2022-02-23

Meijer gas station incident appeal ‘without merit’

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a man’s appeal regarding an incident in a Meijer gas station restroom was without merit.

Judges Stephen L. Borrello, Michael J. Kelly and James Robert Redford signed the Feb. 10 opinion.

Belding senior Matthew Massman closes out wrestling career as member of the 100-win club

Feb. 3 — Matthew Massman was sitting on 99 career wins and planning how the night was going to go in his head when he reached that magical third digit in his win total.

Banner ready, coaches were preparing for the night to be special as well — an outright conference championship awaited the Black Knights as they faced Comstock Park. The Panthers, however, had different plans.

SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily

150 years ago

“Fire at Pierson” — On Sunday evening a house owned by O.A. Pierson, and occupied by Mr. Henry Martin, was discovered on fire. The congregation about to commence worship at the new school house hastened to the spot, and by dint of hard labor, in throwing water and snow, the fire was extinguished; but not until the roof was destroyed and the contents of the upper story consumed consisting of beds, carpeting and clothing. The Misses Susie and Fanny Martin, teachers of our school, were thus left with no clothing excepting what they had on at the time. Loss in clothing, bedding, etc., about $250.

Sports roundup for Feb. 23, 2022

Sports roundup for Feb. 23, 2022

City Impact youth center coming to Howard City

A local couple is working to make a positive impact on the youth of Montcalm County’s Panhandle area.

Jason and Jenny Rykse are hoping to have City Impact open by this summer — a faith-based youth center featuring fun activities, games and life skills for teenagers. City Impact already has a location in Cedar Springs and offers Saturday night church services and a variety of groups for adults and youths.

Greenville resident brings water/sewer bill dispute to Greenville City Council 

As a homeowner in this city, Cari Scholtens is familiar with paying her taxes, fees and any other dues that may come before her as a beneficiary of municipal infrastructure. 

What she wasn’t expecting, however, was a quarterly water/sewer bill last summer that came in at about six times higher than what she was used to paying. 

Winfield Township solar ordinance referendum won’t appear on May ballot

This township’s solar energy ordinance is still in the process of going to a voter referendum, but it won’t be appearing on the May ballot.

Winfield Township officials have not yet filed paperwork with the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office for placing the solar ordinance referendum on the May ballot, meaning the ordinance now can’t be voted on until August at the earliest.

Belding Area Schools sees positive student growth scores

As classroom learning has had its fair share of challenges over the past couple of months due to quarantines, COVID cases and other lurking factors, the majority of middle and elementary students at Belding Area Schools are showing strong growth in most subjects.

In some cases, Superintendent Brent Noskey estimates the district might be on pace with some of the top schools in the nation when it comes to student growth based on data collected from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).

New Ionia County assistant prosecutor sworn in

The Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office officially welcomed its newest assistant prosecutor with a swearing-in by District Court Judge Raymond Voet on Thursday afternoon.

Caitlin McBride, 27, of Grand Ledge, started in her new role on Feb. 7. She replaces Barbara Tsaturova who previously worked as an assistant prosecutor for just four months in 2017 before resigning to take a job with Spectrum Health, then returned as an assistant prosecutor in March 2019.

Upcoming and pending services for Feb. 23, 2022

Upcoming and pending services for Feb. 23, 2022