MIKE TAYLOR: So begins the uprising

As an animal liker (it’s like an animal lover, but less militant) I want nothing but the best for the myriad creatures cohabiting this planet. I scratch behind the ears of good dogs, I pet cats — even terrible ones and there are plenty of those out there — and I scatter seed around the yard every morning for the birds and squirrels.

In the animal kingdom, I am thought of as a nice guy. That’s if you don’t consider all the cheeseburgers I’ve eaten in my lifetime. Sorry about that, cows; I know that whole “circle of life” thing doesn’t resonate with you like it does with those of us nearer the top of the food chain.

Montabella boys overcome early 15-point deficit, beat Kent City in overtime, 64-57

With most teams playing at least 20 basketball games per season, it leaves a lot of room for lessons to be learned along the way.

While the Montabella boys basketball team has had plenty of success this year, entering Wednesday with a 15-1 overall record, they learned a lesson against Kent City that they may not have encountered up to this point in the season — it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.

Montcalm County working to share ARPA money with local municipalities

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Montcalm County is set to spend more of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money on an X-ray body scanner for the county jail and a donation to a child advocacy center, with plans in the works to share some of the federal funds with local municipalities as well.

AUSTIN CHASTAIN: ‘Next-Gen’ great for NASCAR

My brother and I grew up bashing each other’s video game race cars on various EA Sports NASCAR video games, starting with “NASCAR 2001” on our grandmother’s PlayStation 2 (yeah, my grandma is pretty cool).

We would drive the animated cars (and our grandma insane, probably) for hours with no purpose — it created a love for the sport we still share to this day.

Longtime Ionia County Road Department employee fired, raising questions

Questions loom over whether county admin had authority to make decision

A longtime employee of the Ionia County Road Department was fired on Friday, not by the department’s new managing director, but by the county administrator.

Bud White, who worked for the Ionia County Road Commission before it was dissolved by the county’s Board of Commissioners in October 2019 and made into a county road department, was let go from his job by Administrator Stephanie Fox.

Threat of suicide by handgun ends peacefully after near six-hour standoff in Greenville

Local law enforcement officials were relieved to see a peaceful resolution to a near six-hour standoff Tuesday that resulted in the successful de-escalation of a suicide threat.

Sports roundup for Feb. 24, 2022

Sports roundup for Feb. 24, 2022

Stanton to sell engraved bricks for Veterans Memorial Park with March 12 fundraiser

Come March 12, this city will begin selling engraved bricks to go around the forthcoming monuments at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Stanton City Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion to accept an agreement with a company called Brick Makers so the city can begin selling engraved bricks that will go in Veterans Memorial Park.

Farmers Market returning to Howard City

A Farmers Market is returning to this village after a one-year absence.

Jordan “Jordy” Buck of Ensley attended Monday evening’s Howard City Village Council meeting to report on his efforts to bring back the Farmers Market.

Lena Rader Meijer gift boosts Lakeview Community Wellness Center

Lena Rader was a small-town girl from Lakeview. She grew up on the family farm where she worked and played. Lena’s nephew Ken recalls that she enjoyed riding pigs as a child and was pretty good at it.

In 1940, Lena was hired by Fred’s father Hendrik as a cashier at the original Meijer Supermarket, where she met Fred. They married in 1946. Fred and Lena moved to Grand Rapids in 1951, where they raised their family, and continued to achieve great business success but they never forgot Lakeview, Lena’s hometown.