Ionia girls basketball completes improbable 11-point fourth quarter comeback to stun Eaton Rapids

Last week, on the first Friday of the boys basketball season, the Ionia Bulldogs came away with a home victory after trailing by nine points entering the fourth quarter against Greenville.

This week, it was the ladies’ turn.

Going ‘above and beyond’

Children embrace opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts with officers, firefighters and more during Shop with the Hero

Moving up and down the aisles of the Greenville Walmart Thursday evening, attempting to shop for members of his family, Alaki Bradberry struggled to keep his focus on picking out Christmas gifts.

That’s because with every small step the 10-year-old took throughout the story, it was accompanied by that of Staff Sgt. Joshua Erickson of the U.S. Army.

Sports roundup for Dec. 9, 2023

Sports roundup for Dec. 9, 2023

Heroes spread happiness and joy at annual shopping event at Ionia Meijer

The Ionia Meijer hosted the annual Shop with a Hero event on Tuesday morning, when local elementary school children are paired with a first responder, given a $100 Meijer gift card and set loose to go Christmas shopping together.

‘Classic radio voice’

Longtime local radio personality Mark Ray dies

A longtime local radio personality is being remembered for his love of classic music, as well as his own classic radio voice.

Mark Ray of Mecosta died on Nov. 15, just three days after his 72nd birthday on Nov. 12.

REVVED UP: No road, no problem

Side-by-side UTVs a great family addition … and arguably better choice for a time machine

When Emmitt “Doc” Brown said to Marty McFly, “Roads? Where we’re going we won’t need roads,” in the 1989 movie “Back To The Future 2,” of course he was talking about his flying time-machine DeLorean.

Belding City Council discusses sidewalk and purchasing policies

— The Belding City Council discussed potentially updating some city policies at Tuesday’s meeting in the historic Pere Marquette Railroad Depot.

First, the council discussed updating the sidewalk ordinance, which was most recently amended in 2016.

Portland receives state grant for trail, park improvements

Major improvements to Portland’s River Trail Park were included in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement earlier this week that 15 communities will share $1.9 million in Recreation Passport grants for local park and trail projects.

GUEST VIEW: Wind energy generating new opportunities at Beal City Schools

As a former Earth Science teacher, I have long supported harnessing our planet’s natural resources — the wind and the sun — to generate electricity.

Today, as a school superintendent, I have seen that wind and solar energy can power far more than only our homes and businesses.

STEVE CHARNLEY: Another day which will live in infamy

Franklin D. Roosevelt, in addressing an emergency joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, just one day after the surprise attack on our naval base at Pearl Harbor by the air force of Imperial Japan, summoned words to capture the enormity of the event saying it was “a date which will live in infamy.”