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Local doctors enjoy serving the communities where they grew up

Local doctors enjoy serving the communities where they grew up

BIG RAPIDS — Sometimes when a patient meets a doctor it’s the first time they become acquainted. Other times, a doctor can be a …

Local economy looks strong

Local economy looks strong

BIG RAPIDS — Not only the season has changed recently around Big Rapids. Changes also are coming in the form of businesses in the area …

Angel Memorial at Senior Center focuses on good memories

Angel Memorial at Senior Center focuses on good memories

MECOSTA — The lives of friends and family members who have died were remembered Wednesday afternoon during the annual Angel Memorial at …

Beavers making their presence known in Chase

Beavers making their presence known in Chase

CHASE — Beavers have been very busy in the Chase area with a number of them making their presence known just south of town. Beavers have …

News in Brief

Spectrum to host blood drive

Submitted by Spectrum Health REED CITY — People hoping to make a difference for someone in need will have the chance to donate blood on …

Big Rapids Middles School announces next Students of the Week

Big Rapids Middles School announces next Students of the Week

CARDINAL ACHIEVEMENT: For the week of March 20 through March 24, the students recognized as BRMS Students of the Week were (from …

John Smolens to speak at Big Rapids library

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — Michigan Notable Author John Smolens will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at the Big …

Accident on State Street sends woman to hospital

BIG RAPIDS  — A Clinton Township woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday in Big Rapids. At 2:35 p.m., a 20-year-old Clinton …

Lifestyles

Spring break day trips can combine learning with play

Spring break day trips can combine learning with play

MECOSTA COUNTY — When the last bell of the day rang on Friday, many area schools went on spring break. Some families have hit the road …

Amish Cook: Real winter returns, helps preserve meat

Amish Cook: Real winter returns, helps preserve meat

We are having real winter weather again here in southern Michigan. The temperature has been staying cold. It sure was nice to have cold …

AMISH COOK: Making pon hoss and cutting up beef

AMISH COOK: Making pon hoss and cutting up beef

Saturday we left at 6a.m. to go help sister Emma and Jacob butcher three hogs. One of the hogs was for Menno (Menno is a special friend of …

The comings and goings of the Eicher family

The comings and goings of the Eicher family

Diary of March 1: 3:10 a.m. The alarm rings—time to get up and prepare Joe’s lunch. I make a pot of coffee. Joe always likes a mug of …

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

Health Matters: Healthy tips for dining out

Health Matters: Healthy tips for dining out

By Mary Kay VanDriel, R. N. Note: This is the third column in a series focused on healthy eating. Eating out can be a treat, but it can …

Masons, UAW support Angels of Action

Masons, UAW support Angels of Action

Local Masons, members of the Big Rapids Masonic Lodge, and members of UAW 389 recently made a donation to Angels of Action in support of …

Birth announcements

Birth announcements

It’s a girl! Appollonia Impellizzeri and Adam Crater, of Big Rapids, announce the birth of their daughter, Von Rae Crater, on Feb. …

State News

Demise of GOP health care plan huge blow to Trump, Ryan

By William Douglas and Teresa Welsh McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders …

Home heating credits now being processed

LANSING – The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) recently noted the Michigan Department of Treasury is now processing Michigan Home Heating …

Michigan schools can apply for Wellness Award for promoting healthy lifestyles

LANSING – Michigan schools that are taking action to promote healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles are encouraged …