PASTOR COOPER: Whom or what do you seek? 

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Let me begin by saying that as far as one travels back through the pages of God’s revelation as recorded in the Bible, we soon discover someone who being introduced is revealed as the summation of man’s desire. 

STEVE MERREN: A good sign and a strong symbol

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While Michigan can certainly be a harsh place to live, it too can be an unbelievably nurturing home not just for the people of this beautiful state, but for the wildlife, as well. 

Firefly Grill brings new life to former Cole’s Corner

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Known for the biggest burgers around, some weighing more than a pound, the new Firefly Grill has hit the market to feed hungry bellies with food cooked “in-house and on the fly.”

Recently opened on June 8, the restaurant at 25 S. Greenville Road (M-91) north of Greenville (the former Cole’s Corner restaurant and catering) has received good feedback so far thanks to the chefs behind the scenes.

Ionia’s Heath LaPointe signs letter of intent to join Albion College cross country, track teams

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As a middle schooler, Heath LaPointe joined the Ionia cross country and track teams as a fun, extracurricular activity.

When he transitioned into high school, LaPointe looked at it as a challenge — an opportunity to restart, learn everything all over again and step up his game. He accomplished some great things along the way, leading him to May 4, with a pen in his hand along with four of his fellow teammates.

Ionia Free Fair’s new leaders taking ‘two-pronged approach’

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For the past four weeks, the Ionia Free Fair has been helmed by two new personalities, Brenda Lehmkuhle and Mike Clark. Hired in June, they did not plan this year’s fair, but they’re in charge of it and they have many ideas for next year.

The fair has not had a manager since 2019 and has been run by the Ionia Free Fair Board of Directors for the past three years. Now the board is taking a step back, so they hired Lehmkuhle and Clark as a new “two-pronged approach.”

El Mariachi finds a home on Main Street

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Ionia's favorite authentic Mexican restaurant makes move to downtown Ionia

El Mariachi, Ionia’s favorite authentic Mexican restaurant since it first opened in 2012, is now operating out of a new location at 412 W. Main St.

Moises Velasco, the restaurant’s owner, invested thousands of dollars in renovating the building, formerly a teen center. Everything inside is shiny and new, kitchen included, and there is now ample parking out back for El Mariachi’s many loyal customers.

Mini-storage facility proposed for vacant lot on M-91 north of Greenville 

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Public hearing to review project is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Eureka Township

Pending approval of a site plan and special land use request, the greater Greenville area could see its next storage unit facility constructed on the north end of this township. 

During Wednesday’s meeting of the Eureka Township Planning Commission, representatives from Space Source Inc. in Holland came forward with a request that a special land use request be granted to allow the company to go forward in constructing a new mini-storage facility. 

Attorney psychology

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Montcalm County officials debate pay for prosecutors vs. defense attorneys

As budget talks are underway for Montcalm County’s 2023 fiscal year, some county officials discussed the “psychology” behind what makes someone take a job as a prosecutor versus a defense attorney.

County commissioners met for budget talks on July 13 and July 15, led by Vice Chairman Adam Petersen (commissioners Jeremy Miller and Scott Painter were absent from both meetings). Budget talks will continue on July 27.

Additional ophthalmologist joins Advanced Eyecare Professionals

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Advanced Eyecare Professionals (AEP) (www.AEPeyecare.com) a full service, multi-location eye care practice in; Ionia, Lowell Hastings and clinic in Sheridan announces that Dr. Trevor Smith has joined the AEP eye care team and is accepting new patients.

Lakeview residents to see 11% increase to water, sewer rates

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Residents in this village will soon see an increase in their monthly water and sewer bills.

During their June 14 meeting, the Lakeview Village Council approved Resolution 2022-04 adopting new water and sewer rates. The resolution was unanimously approved without comment.