The Recorder

The Recorder The Recorder is a weekly newspaper published every Thursday. We cover local news, sports and school events for the communities of Albion, Concord and Springport.

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Charitable Union at St. Paul's Lutheran Church 100 Luther Blvd off of Orchard Dr until 5 p.m. today (9/3/20). Bring D.L., Medicaid, WIC, or Bridge card and get clothes for school age kids.

There are so many uplifting stories in The Recorder this week. Check them out in your copy.-Ann Dwyer reports on Marshal...

There are so many uplifting stories in The Recorder this week. Check them out in your copy.

-Ann Dwyer reports on Marshall Public School's opening plans
-Sylvia Benavidez writes about an Albion son honoring his mother, Johnnie Craig
-Thirsty Perch lead singer, Chris Collins shares what makes the Blues important to him
-NAACP Education Committee makes sure the backpack distribution continues at Harrington
-What are the changes at Harrington Elementary School this fall?
-Ken Wyatt tells about Albion's connection to the Coast Guard Cutter Harold Miller
-Michelle Mueller tells about the smooth opening of Marshall Academy's school year

So much to read about the city we love!

Albion District Library

Albion District Library

Update below. Sincere apologies for any confusion the previous language may have caused.

Albion District Library will close at 5:00pm today (Tuesday, August 25) due to the discovery of water damage and potential mold growth late last week. We will remain closed until both are fully investigated and addressed by licensed specialists. More information will be shared when the discovery phase is completed and remediation timelines are available.

Patrons are encouraged to visit and check out items before 5:00pm today, and to hold all returns until further notice. Library card expiration dates and item due dates have been extended until 10/15/2020. Curbside service will not be offered during this closure.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the health and safety of our staff and patrons, and the well-being of the library facility itself, are our highest priorities.

Today at The Food Hub is Tuesday's distribution day of fresh fruits and vegetables  on 112 Erie St., Albion, MI.Pick up ...

Today at The Food Hub is Tuesday's distribution day of fresh fruits and vegetables on 112 Erie St., Albion, MI.

Pick up a box today between 5 :00 p.m. and 7: 00 p.m. by driving behind the building in the alley. No forms need to be filled out.

The Recorder

Read Part 2 of this interview in the Recorder before it is off the shelf tonight.

Part of downtown Albion is getting a facelift. You still have time to read Michelle"s story if you pick up The Recorder ...

Part of downtown Albion is getting a facelift. You still have time to read Michelle"s story if you pick up The Recorder tonight.

You don't want to miss Ann's story on what is happening with the Marshall Public School System this fall.

Cliff Harris is featured in Sylvia's article on the music scene in Albion.

What did Ken write about in last week's Recorder?

Catch the news about home by getting your copy of The Recorder tonight!


This was 10 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Tie, dye to raise money for Friends of Albion's Animals spay and neuter program. Want them to do this again? Let them know on Facebook.


Please share this information with anyone who needs food. Distributions are continung in Albion. Call United Methodist Church for more information.




Candidates running for office:

62 State Representative
Jim Haadsma, Democrat
Chad Basse, Republican
Michelle Gregoire, Republican
Dave Morgan, Republican

Prosecuting Attorney
Christopher B. Vreeland, Democrat
Dan Gilbert, Republican

Brad Palmer, Democrat
Steve Hinkley, Republican

Clerk and Register of Deeds
Andy Helmboldt, Democrat
Kimberly Hinkley, Republican

County Treasurer
Michael Evans, Democrat
Brian W. Wensauer, Republican

Water Resources Commissioner
Wayne Kukuk, Democrat
Johnny Cash, Republican
Ron Smith, Republican

County Commissioner District 7
Marcy Sacks, Democrat
Gary Tompkins, Republican

Source: Albion E-news;


Voting is today!



Shall the City of Albion renew a levy of three mills ($3.00 per $1,000.00) on taxable value of property located in the City of Albion for five years beginning with the 2021 tax levy year and running through the 2026 tax levy year (inclusive), which will raise in the first year of such tax levy an estimated revenue of Two Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty-Three Dollars ($275,953.00) to be used for the specific purpose of rehabilitating and reconstructing Albion's streets? Taxes within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) districts will be distributed as prescribed by law.If approved this would be a renewal of an existing millage.

For the purpose of providing funds to plan, coordinate, evaluate and provide services to persons sixty (60) years old and older, shall the previously approved millage authorization in the amount0.7452 mills($0.7452per $1,000 of taxable valuation) upon real and tangible personal property in the County of Calhoun, State of Michigan, which expires on December 31, 2020, be renewed and continued for a period of ten (10) years, from 2021 through 2030, inclusive?If approved and levied by the Calhoun County Board of Commission, the requested millage would provide estimated revenues to Calhoun County of $2,783,495 when first levied in 2021.

Shall Calhoun County Government levy a new additional Parks Millage of .2 mills per year ($0.20 per$1,000) of taxable valuation upon all real and tangible personal property in the County, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2020 through 2024 both inclusive, to provide funds to be used and dispersed for the purpose of maintaining, operating, preserving, acquiring, and developing parks in Calhoun County, if approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $730,164 in revenue when first levied in 2020?

Source: Albion e-news.

Become informed. Enjoy uplifting stories. The Recorder, a part of your community.In this week's paper, read about- the c...

Become informed. Enjoy uplifting stories. The Recorder, a part of your community.

In this week's paper, read about

- the city manager placed on paid administrative leave
- changes in the City of Albion's voting practices
- masking, social distancing helping to keep Albion's coronavirus numbers down
- Concord: Village weighs action on a decrepit building
- District Judgeship up for grabs, Jackson County
- Morgan Armstrong, a Build Albion Fellow will research best practices health navigation.
-Local non-profit celebrates beloved teacher Hazel Lias's 75th birthday with a drive-by car parade and song

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This week's Recorder includes Ken Wyatt's report from the monthly Concord Village Council Meeting. Village officials are exploring legal action against James Bufalino, owner of an old grocery store building that is becoming a danger to the public due to falling bricks and other issues.

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From Michelle Mueller, she reports on Morgan Armstrong, a lifetime Albion resident – who graduated from Marshall High School in 2017 and is part of Albion College’s Build Albion Fellows program – the opportunity to do undergraduate research on a topic that actually affects her hometown is extremely exciting.

At 3:00 PM in Marshall, Old 27 was blocked off starting at Hobart Street to where Kalamazoo and Brewer St. Meet. One wom...

At 3:00 PM in Marshall, Old 27 was blocked off starting at Hobart Street to where Kalamazoo and Brewer St. Meet. One woman's car was rear ended by another car. Police report no major injuries and the road should be cleared in 20 minutes or less One individual is being checked out by ambulance personnel.

Difference Makers

A talk about the importance of volunteering with the youth group/camp, Difference Makers.

Village of Springport

If you're out in this area, please be aware of your surroundings.

PLEASE BE VIGILANT....(Message from Jackson County, MI) This is Jackson County Central Dispatch on behalf of the Michigan State Police. At this time, there are several officers from multiple jurisdictions attempting to locate individuals believed to be armed and dangerous in the area of M 9 9 and Devereaux Road. At this time, we are asking all residents in this area to shelter in place and report any suspicious activity to 9 1 1. Thank you.

A shooting in Marshall, prayer for national peace in Albion. Pick up your copy of The Recorder to read the details behin...

A shooting in Marshall, prayer for national peace in Albion. Pick up your copy of The Recorder to read the details behind these and other stories. It is still available tonight.

Keeping the community informed, your local paper, The Recorder.



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