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Jorja Ray giving Warriors key production

Jorja Ray giving Warriors key production

REMUS — Chippewa Hills’ girls basketball team is home on Monday in a makeup game with Big Rapids and seniors like Jorja Ray are hoping …

Insufficient snow impacts Blessing of the Sleds

Insufficient snow impacts Blessing of the Sleds

IRONS — Despite low snow amounts this winter, Blessing of the Sleds, generally the largest winter event in Lake County, still went on, …

Seeking justice for Janette: Fifth annual walk draws more than two-dozen people

Seeking justice for Janette: Fifth annual walk draws more than two-dozen people

REED CITY — Nearly 25 walkers braved the frigid temperatures on Saturday afternoon as they walked from the Reed City Depot to Reed City …

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored on Sunday during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative program at the …

News in Brief

City officials to host public hearing regarding zoning ordinance change

BIG RAPIDS — Members of the public are invited to a public hearing to discuss a text amendment to the city zoning ordinance which would …

Hope Network ‘Joyful Art Globetrekkers’ exhibit opening reception set for Tuesday

BIG RAPIDS — The opening reception for “Joyful Art Globetrekkers,” a new art exhibit currently on display in the lower …

Osceola County commissioners approve indigent defense contract

OSCEOLA COUNTY — During the Osceola County Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, members of the board …

Mecosta County commissioners approve farmland application, board appointment

MECOSTA COUNTY — During the Mecosta County Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, members of the board approved a farmland …

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 …