Lifelong educator William Howard dies at 73

William Don Howard, 73, of Allegan, died Wednesday, May 15, at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomingdale. Born Jan. 9, 1951, in Greely, Colo, he was the son of the late Don and Elizabeth (Vivian) Howard. He grew up in Colorado but cherished summers spent in Duluth, Minn., with his mother, siblings and […]


Dorr Township Board adopts 2024-25 budget

The Dorr Township Board last Thursday evening adopted a nearly $2 million budget for fiscal year 2024-25. Revenues have been pegged at $1,627,000. Expenditures are expected to be $1,890.066. The money in the find balance is expected to make up the difference. In other business at last Thursday’s meeting, the Township Board: • Approved the

Community Notices

Gun Lake Casino hotel construction continues

The latest expansion project at the Gun Lake Casino site at the Bradley exit of the U.S.-131 expressway continues and officials say it should completed by next spring. The $300 million expansion features a 15-story hotel, restaurant, spa, fitness center and “aquadome,.” Gun Lake Casino chief executive officer Sal Semola is hinting that there will


District softball tourneys to get under way June 1

The post-season district softball tournaments will be held in these parts for Divisions 2 and 4 on Saturday, June 1. Wayland and Hopkins both will be at the Hopkins site, with Wayland taking on Allegan at 10 a.m. and Hopkins playing host to Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at noon. Winners of the two contests will meet

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Gas Station is Wayland’s 4th marijuana dispensary

Jarred Biggs and Dennis Weiss, both of Middleville, have opened Wayland’s fourth marijuana dispensary, at 1124 West Superior St. Biggs said he wants to take advantage of the population and economic growth in the region between Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo. He said he believes the Gun Lake Casino’s recent announcement of expansion plans will create


Yes It’s True: I’m not a liberal, I’m a progressive

“At General Electric, progress is our most important product.” — Ronald Reagan “Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” — Georges Santayana I’ve been called a lot of things while editing and publishing this on-line rag for the past dozen years, but perhaps mostly frequently some readers have attempted to insult


Wildcats’ win streak ends; they can clinch Gold Monday

Wayland’s impressive softball winning streak came to an end Saturday in the Frankenmuth tournament, where Home Run Derby was prominently featured. The Wildcats’ 19-game string was ended in its first game of the day, a 4-3 heartbreaker at the hands of Midland Dow, team named honorable mention in the latest Division 1 poll. The Chargers

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Burglary of SUV, Ryobi tools, bicycle reported in city

A resident of the city of Wayland has reported that her home was burglarized Saturday morning. She posted on Facebook, “Sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. this morning, someone stole my son and daughter-in-law’s 2014 silver Ford Escape, a bunch of Ryobi tools and my bright green Trek bicycle! If anyone saw anything between those

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