eight ex-mayors walk into a bar …

Eight ex-mayors walk into a bar …

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20231 min read

Eight former Saugatuck mayors convened after Nov. 16 after last year’s election to regale each other with laughs and memories at The Sand Bar on Butler Street not far from city hall. Shown (from left) are Russ Gardner, Barry Johnson,…

Ex-Mayor pleads guilty to election charge

Ex-Mayor pleads guilty to election charge

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20237 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorSaugatuck City Council member Garnet Lewis pleaded guilty via Zoom Friday before Allegan County 57th District Judge Joseph Skocelas to misdemeanor state election charges of gathering candidate petition signatures without reporting she was the circulator.Lewis agreed to a…

Dewey Family Properties and Heronmark receive business grantse

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20239 min read

By Gari Voss Allegan’s City Council meeting begins with a Study Session that digs into topics which enables the Regular Meetings to focus on making final decisions. Monday, August 14, 2023, the Study Session addressed topics from reviewing the Economic…

Matthew Antkoviak Appointed to 48th Circuit Court

Matthew Antkoviak Appointed to 48th Circuit Court

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20234 min read

Matthew Antkoviak By Gari Voss The announcement came on August 10, 2023, that Matthew Antkoviak had received the appointment from Governor Gretchen Whitmer to fill the position on the Allegan County 48th Circuit Court left by the retirement of Judge…

Deputy found not guilty of causing death 

Editorial StaffAug 16, 20231 min read

A former Allegan County deputy accused of hitting and killing a woman in a 2022 high-speed crash was found not guilty last ThursdayThomas Goggins, 43, was previously charged with moving violation causing death and moving violation causing serious impairment, according…