SC4 to offer women’s golf program next spring

TRI-CITY AREA — St. Clair County Community College has added women’s golf to its athletic offerings, making it one of only a handful of colleges in the Michigan Community College’s Athletic Association fielding a team. With the addition of women’s golf, SC4 now offers...

Diamond Jaxx are champions

ALMONT — The Detroit Diamond Jaxx 16U baseball team, which includes Almont’s Reis Stine, registered a first-place finish at the Great Lakes Classic this past weekend. Sandusky, Ohio is where the games unfolded. The team began their title-producing run Friday with an...

Public Safety Expo at fairgrounds Saturday

Free event aims to inform, entertain community IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Police Dept. hosts its 2nd Annual “Public Safety Expo” on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 4-9 p.m. at the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds. ICPD Administrative Clerk Melissa Anglebrandt said the free...

Remembering children lost in devastating fire

Whitney-Kelley family hosts memorial to thank community for support     IMLAY CITY — There is no way to measure the pain and suffering a parent endures with the loss of a child. Nor can the severity and duration of that pain and suffering ever truly be known,...

News

‘Thank you’

‘Thank you’

Mother of children lost in fire grateful to Imlay community   IMLAY CITY — Krystal Whitney, the mother of the four children who perished in a mobile home fire at Maple Grove Estates is expressing her deep gratitude to the individuals who responded to the fire in...

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Public Safety Expo at fairgrounds Saturday

Public Safety Expo at fairgrounds Saturday

Free event aims to inform, entertain community IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Police Dept. hosts its 2nd Annual “Public Safety Expo” on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 4-9 p.m. at the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds. ICPD Administrative Clerk Melissa Anglebrandt said the free...

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‘Plastic ends’ at library

‘Plastic ends’ at library

Long campaign to renovate facade comes to successful conclusion in downtown Capac CAPAC — The final phase in the expansion and renovation of Capac Library is now underway. Last week, crews from Sanctum Contracting removed plastic sheeting from the front of the Main...

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City eyes 2020  vision for 150th

City eyes 2020 vision for 150th

Imlay City Sesquicentennial celebration set for Aug. 7-9 IMLAY CITY — A committee has been formed to begin planning for a 150th anniversary celebration for the City of Imlay City. While plans are in the preliminary stages, the committee has established Aug. 7-9 as the...

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Future road fixes identified

Future road fixes identified

MDOT has plans for M-53 and I-69 projects in coming years TRI-CITY AREA — In recent weeks, state transportation officials have updated their plans for road and bridge projects across the region, including some major ones that will impact local motorists in the coming...

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‘Food Giveaway’  draws hundreds  in Imlay City

‘Food Giveaway’ draws hundreds in Imlay City

Gateway volunteers show love by sharing with others IMLAY CITY — Hundreds of local residents gathered early Thursday, Aug. 1, for Gateway Assembly Church’s “Grocery Giveaway” at Belle Valley Plaza. The food giveaway represented one of four community support efforts...

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Fair pigs test positive for swine flu

Fair pigs test positive for swine flu

No human cases confirmed as of Monday IMLAY CITY — As of Monday, there were no confirmed human cases of swine flu connected to an outbreak of the disease at the Eastern Michigan State Fair. Lapeer County Health Department Director Kathy Haskins said her agency has...

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Vandals leave mark  on Seven Ponds area

Vandals leave mark on Seven Ponds area

Sign, mailboxes destroyed, police seek tips DRYDEN TWP. — Dryden Township Police hope the public can help them find the vandal or vandals who damaged a Seven Ponds Nature Center sign at Crawford and Lake George roads. Chief Shawn Peters said they’ve fielded reports...

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Gateway Church makes big assist to I.C. shelter

Gateway Church makes big assist to I.C. shelter

Hispanic Service Center thanks volunteers for kindness, support IMLAY CITY — In December, Hispanic Services Center (HSC) Director Lourdes Emke was lamenting the extensive damage at the agency’s homeless shelter perpetrated by the rejected boyfriend of a former tenant....

