2020-11-14

MAUREEN BURNS: More alike than different

We are more alike than we are different. That thought has been going through my head, over and over.

I look at our seriously divided country and think, where do we go from here? Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” How do we recover? How can we bridge this widening gap?

Long-serving Easton Township trustee retires

After serving Easton Township for 25 years, Dexter Arnold has decided to retire his position as trustee.

Following in the footsteps of several family members, Arnold enjoyed his time with the people of Ionia County’s Easton Township. He said that was what he would miss most about his time on the board.

‘You just got to keep going and keep smiling’

Ionia woman embodies the spirit of being young at heart

Fran Jorae has always been busy. Preparing meals for a family of ten and maintaining the house while her husband worked their dairy farm is not for the faint of heart.

All general election results for local school board, municipality races

Ionia and Montcalm counties saw a large number of contested and uncontested school board and municipality races during the Nov. 3 election.

Here’s a complete look at those results.

A truly special night

CC-C football wins first district title since 1999, defeats Fowler, 21-2

Tim Swore came into the Carson City-Crystal football program inheriting a lot of talented kids who were hungry for victories after falling short in previous years.

Though they were coming off two-straight playoff appearances, both years fell short of winning a playoff game. Swore, the first-year Eagles head coach, saw the talent but also saw that the kids doubted their abilities.

Tri County’s improbable playoff run ends with 50-12 loss to Oakridge

The improbable playoff run for the Tri County Vikings, competing as an 8 seed in the Division 5 district finals, came to an end Friday night with a 50-12 loss at the hands of Oakridge, a Muskegon-area perennial football powerhouse. 

Finishing a pandemic-shortened regular season at 2-4, the Vikings made history this year in an expanded Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) playoffs in which every team was eligible to compete. 

‘You came to save us’

Belding World War II veteran receives France’s highest honor

If George Babcock knew what was in store for him on Thursday, he wouldn’t have shown up at the American Legion Post 203.

“George is a very humble man,” said Post Commander Ernie Cox. “I told him we were going to have a celebratory drink for the post turning 100. When this is over, he’ll probably take me out to the woodshed.”

Opening day — the sacred time

For almost as long as I can remember now, the opening day of firearm deer season has taken precedence over nearly all other calendar days.

Of course, my wife would kill me if I were to say aloud that Nov. 15 is nearly as important as our anniversary, but the truth of the matter is that this one day of the year has granted not only myself and my family, and countless other outdoor enthusiasts, with food, trophies, and a healthy respect for nature that can rarely be obtained by other means. The time and effort that goes into hunting is rarely paralleled by other recreations and this single day is typically the end to the means.

Carson City-Crystal community mourns loss of beloved school bus driver

How to sum up the heartfelt impact that the lifetime of one man — Dennis Lance — has had on his community?

“To capture all of the things Dennis was to us in one paragraph is not possible,” Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent John Sattler rightly observed. “He was one of our greats.”

Stanton approves extra pay for mayor

Williams overseeing operations during city manager search

Having taken over a large number of responsibilities typically acted upon by a city manager, the Stanton City Commission agreed to compensate Mayor Lori Williams for her additional time and efforts to the city.

Following former city manager Vester Davis Jr.’s resignation, which went into effect on Oct. 23, Williams began overseeing the day-to-day operations for the city until a new manager is hired.