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Suspect lodged at Osceola County Jail following home invasion

OSCEOLA COUNTY — A suspect faces several charges after assaulting an Osceola County woman. On Wednesday, July 17, Michigan State …

ODPC FunFest brings together community of dulcimer players

ODPC FunFest brings together community of dulcimer players

EVART — The sounds of sweet music were heard coming from the Osceola 4-H FFA Fairgrounds Thursday as dulcimer players gathered for …

Police investigate possible arson, theft suspect

BIG RAPIDS — A 23-year-old man is under investigation for allegedly setting a fire at a building on Monday, July 15. Big Rapids …

POLICE BLOTTER: Man high on meth creates disturbances in Hemlock Park

POLICE BLOTTER: Man high on meth creates disturbances in Hemlock Park

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids Department of Public Safety officers responded to the following calls on Tuesday and Wednesday. All calls might …

News in Brief

Kids safety day set for July 22

BALDWIN — Children’s Trust Fund of Lake County is inviting families to come out to kids safety day next week. The family-friendly …

Music and good times

MECOSTA COUNTY — People will have the opportunity to end their Saturday with music and good times at the Mecosta County School Section …

Mecosta County Road Commission begins road projects

MECOSTA COUNTY — Today began the Mecosta County Road Commission’s project to grind several roads back to gravel. Construction began …

Knights of Columbus donates to local organizations

OSCEOLA COUNTY — One of the local chapters of the Knights of Columbus is continuing its efforts to support area organizations. Members …

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

Buzz Stone and Friends in concert on June 30

BLANCHARD — The sounds of country and old-time gospel music will fill Pleasant View United Brethren Church when Buzz Stone and Friends …

GVSU announces winter graduates

ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University recently announced the more than 1,500 names of students who participated in commencement …

GVSU announces fall dean’s list

ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University recently announced the names of students who were placed on the dean’s list for the fall 2018 …

State News

Michigan is back in Sweet 16

Michigan is back in Sweet 16

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan’s biggest concern against Florida was facing the Gators’ lockdown defense. The solution? Beat …

Purdue upsets Michigan State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — First, Purdue took a page from Michigan State’s playbook. Then Nojel Eastern rewrote the script. Ryan Cline …

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 …