ALEX FREEMAN: Which NFL coaches are getting canned on Black Monday?

For as many years as I can remember, I’ve always posted my “Black Monday predictions,” on my personal Facebook page on the final Sunday of the NFL’s regular season.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Black Monday is the first Monday after the NFL’s regular-season finishes and it’s typically the day where the most coaches get fired, hence the name. These predictions, to me, have always been a way to assess each team at its core and really get to the bottom of their problems.

Sports roundup for Jan. 6, 2022

Sports roundup for Jan. 6, 2022


By Mike Taylor. That’s it. After sitting here staring at my laptop’s screen for 20 minutes, that’s what I’ve come up with for this week’s column; my name and the word “by.”

I’m guessing I won’t be seeing that Pulitzer any time soon.

Greenville City Council selects Mark Lehman as new mayor

Having served more than two decades on the Greenville City Council, Councilman Mark Lehman, 59, will now continue to do so in a new capacity as this community’s next mayor.

During Tuesday’s annual organizational meeting, members of the council voted — as they do every year per the city’s charter — to select the positions of mayor and mayor pro tem for the year.

Ionia County department heads propose a solution to COVID hazard pay quandary

Eleven Ionia County departments have signed on to a letter recommending their employees all receive the same amount of COVID hazard pay.

The letter, dated Dec. 30, 2021, and addressed to Commissioner Georgia Sharp, chairwoman of the COVID Hazard Pay Committee, was signed by Circuit Court, Probate Court, Juvenile Court, Friend of the Court, Treasurer’s Office, Clerk’s Office, Register of Deeds Office, Drain Commissioner’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Administration Department, and Finance Department. It did not list names, only departments.

Belding welcomes new city manager, approves three-year employment agreement

As of Tuesday, Belding officially has a new manager in place who is ready to lead the city into a new year.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Belding City Council unanimously voted to approve a three-year employment contract, from 2021 through 2023, with Jon Stoppels.

Tri County’s first graduating class reunites

On Oct. 6, 2021, the first graduating class of Tri County Area Schools of 1963 group of lady graduates gathered at The Forager restaurant in Howard City to reminisce and have a mini class reunion.  

The ladies who attended included Sylvia (Grimes) Gabriel, Paula (Beck) Clark and Gloria (Basset) Taylor. In addition, Peggy (Bryant) Day, Donna (Ashley) Anderson, Judy (Gould) Troupe, Jan Rae (Montgomery) Stevens, Carol (Paepke) Ransom, Marie (Dann) Clegg and Pauline (Willett) Hair visited the Edgerton Building at 412 E. Edgerton St. in downtown Howard City — many for the first time since graduation. 

Free radon test kits available

The Ionia County Health Department will be giving away free short-term radon test-kits throughout the month of January in return for the donation of a non-perishable food item.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

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