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Middle Branch Supervisor Announces Retirement

By John Raffel Correspondent MARION — Middle Branch supervisor Patrick Babcock has announced he will not be running for re-election in August. The announcement was made at the board meeting…

Coaches vs Cancer Game Set for Friday

On Friday January 24th, 2020 – 6pm JV Game – 7:30pm Varsity Game The American Cancer Society, Coaches vs. Cancer invites the community to attend the first annual event on…

Salaries Remain the Same for Middle Branch Officials

By John Raffel Correspondent MARION — The Middle Branch Township board worked on 2020 salaries at its meeting last week. A motion was approved to keep the supervisor wages the…

Michigan Association School Boards Tells Marion Board of Education to Think Strategic Planning

By John Raffel Correspondent The Marion Board of Education at its recent special meeting listened to a presentation from the Michigan Association of School Boards on starting the process for…

Faces in the Crowd: Dean and Rick Smallegan

Dave amd 1-24 Rich and their CASE construction equipment. Dean and Rich Smallegan. If you’ve ever been to beautiful, downtown Ina, chances are you may have run into to Dean…

From Slaughterhouse to the Village Glen – The Ghosts of First Street

by Julie Traynor  The Marion, Michigan of 1920 was a very different place than it is in 2020.  As much as we like to think there has not been much change to our comfortable…

COA Looks to Purchase Reed City Site

By John Raffel Correspondent REED CITY — The Osceola County Board of Commissioners, at its Wednesday meeting, authorized Commission on Aging Director Justin Halladay to negotiate a purchase price for…

January Busy Month for COA Staff

By John Raffel Correspondent January is a busy month for director Justin Halladay and his staff at the Osceola County Commission on Aging. “We’re starting off the new year with…

A Birthday Worth Forgetting

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist It was my birthday last Sunday. I was hoping to celebrate with a nice dinner and football. Instead my day consisted of freezing temperatures and…

January Stuff

Susan VanderWal, left, and this Belvins Street girl, celebrate our new friendship, and Sue’s birthday, with our first tea party on January 21, 1953. There would be many more tea…

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