2021-07-07

‘Sovereign’ man represents himself at Montcalm County court hearing

Eaton County man faces multiple drunken driving-related charges

An Eaton County man who claims to be a sovereign citizen was allowed to represent himself at his own preliminary examination on multiple drunken driving-related charges — after the judge initially ruled against the man’s self-representation.

Greenville grad comes from family of coaches, takes job as leader of GRCC men’s basketball

For Joe Fox, basketball is a way of life.

Both his father, Gary, and grandfather, George, had long tenures as coaches at the high school level. Because of this, Joe Fox spent hours in the gym.

Acres of Music

Artists such as Ben Traverse, Mark Lavengood and others took to the stage at the Smiling Acres Music Festival on Saturday.

Ionia man gets 14 months prison for beating girlfriend with a bat

An Ionia man was sentenced to a minimum of 14 months in prison for assaulting his former girlfriend with a bat.

Jon Brian Swabb, 54, appeared for sentencing June 29 before Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer via Polycom from the Ionia County Jail.

SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily

150 years ago

“School term closed” — The Greenville Union School closed its spring term on Friday last. Every department has made marked improvement in its grade. The grammar school graduating exercises on Thursday afternoon were of much interest, as were the exercises of the “Class of ’73” on Friday evening. The first term of the next school year begins Monday, Sept. 4th.

Rhythm on the River summer concert series returns following last year’s hiatus

Last summer, Greenville residents were collectively disappointed to learn that the Greenville Rotary Club had to cancel the annual Rhythm on the River summer concert series due the coronavirus pandemic.

Those residents can now all breathe a collective sigh of happiness as Rhythm on the River is kicking off a new season starting Thursday.

Court denies early ‘compassionate release’ for Ionia woman sentenced on meth charge

An Ionia woman’s motion for early release from jail allegedly to care for her ailing partner has been denied by an Ionia County judge.

Roberta Stevens, 57, is serving 10 months in the Ionia County Jail for possession of methamphetamine. She appeared before Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer from the jail via Polycom on June 29.

Stanton Police Department to purchase new pickup truck

Whether it be for transporting bicycles or removing a deer’s carcass off the road, Stanton Police Chief Destinee Bryce believes a pickup truck would be a major help for the department.

“We get phone calls all the time — Could you guys remove this deer off the road? Could you pick up carcasses of raccoons, etc.? Somebody ditched a bike and we don’t know if it’s stolen,” Bryce recounted. “It’s really, really hard to get a bicycle in the back of a (Ford) Explorer, let alone a Crown Victoria.”

Ionia associate superintendent not chosen for Fruitport job

The associate superintendent of Ionia Public Schools was not chosen for the superintendent job at Fruitport Community Schools.

Ionia Public Schools Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services Jennifer Burns was interviewed for the Fruitport job on June 24 along with another finalist, Shelby Public Schools Superintendent Tim Reeves. The Fruitport school district is located in Muskegon County.

Greenville Women’s Bridge Tournament establishes endowment

In 2011, Naomi Lewis Club decided to entrust their bridge league savings to the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) to start a special account that would continue the scholarship program that had been awarded by this group of women since 1986. A scholarship has been awarded by the GACF on behalf of the club to a Greenville High School senior each year.