Kevin Knibbe, 53

Kevin Knibbe, 53, of Lapeer, MI died suddenly, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at home in Lapeer. Kevin Dale Knibbe was born August 24, 1967 at Fort Benning, near Columbus, GA. He was the son of Hendrik “Hank” and the late Peggy (Harley) Knibbe. Kevin grew up in the Attica...

Anne Spearing, 69

Anne Spearing, 69, of Attica, MI died Friday, January 1, 2021 at home in Attica. Anne Coletta Spearing was born July 26, 1951 in Detroit, MI. She was the daughter of the late James and the late Loretta (Walby) Spearing. She grew up in Warren, MI. Anne is a graduate of...

George Otto Spiller, 92

George Otto Spiller, 92, of Capac, passed away January 5, 2021, surrounded by family in the comfort of his home. He was born July 23, 1928, in Royal Oak, the son of the late George and Helen (Woolard) Spiller. George married Thelma Jean Struck on August 2, 1949. They...

JoAnne Marie Wiegand, 85

Our beautiful energetic mother, JoAnne Marie Wiegand of Almont, MI, joined Dad and Jesus on January 6, 2021 after a battle with multiple myeloma and anemia. She was born on April 28, 1935 to John and Mary Brohl. She grew up on a family farm on Common Road in Warren...

Lee Werth, 67

Lee Werth, 67, passed January 6, 2021, unexpectedly at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor after a short illness. Lee was born May 15, 1953 in Almont, MI to Arnold and Ethlyn Werth. He grew up in Imlay City and graduated with the Class of 1971. He was an...

Hospital offering free antibody tests

TRI-CITY AREA — Free COVID-19 antibody tests are currently being offered at Marlette Regional Hospital. Kohler Propane has provided the funds for 100 tests and the hospital is making them available to the public. “Steve Kohler recov ered from COVID-19 but is...

Vaccine clinic slots fill quickly

Counties not currently taking appointments, still waiting on additional shipments from the state ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Last week the St. Clair County Health Department started scheduling appointments for older individuals wanting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but...

Eager to be immunized

Health Dept. not yet taking appointments for COVID-19 shots; requests patience LAPEER COUNTY — Local health officials are glad there’s many residents eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but Lapeer County Health Department Director Kathy Haskins warns it will be a...

Imlay City man dies in snowmobile crash

IMLAY CITY — The Houghton County Sheriff’s Dept. reports that 61-year-old Jeffrey Scott Schaller of Imlay City died Saturday, Dec. 26 from injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident. According to the Sheriff’s report, at around 4:15 p.m., Schaller lost control and...

Raiders win Green Devil Invite

Capac boys wind up with a third place TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Capac boys' track squads ranked first and third, respectively, last Friday at the Green Devil Invitational in Brown City. Almont's winning total was 131 points. They were followed by Kingston (112...

Dryden boys are first at Genesee

DRYDEN — The Dryden boys' track squad (100 points) outscored International Academy of Flint (92), Genesee (52), Akron-Fairgrove (44) and Peck (39) at a Genesee-based meet on Tuesday, April 30. Nate Schenkel, high jump, 5 feet 6 inches; Ronny Hudson, 800 run, 2:11.98;...

Imlay City trounces Durand

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City swept visiting Durand in a non-league varsity softball doubleheader last Thursday. In the opener, Imlay City claimed a 10-0 win against Durand. That contest lasted five innings. Leah Dawson (two singles and a triple), Isabella Barker (three...

Almont girls second, Capac fifth at meet

TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Capac girls' track teams took second and fifth, respectively, last Friday at the Green Devil Invite in Brown City. When the final scores were posted, Brown City's 172.5 point total set the pace. They were followed by Almont (132.5...

Dryden nets 4-0 win over Brown City

DRYDEN — Dryden registered a 4-0 road triumph against Marlette in a Greater Thumb Conference South Division meeting last Wednesday. With the outcome, Dryden moves to 1-0 versus conference foes. Alexis Schurke led Dryden with a two-goal effort. Ally Sobek and Alissa...

Most ballot proposals pass, incumbents keep county seats

Parsch a winner in Imlay City contest but won’t serve due to pending move TRI-CITY AREA — As anticipated, voters turned out in record numbers for last week’s Nov. 3 general election. In Lapeer County 73.6 percent of registered voters cast a ballot and that number was...

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,...

Another power outage

Smoke, loud popping from an Almont DTE substation reported ALMONT — Yet another power outage struck the Village of Almont and periphery Sunday afternoon, July 28, when an electrical malfunction occurred at the DTE substation at the northwest corner of Almont and...

Prepping for future

Almont Chamber, high school partner for 'mock interviews' ALMONT — Being well-prepared for a job interview is particularly important to younger and first-time job seekers. At Almont High School, staff and local employers teamed up to provide economics class students...

Almont teen shares story of online predator

Targeted ALMONT — After three harrowing days under the control of an online predator, 14-year-old Laura Oliver is safe at home with her parents in Berlin Township. The Almont Middle School student was reported missing Saturday, April 27 by her grandmother, a resident...

Scouts, volunteers enhance community

Earlier this season, Imlay City Eagle Scout Colin Heeke made a big upgrade to the Polly Ann Trail by building and installing benches near the trailhead at Fourth Street in Imlay City. Colin, a runner, came up with the idea as he took to the trails in other...

Area schools lead way for student health, wellness

It is outstanding, yet not surprising, that area school districts are prioritizing health and wellness for students as what's now called 'the obesity epidemic' reaches across the globe. According to recent statistics, about one-third of American children and teenagers...

Help shape the future workforce

Area business owners have an opportunity to help a young person get off to a good start in the job market. The Almont Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Almont High School to offer students a chance to test their interviewing skills at a 'Mock Interview' event...

Late tax return filing? State treasury offers tips

Editor's note: The following guest editorial was submitted by Ron Leix of the Michigan Department of Treasury. Michigan taxpayers who missed the April 15 state income tax filing deadline have options for filing a late return, according to the Michigan Department of...

Milestones for—and kudos to—Imlay City Fire Department

This is a big week for the Imlay City Fire Department and the community it serves. Saturday's press conference at the fire hall detailing the success of the Imlay City Firemen's Association new Smoke Detector Program was a testament to the dedication of the...

Full meaning of going full circle

A wild mix of excitement and nervousness is pulsing through my system Wednesday morning from the moment I open my eyes to greet the day. It’s a day I’ve been anticipating for a couple of weeks—a day I dared to dream might happen, but also wasn’t sure would ever...

Spread the good news

In perfect timing, the word processor appeared on the market when I launched my journalism career in 1993. Dyslexic, I'm a miserable typist and correct every line several times before advancing to the next. While I praised the blessed cursor, the Internet romanced the...

Reaching into bag–er–shelf of tricks

It's an old but useful trick. Well, not a trick, really, as in a deception to fool someone. It's more like magic. Like a tool. A tool that, for me right now, is in the shape of a crutch. I don't mind grabbing for the crutch, though, because it's like a ladder. A...

Lasting fulfillment in life

"Man searches for his own fulfillment in life in many ways, but where is lasting fulfillment to be found? A career comes to an end; attaining to a great position of wealth or power fails to satisfy one's deepest longings. Surely there must be something more to life!...

Reaching into bag–er–shelf of tricks

It's an old but useful trick. Well, not a trick, really, as in a deception to fool someone. It's more like magic. Like a tool. A tool that, for me right now, is in the shape of a crutch. I don't mind grabbing for the crutch, though, because it's like a ladder. A...