More than 60 percent of registered voters in Ionia and Montcalm counties exercised their right to vote Tuesday. Ionia County had 62 percent voter turnout, while Montcalm County had more than 61 percent voter turnout (down just a few percentage points from the 2008 presidential election).
Karl Van Haren survived a recall, but a write-in candidate proved to be too much. The president of the Pierson Village Council was ousted from office Tuesday. Van Haren received 19 votes compared to write-in challenger Marshall Dillon, who received 21 votes, according to unofficial results.
A shroud of controversy involving a lack of recorded meeting minutes, a written letter addressed to council members, a disputed property fence and backyard chickens were at the heart of discussion at a Belding City Council meeting about the fate of the next possible Planning Commission member.
The Greenville City Council excitedly endorsed a Greenville triathlon — an event council members are sure will draw people into the city. During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the council received a presentation from Doug Hinken, a triathlon committee member, regarding a plan the committee came up with to have the triathlon in Greenville on June 1.
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An 85-year-old woman was found safe after leaving an assisted living center in Orleans Township on Wednesday. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office responded to do a ground search for the missing woman with a K-9 team at 10:37 a.m.
Anderson, Insley retain school board positions in Belding; Vestaburg, CC-C, Montabella, Tri County elect board members
After a long night of waiting for election results to trickle in throughout Ionia County, a close race for two spots on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education came to an end in favor of two incumbents.
The Lakeview Wildcats narrowly missed out on the MHSAA football playoffs. Narrowly means losing four games to playoff teams, one of which is still playing (Newaygo) in the regional finals. Lakeview lost three of those games by two touchdowns or less, including a 9-8 loss to Newaygo and 21-14 to regular season unbeaten Reed City.
Belding’s volleyball team had their season end in tough fashion Tuesday night. The Reed City Coyotes swept the Redskins from the Class B playoffs with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-17 win in the regional semifinals at Fremont High School.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets volleyball team just completed its best season in a long time. The Yellow Jackets finished the season 35-12-5 overall this year. Their season ended with a three game match against Forest Hills Central in the Class district final, following a great win over defending Class A state champion Rockford in the district semifinal.