MIKE TAYLOR: Stories are everywhere

If there’s one thing I love about this job, it’s the people I’ve met, folks I might never have known if not for this career in journalism.

I’m not talking about the celebrities, though I have eaten hot dogs with the actor Jeff Daniels and shared breakfast with then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Typically, I’m not fond of hobnobbing with the rich and famous, but both Jeff and Jennifer were down-to-earth types who made me forget they are Somebodys and I a Nobody.

Greenville students create new concept to ensure a ‘safe prom experience’

What began with a Sunday afternoon email sent to a high school principal has resulted in a group of Greenville High School students ensuring that this weekend’s senior prom will be a little different — and more importantly, safer — for many of the teens seeking to create some life-long memories.

Ionia First Thursdays on the Bricks resumes May 5

An event that has become a local shopping tradition returns to the fabled bricks of downtown Ionia next week.

The Ionia Business Group will host another season of First Thursdays on the Bricks beginning May 5. Everyone is invited to come downtown between 5 and 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month to enjoy local shopping, local food, sidewalk sales, special events and more.

Montcalm County commissioners quiz Economic Alliance director about Greenville participation, wind energy project

Montcalm County commissioners quizzed the new director of the Montcalm Economic Alliance (MEA) about the city of Greenville’s lack of participation with the organization, as well as about the “hot topic” of local wind energy development.

MEA Executive Director Olivia Blomstrom appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to provide an update about the MEA, which she was hired to lead last December.

Tri County’s aggressive mindset leads girls soccer team to 8-0 mercy victory over Fremont

Without looking at the scoreboard, it wasn’t hard to tell which team was leading Wednesday’s girls soccer game in Howard City.

The Fremont Packers huddled close, most with hung heads, listening to the advice of their coaching staff. The Tri County Vikings were jovial, joking around, enjoying the sunny weather and the camaraderie. The Vikings were up 6-0 at the half but didn’t rest on their laurels as they headed out for the second half.

Ionia County Health Officer departs to focus on family

After 10 years and two roles at the Ionia County Health Department, Ken Bowen is calling it quits.

Bowen, who joined the health department as environmental health supervisor in January 2012, has served as health officer since June 2013. He will depart on May 20, but not to take another job.

Stanton’s Man Cave Card Shop hosting sports card show, local legends signing on Saturday

Dan Basom has collected sports cards since he was a little kid — just 7 or 8 years old when he started. 

He, like many other collectors, took plenty of interest in baseball cards. Now, he has a rather extensive collection of Michigan State University cards — he has a special interest in the Spartans after graduating from the school twice, with his bachelor’s degree in 2007 and his master’s degree in 2012. 

Sports roundup for April 28, 2022

Sports roundup for April 28, 2022

Workforce development agency moves Ionia County office

West Michigan Works recently announced its Ionia County service center is moving into a new location at 603 W Adams St.

The larger, 7,500-square-foot space will continue providing job seeker and employer services for residents and businesses throughout Ionia County from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as of April 18.

Upcoming and pending services for April 28, 2022

Upcoming and pending services for April 28, 2022