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Muirhead named Raider of the Week  Sentinel-Standard

The latest winner of Raider of the Week at Portland High School is Kaylee Muirhead. Kaylee is the daughter of Matthew and Jessica Flanders.Muirhead, a senior ...



Emily Peterson signs with Rose-Hulman  Sentinel-Standard

Ionia's Emily Peterson has signed with Rose-Hulman and is looking foward to a college career in track.But she's been having a memorable senior high school ...



Employment Expertise Career Spotlight: Welder  Sentinel-Standard

Welders work in a variety of industries. The growth of manufacturing and construction, in particular, has led to an increased need for qualified welders. Welders ...



Letter: Student achievement lost on WO bond  Sentinel-Standard

EDITOR'S NOTE: The West Ottawa School District education data meets or exceeds the statewide average in all categories of key performance indicators.



Ionia High School first semester honor roll - News  Sentinel-Standard

The following students were named to the honor roll at Ionia High School for the first semester by achieving a grade point average of 3.3 or higher. Students are ...



Ionia High School wants to find a path for all students  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA - There are different types of high school graduates. There are those super-motivated kids, who have their college or career plans figured out early, and hit ...



Ionia middle school remains closed after flood  Sentinel-Standard

A pipe in the main middle school boiler room froze and burst sometime over the weekend, leaving over five feet of water in the room. As a result, Ionia canceled ...



Students, supporters recognized at Ionia Public Schools Community Celebration  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Music, awards and ice cream highlighted an annual Ionia Public Schools night of recognition.The IPS Community Celebration took place Wednesday, ...



STEM course, math electives approved for Ionia Public Schools  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A pair of senior mathematics electives and a STEM course are coming to Ionia Public Schools next year.The IPS Board of Education last week ...



Raider of the Week: Blaine Rosier  Sentinel-Standard

Blaine Rosier is this week's Raider of the Week at Portland High School. Blaine is the son of Dave and Cindy Rosier.The senior has competed with the Raider ...



Ionia County schools have a lot to consider with so many days lost to bad weather  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — It's traditional for schools to give students a two-week break in the winter.Usually spanning from late December to the beginning of January, ...



Ionia set to host Powerlifting state championships  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA – The Michigan High School Powerlifting Association is pleased to announce this season's State Powerlifting Championships, March 9-10 at Ionia High ...



High school graduation rate edges up in Michigan  Sentinel-Standard

LANSING — The Michigan high school graduation rate saw a slight increase with the class of 2018.Data released by the Michigan Center for Educational ...



Ionia High School announces 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame class  Sentinel-Standard

Ionia High School Athletic Hall of Famed announced its 2018 class, which will be inducted on September 15, 2018. There will be eight individuals and one team ...



Ron Wilson: Annual community celebration is next week  Sentinel-Standard

Dear community members,Does the name Gordon Arthur Kelly mean anything to you? Gordon Arthur Kelly was born July 17, 1912, in Moose Jaw, ...



Ionia preparing for March 8-10 state high school power lifting finals  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — There will be a lot of visitor dollars coming into Ionia during the weekend of March 8-10.That's when the Michigan High School Power Lifting ...



Free prom dresses available at Ionia Jaycees event  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Prom season is approaching, meaning it's time to find dresses for the big night.In Ionia County, students can find prom dresses free of charge, thanks to ...



Ionia schools chief hopes tweaks will soften calendar extension  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Ionia Public Schools has had 18 days off this school year due to weather and building conditions, but the district could possibly only have to make up ...



Ionia County schools receive security grants  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY - School security is obviously a very big concern these days, but it can be difficult for officials to find the money necessary for crucial upgrades.



Mike Farley hired as Ionia head football coach  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Mike Farley will be leaving the sunny and warm confines of Georgia to return to Michigan and coach high school football in Ionia.He's looking forward ...



Ionia boys use strong defense in rout of Eaton Rapids  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — After taking a slim four-point lead over visiting Eaton Rapids on Friday, the Ionia High School boys varsity basketball team allowed just six points in the ...



Heat forces Ionia schools to dismiss students early, cancel afternoon programs  MLive.com

IONIA, MI - Hot and humid conditions forced Ionia Public Schools to release students early and cancel some afternoon programs on Wednesday, Sept.



Jail ordered in autism abuse case  Sentinel-Standard

Women accused of abusing children at ProMedica autism center given jail terms, put on probation to keep them from working with children.



Middle school gets repurposed sign from local family  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A family has donated a new digital sign to Ionia Middle School.Dr. Lowell Swartz of Ionia Family Dentistry and his wife, attorney Judy Swartz, donated ...



30 Ionia students inducted into National Honor Society  Sentinel-Standard

Thirty outstanding Ionia High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society on Wednesday in a ceremony at the high school.The National ...



