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‘A lot of work to do’

Montcalm Township planners to scrap proposed wind energy ordinance, look to neighboring townships for guidance

Nearly a year to the day after planners first brought forth an amendment to this township’s wind energy ordinance, that ordinance will be amended again — this time starting from scratch.

During Wednesday’s quarterly meeting of the Montcalm Township Planning Commission, commissioners discussed the ordinance for the first time since March.

Douglass Township Board approves wind moratorium into August 2022

The Douglass Township Board on Wednesday, at the recommendation of its Planning Commission, voted 5-0 to extend the township’s wind energy moratorium for a full year — into August 2022.

Many of the more than 80 people in attendance applauded the vote.

Lakeview VFW Post commander Roberts recognized for service

As a child who grew up locally, Stacey Roberts never imagined she would later save VFW Post 3701 from closing.

Ionia City Council signs with new planning firm

Council also approves raise for city clerk

The Ionia City Council voted Tuesday night to hire a new firm to provide planning and zoning consulting services, after its former planning consultant resigned.

The City Council approved City Manager Precia Garland’s recommendation to enter into a contract with Williams & Works of Grand Rapids to provide the city with professional services at an hourly rate of $100.

‘Out in the wind’

Pine Township planner resigns, leading meeting to adjourn without making any progress on wind ordinance

The Pine Township Planning Commission was once again unable to make progress on updating its wind ordinance during a second special meeting Monday evening.

The Planning Commission meeting ended just five minutes after it had been called to order after Chairman Steve Millard announced that Planning Commissioner Steve Fisk had submitted his resignation shortly before the meeting.

ITC to conduct local aerial patrols of transmission lines


ITC will be conducting aerial patrols of the high-voltage transmission towers and lines in Michigan from approximately Aug. 16 through Sept. 3, weather permitting.

The helicopter patrols are conducted to provide an overall status of the overhead transmission system that is operated by ITC’s Michigan operating entities, ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company LLC.

Upcoming and pending services for Aug. 6, 2021

Today Marilyn Riker — 11 a.m., St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville. (Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville) Saturday Richard W. “Dick” Murtland — 11 a.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Greenville. (Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville) Nancy Naylor — 1 to 4 p.m., 210 E. Grant St., Sheridan. Mary Jane Jensen — 11 a.m., Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Edmore. (Brigham Funeral Chapel, Edmore) […]

Friday, Aug. 6, 2021

JUST IN: Pedestrian struck, killed in Sebewa Township 


A 74-year-old Sunfield woman was killed Thursday, succumbing to injuries after being struck by a vehicle in Ionia County.