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Nominations open for Chris Hass Volunteer Award

Nominations open for Chris Hass Volunteer Award

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20232 min read

Chris Haas, seen with husband Jeff Hass, was well-known in Plainwell for her volunteer efforts. By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Do you know someone who has volunteered his or her time to help make the City of Plainwell a better place…

Allegan Out Loud brightens Allegan’s Riverfront Plaza

Allegan Out Loud brightens Allegan’s Riverfront Plaza

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20233 min read

On August 5, 2023, Beauty Beyond Drag Productions’ Drag Queens entertained the audience on Riverfront Plaza which highlighted Allegan Out Loud 2024. The Queens then joined the audience in dancing to end the evening. By Gari Voss Allegan, Speak Up…

Feds charge local woman with posing as a nurse

Feds charge local woman with posing as a nurse

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20234 min read

On August 1, 2023, a criminal complaint against Leticia Gallarzo of Plainwell from FBI Special Agent Tiffany Eagles was filed with U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally J. Berens with information regarding identity theft which included possessing, transferring, and using the means…

Graffiti frustrates Wayland leaders

Graffiti frustrates Wayland leaders

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20233 min read

By Gari Voss Wayland has been encouraging the designing of colorful murals around the city. In that frame, alleys have been brought to life using colorful designs and images. What has been termed the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) alley or…

Area Briefs

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20233 min read

Girl Scouts will Host S’mores Day Celebration Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan will host a National S’mores Day celebration, Aug. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at their Kalamazoo Regional Center. The event is free and open to the community.The…

Employee walks away with $700k from Four Winds Casino

Employee walks away with $700k from Four Winds Casino

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20231 min read

HARTFORD TOWNSHIP – An employee at a Hartford Township casino is accused of stealing $700,000 from the facility, according to authorities.Danika Nicole Young, 38, was arrested Aug. 2, and charged with embezzlement by an employee of $100,000 or more.According to…

Night Out honors first responders

Night Out honors first responders

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20231 min read

Marking the 40th year of National Night Out, many area first responders, police, fire personnel and others gathered in South Haven to take part in the event, held at the Huron Street Pavilion, 546 Phoenix St., on Aug. 1, from…

Attorney General attends memorial for fallen deputy in LaFayette

Attorney General attends memorial for fallen deputy in LaFayette

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20235 min read

A.G. Marshall and Deputy Abel’s family stand for portraits with members of the Sheriff’s Department and D.A. Segrest. Attorney General Steve Marshall addresses the attendees. By John BriceCorrespondent Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall attended a memorial service at the Chambers…

Broadband expansion efforts underway in Chambers County

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20233 min read

By John BriceCorrespondent Expansion of broadband internet services in rural areas of Chambers County is being supported by a virtual online teleconference sponsored by the Alabama Community Broadband Technical Assistance Program scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th of 2023 at 12pm…

Lowry, Mims move on to November in mayoral race

Lowry, Mims move on to November in mayoral race

Robert TomlinsonAug 8, 20233 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — Voters in Three Rivers have selected their top two candidates to square off for the mayor’s seat in November. On Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Tom Lowry and challenger Vernis Mims took the top two…

More details released on Sturgis double homicide, suspect’s death

More details released on Sturgis double homicide, suspect’s death

Robert TomlinsonAug 7, 20235 min read

Sturgis Director of Public Safety Ryan Banaszak (right) and St. Joseph County Undersheriff Jason Bingaman (left) address media on a double homicide in Sturgis in a press conference at the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department Monday. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON)…

Suspect in two Sturgis homicides shot, killed by officer

Suspect in two Sturgis homicides shot, killed by officer

Robert TomlinsonAug 6, 20232 min read

STURGIS — The search for a man suspected in two homicides Saturday night ended in the suspect being killed by police. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, 30-year-old David Keith Algarin, Jr., was shot and killed by police…

Parade highlights Burr Oak Heritage Days

Parade highlights Burr Oak Heritage Days

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20231 min read

Burr Oak Heritage Days Festival was held July 27-30. Among numerous attractions, the annual parade was held July 29. Burr Oak Township Fire Department received the Outstanding Organization Award. Old-Fashioned farm machinery demonstrations were held at Railroad Park.  Credit for all photos:Misty Ledyard…

A look at what’s on the ballot on Aug. 8

A look at what’s on the ballot on Aug. 8

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20236 min read

Tom Lowry Vernis Mims Natelege Zaritz By Robert TomlinsonNews Director ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — Residents in Three Rivers and the Colon area will have a say in the future of their communities in the Tuesday, Aug. 8 election. A primary…

‘Tiny home’ community concept presented to Sturgis City Commission

‘Tiny home’ community concept presented to Sturgis City Commission

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20233 min read

Craig Bolthouse of Sturgis Housing Commission provides a summary of the small-home community proposal.Dennis Volkert/Sentinel Rendering of tiny-home village proposal. Courtesy of Driven Design/City of Sturgis By Dennis Volkert A unique housing concept is under consideration in Sturgis. Sturgis City Commission on…

‘Urban chickens’ proposal could go to Sturgis voters in 2024

‘Urban chickens’ proposal could go to Sturgis voters in 2024

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20233 min read

Will Prichard, community development director, outlines framework of an “urban chickens” ordinance to Sturgis City Commissioners.  By Dennis Volkert It’s possible Sturgis voters will decide in 2024 if city residents are allowed to have chickens on their property. In March, city commissioners referred…

Fire destroys Clare pole barn

Fire destroys Clare pole barn

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20231 min read

The Clare Fire Dept responded to a report of a pole barn fire at 11706 E. Clarbella Rd. in the S. W. corner of Clare County. On arrival they found a fully involved 30’ x 50’ pole barn. The structure…

Harrison man who threated to kill judge, turn wife into food on Twitter will undergo treatment

Harrison man who threated to kill judge, turn wife into food on Twitter will undergo treatment

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20233 min read

By Kaitlyn Campbell A Harrison man posted on Twitter last year about his desire to kill 55th Circuit Court Judge Roy G. Mienk and grind his wife into meat pasties. As a result of his cannibalistic threats, he faced federal…

Fight at GOP committee meeting at Doherty Hotel under investigation

Fight at GOP committee meeting at Doherty Hotel under investigation

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20232 min read

Mark Deyoung James Chapman By Kaitlyn Campbell An investigation into what happened at a fight between two GOP lawmakers during a Michigan Republican committee meeting on July 8 at the Doherty Hotel in Clare in ongoing.According to a report obtained…

Argument turns violent, man shot, suspect apprehended

Argument turns violent, man shot, suspect apprehended

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20232 min read

Missaukee County Sheriff Wil Yancer said Tuesday that the suspect in the Sunday shooting has been identified.He is Colton Helsel, 30, of McBain, the sheriff said. He has been charged with assault with intent to murder and received a $100,000…