STEVE MERREN: Within the clutches of a raptor’s talons

High above the forest floor amongst the oaks and beyond the marshy span of the lake’s edge, an aerial predator enjoys a hard-earned breakfast.

Its head and feathers are soaked in the cold water of a lake in early spring and within its grasp fights a feisty bluegill completely unaware of its impending fate.

TEN QUESTIONS: Meeting the needs of the ‘whole child’

Who are you? Ethan Ebenstein, superintendent of the Ionia County Intermediate School District, age 51, grew up in White Cloud, currently reside in Walker. 

Pierson Township golf course owners considering RV park development

The owners of a Pierson Township golf course are considering developing it into an RV park and more.

Rick Rookstool told the Daily News that he and Brenda Steuer as Bass Lake Golf Club LLC purchased Whitefish Lake Golf & Grill at 2241 N. Bass Lake Road from 19th Hole Group in April 2021. They are each a 50% owner and Rookstool co-manages the business with Brenda’s husband, David Steuer.

Sparrow Ionia Hospital recognizes volunteers for decades of service

During Volunteer Week, Sparrow Ionia Hospital recognizes the many volunteers who continue to serve as an important part to the organization and have an incredible history of providing care to Ionia-area residents.

PASTOR COOPER: Reflections on resurrection

Ask anyone who considers themselves familiar to the Christian faith as to what the resurrection is, and they will tell you that it is the raising of Jesus Christ from the dead. Ask them as to what the resurrection means and most will inevitably say hope. 

Central Montcalm outlasts Belding in 11-inning baseball thriller with walk-off bunt

Cam Bracey stared back at Belding pitcher Zac Putney in a tense situation.

In the bottom of the 11th inning, Bracey found himself at the plate with a Central Montcalm teammate at second and third with only one out in an 8-8 ballgame.

Driving to thrive

Compass Driving School’s Greenville location ready to teach, grow for students

Rhonda Signs was taking classes to become a certified driving instructor and was faced with a dilemma of sorts. 

Signs needed to take a practicum, meaning she had to observe a certified instructor and work with them to finish her certification. However, hardly any schools were working in-person because of the COVID-19 pandemic and that left observation opportunities scarce. 

Gates takes over as Pierson Township zoning administrator

Lance Gates was appointed deputy supervisor and deputy zoning administrator in December 2020, filling in as needed until the time came to lead.

That time has now arrived.

Carson City, Crystal libraries offering book clubs, programs this spring

The Carson City Public Library Book Club is now featuring “At Home: A Short History of Private Life” by Bill Bryson.

The Crystal Community Library Book Club is now featuring “These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901, Arizona Territories” by Nancy Turner.

Belding gets grant for park upgrades

Greenville Area Community Foundation awards city $60K for Lightning Bend Park

This city has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) for Lightning Bend Park improvements.

Belding City Manager Jon Stoppels made the announcement at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.