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STAGE-M to perform musical ‘South Pacific’, set in World War II

STAGE-M to perform musical ‘South Pacific’, set in World War II

BIG RAPIDS — The stage darkened as silence took over the auditorium. Suddenly the sound of orchestra music began and a dozen women …

Rabbits, poultry kick off Osceola County fair week

Rabbits, poultry kick off Osceola County fair week

EVART — An atmosphere of anxious anticipation filled the air around the Osceola County 4-H/FFA Fairgrounds Monday morning, as the annual …

MC Chamber – August 2017

MC Chamber – August 2017

POLICE BLOTTER: Officers, EMS respond to unconscious woman in bathroom

POLICE BLOTTER: Officers, EMS respond to unconscious woman in bathroom

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids Department of Public Safety officers responded to the following calls between Friday and Sunday. All calls might …

News in Brief

Free car show Thursday at Reed City Hospital

Submitted to the Pioneer REED CITY — Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Rehab and Nursing Center presents its 4th Annual Car Show …

Children, parents create globes during library event

Children, parents create globes during library event

Mecosta County Republican Party Picnic set for Thursday

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — The Mecosta County Republican Party Picnic will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at …

ORV accident sends one to hospital

SHERIDAN TWP. — One person was sent to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital after an off-road vehicle flipped on Friday evening in …

Lifestyles

Fourth annual GFWC Garden Tour set for July 11

Fourth annual GFWC Garden Tour set for July 11

Submitted by Linda Telfer General Federation of Women’s Club-Big Rapids BIG RAPIDS — Area residents are invited to stroll through …

A child’s perspective on why dads are special

A child’s perspective on why dads are special

Click on picture to see more drawings MECOSTA COUNTY — The importance of fathers in their children’s lives has been …

Roll out angel food cake with summer berries

Roll out angel food cake with summer berries

By Gretchen McKay
 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) Summer time, and the living is easy. Grills and picnic tables become the preferred …

Southwestern dinner a great pick for Father’s Day (or anytime)

Southwestern dinner a great pick for Father’s Day (or anytime)

By Linda Gassenheimer
 Tribune News Service (TNS) Tex-Mex fajitas are easy to make and serve. Just grill the steak and vegetables and …

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

Scsavnicki earns Eagle Scout rank

Scsavnicki earns Eagle Scout rank

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — Sean Stephen Scsavnicki, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 114 of Big Rapids, recently earned the …

Health Matters: Do sugary beverages create memory loss?

Health Matters: Do sugary beverages create memory loss?

By Mary Kay VanDriel, R. N. If you’re like most people, you might enjoy sugary beverages and cream in your coffee, but a recent study …

Children plant flowers at summer reading program

Children plant flowers at summer reading program

On July 13, children participating in the Wheatland Township Library Summer Reading Program planted flowers in the containers they …

State News

Women’s wellness: Can optimism boost women’s lives?

Women’s wellness: Can optimism boost women’s lives?

Mayo Clinic News Network (TNS) Women who are more optimistic have a better chance of living longer. A recent study found they have a …

US could have twice as many Alzheimer’s cases, study suggests

By Bradley J. Fikes
 The San Diego Union-Tribune (TNS) Alzheimer’s disease begins years before mental deterioration is detected, …

State news round-up for Tuesday, June 13

House bill would move legal smoking age up to 21 in Michigan Detroit Free Press (TNS) LANSING — Smoking cigarettes would get a lot …