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Hostas love Oceana County and Oceana County loves hostas. Everywhere I travel in Oceana County I see yards full of hostas. Some are petite little bunches of green and others are so huge they might need their own zip code. Let’s explore why hostas, also called Plantain Lily, are such a local …

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The Oceana County Right to Life’s “Focus on Life — 2021 Annual Benefit Dinner” will be Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 at the New Era Reformed Church located at 4775 First St. in downtown New Era. Doors open with a Silent Auction at 5 p.m. with dinner and a program to follow at 6 p.m.

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A year before graduating from Shelby High School, Mitch Mather was faced with a life altering accident. In 2015, Mather was out skateboarding when he was hit by a car. This once athletic student’s mind switched focus as he spent his time healing.

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HART — Allan and Patrice Martin, owners of the Hart House Bed & Breakfast are sad to announce the permanent closure of their business. The Martins purchased the iconic home on the corner of Courtland and Church streets in Hart in January 2016 and immediately set to work to counter the ef…

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Do you ever think about the circumstances, events and people in your life who have influenced your career, your family life and, above all, your faith?

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Keith Edwards is probably best known in the area as the zoning administrator for the Village of Pentwater and Pentwater Township. In this capacity, he staffs the planning and zoning commission, and when contractors or property owners apply to Oceana County for building permits, he is respons…

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HART — The City of Hart approved the purchase of the Bob Mudget Woodshop on Union Street for $4,000 at Aug. 14 city council meeting. The city will also cover closing fees in the amount of $544, plus a $100 reimbursement to Russ Robbins for out-of-pocket deposit costs. The historic building, …

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MARION — Pentwater defeated West Michigan D League foe Marion Thursday night in four games, 25-9, 25-20, 17-25, 25-23.

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LUDINGTON — Coming off a hard-fought five-game loss to Whitehall on Tuesday, Shelby struggled to play cohesively at Thursday's Ludington Tri, going 1-1. The Tigers defeated Ludington 21-25, 25-23, 15-10 but fell to Oakridge 25-13, 25-23.

HESPERIA — With a lineup affected by contact tracing and quarantines, Hesperia lost to Holton Wednesday in a close Central State Activities Association Silver matchup, 27-25, 25-22, 26-24.

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CUSTER — Pentwater's teams again each took second place Wednesday at the Mason County Eastern jamboree, finishing behind the Cardinals.

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SHELBY — Shelby got off to a roaring start Tuesday against West Michigan Conference foe Whitehall and took the Vikings all the way to a fifth game, but didn’t quite have the finish it needed, losing a thriller 13-25, 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 15-8.

PENTWATER — Pentwater finally returned to action Tuesday after almost three weeks off. The Falcons understandably had some rust to shake off, but they were able to do so and win in four games, 25-27, 25-22, 25-13, 25-21.

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You know it’s fall because pumpkins are everywhere. I love seeing the big orange globes adorning the countryside, piled high in front of the stores, and grinning with their carved faces from porches and lawns.

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American folk music is a special beast. It’s like that primordial soup that gave birth to music as we know it today. It’s all tangled and mixed with the origins of blues, rock, hip hop and country. Even today we can hear its echoes all over the place, and when you really dig deep and start t…

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