Ron Wilson: How snow days are affecting the calendar  Sentinel-Standard

Dear Community Members,I would like to thank you for your understanding and support during the past three weeks of difficult and challenging weather. I would ...



Four candidates battling for two seats on Ionia Board of Education  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA - Four candidates are vying for two open seats on the Ionia Public Schools Board of Education in the Nov. 6 election.Incumbent Sarah Gorb, Margot Cook, ...



Chimney fire forces evacuations at former Palo Community School building  Sentinel-Standard

PALO — A chimney fire forced the evacuation of residents from a former school building in northeast Ionia County on Monday night.Around 10:30 p.m. March 11, ...



Schools close again, river watch continues in Portland  Sentinel-Standard

With a *fresh* blast of winter weather, schools closed again in Ionia County, and the river watch continued in Portland.



Ionias Kayleb Bastien wins 2nd state powerlifting title  Sentinel-Standard

March was a good month for Ionia's powerlifting teams.Results were recently announced for the 2018-2019 Michigan High School Powerlifting Association State ...



Annual Ionia Expo set for March 2 with several new attractions  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Despite the constant onslaught of winter weather in recent weeks, spring really is right around the corner. If the calendar isn't enough proof of that, the ...



Ionia students taking advantage of FANUC robotics certification program  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — FANUC is one of the world leaders in robotics and automation technology. The company is based in Japan, but makes its North American headquarters ...



Portland High School names honor students - News  Sentinel-Standard

Portland High School has named the students who made the principal's list and honor roll for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year.Students who make ...



Ionia High School announces spring semester honor roll  Sentinel-Standard

12th grade honor roll (3.3-5.0 grade point average): Mariah Abson*, Isabella M. Andrews, Jordan T. Badder, Gabrielle M. Bauer, Addison T. Baylis*, Olivia J.



Ionia High senior Jacob Piros skates with Nashville Predators, thanks to Make-A-Wish  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Everyone has that one thing in life that gets them through their toughest times.For Ionia High School senior Jacob Piros, that one thing is hockey.



Lawmakers may forgive snow days after frigid temps  Sentinel-Standard

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are considering whether to cut schools some slack after frigid temperatures and other weather caused a high number of snow ...



Ionias Top 10 stories of 2018  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — After receiving complaints from county employees alleging a “hostile workplace” created by County Administrator Stephanie Fox, the Ionia County ...



School closings and delays for today, Jan. 15  Sentinel-Standard

The following schools are closed or delayed for today, Jan. 15: Belding Area Schools – Delayed 2 Hours, No AM Preschool Freedom Acres School – 2 Hour ...



Ionia beats rival Portland for district title  Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — The stakes are always high in the rivalry matchup between Ionia and Portland, but they were elevated on Friday night, with a Division 2 district ...



Trial scheduled for suspect in 2017 stabbing death of Ionia teen  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The suspect in the fatal stabbing of an Ionia teen in 2017 is scheduled for trial.Kyler Bogert, 19, of Ionia, is charged with open murder for the June 2017 ...



Ionia High School forensics team takes best-ever 10th in state  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The largest-ever Ionia High School forensics team sent more competitors to the recent state finals competition at Oakland Community College in ...



Insurance company to pay for new boiler system at Ionia Middle School  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A new boiler heating system at Ionia Middle School will be installed during the summer and paid for with insurance money, according to Ionia Public ...



Ionia High school names first semester honor roll  Sentinel-Standard

Ionia High School has named the students who made the honor roll for the first semester of the 2017-18 school year.Students at Ionia High School must earn a ...



Local Ionia teen tapped to attend prestigious D.C. law program  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Meghan Ball has had an intense interest in criminal justice for quite a while, since becoming a fan of crime shows such as “Law & Order.”Thanks to an ...



Legendary Bulldogs  Greenville Daily News

IONIA — The Ionia Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame committee announced Thursday the induction of nine new members to the fraternity of Elite Bulldogs, ...



Ionia falls to No. 3 Lansing Catholic in Purple Game  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — On Friday night under the lights at Ionia High School, another varsity football game was played.But that night was about much more than a football ...



Picking up STEAM  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Several local farmers who nominated Ionia High School's STEAM program for a grant were thanked in person on Tuesday in the classroom, during the ...



Power outages plague Ionia County  Sentinel-Standard

Power restoration may take some time in Ionia County, where nearly 60 percent of customers lost electric *service*.



Ionia man sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting daughter  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — An Ionia man has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting his daughter.Jason Badder, 39, was sentenced to 25 to 40 ...



Ionias Soaring Above Teen Center is a hit with kids  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — For nearly four years, one location in downtown Ionia has been focused on keeping teens off the streets and providing a positive environment for them.



One seriously successful senior  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — When former Ionia High School basketball standout Austin Gregory scored his 1000th career point in 2014, it sparked something in the mind of Brady ...



