External candidate recommended as director of Montcalm County Commission on Aging

An interview committee is recommending a social worker be hired as the new director of the Montcalm County Commission on Aging over two internal candidates and a managed healthcare professional.
A committee comprised of Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Brenda Taeter, Human Resources Specialist Rechelle Porter, Commission on Aging Board Chairman Aaron Hadley, county commissioners Chris Johnston and Adam Petersen and county Maintenance Director Doug Gietzen interviewed four candidates on Thursday for the job vacated by Ryan Dreyer.

Greenville City Council eyes grants to fund infrastructure projects

Looking to fund some significant infrastructure improvement projects in the city, the Greenville City Council is crossing its fingers that funding through federal grant opportunities may provide needed fixes within the community. 

During Tuesday’s meeting, council members voted unanimously on three resolutions to apply for federal funding for three projects. 

‘Save all of your receipts’

FEMA disaster recovery center open in Saranac

FEMA disaster relief workers spent this week at a temporary Disaster Recovery Center in downtown Saranac, offering financial assistance to residents of nine counties who were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that damaged area homes and businesses last August.
The Disaster Recovery Center in Saranac was located in Boston Township Hall, 30 Center St. Monday through Thursday. The center was scheduled to be open Friday as well, but shut down for the day due to the wintery weather.

Greenville’s Caleb Clements joins MCC’s first men’s basketball team

Caleb Clements is a name Greenville basketball fans have come to know over the last three years. Now, he’s sticking around for a couple more.

MACC: Former police officer embraces the ‘natural fit’ of teaching Public Safety

For 16 years, Jason Jakubowski lived out his desire to work in law enforcement, serving the community of Big Rapids as a police officer to keep its residents safe.

But along that path, Jakubowski felt a continued calling that left him wondering if perhaps his talents could be best served in another capacity — teaching others to pursue that same dream of working in public safety. 

Crystal Township Board settles dispute over supervisor’s farmland rental

After nine months of debating the Crystal Township supervisor’s farmland rental of township-owned sewer land, members of the township board (well, three of them) have decided to put the matter to rest, despite unanswered questions.
The township board has been debating the transparency of Supervisor Curt McCracken farming township-owned land since last summer.

Ionia County Career Center Students of the Month

The Ionia County Career Center has announced its March Students of the Month award winners.

GUEST VIEW: Parenting awareness

I am convinced the family is the foundation for protecting our children and promoting their ability to find their purpose and place in this world.
We are in the midst of March, parenting awareness month in Michigan. It provides an opportunity to ponder and prioritize the important role parenting plays in the lives of our children.

BIRTHDAY: Gayla King

Gayla King is celebrating her 80th birthday with a card shower.

AMISH COOK: A season of new beginnings

Spring is bursting in splendor. Birds sing the sweetest of songs in melodious chirps, grass is growing tall enough to mow, and the garden is being tilled.
Spring. Could life be any better than in this season of new beginnings?