Protesting students ‘disappointed’ with Sen. Schuitmaker

A group of students who participated in the nation-wide walkout Wednesday at the Allegan Vocational Technical Center are not pleased with the statement State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker made to WZZM-TV about the development, a protest for school safety and changing assault weapons laws.. Austin Marsman, a senior at Martin High School, one of the key […]

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Martin Twp. looking into expanding offices at hall

The Martin Township Board Wednesday night took the first steps toward expanding the township hall to make more room for offices of the clerk, treasurer and assessor. The board voted 4-0 to hire The Architectural Group (TAG) and Dan Bode of Grandville to provide a feasibility study and artist’s conceptions of the project at a


Steeby Elementary students raising ‘Pennies for Patients’

Steeby Elementary School is holding a Pennies for Patients fund-raiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. One student in particular is Kaylin Shorter, daughter of Melissa DeGood and Ken Shorter, a second-grader in Kelly Fortier’s class. A family friend of Kaylin’s donated bags and bags of returnable cans. Kaylin then spent part of her


The Subterranean: ‘Flint Town’ is just a cop opera

by Walter G. Tarrow An overlong, tiresome, ultimately pointless episode of “Cops” A **1/2 review of the documentary series “Flint Town” showing exclusively on Netflix A documentary film, as opposed to a work of fiction, purports to give us the truth. And a good documentary exposes truth through a presentation of facts, and often opinions

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John Schipper appointed Martin Township trustee

John Schipper has been appointed trustee for the Martin Township Board, filling the vacancy created last month by the death of Jim Brenner. Schipper, a lifelong local resident, is former chief for the Martin Fire Department and he has served on the Planning Commission in the past. He was selected among three applicants. The other


Allegan County students’ walkout honors Parkland

About 50 high school students from around Allegan County gathered outside the Allegan Vocational Technical Center Wednesday to take part in a walkout ceremony memorializing the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting Feb. 14. Organizer was Austin Marsman, president of the senior class at Martin High School. In prepared remarks, he said during the


Funeral is Saturday in Hopkins for Linda Harmsen, 65

Linda Ann Harmsen, age 65 of Hopkins, died Tuesday, March 13, after a courageous battle with cancer. Linda was born on June 17, 1952 in Chicago, the daughter of Gloria (Hitt) Brandstatt and the late William Brandstatt. Her working years were spent as a U.S. Postal Service rural route carrier for 22 years and seven


Bygone Days: A look at the history of NE Allegan County

25 Years Ago — March 17, 1993 Some Martin Township residents are mulling over the possibility of recall or referendum in the wake of news the Township Planning Commission and Board are considering approval of a request from Ray Brenner to have his industrial zoned property be used for gravel mining. Leading the charge are


Funeral for famous local cook Tess Wykoski is March 22

Therese “Tess” M. (Olesnevich) Wykoski died Tuesday, March 13. She was 72. Born Oct. 17, 1945, Tess started out as a hairdresser in Grand Rapids, but will be remembered well for her years as being owner of Souper Bowl Restaurant in Dorr, as well as her many years as a caterer in the area. Most recently


Wayland likely getting a Best Western Hotel this year

It looks like Wayland will get a new Best Western Hotel on property between the Big Boy Restaurant and Family Farm & Home, perhaps as early as the end of the year. The Wayland City Planning Commission Tuesday night approved a special use permit and site  plan, with conditions, for requests from developer Dee Patel,

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