Star welcomes Martinez to staff

BIG RAPIDS - The Pioneer Group is happy to announce the hiring of Joe Martinez as full-time staff writer for the Lake County Star.

Martinez is a graduate of the Central Michigan University journalism school. He previously has written for the Bay City Times and the university’s student newspaper, CM Life.

“I’m very excited to welcome Joe to our organization and to give him the opportunity to serve our readers in Lake County,” said Dave Clark, executive editor for the Pioneer Group’s newspapers.

Martinez will cover Baldwin, Lake County’s board of commissioners, Baldwin Public Schools, Irons, Luther, Idlewild, and all other Lake County news. Jim Crees will continue to write for the editorial page and contribute features. Clark will serve as the Star’s executive editor.

“We know Star readers were unhappy that there was not a full-time reporter in the office. By adding Joe, and continuing to feature Jim’s work, we believe our readers will be well-served,” Clark said. “Later this year we will introduce a new, revised website and a redesign of the newspaper. We are very excited about the future of the Star.”

You may contact Martinez at (231) 745-4635 ext. 113 or E-mail Crees at Contact Clark at (231) 592-8360 or e-mail