2022-02-24

Brian Thomas Jones

Died February 24, 2022

Brian Thomas Jones, age 53, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, February 24, 2022, in Warsaw, Indiana. He lived in West Branch, Michigan his entire life. Brian was born on April 12, 1968, in West Branch to Gary and Arlene (Sheldon) Jones. He married Dawn Gutierrez in Newberry, Michigan on July 22, 2013. He graduated from Ogemaw Heights High […]

Richard Lee Burton Sr.

Died February 27, 2022

Richard “Dick” Lee Burton Sr., age 82, passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at his home in Rose City, MI surrounded by his loving family. He lived in Rose City since 1995 formerly of Highland, MI. He was born on July 12, 1939, in West Branch, MI to Willard and Beatrice (Matthews) Burton. Dick married Ruth Garnett in Waterford, […]

Death Notice- Ralph “Bruce” Winchell

Died February 24, 2022

Ralph “Bruce” Winchell, age 78, of Prescott, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Medi-Lodge Sterling. Arrangements handled by Buresh Funeral Home.

Flags presented at West Branch City Council


West Branch— City council was presented with U.S flags from Made in the USA CEO Sean Gilbert and his family. Gilbert said he wanted to give local municipalities and organizations new flags and wants to promote patriotism in the city. He also said he wanted to give back to West Branch in some way. County Commissioner Mark Surbrook said he […]

New City Clerk at WB City Hall


After the resignation of Amanda Stang from her position as West Branch City Clerk, Lori Ann Clover has taken over the position. Clover previously worked at the District No. 2 Health Dept. as a senior bookkeeper for 27 years. Clover has also worked in health education, finance, amongst a variety of other things while working “It was time for a […]

WB-RC board makes critical tech investment


WEST BRANCH — The West Branch-Rose City Schools Board of Education approved the purchase of Storage Area Network for computer data at its Feb. 21 meeting. The SAN from InaCOMP costs $101,609. It replaces the current storage network which was installed in 2014. The board approved a contract modification, in the amount of $10,670, to amend an agreement with the […]

Local store owner to sponsor a vet


Ogemaw County Veterans have a chance to be selected for a sponsorship by the local retail store Made in the USA. The store will open Independence Day weekend and the selected veteran will also be announced during the opening. “All we need is a story about what happened to them, their branch of service, a phone number, and an address,” […]

Commissioners discuss tax capture districts and millages


The Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners, Equalization Director Randy Booth, and Treasurer Caren Piglowski discussed tax capture districts, such as Downtown Development Authorities, and whether those districts are capturing funds they are not supposed to at the Feb. 17 committee of the whole meeting. “We should be making sure that proper capture is happening for each of the taxing units,” […]

Taking the girl out Texas


As many know, I am a Texas girl born and raised and I will always be proud of my home state. Living in a different state is hard when I get a craving for Texas foods. Naturally, when a family member travels to Texas, I send a list of Texas items. Considering I have two family members travelling to Texas […]

Winery moves to a vintage building


ROSE CITY — Tara and Matt Walsh were fans of Valley Mist wines before they ever thought about owning a winery. The couple, with Tara’s mother Gloria Neubecker, recently bought Valley Mist Winery from Brad Moore, who started the winery on Townline Road in Rose City more than a decade ago. The business recently reopened as Country Corner Winery at […]