‘Career criminal’ sent back to prison

A Lake Odessa man with a lengthy history of theft and property crimes was sentenced to prison, while he awaits sentencing on yet another case in Barry County.

Christopher Bryan Haney, 49, appeared Nov. 10 in Ionia County Circuit Court via Polycom from the Barry County Jail.

Ionia prisoner caught with ‘Spice’ gets 18 more months behind bars

A 22-year-old man whose earliest release date from prison was next June is now looking at an additional year and a half behind bars for possessing contraband while behind bars.

Glydell Labon Jr. was sentenced Nov. 10 in Ionia County Circuit Court to serve from 18 months to seven and a half years with the Michigan Department of Corrections. The term will be consecutive to the one he is currently serving at Ionia Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility.   

Clark Retirement pumps brakes on Greenville senior living center proposal due to pandemic

With construction abound, from new apartments to condominiums, the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development (PUD) south of Greenville’s Meijer has been a constant source of community growth in recent years.

Unfortunately, as it has affected most everything in life, the coronavirus pandemic has placed a grip around one proposal that would have welcomed a 68-unit independent living facility.

Belding schools to transition back to hybrid model following period of remote learning

Just one day after the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services ordered all high schools to stop in-person learning for the next three weeks, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education decided to transition the district back into hybrid learning once the period of remote education is over.

On Monday, the Belding school board voted unanimously to transition K through eighth-grade to hybrid learning on Nov. 30 and the high school to hybrid learning on Dec. 10. All students will complete remote learning from home until then.

Greenville DDA accepts bid from Jensen’s for downtown hanging baskets

Extra $1,500 in cost will go toward weekly maintenance to ensure plants survive all summer

Looking to keep the beauty of downtown Greenville blooming all summer long, extra attention — and money — will be given toward the hanging baskets that decorate either side of Lafayette Street.

During the Nov. 10 meeting of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA), members voted unanimously to not only make the annual purchase of hanging flower baskets but went a step further to ensure they will look as desired all season long.

Lakeview breaks ground for veterans monument

Groundbreaking for a monument to honor veterans of all stripes took place on Veterans Day last week on S. Lincoln Avenue in Lakeview. 

Planners hope to raise a flagpole on the triangle of property within a couple of weeks. With electrical installation nearly complete, a floodlight that will shine on the 12-by-18-foot flag at night will ensure that it will be visible from M-46.   

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Upcoming and pending services for Nov. 18, 2020

Upcoming and pending services for Nov. 18, 2020

Stewart back in Stanton

Former local resident completes federal sentence for arsons, now in Montcalm County Jail while finishing next sentence for explosive device

A man who was convicted of several of the most notorious crimes in Montcalm County’s recent history has finished serving his federal sentence and is currently being lodged at the Montcalm County Jail.

Steven Warren Stewart, now 49 years old, formerly of Stanton was responsible for a string of arsons in 2006 at multiple Stanton businesses — including one of his own — as well as a horrifying chemical explosion near Greenville on Sept. 11, 2008, which severely injured a man who was dating Stewart’s ex-girlfriend and caused the Greenville hospital to go into lockdown.