2022-11-17

MIKE TAYLOR: I no longer smell

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For the first time in my life, I don’t smell. Not even a little bit.

Two weeks ago, I smelled all the time. I smelled roses, tacos, aftershave, fresh-cut grass, rainy days and, after a 25-mile bike ride on a humid day, I smelled me smelling, if you take my meaning.

Maple Valley Township property just one example of Montcalm County’s confusing, lengthy blight enforcement process   

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How are blight complaints reported and addressed in Montcalm County?

It’s a complicated and confusing process.

Take this example from Monday’s Maple Valley Township Board meeting: Township resident Jerry Garner brought up the property at 1320 N. Paris Road just east of Trufant.

Chick-Fil-A food truck returning to Greenville

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Food truck is 10th approved mobile vendor within the last year 

One month ago, in the span of nearly an hour in the parking lot of Walmart, workers of a visiting food truck were pleasantly surprised to find they had run out of food so quickly. 

The lesson learned? Apparently many residents and workers in this area are big fans of Chick-Fil-A. 

Grand Rapids Griffins welcome school children for 21st-annual matinee game, fall to Rockford IceHogs

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Wednesday games for the Grand Rapids Griffins aren’t usually well-attended, unless the team is playing stellar hockey, in the playoffs, or if an NHL star is on a rehab stint.

No, Wednesday’s game between the Griffins and Rockford IceHogs at Van Andel Arena wasn’t a sellout. An average crowd for Wednesdays, some say. A solid attendance number of 6,474 was reported by the team as the Griffins fell to the IceHogs, 5-1, in a Central Division matchup in the American Hockey League.

CC-C school officials discuss transportation options

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Board couldn’t make decision due to lack of quorum

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education planned a meeting Monday evening, but the lack of a quorum prevented them from doing so.

With an audience already gathered, the board president opted to carry on with presentations.

Ionia trio to compete at Division 3 swim finals

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The Ionia Bulldogs girls swimming team will have three representatives at the Holland Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday for the Division 3 state finals.

Ionia senior Madeline McGee made state cuts in several events throughout the season and is set to compete in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly events. McGee is a two-time All-State finisher, placing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in the state finals as a sophomore and placing fifth last season.

MCC Ag Club supports families with Thanksgiving food baskets

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For the third year, Montcalm Community College’s Ag Club put together 25 Thanksgiving baskets for underserved students in the area.

The Ag Club got help from the MCC Express Conductor program to identify students who would benefit from this holiday giving project. MCC Express supports student success by partnering students with a conductor to answer their questions and help them every step of the way while they are an MCC student.

Corewell Health Greenville Hospital awarded ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade

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Corewell Health Greenville Hospital, formerly Spectrum Health United Hospital, has earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group.

This national distinction celebrates Greenville Hospital’s achievements in protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors.

Legacy Field to host Division 3 football semifinal


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Legacy Field in Greenville will be the site of a Division 3 MHSAA state semifinal football game on Saturday afternoon between the DeWitt Panthers and the Muskegon Big Reds.

Muskegon enters the game with a 10-2 record, winning its first three playoff games against Sparta (64-9), Coopersville (40-14) and Zeeland West (27-20). The Panthers, meanwhile, enter with a record of 7-3, defeating Cadillac (50-20), Mount Pleasant (56-49) and Linden (29-16) on their way to the semifinals.

Camren Kring advances his career through apprenticeship training sponsored by his employer

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When Camren Kring first enrolled in classes at Montcalm Community College in fall 2010, he really didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life.

So, he enrolled in general education courses and began looking for a job that would help put him through school.