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Osceola in process of updating master plan

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20241 min read

The Osceola County Planning Commission is currently in the process of updating the County Master Plan.  The Master Plan will provide a vision for the County through the year 2040.  If you would like to shape this vision you can…

Marion seniors win AAA award

Marion seniors win AAA award

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20241 min read

Mara Jolly, Bonnie Kiger, Taylor Kruse, and Madison Sutten holding their award plaquesPhoto from Marion Public Schools Facebook Page Jordan WilcoxAssistant Publisher Marion High School seniors Mara Jolly, Bonnie Kiger, Taylor Kruse, and Madison Sutten are all recipients of the…

St. Joseph County tornado confirmed as EF-2

St. Joseph County tornado confirmed as EF-2

Robert TomlinsonMay 9, 20242 min read

A tree fell down on this property on Driftwood Drive north of Colon during Tuesday night’s storms, which also caused a car to be lifted up onto its front side. Multiple homes on Driftwood Drive were damaged by the storms,…

Derby Day

Derby Day

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20240 min read

Kilpatrick back to help Douglas plan

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20242 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorRyan Kilpatrick, Douglas community and economic development director from 2009 to 2014, will consult with city again about meeting affordable housing goals.City council Monday hired Kilpatrick’s Flywheel Community Development Services for $3,500 to conduct a housing workshop and…

Farmers’ markets open in Plainwell, Otsego this month

Farmers’ markets open in Plainwell, Otsego this month

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20243 min read

This photo from last year shows produce that was available at the Otsego Farmers’ Market. (Photo provided) Fresh baked good were among the products available at opening day of the Plainwell Farmers’ Market. By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The calendar has…

Otsego High School holds prom at Warner Vineyards

Otsego High School holds prom at Warner Vineyards

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20243 min read

A group of friends enjoy the Otsego prom at Warner Vineyards. (Photo by Tina Maxwell) The Otsego prom took place outside at the Warner Vineyards in Paw Paw. (Photo by Tina Maxwell) Students dance and mingle at the Otsego prom.…

What’s the Storey Jim, in or out?

What’s the Storey Jim, in or out?

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20242 min read

By Donald Talonen Recently, Jim Storey has found himself in the middle of a controversial situation regarding the Allegan County elections. It was reported that Storey might have been disqualified due to unresolved issues with campaign finance report filings from…

Fallen firefighter Gail VanAuken honored firetruck 1511

Fallen firefighter Gail VanAuken honored firetruck 1511

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20243 min read

By Donald Talonen The rain didn’t stop the celebration dedicated to Gail VanAuken. The firehouse was packed with friends, family, and even strangers for the unveiling of fire engine 1511 in honor of the fallen firefighter, just in time for…

Memorial bench dedicated in remembrance of LaFayette resident

Memorial bench dedicated in remembrance of LaFayette resident

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20243 min read

Family and friends gather to dedicate a memorial bench to the late Richard Rowland of LaFayette. By John BriceCorrespondent Local residents gathered for the dedication of a memorial bench in remembrance of dearly departed LaFayette resident Richard Rowland at the…

Auburn students design plan for LaFayette

Auburn students design plan for LaFayette

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20241 min read

The Auburn University Urban Design Class made their way back to LaFayette last Tuesday.The class toured LaFayette downtown in January to decide different ideas for the revitalization for the downtown.The students went back to their drawing boards and came up…

25 retire from CCSD, honored at meeting

25 retire from CCSD, honored at meeting

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20241 min read

The Chambers County School District recognized the 2023-2024 retirees at the Chamber County School District board meeting last week.LaKeyda Davis 10 yearsDeanna Fuller 27 yearsConnie Guice 24 yearsMarshon Harper 25 yearsMitchell Harte 3 yearsLisa Hughes 20 yearsEricka Jenkins 25 yearsBeverly…

Village of Lawton Road construction project currently underway

Village of Lawton Road construction project currently underway

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20241 min read

The Village of Lawton road construction project is currently underway as drivers and pedestrians maneuver downtown. The project is scheduled to be completed by August. The Village of Lawton has provided information for drivers and pedestrians as they travel downtown.Courier-Leader…

Arnold honored by Mattawan Fire Department

Arnold honored by Mattawan Fire Department

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20241 min read

Phil Arnold, a member of the Mattawan Fire District since 1983, was recently named as an Honorary Lifetime Mattawan Fire District member.Photos courtesy/Mattawan Fire District

National Day of Prayer observed in Paw Paw

National Day of Prayer observed in Paw Paw

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20242 min read

Two Paw Paw schools took part in a local National Day of Prayer service on the steps of the Van Buren County Courthouse here, Thursday, May 2. Trinity Lutheran School and St. Mary Catholic School students took part in the…

Storms pass through St. Joseph County with widespread damage; state of emergency declared

Storms pass through St. Joseph County with widespread damage; state of emergency declared

Robert TomlinsonMay 7, 20245 min read

A pole barn owned by Nottawa Gas in Centreville was significantly damaged in a storm that tore through St. Joseph County Tuesday. The possibly-tornadic storm tore through areas of Centreville and Colon Tuesday night, causing significant damage to both businesses…

Three Rivers man killed in stabbing, suspect arrested

Three Rivers man killed in stabbing, suspect arrested

Robert TomlinsonMay 7, 20241 min read

THREE RIVERS — A 46-year-old Three Rivers man was arrested on an open murder charge after allegedly stabbing a 61-year-old Three Rivers man Sunday night. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, police and the St. Joseph County Major Crime…

Looking Out: It’s only sausage

Looking Out: It’s only sausage

Editorial StaffMay 6, 20243 min read

“So, is it C-A-T-S-U-P or K-E-T-C-H-U-P?” says my old pal Tikins, sliding the red plastic bottle across the restaurant table.“This one says it’s with a K,” I say.“It tastes better if it is spelled C-A-T-S-U-P,” says Tikins.“Baloney,” I say.“Is that…

Parma man wins first place and Albion woman places fifth at Albion’s Run the Rock Friday

Parma man wins first place and Albion woman places fifth at Albion’s Run the Rock Friday

Editorial StaffMay 6, 20244 min read

Albion Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Riley and his K9 partner Tyson ran together for the first time in a public 5K race at Friday’s Run the Rock in Albion. Tyson did not skip a beat crossing the finish…

Newton named new president of Glen Oaks Community College

Newton named new president of Glen Oaks Community College

Robert TomlinsonMay 3, 20246 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director CENTREVILLE — Dr. Bryan Newton has been officially named as the ninth president of Glen Oaks Community College. In a press release Friday, the college announced that Newton, who previously served as the vice president for…

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