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Spectrum announces most popular baby names in 2018

Spectrum announces most popular baby names in 2018

BIG RAPIDS — Due to the large number of spelling variations on each list, the top-10 most common baby names at Spectrum Health Big Rapids …

Ferris State vets group leads donation drive

Ferris State vets group leads donation drive

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University Student Veterans Association loaded up two pickup trucks full of basic necessities on Friday to …

Doing the time: Community Corrections officials aim for safety, community service completion

Doing the time: Community Corrections officials aim for safety, community service completion

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Receiving a sentence of jail for committing a non-violent misdemeanor or felony could be a bombshell for …

Community invited to welcome football team home

Community invited to welcome football team home

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University football fans can show their Bulldog pride by lining the streets to welcome the team home on …

News in Brief

Officials investigate police impersonator complaint

REED CITY — Officials at the Reed City Police Department are investigating reports of a man suspected of posing as one of the …

MSP identifies woman who died in Sunday crash

MSP identifies woman who died in Sunday crash

GREEN TWP. — The Michigan State Police has identified the woman who died in a crash Sunday in Green Township. Desiree Farve, 23, formerly …

Green Township trustees discuss road projects, approve meeting dates

GREEN TWP. — Green Township trustees are continuing efforts to maintain quality roads within the township. During the Green Township …

Fill the Boat Food Drive continues through Dec. 15

BIG RAPIDS — Area residents can help Angels of Action in the effort to fight childhood hunger by donating to the Fill the Boat Food …

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

Local group donates 20 Thanksgiving dinners

Local group donates 20 Thanksgiving dinners

Members of the Barryton chapter of the local group, Sawtooth Wolves, separate various items into bags, which were then given to 20 Barryton …

OBK grant to go toward new shower/tub installation

OBK grant to go toward new shower/tub installation

Our Brother’s Keeper recently accepted grant funds from TransCanada. (Pictured) Larry London (right), of TransCanada, passes a …

Angels of Action receives TransCanada grant

Angels of Action receives TransCanada grant

(From left) Joni Thompson, president and CEO of Angels of Action, a local nonprofit which combats childhood hunger by providing area …

State News

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 …

Los Bandits de Michigan to kick-off National Hispanic Heritage Month

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association  COLDWATER — As National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) gets ready …

Frederik Meijer Gardens’ fall exhibition celebrates contemporary disability sculpture

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association  GRAND RAPIDS — Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park will be host to 16 …