Former Ionia County Jail corrections officer charged with sex crimes  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A former Ionia County Jail corrections officer faces several criminal charges, including sexually assaulting a young girl and possessing child sexually ...



Quilts to be raffled off, sold to benefit early childhood reading program  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Quilts depicting a familiar children's character are on display this weekend in an effort to raise funds for a county-wide program.The annual quilt show ...



Ionia County ISD to host conference for parents of special needs children  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Being a parent is often a difficult challenge in its own right. But being the parent of a child with a disability brings a whole new set of challenges.



Portland Public Schools to show off behavioral education system to leaders from Singapore  Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — Three years ago, Portland Public Schools began implementing new behavioral education standards through a grant from Michigan's Integrated ...



Suspect in 2017 stabbing death bound over for trial  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — After being found competent to stand trial, an Ionia County murder suspect is being bound over to Circuit Court on several different charges.



Kids, first responders go Christmas shopping  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A group of everyday heroes from Ionia County took a break Tuesday to help children shop for gifts and get in the holiday spirit.And Meijer played a big ...



Portland school cheerleaders raise money for worthy causes  Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND - Raising money for a bunch of good causes is something worth cheering about.Cheerleading squads from the Portland school district gathered at ...



One Ionia man sent to prison for strangulation, another for meth  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Two Ionia men were each given prison sentences with a lengthy maximum number of years in Ionia County Eighth Circuit Court Tuesday, March 26.



Getting pumped for Purple Week  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA - For the ninth consecutive year, Ionia Community Awareness is teaming up with thousands of local residents to help those feeling the effects of cancer.



Trial adjourned for suspect in 2017 fatal stabbing in Ionia  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The trial for the suspect in a fatal stabbing of an Ionia teen two years ago has been adjourned.Trial dates for Kyler Bogert was originally set for March ...



Snow day forgiveness bill passes committee  Sentinel-Standard

LANSING — A bill that would forgive snow days for schools that were taken in a governor-declared state of emergency has cleared the first committee hurdle.



School board will not discipline Wilson for newspaper column  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The Ionia school board will apparently not discipline Superintendent Ron Wilson for a controversial column he wrote in August in the Ionia ...



Ionia Community Theatre ready to kick off "Legally Blonde: The Musical"  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — "Legally Blonde" is coming to the Ionia Community Theatre. No, not the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon. It's “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” ...



Area cleanup days approaching for Ionia County  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — As the temperatures rise and residents get around to their spring cleaning, a lot of unneeded and unwanted items are certain to pop up.



Michigan High School Powerlifting Championships to receive support from MHSAA  Petoskey News-Review

IONIA – The Michigan High School Powerlifting Association is pleased to announce this season's State Powerlifting Championships on March 9 and 10 at Ionia ...



Ionia man gets jail for driving after fatal crash  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — An Ionia man is getting some jail time after he was seen driving when he had been ordered not to following a 2017 fatal crash.Lawrence Thelen, 72 ...



High School Musical opens Friday at Watt Auditorium  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The Ionia High School Theatre Group will present "High School Musical" at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, and May 11 and May 12, ...



Ionia superintendents contract opened for negotiations  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA - It looks like Ionia Public Schools Superitendent Ron Wilson may be in line for an early raise.The Ionia school board had a special meeting on Monday ...



Ionia Public Schools (MI) Accused of Promoting Religious Graduation Ceremony  Patheos

Not long after a superintendent said atheists were ruining the country, his district has been accused of illegally promoting religion.



Spirits Tour at Highland Park Cemetery will remember Ionians killed in 1907 train wreck  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA - Some call it Ionia's 9/11.Around 9:13 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 1907, hundreds of local employees from the Pere Marquette Railroad and their families ...



New Ionia County airport manager is a familiar face  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The Ionia County Airport has its new manager, although he won't be new to the airport.The Ionia County Board of Commissioners unanimously ...



Ionia YMCA ready for summer with new programs  Sentinel-Standard

The school year is over and summer is here.The Ionia YMCA has a number of events going on this summer to participate in.Summer programs are in full swing ...



Family, friends mourn loss of Ionia High School senior  Sentinel-Standard

Friends and family are mourning the loss of 17-year-old Kaylee Marie Taylor the day after the Ionia High School senior was killed in a car crash on Wednesday ...



Terminally ill Ionia boy named honorary deputy sheriff  Sentinel-Standard

“It kind of takes his mind off it and allows him to be a kid. It's just a small thing we can do.” IONIA — Within minutes of walking into the Ionia County Sheriff's Office ...



Letter: SPS bond would fix dangerous band room situation  Sentinel-Standard

I am writing as an audiologist and concerned parent regarding the Saugatuck Public Schools' May 7 bond proposal. One of the proposed improvements is for ...



