2021-12-22

Charles Michael Draper

Died December 21, 2021

Charles Michael Draper, age 72, of Lewiston, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. Charles was born to Charles W. and Frances (Bradshaw) Draper in Hillsdale, Michigan on March 26, 1949. He held many jobs in his lifetime but the most prominent were his careers as a schoolteacher, Fire Chief, and EMT-Specialist at West Shore […]

Hannah L. “Sandy” Mundie

Died December 25, 2021

Hannah L. “Sandy” Mundie, age 80, of Fairview, Michigan, passed away at The Home at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Fairview, Michigan on Saturday, December 25, 2021. Sandy was born in Pontiac, Michigan on October 16, 1941, to James and Irene (Roy) Mundie Jr. The family moved to California, then returned to Michigan, and settled in Mio in 1975. Sandy was […]

Karon Ann Schonfeld

Died December 25, 2021

Karon Ann Schonfeld, age 70, of Mio, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly at her home Saturday, December 25, 2021. Karon was born on October 30, 1951, to William and Peggy (Coldard) Holbird in Dearborn, Michigan. She worked for many years as a manager in several retail stores. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Karon is survived by […]

Hair today, gone in January

MIO — During November and December, some employees of the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Office donate to a cause in return for letting their hair grow. Their facial hair, that is. Moustaches are the only facial hair allowed by most law enforcement agencies. This rule is relaxed during No Shave November December when the male employees have the option of growing […]

Bolts beat Atlanta

Mio AuSable varsity boys’ basketball team beat Atlanta 37-26 at an away game Friday, Dec. 17. Juniors Austin Fox and Gage Long  led scoring with 13 points and nine points, respectively. Junior Nathan Hurst and freshman Zeke Morris each had seven rebounds. The  team lost by only two points in its first game of the season Monday, Dec. 13 at […]

Santa and the sun make food distribution merry and bright

OSCODA COUNTY — Santa Claus was at the Together We Can food drop at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds Thursday, Dec. 16. Along with boxes and bags of food, recipients got to say hello to Santa who was spreading holiday cheer as people waited in line. TWC packed 275 boxes of food from the Food Bank of Eastern MI. The boxes […]

The benefit of the doubt


I recently saw a comment on Facebook related to what it means to wish someone a “Merry Christmas.” I belong to a group on Facebook for Etsy sellers. (Etsy is an online selling platform for mostly handmade goods.) Somebody had posted a thread that caught my attention. The person said their mother sold a handmade item and received a horrible […]

December 22, 2021

Dawn May Smith

Died December 13, 2021

Dawn May Smith, age 55, loving wife, mom, and grandma, passed away Monday, December 13, 2021. Dawn was born August 12, 1966, in California. She was raised by her mom, Linda, with her three siblings: Tammy, Brenda, and Thomas. First and most important to her, Dawn was a homemaker. She loved her family. Dawn also loved to draw, dance, bake, […]

Sharon Kay Gilbert

Died December 16, 2021

Sharon Kay Gilbert, age 68, of Atlanta, Michigan, passed away from complications from COVID in the afternoon on December 16, 2021, at McLaren Port Huron Hospital. Sharon was born in 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was adopted by Claude and Dolores Mowery. Sharon graduated from Atlanta High School at the age of 17. She was then married to Patrick […]