Ghosts of Main: Great Ice Storm of 1922

By Julie Traynor Correspondent During February 21-23, 1922 what had become known as the Great Ice Storm swept through Marion, Michigan. Heavy rains fell for hours, encapsulating the area and much of Michigan and the Midwest in a very thick coating of ice; in many places measured in inches. The morning after the storm passed, […]

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Search ends for 15-year-old drowning victim

By John Raffel Correspondent Rescuers ended a search on Friday for 15-year old Dylan Shaw of Evart, whom they presumed drowned after falling through the ice on the Muskegon River in Sylvan Township. Osceola County sheriff Justin Halladay said crews from throughout the state searched for Shaw’s body but were unable to find it on […]

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Another snow storm cripples area

By John Raffel Correspondent When the area received 12 to 15 inches of snow in late January, residents probably were hoping it would be the last bad storm of the winter It wasn’t. The area got hit with another storm earlier this week although it wasn’t quite as bad as the previous one. It still […]

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Faces In The Crowd: Roger Pritchard

By Aaron Michell Correspondent Roger Pritchard is on a mission. For the last twenty years, Roger has taken it upon himself to fix the Marion Mill Pond. That was why he initially became involved with the Marion Village Council. That’s why he’s spent countless hours coordinating with regulators, engineers, and environmental leaders from the DEQ, […]

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Evart woman charged with meth, harboring fugitive

By John Raffel Correspondent A 34-year-old woman from Evart, April Domke, faces charges in connection with a parole absconder case out of Roscommon County. A press release issued by the Michigan State Police, said Domke has been charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of harboring a fugitive felon. Troopers reported […]

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Man who used hatchet to kill father-in-law gets life without parole

By Pat Maurer Correspondent On February 8th, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans sentenced James Bryan Kuhns to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Leonard Hempel. Along with the sentence, Judge Evans ordered Kuhns to pay $68 in state costs, a $60 DNA fee, $500 in court costs. A $500 fine and […]

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Watkins named Osceola emergency manager

By John Raffel Correspondent REED CITY — The Osceola County Board of Commissioners approved and reauthorized the emergency plan at its meeting last week. The board also appointed Mark Watkins as the emergency management director. The board approved the biomedical preventive maintenance agreement. “It’s for EMS and for people that review our equipment not already […]

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Amused With Editors Commentary On Roger Stone

I read with amusement publisher Mike Wilcox’s recent commentary about the arrest of Roger Stone (Mike’s Musings, January 31,2019) as he described federal marshals arresting Wilcox himself a dozen years ago in Florida. Mike likened his arrest to that of the recent arrest of Donald Trump’s long-time confidant Roger Stone.  Mike expressed his empathy with […]

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Missaukee sheriff asks for two new vehicles

By John Raffel Correspondent Missaukee County administrator Precia Garland presented a request from the Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of two new patrol vehicles at last week’s finance committee meeting. Garland noted the new Ford Police Interceptors will replace the two oldest vehicles remaining in the fleet. Each vehicle, she added. would be bought for […]

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Evart Police Log

By John Raffel Correspondent Evart Police Department Weekly Report Feb. 4-10 Feb. 5: Assist – Officers were called to assist the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department with an investigation. Feb. 5: Misdemeanor Arrest – Officers made contact with a subject with an outstanding warrant. The subject was arrested and transported to the Osceola County Jail where they were lodged […]

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