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Wayne Albert Martin

Wayne Albert Martin, 76, of Lawton MI passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023 at his son’s home surrounded by family.  Wayne was a hardworking man who always put his family first.  He loved spending time with his

Lakeshore to seek bond in May


Lakeshore Public Schools will ask voters to approve a nearly $20 million bond in May’s elections. A survey to gauge public support and needs was conducted last year, and at a Monday meeting of the board of

Homelessness Up In West Michigan


Homelessness is spiking in west Michigan, especially among women. Thelma Ensink is executive director of Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids, which expanded its women’s shelter a couple of years ago. “We’re seeing trends here at Degage that

Walberg introduces human trafficking legislation


Congressman Tim Walberg has introduced legislation intended to help catch human traffickers. The Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act would ensure that Department of Labor employees receive training to recognize instances of human trafficking and refer the

Gobles startup brewery damaged by vandalism


The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after an upstart brewery in Gobles was severely vandalized last week. Dirtbag Brewing Company owner Ryan Long tells us he’s been working for years to launch a brewpub and

June “AJ” Strunk

June “AJ” Strunk, 81, of Hagar Township died Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the Royalton Manor in Royalton Township. Family services will be held at a later date and cremation has taken place. Arrangements are by the

Willard Henry Kay

Willard Henry Kay, 80, of Gobles and formerly of Perrinton, Michigan, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, at his home. To his friends and family, he was known as Bill, Billy, Dad, Butch, or Grandpa Kay. He

Income Taxes Can Be Filed Starting Today


Taxpayers can start filing their returns as early as today, but some experts are expecting smaller refunds compared with the past few years. Pattie Hudson, the president of the accounting firm Jenkins and Company, says the child

Gas Prices Up 7¢ In Michigan


The average gas price in Michigan is 7¢ higher than last week. Triple-A Michigan says it is now at $3.37 a gallon, up 39¢ in the past month and 13¢ higher than last year. A 15=gallon fill