Judge Ray Voet

Ionia County District Court offers bench warrant amnesty

IONIA — Ionia County’s 64A District Court has a special, limited time offer this holiday season. The court is extending a bench warrant amnesty period now through Dec 30. Individuals with open bench warrants for failing to pay fines and costs, failure to appear or failure to comply with a court order can clear their [...]

The Horse’s Mouth Tavern is readying for a tap takeover from Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette. Friday night’s event will be a unique chance for people in the Lower Peninsula to experience different beers from Blackrocks Brewery in one place. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding tavern readies for tap takover

Blackrocks Brewery is coming to taps near you Friday. The Horse’s Mouth Tavern, a Belding bar with a focus on serving craft beer, is partnering with Blackrocks Brewery to do a tap takeover event starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature 10 of the Marquette-based brewery’s beers.

An addition to the Otisco Township Hall has been a source of frustration for some residents from the beginning of the process while others have looked upon the idea favorably. Construction on the project is set to begin in April 2017. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Some still upset about Otisco Township Hall addition

While the Otisco Township Board has accepted a bid and plans have been made to start work on a township hall addition in the spring, there is still some unrest about it in the community. During Tuesday evening’s regular meeting, the Township Hall addition wasn’t on the agenda but the subject still came up.

Daily News/Emilee Nielsen 

Woodview Elementary School students collected more than 5,000 food and beverage items for families in need to make sure they have needed supplies for a Thanksgiving meal. The original goal was 2,000 items. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding students collect food items for families in need

BELDING — At least a dozen families will be guaranteed a Thanksgiving meal this holiday season thanks to Woodview Elementary School students. Two weeks ago, students and the student council issued a call for food and beverage items. Parents and students answered that call with gusto. The original goal for the drive was to collect [...]


IN BRIEF: Otisco Township approves snow removal services

Snow removal needs for the Otisco Township Hall will be taken care of for the 2016/2017 winter season.

Members of the Heether family were in attendance at the dedication. James Heether Jr. was one of the Belding residents who died in Vietnam and he has one of 12 pillars dedicated to him, which were unveiled at Friday evening’s war memorial dedication. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Vietnam War memorial one step closer to completion

The next phase of the Belding war memorial Denny Craycraft and committee members are working to bring to fruition is complete. Craycraft, along with members of the committee, hosted a dedication ceremony at the site of the memorial Friday evening. The memorial is being constructed near the Pere Marquette Depot on Bridge and Depot Streets.

Kristen Millard

Voter turnout down in Ionia, Montcalm counties

The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.


Township elects board members, OKs millage requests

All but one position on the Otisco Township Board was up for grabs in Tuesday’s election and those results are now finalized. Joseph Daller was elected as supervisor, Cara Johnson was elected treasurer and Ben Oatley and Dan Zeigler were re-elected trustees.

Bruce Meyers

Belding OKs amendment, elects council members

A three-man race for two contested seats on the Belding City Council has come to an end. Bruce Meyers and Brad Miller emerged victorious in Tuesday’s election.

Voters enter and exit the Faith Baptist Church voting precinct in Greenville on Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local school and township millages pass

Voters in three Montcalm County townships and the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district approved a handful of fire, road and school millage ballot proposals Tuesday.