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Chippewa Hills School District celebrates homecoming

Chippewa Hills School District celebrates homecoming

A large crowd gathered in the streets of downtown Weidman on Wednesday, showing their support during the Chippewa Hills School District …

Going hungry: Student hunger affects behavior, learning

Going hungry: Student hunger affects behavior, learning

Editor’s note: This is the second of multi-part series on student hunger in Mecosta and Osceola counties. This story examines the …

Setting 2018 budget will be ‘tough’ for Osceola County officials

Setting 2018 budget will be ‘tough’ for Osceola County officials

REED CITY – While Osceola County officials are content with how their budget for 2017 is working out, there are challenges ahead as the …

Osceola County Commissioners receive courthouse, annex building study results

Osceola County Commissioners receive courthouse, annex building study results

  REED CITY — Osceola County Commissioners looked at the prospective price tags of four different projects aimed to improve safety …

News in Brief

Hersey UMC offers movie night Saturday

Submitted to the Pioneer HERSEY — Hersey United Methodist Church will show the movie “A Dog’s Purpose” during its …

Volunteers needed for tax program

Submitted to the Pioneer MECOSTA COUNTY — Volunteers are being sought to serve as AARP tax aides during the winter tax season. Training, …

Woman injured in three vehicle accident

MECOSTA — One person was sent to hospital after a three-vehicle accident on Friday, Sept. 15. At approximately 3:55 p.m. on Friday, …

Families get involved in Lunch Bachs entertainment

Families get involved in Lunch Bachs entertainment

Families sang and clapped along to familiar songs, as well as a few made up on the spot, during the Lunch Bachs Family Concert, presented …

Lifestyles

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 …

‘With Strings Attached’ Tuba Bach 2017 season begins Sept. 9

‘With Strings Attached’ Tuba Bach 2017 season begins Sept. 9

BIG RAPIDS — While the twelfth season of the Tuba Bach Festival is “With Strings Attached,” audiences can be sure …

Tubers talk summer trips on the Muskegon River

Tubers talk summer trips on the Muskegon River

MECOSTA/OSCEOLA CO. — The “Mighty Muskegon” River cuts through Michigan, connecting communities from Houghton Lake to city …

Big Rapids Community Gardens provide place to grow

Big Rapids Community Gardens provide place to grow

BIG RAPIDS — Living in the country or having a large yard is not a necessity for people in and around Big Rapids looking to grow their …

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

Hobbies: Pencil me in

Hobbies: Pencil me in

By Sandi Genovese Tribune News Service It’s barely September and most schools are already back in session. You know what that means — …

Kristina Beers: Locking the food pantry teaches moderation

Kristina Beers: Locking the food pantry teaches moderation

By Kristina Beers Special to the Pioneer I am not afraid to admit I have locked my food pantry before. In fact, for a very lengthy time in …

FAFSA available for 2018-19 school year on Oct. 1

By Terry Clark-Jones Michigan State University Extension The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available for the …

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 …