2020-09-23

Ionia man gets prison for killing driver in drunken head-on crash

Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer told a former corrections officer Tuesday that the incident in which he took the life of another man last year was not an accident.

Terry Morris, 61, of Ionia, was in Circuit Court for sentencing after a jury found Morris guilty on Aug. 13 of operating while intoxicated causing the death of Arthur Michael Lawens, 65, of Pewamo. After a two-day trial, it took the jury 30 minutes of deliberation to come back with the guilty verdict.

Man sentenced to jail for sexually assaulting young boy

A Hesperia man was sentenced to one year in jail for sexually assaulting a young boy one year ago in Pierson.

Brenton Reed Sr., 51, pleaded no contest July 16 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC).

Howard City woman receives delayed sentence and Mental Health Court after stabbing boyfriend

A Howard City woman received a delayed sentence and will participate in Mental Health Court after she stabbed her boyfriend with a steak knife during an argument.

Robin Seif, 56, pleaded no contest June 19 to assault with a dangerous weapon, a possible four-year felony. As part of a plea agreement, an assault by strangulation charge was dismissed.

Ionia tennis falls in conference title-clinching match to Lansing Catholic, reflects on successful season

The Bulldogs’ tennis team ran through the majority of their conference competition this season to set up a final home match to take the conference championship on Monday against Lansing Catholic.

Ionia head coach Scott Pischea knew it’d be a tall task for his Bulldogs and they entered as heavy underdogs against a very deep and talented Cougars squad. Lansing Catholic would exit with the 7-1 victory and will clinch the outright conference championship with a victory over Portland.

Belding school board eyes Oct. 26 return to in-person learning

Belding Area Schools is looking to depart from its hybrid model and bring the majority of students back to face-to-face learning, pending how things play out in coming weeks.

During Monday’s meeting, Superintendent Brent Noskey brought up the matter of mode of instruction approval to the Board of Education. A motion to bring K-12 students not utilizing the fully online option back to full-time face-to-face learning on Oct. 26 passed unanimously.

School bells ring for Ionia Middle School students

When the front door to Ionia Middle School opened at 7:30 a.m. Monday, the students were ready. Some were in T-shirts and shorts, others in pants and sweatshirts as they milled around greeting friends, backpacks slung on shoulders.

There wasn’t much social distancing outside, but everyone wore masks as they marched up the stairs toward the entry doors, held open by staff greeting them with “Welcome back! Please sanitize your hands.”

Montcalm County board, administrator meet for second goals workshop

Five of nine Montcalm County commissioners were present Monday afternoon for a second goal-setting workshop, the first of which took place in August.

Commissioners Ron Baker of Howard City, Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview, Chris Johnston of Crystal Township, Betty Kellenberger of Carson City and Adam Petersen of Montcalm Township were present, while commissioners Phil Kohn of Edmore, Brendan Mahar of Eureka Township, Jeremy Miller of Greenville and Tony Sorensen of Trufant were absent.

From state budget to repercussions of coronavirus, local legislators provide update to Montcalm County constituents

From dealing with repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic to working toward approval of the annual state budget, Michigan legislators have had their hands full since returning from their summer recess.

That much was made clear Monday afternoon, as for the first time since February, local legislators were able to provide an update — this time, virtually — through the return of Legislative Update, hosted by the Montcalm Human Services Coalition.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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