2023-11-18

The cost of a deputy

Montcalm Co. raises rates for law enforcement services to municipalities

The cost of hiring a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy for road patrol ranges from $119,280 to $144,030 per year.

As a result, Montcalm County is increasing its rates for deputies contracted by local municipalities.

Public hearing set for adult foster care expansion project

If approved, Eureka Twp. adult foster care home limit would expand from 12 to 20 residents 

Planners will soon be considering a request on whether to permit an expansion of an adult foster care small group home into a large group home. 

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Eureka Township Planning Commission, commissioners voted unanimously to schedule a public hearing for Dec. 20 to consider a request from Mike Dykstra, executive director of Golden Life Adult Foster Care, to construct a proposed 900-square-foot addition to the current Golden Life Adult Foster Care home located at 10710 Roy Drive. 

Lakeview wrestling aims for fourth-straight district championship, first regional title since 1981

Even from the first day of practice, the Lakeview Wildcats have their sights set on big goals for the 2023-2024 wrestling season.

Those goals arose from the ashes of a tough loss in the 2023 regional semifinal against St. Louis. Simply put, the Wildcats want to push through the regular season and win a fourth-straight district championship then cap it off with the program’s first regional title since 1981 — at the very least.

YOUNG AT HEART: Painting a picture of tragedy

Research of 1800s artist leads Greenville man to write a book on bygone era of macabre journalism

For every author, there is a story behind how he or she initially thought to write a book.

For Ed Bentley, it was during his research of a local painting artist from the late 1800s that led him to write and publish the book called, “What A Way To Go! Death in Oshkosh in the 1880s,” which is now available on Amazon.com.

Ionia County approves new employee benefits package

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners discussed and approved changes to the county employee benefit package during Tuesday’s meeting.

By remaining with Priority Health instead of switching to Blue Cross/Blue Shield like originally planned, the county was able to increase employee benefits while paying .96% less overall.

TIM SKUBICK: The House divided

Did you catch the story the other day that after enjoying one year of running the Michigan House with 56 votes, the Democrats suddenly found themselves in a 54-54 seat tie with the other guys?

Now the sun did not stop shining, the earth did not stop rotating and nobody declared the end of the world was near, but in political terms, it is significant and directly impacts you on several fronts.

Letters from the front and another pandemic

As I sit at my desk in our home library, it is Veterans’ Day, and I muse about how, just over a century ago, my grandfather, Glenn Charnley, along with all of the American doughboys in France in World War I, was fighting a battle on two fronts: the enemy across No Man’s Land, and a virulent virus present in their own trenches. 

University of Michigan Health-West expands services at its Greenville Health Center

With an expansion of its offered services, University of Michigan Health-West has set itself up to better serve the health needs of those in the greater Greenville area. 

On Wednesday, UM Health-West celebrated its expansion of services at its Greenville Health Center, located at 1915 W. Washington St. (M-57), with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

AMISH COOK: Packing light

Before I think about packing clothes for a trip, my children are making all sorts of plans.

I usually tell them they may pack their purses, then I’ll go through everything with them and discuss with them what may or not may be good items to take along. We learn as we go; who will want to go after all the missing pieces of a travel checkers game or beads that strayed while threading them? As they grow older there will be plenty of time for the likes. For now there are a lot of more travel-friendly options such as looking at books, telling stories, or our old faithful games of “ABC” or “I see something.”

YOUNG AT HEART: Greenville woman earns New Zealand hoops award

Glenda Taylor of Greenville was honored with the Zena Gay Memorial Award by the Basketball New Zealand Awards (BBNZ) this past spring.

The BBNZ acknowledges members of the New Zealand communities who have greatly contributed to the sport of basketball. The award ceremony was held at the Pipitea Marae and Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand on May 6.