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CCA seniors celebrate years together during 2018 commencement

CCA seniors celebrate years together during 2018 commencement

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads Charter Academy seniors spent Sunday afternoon closing one chapter of their lives and opening another as they …

Evart High School honors 56 new graduates

Evart High School honors 56 new graduates

EVART — After spending the last four years walking through the hallways of Evart High School, Sunday was a new day for the 56 Wildcat …

Morley Stanwood High says farewell to Class of 2018

Morley Stanwood High says farewell to Class of 2018

Click on photo to cycle through images. MORLEY — The 91 seniors marched into the gymnasium to the strains of “Pomp and …

Hundreds participate in annual Wheatlake Festival of Races

Hundreds participate in annual Wheatlake Festival of Races

BIG RAPIDS — Steady rain may have drenched the area early Saturday morning, but it didn’t stop hundreds of area residents from …

News in Brief

Driver flees from deputies, passenger injured

DEERFIELD TWP. — A man will face criminal charges after deputies say he fled from a traffic stop and crashed his vehicle Saturday night. …

City Commissioners to discuss budget amendment, public safety

BIG RAPIDS — As the new budget year approaches, Big Rapids city officials are continuing to keep track of the current year’s …

Reservations needed for Bookshaw retirement

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — Time is running out for anyone who would like to make reservations for the retirement celebration …

Evart man injured in dirt bike accident

EVART — A 48-year-old Evart man sustained non-life-threatening injuries following a dirt bike accident Tuesday afternoon. According to …

Lifestyles

What can you do to prevent heart disease?

What can you do to prevent heart disease?

BIG RAPIDS — A person’s heart beating is like breathing — most people simply don’t pay attention to the fact …

Surviving cabin fever: Ideas for adults, children to beat the winter blahs

Surviving cabin fever: Ideas for adults, children to beat the winter blahs

  BIG RAPIDS – It hasn’t been a very typical winter. Frigid, freezing temperatures bluster through the area one week, while …

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 …

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

Kristina Beers: Clutter is the enemy of peace and serenity

Kristina Beers: Clutter is the enemy of peace and serenity

By Kristina Beers Special to the Pioneer I love to collect old kitchen paraphernalia, especially things a woman would have used in a …

Stieg celebrates 100th birthday

Stieg celebrates 100th birthday

Glendon Stieg will celebrate his 100th birthday on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Stieg, of Paris, retired from Reed City Area Public Schools, where …

GFWC donates to SLD Read

GFWC donates to SLD Read

Members of the General Federation of Women’s Club — Big Rapids support the educational and reading needs of the youth in the …

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 …