WPDL summer events

Spots still available for Wounded Soldier Softball Tournament

The Wounded Soldier Softball Tournament will be held June 25-27 in Greenville.

There are still spots open for teams to participate in this fundraising event. This year will mark the seventh annual event with proceeds benefitting service men, women and families who have been injured in the line of duty.

Ionia County Health Department honored for public health innovation

Ionia County Health Department was given an Honorable Mention designation for the 2021 Innovative Practice Awards by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing innovative programs to meet the needs of their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honorable Mention designation demonstrates a high level of program innovation and reflects collaboration, adaptability, and program resilience. Providing Fruits and Vegetables to At-Risk Families during the COVID-19 Crisis was one of 15 local health

Board of Trustee vacancies at the Belding library

BELDING — The Alvah N. Belding Library is seeking letters of interest from our service area residents wanting to be considered to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The interested persons must be a current resident of the City of Belding or one of the library’s township service area, Keene, Otisco and Orleans. Must have a deep appreciation for […]

Hot weather, hotter bats

Central Montcalm softball gets second regional title in program history, defeats Calvin Christian and North Muskegon in regionals

As Izzy Doyle watched a North Muskegon player hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning of Saturday’s softball regional final in Grandville, she gathered with her teammates and was all smiles.

Doyle said it’s emblematic of her improved outlook in the circle as the pitcher and one of the senior leaders of Central Montcalm and it was representative of how far this team has come in terms of confidence.

A lasting legacy

Conducting from the 50-yard line of Legacy Field on a warm, spring evening in May, Susan Gould could be observed relishing every note and chord that emerged from her band students as they performed an outdoor concert to the delight of family and friends.

For the students, it was both their first and final live concert of the year, a year that was plagued by interruptions, cancellations and numerous safety restrictions and protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crystal Township Board debates renewable energy ordinance

While multiple townships within Montcalm County are working on creating wind and solar energy ordinances, Crystal Township is taking a different route.

The township has been told that Apex Clean Energy currently is not looking at Crystal for its proposed Montcalm Wind project; however, the majority of township officials also aren’t necessarily in a hurry to create any major restrictions against wind turbines at this time.

Upcoming and pending services for June 14, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for June 14, 2021

Monday, June 14, 2021

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Police arrest alleged reckless RV driver after lengthy chase


A woman driving an RV was arrested on Saturday afternoon after she allegedly led police from several agencies on a chase, during which multiple patrol and civilian vehicles were damaged, and a Kent County sheriff’s deputy was injured.