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Chippewa Hills celebrates class of 2017 at graduation ceremony

Chippewa Hills celebrates class of 2017 at graduation ceremony

REMUS — While every graduating class is noteworthy, Friday evening’s commencement ceremony at Chippewa Hills High School marked a …

Barryton Lilac Festival begins Friday, June 2

Barryton Lilac Festival begins Friday, June 2

BARRYTON — Families can spend an upcoming weekend enjoying games, rides and more during the annual Barryton Lilac Festival. Festivities …

Annual Tiara Fun Walk set for Saturday, June 3

Annual Tiara Fun Walk set for Saturday, June 3

REED CITY — Community members will walk and run to raise funds for Reed City area students on Saturday, June 3. For the past five years, …

Randy Ostrander receives Northern Lights Award for Business and Industry

Randy Ostrander receives Northern Lights Award for Business and Industry

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — In honor of his extensive service to Mecosta County, Randy Ostrander, owner of Lake and Lodge …

News in Brief

RCAPS board changes candidate interview time

REED CITY — The Reed City Area Public Schools Board of Education has changed the time it will conduct initial interviews for …

Treasury provides special services to military members and veterans

Submitted to the Pioneer LANSING — In honor of May as National Military Appreciation Month, the Michigan Department of Treasury is …

Riverview students learn gardening tips

Riverview students learn gardening tips

DIGGING IN THE DIRT: Riverview Elementary School students spend time learning how to plant gardens Thursday. Students were taught how …

Senior Center seeks volunteers

Submitted to the Pioneer MECOSTA — Each year, the annual yard sale at the Mecosta County Commission on Aging and Senior Center raises …

Lifestyles

Special Olympics helps athlete become a leader

Special Olympics helps athlete become a leader

BIG RAPIDS — Sports have played a large role in Patrick Davis’ life for more than 15 years, giving him something to look forward …

Easter eggs hunts throughout area to offer family fun

Easter eggs hunts throughout area to offer family fun

MECOSTA COUNTY  — Local children will have multiple chances to collect baskets full of colorful eggs and enjoy Easter festivities …

Adventures, history fill the shelves at Raus’ Mecosta Book Gallery

Adventures, history fill the shelves at Raus’ Mecosta Book Gallery

  MECOSTA – The distinctive smell of old books hangs in the air, as shelves of thousands upon thousands line the walls. Some …

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

Did you miss something at this year’s presidential inauguration?  Did you even notice it wasn’t there? Students of historical …

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

Walmart donates to Welcome Center

Walmart donates to Welcome Center

DONATION: Big Rapids Walmart store manager Mike Ross and associates presented Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce director Jennifer …

GFWC donates for foster care children

GFWC donates for foster care children

Submitted by Dee Van Horn
 GFWC Big Rapids BIG RAPIDS — Members of the General Federation of Women’s Club Big Rapids learned …

Local GFWC members honored at state convention

Local GFWC members honored at state convention

Submitted by Dee Van Horn
 GFWC Big Rapids GLADSTONE — The Michigan General Federation of Women’s Clubs met May 5 through 7 in …

State News

Even old, sick dogs find love at Michigan’s only animal hospice

ELK RAPIDS — Her name was Jersey Girl. She was an old dog. She had cancer. And her owner decided she’d become too much trouble to deal …

Computer model bolsters sustainability, production for dairy farms around the state

Computer model bolsters sustainability, production for dairy farms around the state

LANSING — Researchers at Michigan State University are creating a computer model to help make pasture dairy farming more sustainable. The …

Child support calculator can reduce conflict

LANSING — Michigan has launched a free child support calculator to help parents determine what their unique child care responsibilities …