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Evart stays unbeaten at 3-0

Evart stays unbeaten at 3-0

EVART — Evart’s football team put ts 2-0 overall record and 1-0 Highland Conference mark on the line at home against winless Manton on …

Redfox Market to host Maiden Meditation

Redfox Market to host Maiden Meditation

BIG RAPIDS — Area residents will have the opportunity to appreciate and reflect on local art pieces during naturopath and yoga instructor …

Paul Griffith receives Northern Lights Award

Paul Griffith receives Northern Lights Award

The Mecosta County Community Foundation is awarding county residents with the Northern Lights Award this September. These awards recognize …

Local businesses find flavored vape juice ban counterproductive

Local businesses find flavored vape juice ban counterproductive

MECOSTA COUNTY — With a recent ban on flavored vape juice set to affect Michigan this fall, Big Rapids businesses are calling the ban …

News in Brief

MCACC to host Welcome Reception for new Executive Director

BIG RAPIDS — The Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Welcome Reception to welcome new Executive Director Kim …

Harvest Fest set for Sept. 21

CANADIAN LAKES — Antlers Fireside Grill will be hosting their annual Harvest Fest and everyone is invited. As a way to end the summer, …

Green Township set to release snow plow bids next week

GREEN TWP. — At their Tuesday meeting, the Green Township Board of Trustees began talking about potential snow plow contracts for the …

Leadership Mecosta to host Kick-Off Mixer

MECOSTA COUNTY — The Leadership Mecosta Class of 2019-20 will be hosting a Kick-Off Mixer event Thursday, Sept. 12, and everyone is …

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

Buzz Stone and Friends in concert on June 30

BLANCHARD — The sounds of country and old-time gospel music will fill Pleasant View United Brethren Church when Buzz Stone and Friends …

GVSU announces winter graduates

ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University recently announced the more than 1,500 names of students who participated in commencement …

GVSU announces fall dean’s list

ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University recently announced the names of students who were placed on the dean’s list for the fall 2018 …

State News

Michigan is back in Sweet 16

Michigan is back in Sweet 16

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan’s biggest concern against Florida was facing the Gators’ lockdown defense. The solution? Beat …

Purdue upsets Michigan State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — First, Purdue took a page from Michigan State’s playbook. Then Nojel Eastern rewrote the script. Ryan Cline …

Upcoming Grand Rapids Public Museum exhibits to feature dinosaurs, toys

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) recently announced it will open …