On the front lines: Local nurses persevere while caring for COVID-19 patients

When searching for a source of inspiration, public attention and gratitude in the battle against COVID-19, people often find themselves landing upon those who serve on “the front lines.”

Otherwise known as the “essential workers” of the coronavirus pandemic, these are the individuals who have kept shelves stocked at grocery stores, cooked and served food at local restaurants, picked up and discarded the trash, provided transportation driving a transit or school bus, educated the youth, extinguished fires, arrested criminals or kept industry moving by working hard on the factory floor.

‘All we can do is stay hopeful’: Howard City restaurant owners, chefs share honest thoughts about challenging year

“Uncertainty, government bailout, persistent.” — Brian Papke

“Disappointing, challenging, hopeful.” — Bryan Korytkowski

“An unprecedented time.” — Kyle Pierce

Three words each from three co-owners of a restaurant to describe 2020.

Choosing to remember the good in 2020

As I sit down to write this, I can’t help but think about 2016.

It was almost exactly four years ago — all of these clickbait websites were making these articles that were spreading around my Facebook newsfeed like crazy. Articles with titles like, “Why 2016 was the worst year ever,” were all over the place and people were so incredibly down in the dumps heading into 2017.

Ionia County to repost Road Department director job, again

The Ionia County Road Department is going into the new year still searching for a managing director.

The county board agreed with a recommendation from Ionia County Administrator Stephanie Fox on Tuesday to repost the job yet again.

Structure fire contained to garage

Firefighters from the Sheridan Community Fire Department were dispatched at approximately 2:44 p.m. Monday to a structure fire at 10071 S. Sheridan Road.

According to Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, upon arrival, firefighters discovered a garage attached to the residence to be a fully involved fire that was quickly spreading to the house.

Upcoming and pending services for Dec. 31, 2020

Upcoming and pending services for Dec. 31, 2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Belding woman killed in Wednesday morning crash

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-car crash that led to the death of one of the drivers. The crash occurred at approximately 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday on Greenville Road (M-91) near River Run Trail south of Greenville in Eureka Township.