2021-03-03

SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily

A high wind prevailed on Friday last which severely tested the strength of buildings and made great havoc among the trees in the forest. Travel on roads in the woods was nearly suspended on account of the danger from flying limbs and falling trees.

Montcalm County judge orders cat forfeiture after abusive incident posted on Snapchat

A Montcalm County judge ordered a cat be forfeited from a local residence after a foster child posted a Snapchat video of herself throwing the cat across a room and into a wall.

Montcalm County District Court Judge Adam Eggleston entered the forfeiture order last Friday after hearing testimony from Montcalm County Animal Control Officer Autumn DeVries at a show cause hearing.

Have Mercy proposes $1 million renovation project for interim housing facility in Greenville

As this city has begun to grow in recent years with new apartments and retail stores, there’s one more element Kim Cain has observed to have grown right alongside that expansion — homelessness. 

As the executive director of Have Mercy, a faith-based nonprofit that provides temporary shelter, food and assistance for homeless individuals, Cain has witnessed the need to not only continue serving the community but to expand its services to combat that increasing need. 

Assault charge dismissed against Howard City man after ex-girlfriend recants

An assault charge against a Howard City man who was alleged to have choked his ex-girlfriend was dismissed last Friday after the ex-girlfriend recanted and was then arrested and charged with lying.

Nikki Pinckney, 41, of Fenwick was lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on Friday, the same day Timothy John Werkema, 38, was set for a preliminary examination on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder related to a Jan. 28 incident just outside of Greenville.

Greenville eyes ‘renewed commitment’ to athletics

District implementing Athletic Strategic Plan, beginning with search for new football coach

In looking at its long athletic history, though it may be sprinkled with bright spots and glimpses of success, Greenville Public Schools has something left to be desired when looking at its overall win column.

During Monday’s Key Communicator meeting, in which Superintendent Linda Van Houten meets with members of school administration, teachers, students, parents and members of the community to discuss the overall betterment of the school district, she made it clear the current stigma of losing games as opposed to winning them is desired to be a thing of the past.

Orleans man gets year in prison for ‘violent, sustained’ attack

An Ionia County Circuit Court judge told a 22-year-old Orleans man there were “a ton of red flags” in his assault of a woman over several days which earned him a prison sentence. 

Michael David Porter was sentenced Feb. 23 by Judge Ronald Schafer to serve from one to 10 years prison with credit for 84 days previously served.

Ionia Circuit Court judge denies jail inmate’s request for personal recognizance bond

Robert Starkey has been in the Ionia County Jail since his arrest on Aug. 15, 2020, awaiting trial. He’s facing one charge: delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine, a 20-year felony.

There’s more at stake for the 31-year-old Ionia man, however. He’s being charged as a habitual offender with a fourth offense notice, which changes the maximum penalty to the possibility of life in prison.

Ionia County admin assistant returns to Friend of the Court

Rachelle Gaines has a long history of working for Ionia County government.

She first took a job with Friend of the Court in the early 1990s and then, after taking several years off to raise her family, she returned as Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Kreeger’s administrator in 2009, according to Kreeger. In 2019, Gaines took a job as an administrative assistant, working closely alongside Ionia County Administrator Stephanie Fox.

Sidney Township Board trustee faces calls to resign

As repeated calls were made during Monday evening’s Sidney Township Board meeting for Trustee Jed Welder to resign, the farmer remained outwardly tranquil while sipping from a mug sporting the slogan, “Keep calm and carry on.”

About 65 people were in attendance via Zoom for the meeting which had only been underway for a few minutes when Trustee Ray Leyrer announced, “I wanted to talk about last month’s meeting.”

Motocross development eyes Belding property; city planners may review matter March 23

A 65-acre property in the city of Belding is being eyed as a potential location for a motocross training facility.

On Feb. 23, the Belding Planning Commission was scheduled to host a preliminary site review meeting with Shane Larsen of Grand Rapids to look at Larsen’s proposal to construct a motocross training facility, along with a small utility building, at 1001 W. State St. (M-44) behind the O’Reilly Auto Parts store.