Court of Appeals affirms convictions of Orleans man who threatened state workers

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The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions of an Orleans man who threatened three Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) employees with an ax handle and then drove his van at them.

Raymond John-Orlo Vanbuskirk, 54, was convicted by an Ionia County jury in October 2020 of felonious assault, two counts of assaulting/resisting a police officer and three counts of threats or assault against an employee of a family independence agency.

SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily

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150 years ago

“Cook’s Corners” — Cook’s Corners, sometimes known as Otisco, is situated in the township of the latter name, once of the most fertile in Michigan. It contains four hundred inhabitants. It has a number of fine stores, blacksmith shops, etc., and is destined to increase in wealth and importance with the advent of the railroad. At this point, Mr. R.R. Cook has in successful operation a cheese factory, 36×60 feet in size and three stories high. The milk from three hundred cows was made into cheese last year between the months of May and September, amounting to 18,000 pounds. The cheese was of a very superior quality, and commanded the highest price in Ionia and Greenville. — Reprinted from the Grand Rapids Democrat

Sheridan Springfest returns to its full glory

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Respect. Integrity. Honor.

These were the words emphasized at Sheridan’s Springfest. After a “watered-down” version of the celebration last year, and a pandemic’s cancelation in 2020, this year’s Springfest was at full force for the Memorial Day holiday.

Pierson Township hires new assessor, planning firm

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One of Montcalm County’s fastest-growing townships has a new assessor and is hiring a new planning firm to help with zoning.

The Pierson Township Board on May 18 voted 5-0 to hire Jane Kolbe to replace outgoing assessor Carl Schuitema who is retiring at the end of July. Schuitema has been the township assessor since 2018.

Greenville softball’s postseason run ends early at the hands of Rockford; Rams beat Jackets 8-1 in first round of districts

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Most days, the Yellow Jackets would be thrilled to see an 8-1 final score in favor of the home team at Hannah Field, but Tuesday was atypical.

Hosting the Rockford Rams for the first round of softball districts on Tuesday, the Jackets acted as the visiting team and batted first against Rockford, falling in defeat. A normal district foe for the Jackets, head coach Kristen Ritter wasn’t shocked to see Rockford take an early 6-0 lead in the first two innings.

Daily News presented with special legislative tribute

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FREE Legislators recognize DN as the state’s best small daily newspaper for seven consecutive years 

The Daily News was commemorated last week with a special tribute from the Michigan Legislature for being recognized as the state’s best small daily newspaper for the seventh consecutive year. 

On May 23, Sen. Rick Outman and Rep. Pat Outman visited the Daily News office in downtown Greenville to present the special tribute to members of the newspaper staff in person. 

Ionia baseball falls to hot Portland bats in district opener

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Each of Ionia’s baseball players filed out of the third-base dugout at Ciangi Field on Tuesday disappointed. That disappointment turned into hugs and daps — handshakes slapping the palms, sliding the hands and locking the fingers — as the Bulldogs cleared out for a final time.

There were some emotions on the faces of the Bulldogs as they left the dugout, continuing to share hugs and handshakes with the coaches and each other. Six seniors left Ciangi Field for the final time as players following a 7-0 loss to Portland in a Division 2 pre-district game on Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Felony charges dismissed against man after dog attack

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Two felony charges of dangerous animal have been dismissed against a man after his dogs attacked and injured a young boy in Winfield Township.