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Michigan’s Shelter-In-Place Order: What You Need to Know

Less than two weeks ago, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency when Michigan confirmed the state’s first two cases of COVID-19 on March 10. As of Monday, March 23, confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide exceeded 1,200 — a considerable increase from the 53 cases reported merely a eek ago. At least 15 deaths […]






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Evart Announces Closure of City Hall

Evart City Hall By John Raffel Correspondent EVART — Evart city manager Sarah Dvoracek issued a press release earlier this week announcing beginning at noon on Tuesday, the Evart City Hall would be closed to the general public until further notice due to the COVID-19 issue. Dvoracek said the decision would be revisited “as information […]






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Verna Mae Salisbury

Verna Mae Salisbury, longtime resident of Marion passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Pleasant Ridge Assisted Living. She was 95. Verna was born on January 19, 1925, in Highland Township to Charlie and Sadie Bonham. Verna was married to Richard Salisbury on May 23, 1943, in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She was an avid […]






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Shirley Virginia Blackedge

Shirley Virginia Blackledge, age 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2020, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. She was born February 13, 1938, in Evart, MI, to the late John Edward Connor and Jessie M (Corkins) Connor. She was the youngest of eleven children with all siblings preceding her in death. She […]






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Arlene Elizabeth Swiler

Arlene Elizabeth (Raymond) Swiler earned her angel wings on March 15, 2020, at the home of her son in Zephyrhills, Florida surrounded by her loved ones. The daughter of Daniel and Louella Raymond, Arlene was born on January 16, 1927. She graduated Valedictorian of her class from Marion Public Schools in 1945 where she met […]






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Amedee Rae Cleland

Amedee Rae Cleland Died March 12, 2020 Harrison – Amedee Rae Cleland, of Harrison and formerly of Marion, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Henry Ford Hospital. She was 48. Amedee was born on July 29, 1971, at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac to Gerald and Mirriam (Anastasia) Cleland. She grew up and attended […]






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Ghosts on Main: Fighting the Spanish Flu

Carrow Shingle The few details in the Marion Centennial book lead me to believe that Marion took her hardest hit from the Spanish flu in 1920, which seemed rather late. Nonetheless, I took a dive into that year. I soon discovered that influenzas, along with small pox (now dead), diphtheria and measles kept things in […]






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Evart Police Log

By John Raffel Correspondent Evart Police Department Weekly Report March 9-15 March 9: Malicious destruction of property. Officers were called to a malicious destruction of property complaint where a vehicle was damaged while an employee was at work. The case remains open at this time. March 11: Found property: Some found property was turned into […]






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Spectrum Cancels Surgeries, Procedures

In a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective Tuesday, March 17, Spectrum Health is canceling all appointments, surgeries and procedures that are not urgent or emergency-related for the next two weeks. “We believe this is the right step to protect our patients, team members and communities,” said Darryl Elmouchi, Chief Medical Officer, […]






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Ramblers Topple Lake City Before Tourney Shutdown

by Ben Murphy Sports Writer McBain continued its late season surge into the division three boys basketball tournament. The Ramblers, fresh off two big wins to close the regular season, were able to top Lake City on Wednesday, March 11, 62-41 in a district semi-final on the Trojans’ home court. “This win was our third […]






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