JUST IN: Danby Township accident results in serious injuries


An accident in Danby Township on Wednesday resulted in serious injuries.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of an accident on Charlotte Highway, near Towner Road.

MIKE TAYLOR: The trash man

This summer I’ve become something of a litter connoisseur, a “litter-ati” one might say; an expert in the field of improperly-disposed-of garbage.

I doubt this is an actual, formal field of study, but it should be. I’d love to get my Ph.D in trash, or at least my master’s.

Daily News FOIA of Pine Township reveals wind energy thoughts from 3 law firms

When the Pine Township supervisor recommended in September to hire a specific law firm to handle wind energy ordinance-related work, the decision appeared to have been all but finalized days earlier.

Meanwhile, the attorney for the law firm that Pine Township later actually voted to hire shared candid thoughts about “the growing debate in communities across Michigan and around the country about the extent to which municipalities can and should regulate through zoning the construction and operation of wind energy farms” and added, “because wind energy companies have deep pockets, litigation is a real possibility if a wind energy company is denied the ability to operate.”

Growing pains for the bees

C. Montcalm volleyball goes 1-2, Greenville 0-3 at Cedar Springs quad

Though they’re in different conferences and don’t face each other in the regular season normally, it seemed appropriate that the Central Montcalm Green Hornets and Greenville Yellow Jackets volleyball teams found themselves in the same building on Wednesday night.

The two teams met in the Cedar Springs quad meet and both programs find themselves in similar situations this year. Both have a first-year head coach, both graduated a good amount of talented seniors from last year’s teams and both squads have struggled for wins this season.

Ionia County hires CPA firm

Maner Costerisan to ensure compliance with new accounting mandates

With proposed changes to the way local governments must account for their money, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners approved hiring a certified public accounting firm to provide services that will ensure the county abides by all new requirements.

County Finance Director Linda Pigue told commissioners at their meeting Tuesday that the county solicited six sealed bids for accounting services on major projects for the period of Sept. 21, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022. One proposal was submitted by Maner Costerisan.

Sports roundup for Oct. 21, 2021

Sports roundup for Oct. 21, 2021

All local city seats uncontested in Nov. 2 election

FREE Write-in deadline is Friday

Along with a host of uncontested city seats on the Nov. 2 ballot in Ionia and Montcalm counties, Ionia County voters will also decide several millage proposals.

The write-in deadline is 4 p.m. Friday with your local city clerk for anyone wishing to run for one of the open city seats listed below.

MCC student Henry Ravell embraces technology in agriculture

Henry Ravell has always been intrigued by farming and all that goes into growing a successful crop.

The Howard City man’s interest was truly piqued a few years ago when he received one of Montcalm Community College’s promotional materials in the mail. It mentioned the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology’s certificate for a remote pilot’s license. Ravell took the courses needed and is now a licensed remote pilot and can fly drones and other small, unmanned aircraft. 

FACULTY FOCUS: Sara Rittersdorf teaches Chemistry at Montcalm Community College

Sara Rittersdorf is a full-time chemistry instructor at Montcalm Community College. She first came to the college as a dual-enrolled high school student and found her way back here several times for part-time jobs throughout her college years.  

CM school board hears Veterans Memorial Park update

In 2013, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education agreed to lease school property to the city of Stanton for a park.

In that time, the school district has had three different superintendents while the city has had five different city managers. Current Stanton City Manager Jacob Van Boxel met with the school board on Monday evening to give an update on the project.