One transported after vehicle hits deer, guardrail in early morning crash  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — One person was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital after their vehicle hit a deer and a guardrail in northern Ionia County early Wednesday ...



Lindas Corner Landing to host job fair ahead of opening  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Once a staple on M-66, the Corner Landing is getting new life under a slight name change and new ownership.Now the new owners are seeking ...



A shoulder above the rest  Greenville Daily News

IONIA — Despite missing about an entire season's worth of basketball games during her high school career due to a multitude of shoulder injuries, Kellie ...



4 major construction projects this spring  Sentinel-Standard

GRAND RAPIDS — Spring is in the air in West Michigan, which means as the snow melts and the days grow longer, construction season is upon us.



Woman seriously injured in head-on M-66 crash  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — M-66 north of Ionia was closed for several hours Monday afternoon after a head-on crash.Ionia County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene ...



Ionia County Jail inmate dies after collapsing to floor  Sentinel-Standard

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to incorrect information provided by the Ionia County Sheriff's Department, the inmate's named was misspelled. The article has been ...



4-year-old Ionia boy given months to live  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Last week, 4-year-old Peyton Dennis was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: a tumor located in the middle of his brain stem.The diagnosis ...



Cause unknown, building destroyed in fire at Reed & Hoppes Towing  Sentinel-Standard

ORANGE TWP. — Firefighters are investigating what caused a building fire in a salvage yard of an Ionia County towing company.Crews from five fire ...



Ionia High School senior killed in 2-car accident  Sentinel-Standard

Kaylee Marie Taylor, a 17-year-old female from Ionia, was killed and a 16-year-old male from Muir was hurt from a two-vehicle head on personal injury traffic ...



Portland St. Patrick cruises to regional final  Sentinel-Standard

LANSING — A week ago, the Portland St. Patrick girls varsity basketball team had to rely on two missed free throws from Morrice to save its season.



Upcoming fundraisers to help family of Ionia boy battling cancer  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — Several upcoming events aim to raise money for the family of an Ionia boy battling cancer.A bake sale is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Monday, ...



Crafty Kitchen Creations bakery opens in downtown Ionia  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — It doesn't matter if she's making banana bread, pie or cupcakes — baking has always been a passion for Melissa Fisher.“I've been (baking) my whole ...



Ionia County Spring Baseball Preview  Sentinel-Standard

BeldingLast year's record >> 23-9, 9-3 in conferenceConference >> OK SilverCoach >> Dave Riches, 3rd seasonKey returners >> Levi Syrjala, sr., OF; Vaughn ...



Ionia pot charges will be case-by-case  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — With Michigan voters electing to legalize recreational marijuana via Proposal 1 earlier this month, several pending criminal cases around the ...



Speakers urge Ionia City Council to reject a proposed illegal immigrant detention facility  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — At the first Ionia City Council meeting since Immigration Centers of America (ICA) came to town to pitch its proposed illegal immigrant detention center, ...



Intruder shot and killed by homeowner in Ionia Countys Sebewa Township  Sentinel-Standard

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP — A 40-year-old Lansing man was killed on New Year's Day after he was shot by the homeowner of a residence he forcefully entered, ...



More evacuations in Portland, thousands still without power  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — Emergency conditions, caused by days of severe weather and flooding in Ionia County, did not improve much on Friday. More Portland ...



Ionia shaping medical pot rules  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA - The Ionia Planning Commission has started to sort through the draft of a proposed ordinance that — if recommended to and passed by the city council ...



Matcor donates $3,000 for purchase of trailer for Ionia band instruments  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The Ionia High School marching band has been active and successful in recent years, performing at games, parades and competitions around the state ...



Lakewood wrestlers win season-opening quad  Sentinel-Standard

HAMILTON — The season-opening quad at Hamilton High School went as well as Lakewood would've hoped for.Despite a nearly, two-hour opening match win ...



This weekend's Ionia Free Fair schedule - News  Sentinel-Standard

NOTE: No charge for Ionia Free Fair events listed unless noted. The Antique Village is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. each day of the fair in the Floral Building.



Ionia mother gets her wedding wish as she deals with cancer  Sentinel-Standard

Two brides. Two grooms.A hospice chaplain. A joyful ceremony, lightened with whimsy and accompanied by many, many tears.And at the center of it all sat ...



Upcoming Ionia Free Fair schedule  Sentinel-Standard

NOTE: No charge for Ionia Free Fair events listed unless noted. The Antique Village is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. each day of the fair in the Floral Building.



64-A District Court Sentencings  Sentinel-Standard

64-A District Court: Judge Raymond VoetPerry Wiggins, 37, of Saranac, convicted March 19 of Improper Plates - Statue Offense. Sentenced to 55 days in jail; No ...



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