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Cell phones banned at Ionia Middle School  The Hillsdale Daily News

IONIA — Cell phones will not be allowed at Ionia Middle School starting with the 2019-20 academic year.Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be ...



Erie Township police applications wanted - News  Sentinel-Standard

ERIE TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT. Erie Township Police Department will be accepting applications for part time and full time Police Officers. Full time ...



Reading student travels to national conference  Sentinel-Standard

READING – Reading High School junior Elena Parshall was among 19 Michigan students who recently traveled to Washington D.C. and North Carolina for a ...



Abby Frost, Sophia Rewa named top Ionia High School grads  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Seniors Abby Frost and Sophia Rewa will close their careers at Ionia High School by delivering this year's graduation speeches. Frost is the Class of ...



Graduation 2019: Ionia High School  Sentinel-Standard

What are you looking forward to now that you have graduated?“I plan on going over to Ventra, because I got my robotics certificate this year, but I'm going to ...



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, ...



Ionia High School alumnus performs with Josh Groban  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Ryan Egeler received a text message from his trumpet professor at Central Michigan University asking if he wanted to play with American singer and ...



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 High School Theatre Group to take on The Addams Family  Sentinel-Standard

The Ionia High School Theatre Group is stepping into the macabre mansion for its next production. The group will be performing “The Addams Family: A New ...



Newberry to welcome Historic Photo Show  Sentinel-Standard

The 17th annual Historic Photo Show will be held at the Newberry High School gym on the night of July 3rd. from 7-9 p.m., and after the parade on the Fourth.



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 ...



Break finally starts for district with 19 snow days  WOODTV.com

The West Michigan school that racked up the most snow days is finally on summer break.



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 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 ...



Pewamo-Westphalia ranked as one of Michigans top high schools  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — The 2019 version of the Best High Schools report from U.S News and World Report was recently released and one area school ranked ...



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 ...



Ionia schools contract with YMCA set to expire  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Ionia Public Schools is diving through its options for operating its swimming pool.The contract between IPS and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids ...



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 ...



Parents upset about lack of communication on alleged threat  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

IONIA, Mich. — Parents are speaking out about the way Ionia Public Schools handled an alleged threat to the high school on Friday. It's still unclear what the ...



Students transform Ionia High wall display into mural of hope  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A wall at Ionia High School - known for years as the "Pain Wall" - displayed words and phrases describing problems and pressures common to teens.



Graduation 2019: Saranac High School  Sentinel-Standard

What are you looking forward to now that you have graduated?“Not having to wake up so early.” — Joseph Collins“Not going to school.” — Will ...



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 ...



IPS re-ups with YMCA to operate pool in split vote  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The Ionia County YMCA will continue to operate the swimming pool for Ionia Public Schools.IPS renewed a five-year contract with the YMCA of Greater ...



Ionia Public Schools to dismiss students in 4 buildings early Wednesday  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Ionia Public Schools is giving an early dismissal for students in four of its buildings Wednesday because of road conditions.Ionia High School, Ionia ...



Graduation 2019: Lake Odessa High School  Sentinel-Standard

What are you looking forward to now that you've graduated?“College and starting my life. Not being a kid anymore,” Heidi Kolp.“Just having a lot of fun. I'm doing ...



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 ...



Ready, set, renovate; Saranac schools to begin bond project work  Sentinel-Standard

SARANAC — Almost 11 months after it was passed, a bond project is scheduled to begin at Saranac Community Schools.The first phase of renovations and ...



Six area high school seniors earn Eagle Scout rank together  Sentinel-Standard

Leadership can be a difficult thing to teach. More often than not, the trait is gained through experience rather than attentiveness.Ahead of their high school ...



Adrian High School graduation Sunday moved to gym  Sentinel-Standard

ADRIAN — Adrian High School's 2019 graduates will receive their diplomas Sunday in the high school gym, after several factors made it necessary to move from ...



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 ...



Heartlands Institute of Technology honors top students  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Heartlands Institute of Technology offers juniors and seniors in Ionia County a chance to explore different career fields, such as health occupations, ...



