Obituaries

Private memorial service held for Dick Laman of Dorr

Dick Laman, age 64, of Dorr, died Sunday, Feb 11, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Harriet Laman, and is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, and loving companion, Stella. He is survived by his father, Jack Laman, sisters and brother, several in-laws and nieces and nephews. A private […]

Columns

Army Bob: So just who is a working class American?

Just what in the heck or who in the heck are “working class Americans?” According to Wikipedia, “Economists and pollsters in the United States generally define “working class” adults as those lacking a college degree.” If we tossed out the Brits with their class-built society with Kings, Princes, Dukes, Barons and other titled privileged few,

Sports

State-ranked Godwin posts 95-66 win over Viking boys

The Hopkins boys’ basketball team lost 95-66 at Wyoming Godwin Heights in a makeup O-K Silver Conference contest Thursday evening. Godwin has lost only once this season and is rated No. 4 among Class B hoops teams in Michigan, according to the Associated Press rankings. The Vikings started the game up 11-2 and battled gallantly

Sports

Lady Vikings 1 win away from clinching Silver co-title

If the Hopkins girls’ varsity basketball team can get past Kelloggsville Friday evening, it will clinch at least a share of the O-K Silver Conference championship. The Lady Vikings took a major step toward reaching that goal Thursday night by winning a makeup contest against a surprisingly competitive homestanding Wyoming Godwin Heights quintet 65-58. The

Sports

Boys, Lady Wildcats both split in 2 league contests

The Wayland girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams have split this week in their two O-K Gold Conference games. The boys defeated Middleville Thornapple Kellogg Monday evening in a makeup contest, 55-41, but lost 60-49 to Wyoming. Carter Nyp scored 25 points to pace the victory. Wayland’s boys now sport a 7-10 overall record, 3-6

Features

Hopkins Concert Choir qualifies for state festival in May

The Hopkins High School Concert Choir earned a Division 1, “excellent” rating Tuesday at the District Choral Festival at East Grand Rapids High School. The choral students performed two pieces and sight-read for a panel of adjudicators/judges. The choir received a variety of comments, which highlighted both areas of potential improvement, as well as strengths

Sports

Martin boys regain strength in 2nd half, but fall 66-54

by Austin Marsman Fennville handed Martin a tough hoops loss in a makeup game Monday, ending at 66-54 After the first quarter Fennville led 23-8 and widened its lead to 42-19 at halftime. It was a better second half for the Clippers, however. Thanks to the offensive combination of Cayden Curry and Alex Hardy, the

Obituaries

Funeral Saturday for Merla Williams, formerly of Wayland

Merla Williams, age 88, formerly of Wayland and Wyoming, died Wednesday, Feb. 14. Merla lived in the Saw Mill Estates community in Wayland for 10 years; she had a strong faith, a good sense of humor, and she enjoyed Christian and Western music.  She had many wonderful years with her husband Leon with whom she

Sports

Wildcat boys break out of bowling slump to edge TK

The Wayland boys’ varsity bowling team Wednesday bounced back from a recent funk by edging Middleville Thornapple Kellogg 16-14. “What has been a struggle for the boys this year have been their Baker games,” explained coach Sherry Miklusicak. But Wednesday the Wildcats shot 204 to TK’s 195 and 190 to TK’s 211. “In our first

Sports

Viking boys, girls hope to capture league bowling titles

The Hopkins boys’ bowling team has gained sweet revenge in back to back victories over Kelloggsville, the Lady Vikings spot a 14-0-1 dual match record for the season. The Viking boys, now 13-2 overall, beat Belding 22-8 after losing 20-10 last month in their first encounter. Hopkins lost the first Baker 202-169, but won the

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