Cory Smith

David Hodges

Hodges elected to Ionia County Board of Commissioners

David Hodges successfully defeated his fellow Republican challenger Debra Bach on Tuesday, winning the race for an open District 1 seat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners.

Scott Wirtz

Wirtz re-elected to Ionia County Board of Commissioners

In a bid for re-election to his second term as Ionia County Commissioner for District 5, Scott Wirtz successfully defeated fellow Republican challenger Chad Murphy.

The gymnasium at Threshold Academy in Orleans Township is full of items from throughout the school that are available for purchase via auction today.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Auction to empty remaining contents of Threshold Academy

The halls of Threshold Academy will once again be filled today, but not for the original purpose of educating young students. Rather, visitors will be attending an auction with the option to purchase the last remaining items contained within the school from classroom to classroom.

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ELECTION PREVIEW: Ionia road repairs up for vote

The overall poor standing of roads in Ionia County is no secret to anyone who has traversed a county road.

Chad Murphy

ELECTION PREVIEW: Incumbent, newcomer face off for Ionia commission spot

Fenwick resident Scott Wirtz is running for his second term as 5th District Ionia County commissioner. He’s being challenged by fellow Republican Chad Murphy of Orleans as voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

Debra Bach

ELECTION PREVIEW: 2 Belding residents seek open Ionia commissioner seat

Two Belding residents are vying for an opening for the Ionia County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat, previously held by Lynn Mason, who is seeking election for 86th District state representative.

Property owners with land along the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail browse over a map showing their parcels stretching from Lowell to Greenville during an informational meeting at the Lowell VFW Thursday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Supreme Court decision paves way for landowners locked by River Valley Rail Trail easements

Local landowners along the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail may soon be entitled to some long overdue funds after a recent ruling in the state of Wyoming has now paved the way in regards to easements along trail systems.

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Farmhouse knockdown brings early history to life

When Bev and Tim Wyckoff decided to demolish an old farmhouse on their property, they never expected to discover so much history contained within the building’s walls.

State Librarian Randy Riley, top left corner, speaks with community members and library staff members at Carson City Public Library on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to the library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State librarian returns home to visit Carson City Public Library

Randy Riley’s new position may now have him representing the entire state of Michigan, but he’ll always refer to the small communities of Hubbardston and Carson City as home. Riley, who was named Michigan’s state librarian upon the retirement of Nancy Robertson on April 30th, has spent his first few months becoming acclimated to his new position. In one of his first ventures away from Lansing, he returned to his roots Tuesday by visiting his hometown of Hubbardston and nearby Carson City Public Library.

At top right, Ethan Bollone, 4, of Saranac, picks blueberries (seen close up at top right) at Bird Berry Farms in Orleans Township Friday afternoon. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Local blueberry farms prospering in mild summer conditions

As 7-year-old Adam Lasco of Edmore crawled his way deep into a blueberry bush at Bird Berry Farms, picking away at the plentiful berries, he suddenly faced a dilemma. The number of berries in his bucket somehow appeared to remain the same.