Meet the 82nd District Court’s new judge

The 82nd District Court has a new judge as of Mar. 17 when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Troy Daniel of Roscommon to fill the vacancy created by Judge Richard Noble’s retirement at the end of 2021. Daniel has been working in Roscommon at Hess, Hess, and Daniel since July of 1997, his name was added in 2008. He started at […]

Marijuana facilities may be allowed in city of west branch

Medical and recreational marijuana facilities may be allowed in the City of West Branch’s future as the city planning commission approved proposed changes to the City’s zoning ordinance at the Mar. 22 meeting. City Council will now hold a public hearing on whether to allow medical and recreation marijuana facilities as permitted by the proposed ordinance amendments in the city. […]

Broadband funds may be coming to Ogemaw County

Ogemaw County residents may see help in obtaining broadband. County Administrator Timothy Dolehanty said he attended a Michigan Association of Counties Conference where it was said broadband money will be released to states then released to local municipalities. According to Dolehanty, the organization Connect Nation is surveying Michigan on behalf of the state to document broadband infrastructure throughout the state […]

W-P determines goals

Every board of education needs a set of goals it can look to for guidance in the decision-making process.  Michigan Association of School Boards Consultant Dr. Rod Green provided guidance and advice to the Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools Board of Education as it looked to set goals for the next school year. Superintendent Joseph Perrera compiled a list of goal areas […]

Donating to Claws and Paws

Darlene Rau and Mary Koliba pose for a photo with pet beds made by Rau that she donated to Claws and Paws. Rau has been making pet beds out of old blankets that she has received from friends and family. She donated 32 beds to the Gladwin County Animal Shelter, 34 to the Rea Family Animal Shelter, and 37 to […]

Conservation district makes up for lost time

OGEMAW COUNTY — The Ogemaw County Conservation District held its 71st annual meeting and dinner at Holy Family Parish Hall Mar. 28. The evening began with a dinner of French toast, pancakes, sausage and ham. Chairman Gus Chutorash welcomed the members and guests. “Thank you for joining us for dinner and to pay tribute to our award winners,” he said. […]


Adjusting to a small town

I have been living in West Branch for about a year now. One of my first columns was about the small-town culture shock. The things that, coming from Saginaw, surprised me. Because I never delete anything off of my computer, I decided to read it to see how things have changed. One thing that surprised me was the security of […]

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