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.



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 ...



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.



Additional snow day forgiveness to adjust local school calendars again  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — After weeks of debate and back-and-forth between the Michigan House and Senate, a bill to forgive days of school that were cancelled during a ...



We have lost a lot of school days, but efforts are underway to gain more state forgiveness  Sentinel-Standard

The past two weeks have challenged our community and schools.Inclement weather, broken water lines and power outages have closed Ionia Public Schools ...



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 ...



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.



Ionia superintendent warns parents about a new law that will keep third-graders with reading issues from advancing to fourth grade  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A state law enacted in October, 2016 is going to start having real consequences for Michigan youngsters who are struggling with their reading skills, ...



Ionia Highs Brady Swinehart signs to play basketball at Hope College  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — One month after committing to play for the Hope College men's basketball team, Ionia High School senior Brady Swinehart made it official on Monday.



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 girls fall in district semis  Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Working on stopping Blake Johnson was the focal point of Tuesday's practice for the Ionia girls basketball team, said coach Scott Pischea.



City of Ionia unveils master plan  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — On Tuesday, June 11, the city of Ionia presented its master plan to the Ionia County Board of Commissioners for review and comment.More than 110 ...



Students receive $500 scholarships from Sparrow Ionia Hospital Foundation  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — Eight students pursuing careers in health care each received $500 in scholarships from Sparrow Ionia Hospital Foundation.Graduating high ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 author releases eighth book in dark comedy murder mystery series  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A local author who references the Ionia area in her stories has recently released another book.Colleen Lance, of Ionia, is the author of “An Elizabeth ...



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 ...



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.



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,” ...



Ionia native Travis Piercefield leading OKC Dodgers behind the scenes  Sentinel-Standard

He still has fond memories of his native Ionia, but right now, Travis Piercefield is basking in the warmth of baseball spring training while celebrating 12th months ...



Ionias Jaylynn Williams leads LCC Stars  Sentinel-Standard

When she played her last high school game at Ionia and then transferred her basketball skills to Lansing Community College, Jaylynn Williams didn't miss a ...



Michigan High School Powerlifting Championships to receive support from MHSAA  Grandblancview

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



Ionia Middle School kicks off the year with DJ music  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — At Ionia Public Schools, they seem to understand that the first day of school is a transition day, when kids are making the mental jump from summer to ...



Ionia High School Principal greets parents  Sentinel-Standard

New Ionia High School Principal Benjamin Gurk held a meet the principal coffee night Wednesday.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Ionia man gets up to 40 years in prison for dealing meth  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — An Ionia man has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine.Chad C. Fischer, 36, was charged with four counts of ...



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 ...



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.



Civil rights group challenges Ionia Public Schools' "Release Time Bible Class"  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA - The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists, through its most visible member - Mitch Kahle of Muskegon County - is going after Ionia Public Schools ...



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.



Portland city, school officials held forum to inform public about human trafficking  Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — Human trafficking can be a difficult subject to understand or discuss.But officials from Portland Public Schools and the city of Portland decided it ...



Belding robotics focuses on FIRST Competition after state championship appearance  Sentinel-Standard

BELDING — After falling one win short of reaching the world championships in one robotics competition, the Belding High School robotics team is hoping to ...



Heat forces Ionia schools to dismiss early  WOODTV.com

Alerts were sent out to parents of Ionia's 3000 students Tuesday morning that classes were being dismissed for the day because of the heat.



Ionia OKs ordinanace to allow medical marijuana facilities  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — With a public hearing and second reading for an ordinance to allow medical marijuana facilities in the books, it's now just a matter of time before the ...



Ionia Co. boy with terminal cancer gets badge  WOODTV.com

A 4-year-old Ionia County boy diagnosed with terminal cancer was sworn in as an honorary deputy sheriff on Thursday.



Ionia schools opts for emergency notification system  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — An emergency notification system is coming to Ionia Public Schools.The Ionia Public Schools Board of Education approved a bid to Presidio Inc. for ...



