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Former Lakewood school leader Mike OMara passes away  Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA - A man who spent nearly half of his life serving the students of Lakewood Public Schools has passed away.Mike O'Mara, 62, who worked a total ...

Lakewood High School principal gets a promotion - News  Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Lakewood High School principal Jay Larner has been selected as the first assistant superintendent of instruction, curriculum, assessment and ...

Matt Markwart ready for challenge as Lakewood varsity coach  Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — One week ago, Matt Markwart knew he was going to be the new head coach of Lakewood Vikings varsity football.But he had to wait for Nick ...

Country meets city in football showdown

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (WOOD) — When the Vikings of Lakewood High School in Lake Odessa and the Phoenix of Little Village Lawndale of Chicago met on 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.

Jordan Lake Trail Board raising money for phase 1B  Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — The first phase of the Jordan Lake Trail, a 2.5 mile running, walking and bicycle trail that will connect Lake Odessa and Woodland Township, ...

$1.8M verdict: Chad Curtis admits 'inappropriate' acts, victim 'never the same' -

Former MLB player Chad Curtis was ordered to pay a sex-assault victim $1.8 million in a trial in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Ex-Tiger’s sex case hangs over west Mich. community  The Detroit News

The rift persists over the World Series hero's conviction for molesting girls while serving as a high school coach.

Library Lines: Lake Odessa - News  Sentinel-Standard

Family Story Time: Wednesday and Thursday, March 27-28, at 10:30 a.m. Perfect for 2-5 years old. Mrs. Deb Morrison will continue with the Animal Alphabet ...

Victim identified in fatal Lake Odessa accident - News  Sentinel-Standard

The victim of a fatal car accident on Monday morning in Sebewa Township has been identified as Suzanne Lich, 48, of Lake Odessa.Lich was traveling south on ...

Lake Odessa woman killed in icy-road accident  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — An overnight storm covered Ionia County with snow on Monday morning and caused numerous vehicle crashes — including one that claimed ...

Former MLB player Chad Curtis, school district sued by sex assault victims for $4 million  The Grand Rapids Press -

Former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis is serving a prison sentence for sexually assaulting students at Lakewood High School.

Ex-MLB player Chad Curtis owes $1.8M to student-athlete he molested

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Former major leaguer Chad Curtis was ordered Thursday, Oct. 12, to pay $1.8 million to one of the former student-athletes he sexually ...

Plenty of upcoming events at Lake Odessa Library  Sentinel-Standard

The Lake Odessa Community Library has a handful of events comings up: Books in Action, Microscope Madness, Family Story Time and Tea Time at the Library.


64-A District Court. Judge Raymond Voet. Abbigail Lamoreaux, 18, of Belding, convicted Nov. 27 of Operating With Any Presence Of Drugs. Sentenced to one ...

School board member defends relationship with Chad Curtis, ignores calls to step down

Board members Gary Foltz and Brian Potter, accused of supporting Chad Curtis after he molested Lakewood High School students, ignore calls to step down.

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 ...

Jerrys Tire in Lake Odessa celebrates 70th year in business  Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Owner Mark Carpenter started cleaning tires at his parents' business when he was 13 years old in 1963. Twenty years later, he bought the ...

Ionia County Commission on Aging opens meal site in Portland  Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — There's a new twice-weekly luncheon in Portland for senior citizens to enjoy an affordable meal and spend time with friends.The Ionia County ...

Battle of the Books finalists set for championship round  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — The Ionia Community Library hosted its Battle of the Books preliminary competition on Monday, March 4, at the Ionia County Intermediate School ...

Ionia Police Log  Sentinel-Standard

Ionia Department of Public SafetyOct. 155:30 p.m., Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, criminal sexual conduct: A mother contacted authorities after her 5-year-old ...

Lakewood graduate Dave Joppie honored  Sentinel-Standard

Dave Joppie's love for baseball began at a young age. It hasn't stopped since. In fact, it has carried the 1984 Lakewood graduate to the professional ranks.

Walter Downes hired as Ionia Countys first chief public defender  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A local attorney with years of experience in criminal law has been hired to be Ionia County's first chief public defender.Walter Downes, 58, of Ionia, said ...

Ionia County Probate Courts Adoption Day builds families  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Griffin Kiste has spent more than 2000 days in foster care.He moved nearly a dozen times in those seven years. Then he found a special friend who ...

