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GRACE FOWLER: Combining 2 lives on a calendar

My boyfriend and I have been struggling lately with how to keep track of our mutual calendars.

I put almost everything in my phone, and he usually writes things down on pieces of paper that he may or may not lose. I often have to remind him more than once of things that we are doing. He just started his second year as a teacher and this year they are in person, so I know his stress level is maxed out most days. I have talked to friends and co-workers and from what I gather, our scheduling issues are pretty common. Men’s and women’s brains are just wired differently. Regardless, we have been getting progressively busier, so we need a way to keep track of everything we have both committed to so we avoid double booking ourselves. 

Biggby Coffee looking to break ground in Belding, may be open by next May

Before long, Belding residents looking to add a little Biggby coffee into their morning routine won’t have to drive to Greenville or Ionia to do so.

Biggby Coffee is expecting to break ground on a new location at 9299 W. Belding Road, a site formerly home to Belding Quick Lube Plus. According to co-owner Landon Palmer, the store will hopefully be ready to open by May 2022, if all goes according to plan during construction.

Montcalm County officials submit 10 commissioner district maps, vote is Friday

Two fives, four sevens and four nines.

Those are the 10 county commissioner district maps proposed by the Montcalm County Reapportionment Commission.

Ionia County commission sticks with 7 districts

After reviewing four proposed maps of Ionia County’s commissioner districts, the county’s Apportionment Committee voted 5-0 last Thursday to accept one created by the county’s Republican Party chairwoman.

The county’s Democratic Party chairwoman did not submit a proposed map.

Running it back

Carson City-Crystal cross country coach reflects on challenges of 2021 season, defending the state title

Last year, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles boys cross country team won the Division 4 state title largely in part to the contribution of Coleman Clark, who blitzed the rest of the field to win an individual state title.

In projecting the 2021 team and looking forward, head coach Grant Woodman liked his team’s odds to have a chance of winning back-to-back state titles. This year, however, without top-five runners Coleman Clark, Calvin Clark and Jared Shepler, all 2021 graduates, the Eagles must now find a different way to win.

Ionia County Health Dept. cancels COVID order

The Ionia County Health Department has rescinded an emergency health order expanding quarantine requirements in educational settings related to COVID that was set to take effect on Monday.

In an email sent to the county’s school districts and county commissioners, Ionia County Health Officer Ken Bowen quoted language he said was contained in the state budget — agreed upon last week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature — that was “most relevant” for the health department.

Sports roundup for Sept. 28, 2021

Sports roundup for Sept. 28, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for Sept. 28, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for Sept. 28, 2021

Camper destroyed in Bushnell Township structure fire

A structure fire Friday morning in Bushnell Township resulted in the loss of a camping trailer.

At approximately 8:21 a.m. on Friday, firefighters from the Sheridan Community Fire Department were called to the 4000 block of E. Cole Road, near Cedar Lake Road, in Bushnell Township for a reported structure fire.