Bill would allow student family members to serve as subs  Sentinel-Standard

LANSING — A new bill in the Michigan House would allow family members of students to serve as substitute teachers.House Bill 4342, introduced by State Rep.



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



Firefighters from Ionia DPS battle three structure fires in 17 hours  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA —It's enough of a challenge for firefighters to battle three blazes in the span of 17 hours.But to do so in record cold temperatures is downright heroic.



Ionia County seeks two assistant prosecutors after departures  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Two more assistant prosecutors are leaving Ionia County for different opportunities.Senior Assistant Prosecutor Erica Parker is leaving for a position in ...



MDOT to begin work on M-66 after Memorial Day  Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Traffic on M-66 between M-50 and Interstate 96 in Ionia County will be affected for about three months as the Michigan Department of ...



Saranacs Noah Spiece commits to Olivet  Sentinel-Standard

Saranac's Noah Spiece has been running in cross county the past four seasons and will be continuing to display his talents on the track this spring.But the ...



Pontiac man gets up to 15 years in prison for sexual assault  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A Pontiac man was sentenced in Ionia County to up to 15 years in prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.Dennis Paul Olson Jr., 46, of Pontiac, ...



House damaged by fire in Easton Township - News  Sentinel-Standard

EASTON TWP. — A house in Easton Township is being described as “unlivable” after a fire Tuesday afternoon.Firefighters were dispatched at 4:12 p.m., ...



Whooping cough sickens 4 Ionia County infants  WOODTV.com

The Ionia County Health Department is urging people to take precautions after confirming four cases of whooping cough among infants since Nov. 30.



Ionia County names Charlie Noll sheriff  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Ionia County has its new sheriff.After conducting interviews with three candidates Friday morning, the Sheriff Appointment Committee chose current ...



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.



Deputies: Woman killed in Ionia County crash ID’d  WOODTV.com

Authorities are releasing the name of a woman killed in a an Ionia County crash Tuesday morning.



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 ...



Ticks becoming active amid warmer weather  Sentinel-Standard

The approach of warm weather is a welcome sign for Michigan residents, but a disease-carrying species is becoming active in that tall grass.Ticks are a growing ...



Cutler Road bridge successfully taken down  Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — If something looked a little different on the morning commute on I-96 east of Portland on Monday, you're not alone. During the weekend of April ...



Literacy Councils annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee set for April 25  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — It's time to break out the dictionary and start studying for the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee. The Ionia County Literacy Council's biggest fundraiser is ...



Power outage closes Portland schools Thursday  WOODTV.com

A power outage cut classes short for students at Portland Public Schools Thursday.



Burning like a banshee: Fire kills poultry at Herbrucks Ranch  Sentinel-Standard

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Belding hires Monty Price as head football coach  Sentinel-Standard

Following 20 seasons leading the Reed City High School football program, Monty Price has signed on to become the new leader of the Belding Black Knights ...



Volunteers sought for 2019 Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival in Ionia  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Volunteers are needed to help transform downtown Ionia into the land of Oz in June.Dates for the 2019 Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival have been set ...



$1M Mega Millions ticket purchased in Ionia County  Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — A lottery ticket worth $1 million was purchased in Ionia County.A Michigan Lottery player bought a Mega Millions ticket in Ionia County for the ...



64-A District Court Sentencings - News  Sentinel-Standard

64-A District CourtJudge Raymond VoetMilo Brooks, 55, of Saranac, convicted April 9 of Operating While Intoxicated. Sentenced to one day in jail, $1425 in ...



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.



New addition, renovations coming to Ionia funeral home  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Upgrades are coming to an Ionia funeral home that its owner hopes helps the community.Lake Funeral Homes is adding on more than 2000 square ...



LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS  Sentinel-Standard

FEDERAL U.S. Senator One, six-year term (i) Debbie Stabenow, D 52% John James, R 45%. U.S. Representative, 3rd District One, two-year term (i) Justin ...



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