The Right Door names a new CEO, promotes CFO  Sentinel-Standard

Kerry Possehn takes over March 5, as Robert Lathers retires after almost 17 years as CEO of the organization formerly known as Ionia County Community ...

Ionia lifters shine at state meet  Sentinel-Standard

The Ionia power lifting team competed in the MHSPLA state meet and earned 17 medals, with 13 lifters qualifying for the national meet.

Easter egg hunts in Ionia County  Sentinel-Standard

More than 5000 eggs will be spread around the county for Easter egg hunts this weekend leading into the holiday.

20 incoming students win $60,000 Medallion Scholarships | WMU News  WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Twenty freshmen have won coveted Medallion Scholarships to begin their studies at Western Michigan University this fall. Medallion ...

Longtime local actress Jean Reed Bahle to be honored at Actors' Theatre Spotlight Gala  The Grand Rapids Press -

GRAND RAPIDS — She's been the queen of England and a gay Christian looking for understanding in West Michigan. She's sung about the hills being alive ...

List of sentences at 64-A District Court  Sentinel-Standard

Luckas Hopkins, 25, of Sheridan, convicted March 6 of Operate- Unregistered Vehicle... Sentenced to two days in jail, $400 in costs and fines; Drove While ...

Pickleball courts created in Lake Odessa  Sentinel-Standard

Pickleball will soon be played at the fairgrounds in Lake Odessa.

New ownership debuts at I-96 Speedway  Sentinel-Standard

It's the first event since Jeff Dice bought the track in January from Mike Mouch, who owned it the past 16 years.

64-A DISTRICT COURT  Sentinel-Standard

Tyler Daller, 23, of White Cloud, convicted April 10 of Operating While Intoxicated 2ND OFF... Sentenced to five days in jail, $2325 in costs and fines, 18 months ...

Haney pleads not guilty to multiple drug charges  Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — A Lake Odessa man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Ionia County 8th Circuit Court on drug-related charges in two files. David Haney ...

Year in Review: Ionia Countys Top 10 News Stories of 2012  Sentinel-Standard

Here are the top 10 news stories from Ionia County in 2012:

Buddys on the Beach to expand  Sentinel-Standard

Buddy's on the Beach is getting bigger as owners renovate and add nearly 2000 square feet to the establishment.

Mannas Market: God must have had a plan  Sentinel-Standard

When Manna's Market opened its doors in February 2007, married co-founders Jayne Flanigan and Dan Hankins admit nearly a decade later they didn't know ...

Prysock, Bourne, Brown plead guilty  Sentinel-Standard

Caudill pleads not guilty to B&E of Saranac storage unit.

5 departments flock to manure fire  Sentinel-Standard

Berlin-Orange Fire Department, Ionia Department of Public Safety, Lake Odessa Fire Department, Portland Fire Department and Saranac Fire Department ...

Surline sentenced in stabbing - News  Sentinel-Standard

Grand Ledge man stabbed pregnant woman in 2012 before attacking his ex-girlfriend.

Court News: Cases from 64-A District Court in Ionia County  Sentinel-Standard

The following are recently released public records from cases in 64-A District Court in Ionia County:

Fireworks, more planned for Fourth of July  Sentinel-Standard

Communities throughout the Ionia County area are gearing up for fireworks displays, Fourth of July celebrations and more as the holiday draws near.

Lake Odessa offers swim lessons for all ages  Sentinel-Standard

In his six years serving as the beach director and swim program coordinator, Lake Odessa Police Department Officer Jay Truchan has worked to continue ...

Teachworths follow tradition  Sentinel-Standard

For most families 4-H and showing at county fairs is a traditional event, and for the Teachworth family from Lyons, it's no different.

Life EMS Ambulance: An inside look at Ionia's emergency medical responders  Sentinel-Standard

Life EMS Ambulance has been serving Ionia County for a number of years, and staff members are trained and ready to spring into action in case of an ...

MCC’s honor society inducts 22 new members  Sentinel-Standard

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College's Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA) chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society inducted its new members during a ...

A father seeks justice for his daughter  Sentinel-Standard

Laura Jean Ackerson was murdered in 2011, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend and his wife.

The Alibi Bar and Grill offers local, homemade food  Sentinel-Standard

When Gala van't Schip and her husband, Jan, moved to Ionia after his retirement, the couple focused their efforts on opening a bar and grill.

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