Repeated probation violations land Belding woman in prison

A Belding woman will spend from eight months to four years with the Michigan Department of Corrections because she contacted her victim in a gun case a total of 85 times, after the judge explicitly ordered her not to.

Stephanie Ruth Johnston, 20, pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to a probation violation. She appeared for sentencing before Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer by Polycom from the Ionia County Jail.

CC-C football hosts ninth annual Salute Our Soldiers game Friday against Muskegon Heights

It may have had a few changes along the way but the annual Salute Our Soldiers football game is on for the 2021 season.

Originally scheduled for the Sept. 17 game against Wyoming Lee, the Salute Our Soldiers game at Carson City-Crystal High School was rescheduled to this Friday’s home game against Muskegon Heights.

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“The Chicago fire” — The burning of Chicago is felt, more or less, throughout the whole United States. On account of this sad catastrophe, the Independent appears later than usual this week, our paper having been detained at Chicago. We delay a little in order to give some of the particulars concerning the fire; but in doing so, we are compelled to leave out some local matters, which would have appeared otherwise.

Striking a change in tone, members of public thank Greenville school board for listening to concerns  

A month removed from a long, sometimes contentious public comment period in which nearly 30 residents addressed their local school board with concerns over potential COVID-19 mandates, a different tone was struck Monday evening. 

Meeting in the Greenville Public Schools Performing Arts Center at Greenville High School to accommodate a larger audience, the Board of Education again welcomed public comment toward the start of its meeting. However, following last month’s public comment in which multiple residents brought forth concerns ranging from mask mandates, efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccines and other alleged restrictions or policies, Board President Norice Rasmussen opened Monday’s session with a prepared statement of her own. 

Belding sets city manager criteria, discusses search timeline

This city is hoping to have a new manager in place by the end of January, at the latest, if all goes according to schedule.

During last week’s meeting, the Belding City Council held a work session with Michigan Municipal League search constant Jerry Richards to profile what council members are searching for in their next city manager, establish their expected education and experience, set a starting salary range and determine the timeline for the search.

Pine Township hires wind energy ordinance law firm

Planning commission schedules case law presentation from retired judge

The Pine Township Planning Commission is using Sidney Township’s wind energy ordinance as a template for its own, and now Pine Township will also be using Sidney Township’s law firm as well.

The Pine Township Board voted 5-0 on Monday to hire the Grand Rapids-based Foster Swift law firm to represent the township’s Planning Commission regarding its pending wind energy ordinance.

Saranac driving charges from 2015 dismissed, arrest record destroyed after U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear case

An Ionia County judge signed a stipulation to withdraw plea, dismiss charges, destroy arrest record and fingerprints and return all seized property after the U.S. Supreme Court declined the Ionia County prosecutor’s request to review a decision in a six-year-old Saranac speeding case.

CC-C receives funding for contact tracing, discusses COVID cases

Facing a bit of an odd school year in light of all the COVID-19 requirements and recommendations provided to districts by local health departments, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools officials are urging parents to keep their kids home from school when they’re sick.

At the very least, CC-C staff members are hoping more parents will start keeping their students home until their COVID test comes back negative.

Belding Library hosting book and baked goods sale next week

The Friends of the Alvah N. Belding Library will be holding a sale featuring used books, DVDs, puzzles and delicious baked goods at the library. The sale will be held during the library’s normal hours — Monday & Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — from Oct. 18-23. Proceeds from the Friends’ sale support programs and services of the Belding Library. Please put this event on your calendar.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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