JOEL COOPER: Is hate the new love?

These have been stressful weeks of unimaginable evil at the unprovoked and barbaric attacks on civilians in Israel and subsequent deaths in Gaza. 

Whether you sense a kinship to them or not, it is unthinkable to have no sympathy whatsoever.

Belding breaks ground for new wastewater treatment plant

The golden shovels came out Wednesday for a groundbreaking ceremony at Belding’s new wastewater treatment plant.

The city’s mayor, two former mayors, the entire City Council, several city staff members, engineers, architects and other people involved in the project participated in the event on a warm but windy, overcast and rainy afternoon.

Greenville City Council defers adult-use marijuana decision to spring of 2024

Sale of adult-use marijuana remain prohibited

Faced with the task of discussing whether to consider a recreational marijuana ordinance, the Greenville City Council elected to defer making a decision until next spring. 

The City Council on Tuesday formally discussed whether to consider a recreational marijuana ordinance for the first time.

Senior housing project in the works for Lake Odessa

The Ionia County Economic Development Corp.’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority discussed turning an old school property in Lake Odessa into housing for senior citizens at Tuesday’s meeting.

In attendance were Dr. Lee Stuart and Ruth Ann Stuart, a married couple who were there to discuss their plan to transform a disused school property into “Lake Odessa Community Condos.”

The traveling Vikings

Tri County football making most of long trip to begin playoff journey at Kingsford on Saturday

A total of 404 miles, going up US-131, using M-55 to get to US-127 and finally I-75 with a stop at the “Mighty Mac,” the Mackinac Bridge. Before continuing north and west in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

That’s Tri County’s itinerary for its opening playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday against Kingsford, which sits on the UP’s western boarder with Wisconsin. 

TEN QUESTIONS: CM’s interim principal

Who are you? Shannon Bowen, 48, Sheridan, interim principal at Central Montcalm Elementary School.

MAISD, local schools earn state recognition in Student Support Systems

Michigan educators work tirelessly on behalf of learners and do so much that is worthy of celebration and acknowledgment. The Michigan Multi-Tiered System of Support (MiMTSS) Technical Assistance Center engages in a recognition process as one way to shine a positive light on work happening within the state related to implementing an MTSS framework to meet the needs of all learners.

Sports roundups for Oct. 27, 2023

Read the sports roundups for Friday, Oct. 27, 2023.

Reno Bar to host arm wrestling tournament Nov. 4

The Reno Bar in Greenville will host an arm wrestling tournament on Nov. 4, put on by the No Wimps Organization.

Tournament director Rodney Sellers of Greenville, a recent inductee into the Arm Wrestling Hall of Fame, has put on nine free-entry tournaments all over the state since the last tournament held at the Reno Bar about a year ago.

Friday, Oct. 27, 2023