Daniel “Dan” Freeman, 60

Daniel "Dan" Freeman, age 60, of Imlay City, Michigan, passed away Friday, May 17, 2024 at home surrounded by his family. Daniel Fredrick Freeman was born November 26, 1963 in Mt. Clemens, MI. He is the son of the late Jean and the late Shirley (Brogan) Freeman. Dan...

Yvonne K. Knirs, 51

Yvonne K. Knirs. 51, Mayville MI formerly of Lapeer and Lum, MI Yvonne K. Knirs "Sissy" was born 7-14-1972 in Mount Clemens MI, to Bruce Knirs and Gail Yvonne (Englehart) Knirs. To the surprise of her 3 big brothers at home, they did not get a puppy! Instead, they got...

John David Protasiewicz, 82

John David Protasiewicz (82) of Allenton, MI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 7, 2024 due to complications from pneumonia at McLaren Macomb Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents Mary and Joseph Protasiewicz; his wife Ginger Lee Protasiewicz; older siblings...

Marcia J. Werkema, 88

Born December 5, 1935, Marcia J. Werkema was the 1st of 4 children of Marinus "Rene" VanDenBerg and Emma Jean (Stryker) in Imlay City, MI. After growing up in Imlay City and working at the large family vegetable farm, Marcia met Douglas Werkema, the love of her life...

Jose Chavez, age 89

Jose Chavez, age 89, of Yale, MI went home to the Lord on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at McLaren Port Huron Hospital. Jose Eulogio Chavez was born January 3, 1935, in Alaquines, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He is the son of the late Pedro and the late Adelaida (Lopez) Chavez....

Imlay City Super 8 recognized

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Super 8 on Newark Road, recently announced it has been awarded the annual Pride of Super 8 Award, recognizing the brand's top performing hotels and their staff. In celebration of the achievement, Kush and Lydia Solanki, the hotel's owners,...

Lum firefighters annual all you can eat Spaghetti dinner Sat., May 18

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by the Lum firefighters and their families. LUM — How about a Saturday afternoon/ evening out on the town with the family? Then come on out to Lum Saturday, May 18, from 4-8 p.m. at the Arcadia Twp Hall in Lum for the annual...

Concert planned in Dryden

DRYDEN — May 11, 2024, at 7 p.m., musician and storyteller, Rev. Robert Jones comes to St. John's Episcopal Church in Dryden for the 5th in their concert series. There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will support the church's Outreach Teen Relief...

Almont’s “Garage Sale Frenzy”

ALMONT — The Almont Village and Township is having their annual Garage Sale Frenzy on May 9, 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. All proceeds are used to fund the Homecoming Festival. Maps are available at the Village Office, Vinkiers, Tri-County Bank, Choice One and on...

Almont Lions Euchre Nights

ALMONT — The Almont Lions announce their 2024 Euchre Nights. Held at 222 Water St., Almont at 5:30 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. SHARP. The dates are Friday, May 10; Friday, June 14. Number of games: 10. The cost is $15 per player. Light meal included, .50 cent euchre,...

Almont bumps off Marysville, 35-24

ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team kicked off their 2022 campaign with a 35-24 road triumph against non-league counterpart Marysville last Thursday night. “It was a nice way to start the season against a tough opponent,” Almont Coach James Leusby commented. “We...

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...

DDA wins top prize

Interactive banners to hang downtown   IMLAY CITY — Beginning later this year, or early next, visitors to the downtown district of Imlay City will have the opportunity to learn of the city’s history or remember individuals who contributed to the success of the...

Dryden Twp. teen found safe; returns home

Baughman found by troopers from Taylor MSP Post   DRYDEN TWP. — The missing 17-year-old teen from the Dryden area has been found safe and sound. Dryden Twp. police put out a press release Thursday, stating Nathan Baughman had been located in the Metro-Detroit...

Vape sting goes up in smoke; no violators

IMLAY CITY—Law enforcement agencies often perform surprise stings on businesses who may attempt to sell illegal products to underage customers. Last week, the Imlay City Police Department executed a vape sting throughout town and according to Chief Brett Selby, the...

Little Miss Pageant makes return

Winners named in two divisions Saturday night   IMLAY CITY — There were plenty of smiles and waves to the crowd during the Imlay City Little Miss Pageant held Saturday night in the Imlay City High School Auditorium. Ten entrants in two divisions spent several...

Almont F.D. Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 16

Community event runs from 8 a.m. - noon at the fire hall ALMONT — A longstanding community tradition continues on Sunday, Oct. 16, when Almont Fire & Rescue and Almont Ash Sifters co-host their annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. - noon at the fire hall at 7487...

Social media may be fun but for the facts, we need newspapers

Editor’s note: The following guest editorial was written by Al Cross, in recognition of National Newspaper Week and observed October 2-8. Cross is a professor of journalism and director of the Institute for Rural Journalism at the University of Kentucky. He was a...

August primary election observations

Just about every election has something unique that makes it stand out from others and and the August 2022 primary is no different. On both the candidate and proposal sides of the ballot, casual observers will probably notice some themes. As for candidates, it’s...

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...

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...

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!...