Just hours after it had been ablaze from end to end, Lori Barnhill went on a morning dog walk with a friend June 11 to observe the status of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail bridge.
The massive fire that had engulfed the crossing and lit up the dark sky was now out. All firefighters had cleared the scene, and to the untrained eye, it might appear that the bridge — still standing — was no different than before over the Flat River east of Water Works Park.
Ionia Public Schools is facing a more than $1.8 million deficit in its 2020-2021 general fund budget, with possible prorations in funding yet to come for the current budget year, which ends June 30.
One Board of Education member is calling on her current colleagues — and anyone considering running in November for one of the three board seats opening at the end of the year — to carefully consider the amount of time and energy they are willing to devote to serving, particularly during this time of financial uncertainly.