News
From left to right, Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman are all former members of the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club. All three now work for Michigan State University Extension. — Courtesy photo

For many 4-H’ers, their affiliation with the youth program ends about when they graduate from high school.

For three former members of the Winfield Hustlers, 4-H became a lifelong career.

Matt Newman, Michelle Neff and Dan Rossman were all members of the Winfield Hustlers, Montcalm County’s oldest 4-H club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Today, all three work for Michigan State University Extension.

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, August 1st, 2014

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

16 running for 5 seats in Edmore; Sheridan and Pierson candidates disqualified

Posted in: Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Sixteen candidates have filed to run for five open seats on the Edmore Village Council, while multiple potential candidates have been disqualified for running for election in the villages of Sheridan and Pierson.

Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, July 19th, 2014

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

Sports
Belding’s Brady Phelps, left, tries to break up a pass near the end zone to Tri County’s Ryne Dailey on Thursday at Rudness Field. The two teams competed against each other in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

The Belding Redskins and Tri County Vikings are coming off dramatically different seasons in 2013. The Redskins are coming off a 7-4 season, which included it first playoff appearance since 2007. The Vikings went 1-8, a year ago, following two consecutive winless seasons.

THE REVIEW: The healing power of baseball

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

There’s just something about a baseball field. While other sports carry their own traditions, baseball embodies a nostalgia for its rich history and maintains the ability to reach generation after generation. Father to son, grandfather to granddaughter. Each time a story is told, the home runs get longer, and the catches more elaborate.

Whitecap makes good with second chance

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As the name of Wynton Bernard echoes through the concourse at Fifth Third Ballpark, his purposeful jog out to take his position in the outfield is something that is sure to not lose its significance to him or the fans any time soon. As the youngest of three sons to Walter and Janet Bernard, the Poway, Calif. native’s journey to pursue the game of baseball became a family affair from the beginning.

Belding, Tri County meet in 7-on-7 passing camp

Posted in: High School, High School, Sports Top Story, Sports Top Story Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Belding Redskins and Tri County Vikings are coming off dramatically different seasons in 2013. The Redskins are coming off a 7-4 season, which included it first playoff appearance since 2007. The Vikings went 1-8, a year ago, following two consecutive winless seasons.

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  • Sheridan candidates forum introduces political hopefuls to Montcalm County

    Friday, July 18th, 2014
    Posted in: News Top Story, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, S.Slider

    With the Aug. 5 primary election quickly approaching, Thursday evening proved to be an informative event for more than 60 people who attended the “Meet the Candidates” event at the Sheridan VFW Post. Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan representatives from five races introduced themselves and their reasons for running throughout the two-hour event.

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  • CHIP’S CLIPS: AHL trying to ruin hockey

    Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    Apparently there were too many NHL games that went into shootouts, and they wanted to do something about it. Enter the American Hockey League, which contains teams that are the No. 1 affiliate of the NHL teams.

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  • THE REVIEW: One-game exhibition turns into much more

    Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    As the city of Chicago gathered to plan out the 1933 centennial celebration of the birth of the city, they set out to feature an experience that the locals would not soon forget. The monumental occasion came in the form of the World’s Fair and was held on 427 acres of land stretching along the shore of Lake Michigan. The fair featured some of the most cutting edge exhibits including a visit from the German airship, the Graf Zeppelin.

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  • SPORTS GALORE: James ready to accept the challenge

    Monday, July 14th, 2014
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    It was just yesterday morning, I was mocking the continuous coverage by ESPN of LeBron James and his lack of a decision regarding a future playing home. I was tired of hearing about no news as if it was new news. As of Friday morning, there was no information from James on what his decision was going to be or even when that decision was coming.

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