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Fair brings big fun

Fair brings big fun

Week goes off without a hitch as visitors flock to Imlay City IMLAY CITY — Eastern Michigan State Fair Manager Ian Kempf said the success of the 2019 fair can best be measured by the absence of problems and presence of fun being had by those in attendance. Kempf said...

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Sports

SC4 to offer women’s golf program next spring

SC4 to offer women’s golf program next spring

TRI-CITY AREA — St. Clair County Community College has added women’s golf to its athletic offerings, making it one of only a handful of colleges in the Michigan Community College’s Athletic Association fielding a team. With the addition of women’s golf, SC4 now offers...

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Diamond Jaxx are champions

Diamond Jaxx are champions

ALMONT — The Detroit Diamond Jaxx 16U baseball team, which includes Almont’s Reis Stine, registered a first-place finish at the Great Lakes Classic this past weekend. Sandusky, Ohio is where the games unfolded. The team began their title-producing run Friday with an...

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Stine shines at U of M tourney

Stine shines at U of M tourney

ALMONT — The Detroit Diamond Jaxx 16U baseball team went 3-1-1 at the All-Prospect Championship Tournament. The tournament was contested Thursday through Sunday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Detroit Diamond Jaxx started things off Thursday with a 5-3 win...

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Whitney second at Robinson Tourney

Whitney second at Robinson Tourney

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City’s Grace Whitney joined forces with Port Huron’s Mark Walker to net a second-place finish among Mixed Open Doubles entrants at the Francis J. Robinson Memorial International Tennis Tournament this past week. Play was contested last Friday...

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Imlay City 8U captures first place

Imlay City 8U captures first place

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City 8U baseball team collected a first-place finish at the Port Huron Battle Under the Bridges Tournament this past weekend. The squad got their tournament stint underway Friday with a 14-7 victory over Clinton Valley. Imlay City followed it up...

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Area softball team wins NSA 14 U World Series

Area softball team wins NSA 14 U World Series

TRI-CITY AREA — The Attack 14U softball squad earned a first-place finish at the NSA World Series recently. The tournament was contested July 19-21 in Beloit, Wisconsin and Rockford, Illinois. Attack 14U got their tournament path underway Friday, July 19 with a 12-1...

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Spartans win BWAC title

Spartans win BWAC title

Imlay girls' dominate in five events to secure win IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City girls' track team (135) outscored Cros-Lex (114), Yale (99), North Branch (79), Richmond (44), Algonac (33), Almont (13) and Armada (10) en route to a first-place finish at the Blue Water...

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Cards win back-to-back titles

Dryden triumphs over Lakeville for championship DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity baseball team made it back-to-back years as Tom Cole Tournament Champions, accomplishing the feat with a 5-2 triumph against Lakeville Monday afternoon. Broome Park, in Flint, is where the...

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Raiders claim BWAC crown

Raiders claim BWAC crown

Manko shoots a 75, Rayl cards 79 to secure win TRI-CITY AREA— Thomas Manko shot a 75 and Jacob Rayl carded a 79, leading the Almont boys' golf team to a second-place finish last Thursday at the Blue Water Area Conference League Tournament. Solitude Golf Links, in...

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Almont sweeps foe Yale in league clash

ALMONT — Almont obtained a pair of wins against visiting Yale in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity softball doubleheader last Friday. In the opener, Almont picked up a 7-2 victory over Yale. Rachael Schapman (two singles and a double), Olivia Malcolm (three...

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Columns

Under the Pergola

I said “Sure” when Mary Ellen called Monday morning and asked if I was free to kayak Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with another friend. We never made it on Lakeville Lake and to lunch last year, so we hankered for the companionship. That night at writing group, Elaine asked,...

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Hitting the books this summer

It’s been a summer of reading and books for our family and I’m pretty happy with that fact. For the first time, the kids and I have actually stuck with an actual reading program plan and found success. It only took my seven-year-old a few weeks to read her age in...

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August reconciliations

This is the month of the test of the gardener. Were I running things I would simply cut August out of the calendar. Richardson Wright, The Gardener’s Bed-Book, 1929 Here I go again, quoting my favorite garden writer. You’d think the man lived next door and looked out...

