Ionia County judge, prosecutor clash over perjury case, which Court of Appeals reversed

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A perjury dismissal request that went to the Michigan Court of Appeals and was sent back to Ionia County has revealed heated tensions between the judge and the prosecutor in the case.

The Court of Appeals in a Sept. 1 order peremptorily reversed and vacated Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer’s ruling and remanded the case back to Circuit Court to grant Prosecutor Kyle Butler’s requests for nolle prosequi (no longer wishing to prosecute) and to enter an order dismissing charges against June Marie Peiffer.

CC-C students expand musical talents in new guitar class

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As a sixth-grader attempting to play the flute last school year, Anna McCarty, 12, was disappointed to find nothing but frustration. 

“I tried the flute, but it wasn’t really me,” she said. “I just couldn’t learn it and I didn’t enjoy it.” 

Belding bond projects delayed due to lack of materials being available 

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Anyone expecting to see some improvements made throughout Belding Area Schools this fall will have to wait a little bit longer to witness that progress. 

During Monday’s meeting of the Board of Education, Superintendent Brent Noskey reported that a handful of projects related to the $21.5 million bond approved by voters in May have been pushed into 2023.

Ionia County administrator finalists revealed

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At the request of the Daily News, Ionia County has revealed the identities of four county administrator candidates who will be interviewed at an all-day special meeting on Saturday.

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan will go first at 8:45 a.m., followed by former Middletown, Ohio city manager James “Jim” Palenick at 10 a.m. and St. Ignace City Manager Darcy Long at 11:15 a.m. After a lunch break, Dennis Durham, city administrator of Windsor Heights, Iowa, will have a remote interview at 1 p.m. All interviews are open to the public at the Ionia County Administrative Building.

Montcalm County set to pay $220,000 in exchange for jail inmate death lawsuit dismissal

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Montcalm County is set to pay $220,000 after the death of a jail inmate nearly four years ago, according to a proposed settlement, which has not yet been voted on by the county Board of Commissioners.

Amber Bills, 34, of Big Rapids died in the Montcalm County Jail on Dec. 30, 2018. She had been booked into the jail a week prior on a driving while suspended charge. She also had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court.

ALEX FREEMAN: Chucking it big at Big Chuck

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I used to play disc golf a lot as a college student.

There was one summer where I’d wake up probably three or four mornings a week and go play the course in Big Rapids. It was fun to get in a groove, get to know the course and try to go improve on my personal best rounds. I sustained an ankle injury that summer and would stop playing for a while, however.

Belding couple looks to provide support to area LGBTQ population

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Prism Pathway is an organization dedicated to serving a population that is all too often overlooked in small and rural communities.

Dani and Erica Patrick of Belding founded Prism Pathway with the goal of establishing a safe community and supportive space in a small-town setting for LGBTQ people, their families and loved ones, and curious community members.

New Miss Flat River Heritage is a zookeeper from Saranac

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An opportunity to win $1,500 in scholarships, participate in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant next June and promote a cause for the agricultural industry were all reasons why Sadie Loveless decided to be a participant in the Miss Flat River Heritage Scholarship pageant.

Those three good reasons turned into great reasons when Sunday evening’s pageant was finished and Loveless, 20, of Saranac, was the one wearing the sash and crown.

Montcalm Conservation District, Solid Waste Committee, EGLE and Recycling Partnership work toward improving residential recycling

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The Montcalm Conservation District has joined the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works with communities, companies, and governments to transform recycling, and nearly 100 other Michigan communities to help residents recycle more, better.

Women’s Action Network hears from Montcalm County sheriff

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During Monday night’s Women’s Action Network (WAN) meeting, Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams joined us to talk about his ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking here in Montcalm and surrounding counties. Guest speaker Kate Van Geest shared how being a Freedom Fighter, with Better Way Designs helps to employ and support human trafficking survivors in other countries.