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Committee seeks donations to repair Highlandview Cemetery vault

Committee seeks donations to repair Highlandview Cemetery vault

BIG RAPIDS — A visit to Highlandview Cemetery may be filled with placing flowers or flags or an afternoon searching for an …

Seniors learn about calling 911, fire safety Wednesday

Seniors learn about calling 911, fire safety Wednesday

BIG RAPIDS — Whether or not an individual remains safe in an emergency situation often comes down to how prepared they are. At the …

POLICE BLOTTER: Woman wary of ex-boyfriend stopping by

POLICE BLOTTER: Woman wary of ex-boyfriend stopping by

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids Department of Public Safety officers responded to the following calls Tuesday and Wednesday. All calls might not …

Ferris hockey player faces sexual assault charges

Ferris hockey player faces sexual assault charges

BIG RAPIDS — A Ferris State University hockey player has been charged with sexually assaulting a fellow student. Darren William Smith, …

News in Brief

Play for Pink Charity Golf Outing set for Aug. 1

CANADIAN LAKES — The 23rd annual Canadian Lakes Play for Pink Charity Golf Outing to benefit the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness …

Stanwood man charged for B&E

BIG RAPIDS — A Stanwood man has been charged with crimes relating to a breaking and entering which occurred on July 15. According to the …

Walk bridge to be removed Saturday

Walk bridge to be removed Saturday

BIG RAPIDS —  Removal of the pedestrian walk bridge spanning across North State Street will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. Big …

MSP asks for help in search for robbery suspects

NOTTAWA TWP. — Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers are seeking the public’s help with providing information about a Monday evening …

Lifestyles

GFWC ‘Patchwork of Colors’ Garden Tour set for July 17

GFWC ‘Patchwork of Colors’ Garden Tour set for July 17

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — Area residents can enjoy a variety of beautiful blooms and restful landscaping without pulling a …

Mark Brejcha: A rose like no other: Local woman was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII

Mark Brejcha: A rose like no other: Local woman was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII

By Mark Brejcha Special to the Pioneer When we think about the men and women who were the Greatest Generation, we can’t help but admire …

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 …

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

Grand Valley State University releases dean’s list

Submitted to the Pioneer ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University recently announced the names of students who were placed on the …

Birth announcement

Birth announcement

It’s a girl! Kathryn Drake Hedlund and Ryan Hedlund, of Mobile, Ala., announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Rose Hedlund, on May …

Author visits Wheatland Township Library reading program

Author visits Wheatland Township Library reading program

Author Mark Jager posed for a photo after his Summer Reading Program presentation June 28 at Wheatland Township Library. He read from his …

State News

West Michigan offers variety of events through July

West Michigan offers variety of events through July

By Candy Allan, Pioneer Associate Editor WEST MICHIGAN — July is full of different events throughout West Michigan. From county fairs to …

Hot Air Balloon Rally returns to Danish Festival line-up

Submitted by Danish Festival, Inc. GREENVILLE — The Danish Festival Board of Directors recently announce the Hot Air Balloon Rally will …

Top 10 activities listed for Traverse City

Top 10 activities listed for Traverse City

Submitted by Traverse City Tourism  TRAVERSE CITY — All four seasons are wonderful in Traverse City, but most folks who come to the …