2023-01-09

‘This is for public safety’

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Montcalm Twp. utilizes $142,000 in ARPA funds for SCBA equipment for fire dept.

Surrounded by dozens of boxes just waiting to be opened, Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson felt as if the holiday season had continued to roll into the new year Sunday morning. 

Firefighters with the Montcalm Township Fire Department opened box after box at the Montcalm Township fire station to find nearly $100,000 in new firefighter equipment, consisting of 10 brand new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units. 

Howard City soon to get third dollar store, with a fourth one also built west of town

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Howard City already has twice as many dollar stores as most communities.

A Dollar General and a Family Dollar are located less than 500 feet apart on Shaw Street (M-82) in the village of Howard City. Now a third dollar store — another Dollar General — is about to be built less than four miles north in Reynolds Township, on the north side of M-46.

Beaming with passion

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Belding competitive cheer has solid showing at season-opening event with young team

Stacy Venneman might have one of her bigger challenges she’s faced in now her 17th year at the helm of the Belding competitive cheer program. But there’s no one else she’d rather work through it with.

The Black Knights came into the season with eight athletes, just enough to put a team on the mat. There are no active seniors on the team and the team is mainly comprised of underclassmen with a couple of returners. Because of the lower numbers, and the youth of the roster combined with a brutal rotation of illness and injury, the Black Knights didn’t compete in an invitational in December.

Focus on ‘community policing’

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Greenville Public Safety Officer embraces relationships to help keep city safe

Ever since he can remember, Alex Tanis has had a mindset that if someone ever needed assistance, he could be an individual capable of jumping in at a moment’s notice, ready and willing to help. 

With his father, now a detective at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, possessing 25 years of experience in law enforcement, and his grandfather a retired lieutenant from the same agency, Tanis’ family lineage in law enforcement dates as far back as his great-great-grandfather. 

Sports roundup for Jan. 9, 2023

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Sports roundup for Jan. 9, 2023

Area sporting events for Jan. 9-14

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Area sporting events for Jan. 9-14

JILL BLANDING GOLD: My family

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Editor’s Note: In 2022, Dana Gold of Portland, Oregon, shared with the Daily News several pages of stories that his late wife, Jill Blanding Gold, had written about growing up in Greenville, Michigan, between 1948 and 1959. The Daily News will publish her stories every Monday over the next several months. “It has been my pleasure and honor to complete […]

Ionia Free Fair Foundation wants to raise $1 million

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Carnival rides, fair food, concerts, 4-H competitions or just for kicks — whatever the reason, attending the Ionia Free Fair has been a rite of passage in West Michigan for several generations.

Those generations, however, have beaten the fairgrounds into submission. The facility is in a flood plain and the buildings are rotting, the a

Monday, January 9, 2023

JULIE STAFFORD: A day to thank those who keep us safe

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My personal experiences with law enforcement officers — fortunately — have been limited. That said, a couple of them were memorable.