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Hoort to step down as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A longtime Ionia and Montcalm county judge is planning on stepping down from the bench to accept a new job.

Judge David Hoort, who resides in Portland, said he has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

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IN BRIEF: Otisco Township Board sets wages for 2016

Members of the Otisco Township Board voted 2-1 Tuesday evening to set the 2016 wages for township employees.

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JUST IN: Judge Hoort to leave 8th Judicial Circuit Court for new job

A longtime Ionia and Montcalm county judge is planning on stepping down from the bench to accept a new job.

Judge David Hoort, who resides in Portland, said he has been offered and anticipates accepting a job in a criminal justice-related department in Michigan. His current judicial term would have ended at the end of this year.

Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education listen to a presentation from Donna Oser, the director of leadership, development and executive search services for the Michigan Association of School Boards, during a special Jan. 6 board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools starts its superintendent search

The search for the next superintendent of Belding Area Schools is now underway. The Belding Area Schools Board of Education had a special meeting Jan. 6 to begin crafting a framework for the hiring process that will extend through the next six months.

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JUST IN: CMET makes marijuana, heroin busts in Greenville, Ionia

The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) arrested an out-of-state suspect during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver near Greenville on Thursday.
This was part of an ongoing CMET investigation involving a subject coming to Michigan and setting up medical marijuana grow operations with the intent to take the marijuana back out of state to sell.

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IN BRIEF: Belding School Board begins search process for new superintendent

The search for the next Superintendent of Belding Area Schools has officially begun.

Volunteers at the Belding Food Pantry dress up for the holidays during a free dinner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Belding on Dec. 17, attended by dozens of families in need. — Courtesy photo

Belding Food Pantry, God’s Kitchen continue to support those in need in Belding community

Helping those in need, from donating food to monetary items, is as important as ever, and pantries such as the Belding Food Pantry continue to work to make sure that need is met. Located at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 409 S. Bridge St., volunteers at the pantry have worked extra during the holiday season to make sure it has been stocked with plenty of food items for the less fortunate.

The Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry is organized in a way that visitors can “shop” through the pantry with assistance from a volunteer to ensure they leave with enough items to support their family. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry ‘paying it forward’

The Shiloh Community Church Food Pantry has been providing food for 20 years, and the need for its services are as important now as when it first opened. Open every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the pantry, located at 8197 Heth St. in Orleans Township, offers a variety of foods and other items for families in need.

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Vietnam War memorial wall is moving forward again

When Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft gets a green light, he doesn’t hesitate to race forward.

After several months of completing the process of submitting proper paperwork and working with the city of Belding to move forward with his project to build a Vietnam War memorial on city property, it appears all confusion has finally been laid to rest.

Grattan Academy Board of Directors Secretary Kim Richards and President Ruthie Blackgrove discussed marketing techniques for the school district during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grattan Academy board discusses marketing strategy

Looking to the future, Grattan Academy needs to attract new students while retaining current ones. The charter school’s board of directors believes one avenue to accomplish this task is to focus on exposure through marketing.