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Shewan hopes to help Reed CIty offense stop Swan Valley

Shewan hopes to help Reed CIty offense stop Swan Valley

REED CITY — Reed CIty has faced many tough offenses this season and, led by players like linebacker Stephen Shewan, the Coyotes have …

Kidzone entertains students with crafts, games

Kidzone entertains students with crafts, games

MECOSTA — Games and crafts filled different rooms at Mecosta Elementary as students participated in Kidzone on Friday. “On our …

Students talk sleep loss, scheduling

Students talk sleep loss, scheduling

BIG RAPIDS — Many Ferris State University students are getting prepared for finals, which will start in a few short weeks. As many start …

United Way cake auction set for Monday, Tuesday

United Way cake auction set for Monday, Tuesday

BIG RAPIDS — Everyone with a sweet tooth, rejoice — the annual United Way “Big Country” 100.9 FM 2017 Great Cake Auction …

News in Brief

Osceola County officials to discuss budget, medical examiner contract

REED CITY — The Osceola County Board of Commissioners have spent several months trying to reduce the amount of money that will be needed …

Planet Fitness coming to Big Rapids

BIG RAPIDS — Area residents will have another place to focus on physical fitness in 2018. Planet Fitness, a health club franchise known …

MOTA board hears result of annual audit

MOTA board hears result of annual audit

BIG RAPIDS — Less revenue flowing in means the local transit authority will have to keep an eye on its expenditures in the year to come. …

Reed City GFWC prepares for annual Christmas dinner

Submitted to the Pioneer REED CITY — The Reed City General Federation of Women’s Clubs, with the help of community …

Lifestyles

Old favorites and new twists to try for Thanksgiving

Old favorites and new twists to try for Thanksgiving

As area families make plans to get together and share the Thanksgiving holiday with extended relatives, there are some tried-and-true …

Test Kitchen tips for cooking a whole turkey

Test Kitchen tips for cooking a whole turkey

By Susan Selasky Detroit Free Press (TNS) A whole turkey is probably the biggest thing most of us will ever cook. Here are answers to the …

Please share your recipes with us

Please share your recipes with us

While it’s not yet Halloween, spooky skeletons and colorful costumes can be found everywhere from the grocery store to the secondhand …

Check out canning: Library lends equipment for home canning

Check out canning: Library lends equipment for home canning

BIG RAPIDS — Late summer is a good time to get fresh fruits and vegetables in Michigan. Whether you’ve grown a bumper crop 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

Kristina Beers: Cell phone debate finally resolved

Kristina Beers: Cell phone debate finally resolved

By Kristina Beers Special to the Pioneer Inquiring minds want to know: Did we ever decide to get a phone for Beers Boy No. 5? I promised …

Grant funds Buffalo Park pavilion roof

Grant funds Buffalo Park pavilion roof

The Village of Stanwood received a grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund. The grant has been used to construct a new roof for the …

Stanwood Lions announce raffle winners

Stanwood Lions announce raffle winners

The Stanwood Lions Club drew the winner of their annual rifle raffle on Nov. 4. The drawing took place at Frank’s Sporting Goods …

State News

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 …

‘California Dreamin” now available for purchase

‘California Dreamin” now available for purchase

Submitted to the Pioneer NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fans of Denny Strickland don’t have to wait any more to get their hands on his debut …

NRA Country names Michael Ray featured artist for August

NRA Country names Michael Ray featured artist for August

Submitted to the Pioneer NASHVILLE — Atlantic Records/Warner Brothers recording artist Michael Ray has been chosen as NRA Country’s …