Senator VanderWall announces more June coffee hours

 LANSING— Senator Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, has announced outdoor coffee hours in West Branch Monday, June 22. Coffee hours will take place at Irons Park in West Branch June 22 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Coffee hours are open to residents of the 35th Senate District to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with […]

Unique ways to make this Father’s Day special

Like a handful of holidays that came before it, Father’s Day in 2020 will be different than in years past. Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, much of the world continues to live under some degree of stay-at-home restrictions. Those guidelines will influence how people can celebrate Father’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Memorial […]

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Orders Temporarily Suspending Evictions and Protecting Jail, Juvenile Detention Center Populations

 LANSING— Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Orders 2020-118 , which further extends the duration of protections for tenants and mobile home owners from being evicted from their home until June 30, and Executive Order and 2020-119, which extends protections for vulnerable populations in Michigan’s county jails, local lockups and juvenile detention centers until July 9. “By extending the protection against […]

New board for the WB Area Business and Professional Women

  OGEMAW COUNTY— This year brings a new board to the West Branch Area Business and Professional Women’s group. Serving as president is Lynn Card, vice president is Karen Zettel, Carrie Raymond as secretary and Annie Parrish as treasurer.  West Branch Area Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) was chartered in 1982, after researching a few other women’s organizations. BPW, […]

Ogemaw County vital statistics through June 30, 2019:

Marriages: Heath Awrey and Antonia LaCross, May 5, 2020. John Hacht and Connie Florian, May 20, 2020.   Divorces: Michael DeMatio II and Jessica DeMatio, May 7, 2020.  Joseph Sentz and Michelle Sentz, May 13, 2020. Chad Wiles and Christina Wiles, May 14, 2020. Anna Thomas and Christopher Williams, May 22, 2020.    Deaths: Joseph W. Behrens, 59, April 22, […]

Recent activity in the 34th Circuit Court in Ogemaw County resulted in the following:

Earl Lee Lynch, 34, of South Branch for bringing contraband into prison: 12 months in jail, credit for 106 days, 259 days to be served, $648 FC. Amanda Renee Ernstes, 34, of Fifth Lake for controlled substance use of non-narcotic: 30 days in jail, credit for six days, 24 days to be served, $575 FC. Amanda Kristine Crowley, 33, of […]

Ogemaw shows off big catches!

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I want to thank you for the article on the Black Lives Matter march in West Branch. I was heartened to see people rise up as allies with our Black American brothers and sisters and in protest of racism and police violence.  I hope to see more stories about this and more opportunities for people to connect and […]

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, May 25 was Memorial Day.  In Ogemaw County, veterans placed new flags on the graves of veterans.  In Arenac County, veterans conducted a short flag ceremony to honor veterans at their cemeteries. If you or your family know of a veteran’s grave that did not receive a new flag, contact me or the Veterans Affairs office of the […]

Our View: Flags, fishing, fathers and the Fourth of July

A glance outside over the weekend showed Michigan at her spring best. Sunday dawned sunny, warm but not hot, and not too windy. It was a great day for Flag Day ceremonies, although many events were cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. It was a good day to be out for some free fishing. Father’s Day is still on, although some […]