2020-09-12

Woods & Water: Pandemic Possibilities

It goes without saying that the coronavirus and its many repercussions haven’t been easy to deal with, however, it did open a few doors that have been closing for decades.

Woods & Water: Escaping the virus

Purchase of used, rustic pop-up camper results in weekends of camping paradise

In the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no denying the isolation of being confined to one’s residence due to “stay-at-home” orders likely resulted in a bit of anxiety for most anyone.

Woods & Water: Time for a tent upgrade

Over the past four or five years, my wife Amanda and I have been upgrading and improving our tent camping gear.

OPINION: Turning people away at the township hall

The Pierson Township Board held one of its most important meetings in recent memory Tuesday — and multiple residents couldn’t attend.

It’s not because they didn’t want to be there.

Prison protest

Ionia, Carson City corrections officers join protest against staff vacancies, mandatory overtime

Local corrections officers took their concerns about prison staff shortages and overtime mandates, leading to staff burnout and unsafe working conditions, to a protest line Thursday afternoon in front of the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility.

Around 100 men and women lined M-21 holding signs that said, “Officers are exhausted,” “We need officers,” “Unsafe conditions,” and “New leadership needed” during the two and a half-hour informational picket.

Ionia County officials preparing to cut jobs, services due to $1.264 million deficit

Ionia County officials are faced with a projected deficit of $1.264 million for this current fiscal year, which equates to the loss of 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs and/or multiple county services.

Finance Director Linda Pigue presented the sobering report during a two-hour budget meeting Wednesday, in which she detailed the county’s anticipated deficit based on projected expenditures of $15.9 million and revenue of $14.9 million for 2020 (Ionia County’s fiscal year goes from January to December).

Officer Destinee Bryce sworn in as new Stanton police chief

Destinee Bryce was drawn to becoming a police officer in the Stanton community back in 2016 largely because of Stanton Police Chief Joe Patino.

“I met Chief Patino one time before I got the job and we just connected,” Bryce told the Daily News. “We’ve really been best friends ever since.”

A ‘more supreme’ offense

Greenville football looks to bounce back from 2019’s 1-8 record in shortened 2020 season

The music was loud, the energy was high and the pads were banging together with a force at Thursday’s football practice at Legacy Field.

Football is on the horizon, a mere six days away from the opening of the season and the Greenville Yellow Jackets are eager to show the new-look O-K White what they have to offer.

September scouting

As the sumac begins its annual lead in the parade of fall color change, the time to find a spot to hunt is nearing last call. 

For the hunters that hunt the same spot yearly, September simply means watching to see what is coming through this season. But, for those who are in need of a fresh spot to hunt, it’s crunch time.

Ionia named ‘Redevelopment Ready Community’

The city of Ionia received confirmation July 30 that it has been certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC) by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).

Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler called it “a major accomplishment, and a major time commitment, the majority of which was handled by Linda (Curtis, Ionia Downtown Development Authority director), who did a fantastic job putting everything together.”