Nancy Marsaw

Died July 28, 2020

Nancy Marsaw, 88, of Anthem, AZ passed away July 28, 2020 at Valley Oasis Assisted Living in Phoenix, AZ.   Nancy was born July 28, 1932 in Prescott, MI, the daughter of Claude and Bernadine Diehl.   Nancy had an older sister, Betty, and younger brother, John.  Nancy and Frederick Marsaw were married on September 30, 1950. They had two children, […]

Ronald John Washburn

Died August 11, 2020

Ronald John Washburn, 77, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at MidMichigan Medical Center in West Branch with his son by his side.  He was born on August 4, 1943 in Stockbridge, MI to Ashael and Winona (Grimes) Washburn. Ronald lived in West Branch/Ogemaw County for most of his life. He enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers baseball, NCIS, birdwatching […]

Jim A. Wade

Died August 8, 2020

Jim A. Wade, 65, of Hale, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Saturday, August 8, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife, Julie; loving children, Tim Wade of Hale and Melissa (Tom) Beebe of Hale; adored grandchildren, Tristianna Wade, Logan Wade, Aubree Beebe and Morgan Beebe; and dear sister, Sandy Warriner of […]

Nancy M. Rubert

Died August 6, 2020

Nancy M. Rubert, 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at her home in West Branch, MI.   She was born on May 5, 1937 in Ypsilanti to Clair and Leona (Krauter) Travis. Nancy lived in West Branch for the past 17 years, formerly of Cadillac. She was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Rose […]

Reuben Kaarre

Died August 4, 2020

Reuben Kaarre, 94, of Grand Rapids (formerly of West Branch), passed away suddenly and entered his heavenly home on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.  He was reunited with his loving wife, Eleanor, who preceded him in death in 2010; and his siblings, Miriam (Edward) Hojnacki, Sigrid (Paul) Rothman, Norman (Bertha) Kaarre, Helen (Stuart) Koski, Verna Kaarre and Paul Kaarre.  Reuben worked […]

Whittemore-Prescott construction nears completion

WHITTEMORE— Whittemore-Prescott is nearing the completion of many of the construction projects funded by a $4.85 million bond that was approved by voters in Nov. 2018.  Projects include painting, replacing equipment, creating secure entryways, installing handicap-accessible bathrooms near the high school gym, replacing the roof for the high school and elementary, installing new tile floors in classrooms, refinishing the gym […]

Possible COVID-19 Exposure Locations Announced

District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) would like to alert the public of possible COVID-19 exposure locations. The only time DHD2 will alert the public to specific location(s) where an individual who has tested positive has been is when the contact- tracing team are unable to contact all of the individuals who may have been present (for example: larger facilities). […]

Election results still coming in


***Story will be updated as results come in including absentee ballot totals. These totals include those of the 17 out of 17 precincts, however, absentee ballots are still being counted.    Unofficial election results  United States Senator (DEM)- Gary Peters- 1,123 votes United States Senator (REP) – John James- 4,431 votes Representative in Congress 4th District (DEM)- Anthony D. Feig- […]

City of West Branch accepts MI realtor association grant

WEST BRANCH— The City of West Branch accepted a Michigan Realtor Association grant of $2,556.05 to purchase a specialized bench, message center and planter for the sitting area behind the bell tower north of the Episcopal Church parking lot. The area currently holds a map of Riverwalk that is falling apart and will be replaced by volunteer Scott Bell at […]

Mask drive held for WBRC

OGEMAW COUNTY— A mask drive is being held to collect masks for the upcoming school year at West Branch-Rose City area schools. Organizer Charlotte Lucas hopes to reach their goal of 3,000 masks collected by Aug. 28.  Masks including adult and child sized cloth and disposable will be accepted as well as mask materials.  Lucas added tips on how to […]