Ionia girls get sixth win of season over 12-win Central Montcalm in first round of districts, 52-41

As the door shut and all team personnel entered the Ionia Bulldogs locker room following Monday’s game, a loud, celebratory shout, followed by the blaring of the song “All I do is Win,” could be heard from the Portland basketball court.

It was an energy-packed celebration as the Bulldogs (6-10) took down the favored Central Montcalm Green Hornets (12-5) in the first round of the Portland girls basketball districts on Monday, 52-41. The Bulldogs, who struggled to put up prolific offensive numbers for most of the season, scored their second-highest point total of the year in the victory.

ROOTED: Shiloh Hay Auction and Farmers Market offers variety of goods, friendly atmosphere

There’s something about browsing through fresh produce and delicious home-baked goods under the warmth of a bright, sunny Michigan spring morning. Neighbors ambling about, chatting over a cup of coffee before bidding on auction items.

Sports roundup for Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Sports roundup for Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Greenville High School jazz band returns to the stage with first live concert in more than a year

With every note that came forward out of the horn of Carter Chapman, 16, so too came feelings of apprehension, nervousness and excitement.

The high school junior was on stage Thursday evening playing his trumpet, resulting in an experience that felt different, yet familiar.

Belding City Council approves extrication equipment purchase

As the Belding Fire Department waits for its new fire truck to be completed, the Belding City Council granted a request to purchase new extrication equipment for said vehicle.

In October 2020, the City Council approved a plan to purchase a new fire truck for the price of $585,548, which includes some minor adds and deletions to the truck. That price included a $10,000 allowance for potential issues that could come up during the build process.

West Michigan Works shines a spotlight on agribiz with job fair

West Michigan Works will host an agribusiness job fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday. The virtual job fair will occur online, where job seekers can discuss their skills and qualifications with hiring managers with immediate hiring needs. Participating employers include Herbrucks, Hearthside Food Solutions, Kelloggs, Michigan Turkey, Kent Quality Foods, Dykhuis Farms Inc., Roskam Baking Company. Registration is open through Wednesday.

United and Kelsey hospitals celebrate Certified Nurses Day

In observance of Certified Nurses Day on March 19, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital nurses shared the significance of gaining additional knowledge through extra certification.

Over 40 registered nurses at United and Kelsey hospitals have achieved a nursing certification, demonstrating professionalism and excellence.  Certified Nurses Day is March 19, the birthday of nurse credentialing expert and advocate Margarette Madden.

Montcalm County fire departments fight multiple blazes over weekend

Firefighters from departments throughout Montcalm County were busy fighting flames this weekend, whether they be from wildfires or structure fires.

According to Montcalm County Central Dispatch, fire departments responded to a total of 29 calls from 6 a.m. Friday throughout the weekend — 14 for wildfire calls and five for structure fires.

Upcoming and pending services for March 23, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for March 23, 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021