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Soccer coach Army bound

From the Goodrich soccer fields to the battle fields of Iraq—Ryan Pfeiffer—the head coach for the Martian JV boys' soccer team had a slight change of plans "I had every intention of coaching for the boys again this year but as the season started I was notified that I had been accepted to Army Flight School and I still needed to go to Military Intelligence School, said Pfeiffer....more >>

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Dayten Ray Thompson Dayten Ray Thompson celebrated his first birthday Aug. 21 with his family and lots of friends. Dayten is the son of Kelly and Josh Thompson of Ortonville. Big sister is Kayla and big brother is Micah....more >>
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90th Birthday, Florence Bowren Rader

Florence Bowren Rader celebrated her 90th birthday Wednesday with family and friends. Florence was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Groveland Township, still resides here, and enjoys crocheting....more >>

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Take that, Wildcat!

The Dragons engage in their traditional victory celebration with fans after Friday's 45-6 blowout victory over Oxford. See this week's print edition, or check out our Facebook page for more photos from the game....more >>
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Born September 17th
1879: Andrew Rube Foster, father of the Negro baseball leagues.Until 1947 talented black athletes toiled in relative obscurity in the Negro Leagues.
1883: William Carlos Williams, poet, playwright, essayist and writer who won a Pulitzer prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems.
1907: Warren E. Burger, chief justice of the Supreme Court.
1923: Hank Williams, Sr., singer, songwriter and guitarist known for Lonesome Blues and Your Cheatin' Heart.
1935: Ken Kesey, author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion).
September 17th
in history
1796: President George Washington delivers his Farewell Address to Congress before concluding his second term in office.When George Washington announced that he would retire from office he set the stage for the nation's first two party presidential campaign.
1862: The Battle of Antietam in Maryland, the bloodiest day in U.S. history, commences. Fighting in the corn field, Bloody Lane and Burnside's Bridge rages all day as the Union and Confederate armies suffer a combined 26,293 casualties. New York Tribune reporter George Smalley scooped the world with his vivid account of the Battle of Antietam.
1868: The Battle of Beecher's Island begins, in which Major George Sandy Forsyth and 50 volunteers hold off 500 Sioux and Cheyenne in eastern Colorado.
1902: U.S. troops are sent to Panama to keep train lines open over the isthmus as Panamanian nationals struggle for independence from Colombia.
1903: Turks destroy the town of Kastoria in Bulgaria, killing 10,000 civilians.