AUSTIN CHASTAIN: This summer sparked a new love of racing, starting with ‘Saturday Night Thunder’ at Crystal Motor Speedway

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Auto racing has been a source of joy for me since I was a kid — NASCAR has always had my heart. I’ve recently come to enjoy Formula 1, IndyCar, IMSA sportscar racing, MotoGP motorcycle racing among others. 

I mentioned that when I started at the Daily News back in January, I’ve written my thoughts about NASCAR’s “Next-Gen” race car in here, too.

PUBLIC FORUM: Misleading the public in Sidney Township is not OK

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Dear Editor,

In regards to the Sept. 10 Daily News article “Rental Rules,” Sidney Township Board Trustee Ray Leyrer and Chairman Jeffery Lodholtz should be removed from their respective positions for deliberately attempting to mislead the Daily News and the general public. 

Ionia football keeps things close with Portland in first half, falls 41-6 in annual purple game

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The Ionia football team knew its opponent well on Friday night — the Bulldogs knew what they were up against.

Even in the post-game huddle, head coach Chad Rhynard was candid with his team — telling them that the Portland Red Raiders were the toughest team on their schedule and they won’t see another team like this for the rest of the regular season. Although the Bulldogs would keep things close with the Red Raiders throughout the first half, Portland pulled away in the second half, leading to its 41-6 victory over Ionia.

Ionia Free Fair 4-H Sweepstakes winners divulge the secrets to their success

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The most prestigious and nerve-wracking competition at the Ionia Free Fair is when the contestants who already won in the various animal categories get together and learn how to show all 11 fair animals.

It’s called “Sweepstakes,” and winning that competition is extremely difficult.

PUBLIC FORUM: Columnist gets it right with teachers

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Thank you Mike Taylor.

Mike’s column in the Sept. 8 edition of the Daily News hit the “nail” on the head.

Central Montcalm football shows plenty of resolve against Chippewa Hills in third-straight loss

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There is no quit in Central Montcalm’s football team. None at all.

That showed on Friday night in the closing minutes of their 38-16 Central State Activities Association-Gold loss to Chippewa Hills because for about 43 minutes, the Warriors were pitching a shutout.

AMISH COOK: A trip to Uncle Vernon’s house

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The children ran for the house the moment we got there. Uncle Vernon’s house was never boring.

With twin boys in their 20s, our little boys never cease to be amazed over all their fishing and hunting gear and all big boys can do. Besides that, they have operated a fish farm since I was a little girl.

Ionia woman is first 4-Her to show every single animal at the same Ionia Free Fair

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At this year’s Ionia Free Fair, a young Ionia woman aged out of her 4-H career in tremendous style: She ran for queen, she entered homemade jams and a quilt and she was the first person ever to show every single animal during fair week.

And Trish Powell’s immediate and extended family were there every step of the way to cheer her on, wearing special matching T-shirts.

Recall language petitions approved for Belvidere, Cato township officials

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Recall language petitions were approved Friday morning against Belvidere and Cato township officials, meaning residents can begin gathering signatures to initiate a possible recall next May.

The Montcalm County Election Commission clarity hearing was well-attended with at least three dozen people present — including a mixture of township officials and residents — to hear how Probate Court Judge Charles Simon III, Clerk Kristen Millard and Treasurer JoAnne Vukin would rule on the wind and solar-related recall petitions.

Sports roundup for Sept. 17, 2022

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Sports roundup for Sept. 17, 2022