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Faces in the Crowd: Johnnie and Makayla Thompson

Makayla with her mom Toni Swiler. Makayla and Johnnie with Family at her September wedding. Johnny in his ’81 Chevy truck. If ever there was a Hollywood film about a small-town love story, Johnnie and Makayla Thompson could very well find themselves cast in the leading roles. They’ve got the looks, the personalities, and the […]






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Deputies Investigate Grader Train Accident

By John Raffel Correspondent MARION — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, at 11:21 a.m. investigated a grader-train accident locally. Meceola Central Dispatch received a call-in reference to a county road grader being hit by a train on 17 Mile Road and Ashland Drive in Middle Branch Township,” sheriff Ed Williams said in a […]






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The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

By Roger Campbell Thanksgiving is usually the response of people to God’s faithfulness in times of extreme need. This was true when the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621 after being blessed with a good harvest and it has been historically true in both personal and national experience. In 1789, President George Washington issued […]






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Donald Bruce Sible

Donald Bruce Sible, of Marion, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 82. Bruce was born on August 21, 1937, in Midland, MI to Donald B. and Esther L. Sible.  He was a graduate of Marion High School in 1956, before entering the military and proudly […]






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Sheriff Reminds Drivers of Winter Safety Tips

By John Raffel As December approaches and the likelihood of winter weather is coming, Osceola County sheriff Ed Williams reminds drivers to be extra careful and employ various driving tips during snowy and icy conditions. “Have a fully charged cell phone, have it in your pocket and leave it in your pocket,” he said. “Reasoning is […]






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Library Announces December Schedule

By John Raffel LAKE CITY — Facilities like the Ardis Missaukee District Library are getting into the holiday spirit. Laura Marion, Ardis Missaukee District Library director, has announced the December schedule and it involves a very special day on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the library at […]






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Evart Police Report

By John Raffel Correspondent Evart Police Department Weekly Report Nov. 19-20 Nov. 19:  Violation – Officers received a complaint regarding a subject in violation of the Sex Offender Registry. The report has been forwarded to the prosecutor.  Nov. 19:  Criminal Sexual Conduct – Officers received a report of a criminal sexual conduct. The case remains open at this […]






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Family Helping Family

Hello, I am writing to submit my sister and kids for Christmas Angel. She is now a single mother as the father recently passed away in November. The mother Ruth is 45 years old with six kids total. Her 18 year old son Joseph and 18 year old girlfriend April, a 16 year old boy […]






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Help Take the Worry Away

Hello, I am a mother of 3, twins age 2 boy and girl and a 3 month old boy. We are in need of help with Christmas. My boyfriend does tree work for a living and with the snow hitting us early there is no work for him right now. So we are on a […]






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To Many Worries for Christmas

To whom it may concern, I am a single mother of 2 boys ages 8 and 4. I just got them back home from their father where they were beaten with belts and smacked in the mouths! I did report this to authorities. Unfortunately nothing was done. I have my 8 year old in counseling […]






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