Pierson Township Board approves ‘restrictive’ wind ordinance

The Pierson Township Board approved a “restrictive” wind ordinance Tuesday night.

The 3-1 vote to approve an amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance to provide for public utility facilities and wind energy conversion systems took place after a public hearing at which four people spoke.

Belding City Council selects Scheid as new mayor in split vote

Mike Scheid has served on the Belding City Council for the past decade, and now he’s stepping into a new leadership role.

Scheid became the new mayor Tuesday, albeit in a 3-2 vote at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Councilmen Jorel Davis and Bruce Meyers voted “no.”

Area bowling alley owners express frustration, nerves about three-week shutdown

Bill Smith told his co-workers a few weeks ago that another shutdown was coming, it was only a matter of when it would be.

The owner of Hillcrest Lanes bowling alley in Belding, who took ownership of the business with his fiancé, Kim Krouse, last November, saw the rising COVID-19 cases and deaths and was doing his best to brace for the bad news. Still, when the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) ordered the shutdown on Sunday, effective Wednesday, it didn’t make it any easier to swallow for Smith.

Ionia Heartlands student wins statewide FFA contest, scholarship

A Heartlands Institute of Technology student bested 39 other students from across Michigan to win the statewide FFA Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (ARNRE) competition, and a Michigan State University scholarship.

Adalee Thelen, 18, who is studying plant and animal science at Heartlands in Ionia, won for her lesson plan and classroom presentation on “Milk in Motion.”

Ionia County board, District Court judge debate independent contractor arrangement

An Ionia County District Court independent contractor arrangement that’s been operating for more than two decades ran into a hiccup this week.

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday were asked to renew an independent contractor agreement with Satin Franks, but commissioners tabled the matter after voicing multiple concerns about the contract. Ironically, commissioners were the ones to first request the contract 25 years ago, according to District Court Judge Raymond Voet.

Central Montcalm school board approves extended COVID-19 learning plan

On the heels of a new state health department order, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved its extended COVID-19 learning plan, beginning Wednesday through Dec. 8, in which all students will do remote learning.

Students pre-K through 12th grade who have had in-person instruction will now have schooling done virtually, following the 5-0 vote from the board.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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