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Confrontation with the truth

I am almost certainly the first person in Lapeer County history to spend time in jail as a result of Kratom use. What is Kratom? Why did I spend 24 hours in the custody of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department because of it? Both questions are difficult to tackle,...

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Heart sings, soul soars in Charlevoix

Right about now, I’m sitting on the pristine sandy beach at Fisherman’s Island State Park, feeling the strong summer breeze coming off of Lake Michigan, smiling like a maniac—chin turned up toward the sky. This is just about as good as it gets. Where my heart sings...

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More than one way home

Most every July of my childhood, Dad drove our family to Kentucky for vacation. The summer he couldn’t leave his barbershop, Dad dropped Mom, my sisters, and me off at the Detroit bus station. In Ohio, we boarded a train to Williamson, West Virginia. That meant a...

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Relegated to the acceptance of fear

I was the anomaly in a van packed full of orange sardines. The one sardine in regular clothes rather than county-jail-issued uniform. The process of putting one of those uniforms on is humiliating. It involves stripping naked, squatting, coughing, and following the...

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Newsworthiness, behind the scenes

Just six more issues to go, and the pendulum keeps swinging. For every—how shall I say—unsavory person I’ve met (such as described last week) there have been 10 amazing individuals to balance the scale. One of them is Doug Hunter. We have a little joke in our office...

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Pink cloud dissipating

I need help. The pink cloud I was swept up in has since dissipated. For the uninitiated, I’ll explain what a pink cloud is. It’s what happens when many individuals first get sober. Abandoning substance abuse and engaging in the real world can bring forth a surge of...

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Tragedy, or comedy that writes itself?

Well, the pendulum swings to and fro, and some things just keep cropping up like weeds. One in particular in the patch definitely merits mentioning on my trip down memory lane. In fact, he was in the headlines again just recently. Surprise, surprise! A federal judge...

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Opinion

Mitchell still has time for campaign promises

Nearly everyone who’s anyone was surprised when Paul Mitchell announced last month that he wouldn’t seek re-election to Congress after his second term concludes in 2020. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family and had grown frustrated with gridlock in...

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Backpack giveaway a boost for Capac kids

While it’s hard to believe area youths will head back to the classrooms in just a few weeks, it is a reality around the Tri-City area. That means helping students be prepared for the new school year with adequate school supplies. Blue Water Community Action, a...

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Carpe Diem Class of 2019!

This Sunday, one door will close and another will open wide for the hundreds of young people in the Tri-City area as they say farewell to their high school days and venture out into our ever-changing and increasingly challenging world. What can we say to these...

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Obituaries

John W. Cadwell

John W. Cadwell, 77, of Almont, passed away Sunday August 11, 2019 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was born September 24, 1941, the son of Harold and Emma Jane (Leneway) Cadwell and was raised in Dearborn. He married Carol Parker on February 3, 1961 and together...

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Ardeth Walton

Ardeth Walton

Ardeth Walton, age 92, of Imlay City, MI died Monday, August 12, 2019 at McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital. Ardeth Mae Deming was born July 25, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI. She was the daughter of the late Cecil and the late Ethel (Winn) Deming. Her family moved to the...

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Thelma Jean Spiller

Thelma Jean Spiller

Thelma Jean Spiller, 88, of Capac, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, August 8, 2019, at McLaren Port Huron Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 10, 1931, in Detroit, MI, daughter of the late Paul and Verna (Graham) Struck. Thelma Jean...

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Ray McLean

Ray McLean

Ray McLean, age 94, of Imlay City (recently of Oxford), MI, died Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Independence Village of Oxford. Ray Charles McLean was born August 10, 1924 in Yale (Lynn Township), MI. He was the son of the late Stanley and the late Ida Mae (Meredith)...

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Nannette “Nan” Marzka

Nannette “Nan” Marzka

Nannette “Nan” Marzka, 78, of Fort Gratiot, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Lake Huron Medical Center, Port Huron. Nannette was born December 10, 1940 in Detroit, the daughter of the late Edmund and Fanny (Disolvo) Manceau and step-father Edwin Schiavon. Her...

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