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CCA students compete in reading challenge

CCA students compete in reading challenge

BIG RAPIDS — The stakes were high Friday afternoon as fourth- through sixth-grade students at Crossroads Charter Academy competed in …

FSU anti-violence coalition aims to change campus culture, prevent sexual violence

FSU anti-violence coalition aims to change campus culture, prevent sexual violence

Submitted to the Pioneer  BIG RAPIDS — Several members of the Ferris State University community are working together in an effort to …

BRMS announces Students of the Week

BRMS announces Students of the Week

Submitted to the Pioneer Big Rapids Middle School named the Students of the Week for the week of Monday, March 11, through Friday, March …

Ryan Haner eyes banner season for Crossroads

Ryan Haner eyes banner season for Crossroads

BIG RAPIDS —Crossroads Charter Academy’s baseball team will be looking to be more competitive this season and will need pitchers like …

News in Brief

Two people uninjured following plane crash

MECOSTA COUNTY — Two occupants were uninjured following a plane crash in Mecosta County on Saturday morning. According to a press …

Mecosta County commissioners approve grant application for Michigan’s Dragon

MECOSTA COUNTY — County officials are continuing efforts to bring new recreation opportunities to area residents. During the Mecosta …

Osceola County commissioners approve grant application for Rose Lake Park improvements

OSCEOLA COUNTY — County officials are taking steps toward improving local campgrounds. During the Osceola County Board of Commissioners …

City commissioners approve ordinances regarding marijuana possession, consumption

BIG RAPIDS — City officials are continuing to take steps to update local laws following the legalization of marijuana in Michigan. …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …