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Mecosta County Commissioners recognize Fitzgerald for 23 years of service

Mecosta County Commissioners recognize Fitzgerald for 23 years of service

Hungry Howie’s Pizza coming to Big Rapids

Hungry Howie’s Pizza coming to Big Rapids

BIG RAPIDS — Family Video will provide more than movies and video games come December. Hungry Howie’s Pizza will be coming soon to …

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputies mourn loss of K9 Justice

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Deputies with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office are mourning the loss of one of their K9s. According to a …

CCA students learn to farm during Education Day

CCA students learn to farm during Education Day

BIG RAPIDS — On Thursday, Sept. 19, fifth-graders at Crossroads Charter Academy had the chance to learn farming skills at the Antique …

News in Brief

Police investigating breaking and entering, larceny

AETNA TWP. — Police are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars of power equipment from a residence this weekend. Mecosta …

Artworks to host social media event

BIG RAPIDS — Those interested in learning more about social media are invited to Big Rapids native Majenica Rupe’s “Who is …

MCCVB and MCACC to host blood drive

MECOSTA COUNTY — The Mecosta County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce will be co-hosting a …

City of Big Rapids denies ordinance for map amendments

BIG RAPIDS — At their Monday meeting, the City of Big Rapids Board of Trustees listened to a lead/copper report provided by the 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

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 …