2021-04-02

A 180 degree culinary turn

Green Harp transforms to 180° Burger Bistro, re-opening coming soon

Owning and operating The Green Harp in Greenville for the past six years, Chef Robert Walsh is now getting ready to do a complete 180.

Walsh is in the final stages of a remodel that will see the former Irish and American comfort food restaurant transformed into a hip, 1980s-influenced burger joint.

Ionia school board meeting was at less than half capacity when Daily News reporter wasn’t allowed to attend


Ionia Public Schools officials didn’t allow a Daily News reporter to attend a March 22 special school board meeting in person even though school officials were well aware that the meeting capacity was under the state of Michigan’s 25-person limit.

Meanwhile, the Ionia school board is now set to discuss its March 22 vote regarding whether to close Emerson Elementary School due to some possible issues in the wording of the motion. The Emerson discussion is scheduled for an April 14 meeting at which two new school board members will be seated after two school board members abruptly resigned shortly before the March 22 meeting.

Breckenridge DC is Greenville’s new varsity head football coach

About two months after the resignation of former Greenville varsity head football coach Nick Davis, the Yellow Jackets landed on their new leader to take over the program.

Greenville Athletic Director Brian Zdanowski announced on Tuesday that Breckenridge defensive coordinator Mike Ricco would be the next head coach of the Yellow Jackets.

Danish Fest leaders have hope for ‘safe and exciting’ event

When it comes to planning a festival that welcomes thousands of visitors into the community, a pandemic involving a virus that spreads person-to-person with ease brings any plans for a “normal” celebration to a halt.

Despite last year’s Greenville Danish Festival being canceled, event organizers are more hopeful that this year, some traditional elements of the festival may be able to be held.

New Danish Festival executive director hits the ground running

In her childhood, Kristen Videan can recall the joys of experiencing the parades, vendors, food and everything else associated with the annual Danish Festival — all of which left a lasting imprint on her.

In adulthood, Videan, 24, now finds herself working to help create such happy memories to reflect upon for residents and visitors alike as the new executive director of the Danish Festival.

Survival of the fortunate

The lead-up to the individual state wrestling finals is usually a road filled with excitement, glee and hope.

This year, however, the road has been marred as many top wrestlers are missing from this year’s state finals not due to their wrestling ability, but due to illness.

Ag workers served at Belding vaccine clinic

Walking into the Belding High School gymnasium Wednesday afternoon, Olivia Lee and Adam Frost, both of whom are seniors at Ionia High School and working in the agricultural field, were overcome with a sense of relief.

They were there to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine — a moment they’d long been waiting for after a tumultuous year.

Judge rules wrestler can compete in state finals

Portland High School senior contested COVID-19 quarantine … and won

A Portland High School senior will be participating in this weekend’s state finals wrestling tournament, but he had to go to court to do it.

Chandler James Murton, 18, filed an emergency motion on Tuesday, March 30, in Ionia County Circuit Court for a temporary restraining order against the Ionia County Health Department and Portland High School.

Condo development proposed for former hospital site

Ionia Planning Commission discusses ‘concept drawing’ submitted by AC Development

The former E. Washington Street location of Sparrow Ionia Hospital location may have new life after the Ionia Planning Commission approved a concept drawing for a residential development.

Greg Cook of AC Development submitted the preliminary drawing to the Planning Commission looking for “some direction,” Planning Commission Chairman Boomer Hoppough said during the commission’s March 10 meeting.

Upcoming and pending services for April 2, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for April 2, 2021