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Big Rapids Middle School starts its first robotics team

Big Rapids Middle School starts its first robotics team

BIG RAPIDS – The sounds of students conversing and Lego pieces clicking together was heard throughout the Big Rapids Middle School …

Stories from ‘Mr. Howard’ a tradition at Big Rapids Community Library

Stories from ‘Mr. Howard’ a tradition at Big Rapids Community Library

BIG RAPIDS — As Howard Botma walks around Big Rapids, he’s accorded celebrity status from the knee-high portion of the population. …

FSU POLICE BLOTTER: Officers stop unlicensed minor driving on Knollview Drive

FSU POLICE BLOTTER: Officers stop unlicensed minor driving on Knollview Drive

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University Department of Public Safety recently handled the following calls. All calls might not be …

Ferris offers free summer housing option for students staying on campus

Submitted by Ferris State University BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University’s summer semester is now a lot cooler for students who are …

News in Brief

Baldwin woman injured in Saturday morning rollover crash

From the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office GREEN TWP. — A Baldwin woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a one-vehicle …

Stanwood woman injured in Sunday accident

From the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office   CANADIAN LAKES — An 86-year-old Stanwood woman was injured in a Sunday afternoon …

Free diabetes support group available

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — For people who have diabetes or have family members with diabetes, education and support are key …

Crossroads Charter Academy welcomes Old MacDonald in second grade play

Crossroads Charter Academy welcomes Old MacDonald in second grade play

SINGING WITH THE GROUP: Crossroads Charter Academy student Tirzah Meeuwes sings her part during the second grade’s practice …

Lifestyles

Invasive species pose threats to area’s forests

Invasive species pose threats to area’s forests

MECOSTA COUNTY – It won’t be much longer before spring arrives and lush, green leaves fill the skyline. As winter’s stranglehold …

UP & DOWN THE RIVER: ‘Keep on Travelin”

UP & DOWN THE RIVER: ‘Keep on Travelin”

By Cathy Johnson A recent interview with Rick Steves caught my eye.  In it he explained and explored a variety of reasons why we should …

AMISH COOK: Helping family prepare to host church services brightens dreary winter days

AMISH COOK: Helping family prepare to host church services brightens dreary winter days

By Lovina Eicher The Amish Cook We had a few days of sunshine, which we very much appreciated. A person is so much more energetic and life …

UP & DOWN THE RIVER: Inspiration

UP & DOWN THE RIVER: Inspiration

By Cathy Johnson As human beings we can be inspired by many things: nature, art, beauty, music, or, the topic for today, other humans.  …

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

GFWC Big Rapids supports Our Brother’s Keeper

GFWC Big Rapids supports Our Brother’s Keeper

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — General Federation of Women’s Club—Big Rapids members are helping the less fortunate in …

Big Rapids Lions Club conducts eye screenings

Big Rapids Lions Club conducts eye screenings

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — One of the services provided by the Big Rapids Lions Club is eye screening upon request for young …

Erin Young, M.D.:Why I became a family medicine physician

Erin Young, M.D.:Why I became a family medicine physician

By Erin Young, MD Editor’s Note: Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed Feb. 19 to 25 as Family Medicine Week in Michigan in recognition of …

State News

Home heating credits now being processed

LANSING – The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) recently noted the Michigan Department of Treasury is now processing Michigan Home Heating …

Michigan schools can apply for Wellness Award for promoting healthy lifestyles

LANSING – Michigan schools that are taking action to promote healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles are encouraged …

Great Lakes greatly stressed

By Eric Freedman Capital News Service LANSING — The future of the Great Lakes is imperiled, right? Invasive species endangering native …