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City commissioners approve deer cull

City commissioners approve deer cull

BIG RAPIDS — A little more than a dozen deer are expected to be harvested during a deer cull this week in the southwest area of the city. …

Library hosts K’Nex building event

Library hosts K’Nex building event

Children and adults could follow instructions in a booklet or their imaginations during the Building with K’Nex event on Tuesday at …

BRPS board takes first steps for potential bond

BIG RAPIDS — Members of the Big Rapids Public Schools Board of Education took the first steps to prepare for participating in the spring …

Osceola County Commissioners approve grant for new election machines

Osceola County Commissioners approve grant for new election machines

REED CITY — New voting equipment will be on its way to Osceola County in the coming months and officials are trying to make the …

News in Brief

Cardboard toboggan race set for Saturday

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — A downhill race using homemade cardboard sleds will help benefit Wesley House, the United …

City commissioners to consider deer cull

BIG RAPIDS — Concerns from residents over deer herds within city limits will have Big Rapids City Commissioners considering a deer cull …

Mecosta County Commissioners to discuss parks rules, building and zoning report

BIG RAPIDS — The Mecosta County Board of Commissioners has a full slate of items to address during their second meeting of the month on …

Joyful Journey Hopeful Art artist reception set for Wednesday

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — The artist reception for the Joyful Journey, Hopeful Art exhibit created by student artists from …

Lifestyles

U.S. Department of Energy offers tips for energy efficiency, reducing heating costs

U.S. Department of Energy offers tips for energy efficiency, reducing heating costs

MECOSTA COUNTY — Properly weatherizing a home can save residents money throughout the year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, …

Up and Down the River

Up and Down the River

By Cathy Johnson Technically, winter, as a season, only lasts from the Winter Solstice in December until the Spring or Vernal Equinox in …

Wright shares experiences with county road crew

Wright shares experiences with county road crew

MECOSTA COUNTY — After spending the morning and afternoon hours behind the wheel, Jerry Wright goes home knowing he may not get a full …

Try these tasty, gluten-free treats

Try these tasty, gluten-free treats

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — Angela Barnes, of Big Rapids, sent these gluten-free dessert recipes to the Pioneer to share with …

Business

Business owners still have mixed feelings on smoking ban after five years

Business owners still have mixed feelings on smoking ban after five years

MECOSTA COUNTY — Nearly five years after Michigan’s ban on smoking in bars and restaurants took effect, area business owners still have …

Carmike Cinema holds off on downtown theater project

Carmike Cinema holds off on downtown theater project

BIG RAPIDS — Cinema lovers who were looking forward to watching the newest film in an expanded Big Rapids downtown movie theater are …

Reed City business offers solution to electronic woes

Reed City business offers solution to electronic woes

REED CITY — Sometimes technology that is supposed to make lives easier only causes headaches when things go wrong. Ian Lacovara, owner of …

Family

Mecosta County recognizes employees

Mecosta County recognizes employees

BIG RAPIDS — Mecosta County officials recently recognized employees for their years of service to the county. During an employee …

Paniccis celebrate 70th anniversary

Paniccis celebrate 70th anniversary

Vincent and Patricia Panicci will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Jan. 9. The couple was married on Jan. 9, 1948, in …

Kristina Beers: Learning virtue and integrity begins at home

Kristina Beers: Learning virtue and integrity begins at home

By Kristina Beers Special to the Pioneer Our Christmas was fairly quietly here at the Beers household in that the boys didn’t receive an …

State News

No. 4 Michigan State struggles in 76-72 OT win over Rutgers

No. 4 Michigan State struggles in 76-72 OT win over Rutgers

By AP Sports EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges may be one of the most unselfish stars in college basketball. Tom Izzo wants him to …

Serena Williams to play 1st competition since giving birth

Serena Williams to play 1st competition since giving birth

BY AP Sports ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Serena Williams is returning to competition with an exhibition match Saturday in Abu …

Dallas-area rock collector may have found traces of an ancient cataclysm

Dallas-area rock collector may have found traces of an ancient cataclysm

By Anna Kuchment Tribune News Service DALLAS — With her father in intensive care, Patti Jones knew she had to fulfill what could be his …