The Wayland boy’s varsity basketball team is in unfamiliar territory tonight in the Class B regional finals against Jackson Lumen Christi.
The Wildcats historically have not won more than one regional basketball championship and you have to go back quite a few years to catch them even being in the regional title game. Wayland has had some pretty good ballclubs over the years, but very few have gone as far as this group this year. Wayland has won only one regional hoops championship, and that was the famous 1955 team that made it to the state finals.
Michael Johnston, a 1972 graduate of Wayland High School who nearly pulled off the impossible two years ago by coming extremely close to defeating an incumbent Kent County Commissioner, will try again in 2014.
Johnston at first was declared the winner in a shocking upset of 20-year veteran GOP Commissioner Dick VanderMolen in November 2012, but a recount reversed the verdict. A ballot re-tabulation later showed VanderMolen had taken a 32-vote lead instead because of an error in the vote counting Nov. 6 that declared Johnston the winner by five votes.
The Wayland City Planning Commission after next month will have two vacant seats.
Former Vice Chairman Matt Miner plans to resign in April because he and his family are moving outside the city limits into Wayland Township. They will remain in the Wayland school district, however.
Miner was elected vice chairman of the commission in 2012, but because of his residency issue, did not seek re-election. J.D. Gonzales, former commission chairman who was ousted by Ron Kobish last month, was elected to that position.
The Green Acres assisted living residential complex proposed on East Superior Street cleared a major hurdle Tuesday night by winning conditional approval of its site plan and special land use application from the Wayland City Planning Commission.
Developer Doug Maas and project engineer Todd Olin appeared before the commission for a public hearing on special use and for site plan approval. Only one member of the public spoke.
Dennis Hulme, who owns a four-plex apartment building next to the high school, said he has concerns about traffic.
A recent letter to the editor by Mark Luxford of Byron Township to the Penasee Globe put forth the position that “capitalism causes many of society’s ills.” I heartily agree... it’s just that Mark’s observation and examples are about “crony capitalism” instead of free market capitalism. He, like other liberals, or as they like to rewrite history and call themselves “progressives,” to paraphrase President Ronald Reagan “know so much that just isn’t so”.
The Wayland Board of Education Monday night went ahead with accepting bids to start the science wing addition project, but board dissenters Jeff Salisbury and Shelly Whitley were joined by Matt Miner from the public.
Miner, who has served as vice chairman of the Wayland Planning Commission and is a 2001 graduate of Wayland High School, voiced his objections in the public comment segment of the meeting.
“I can’t say I agree with it (the project)," Miner told the board.
The Wayland boys’ varsity basketball team will play for a Class B regional championship Wednesday evening at Spring Arbor University’s gym.
The Wildcats earned that distinction by defeating Lansing Catholic Central 64-55 Monday night in the opening round of the regional tournament, hosted by Napoleon, but played at Spring Arbor. It was their 11th straight victory this season and the verdict lifted their overall season record to 20-4.
Betty Jean Meconis, 89, died Sunday, March 9, after a courageous battle with C.O.P.D.
A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always put her family first, Betty worked and retired from Lear Siegler after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Wayland VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Foul odor evacuates Dorr Elementary
Dorr Elementary School was evacuated Monday morning because of a foul odor emanating from and area near the parent drop-off area, which then spread throughout the building.
A clogged drain was determined to be the cause and a plumber was summoned to take care of the problem. The evacuation lasted about an hour.
After some students said they felt ill as a result, the youngsters were sent across the street to the Dorr Township Station just as a precaution. No one needed to be hospitalized.
All stray pets at the shelter have a short "stray hold," waiting for their family to reclaim them. If you see your pet in this album it is important you call the shelter asap. Please leave a message with your name & number if you are calling before or after our business hours
Please note that in order to reclaim a pet you must have some proof of ownership such as vet records, pictures, etc.... There is also an impound fee, as well as vetting fees and boarding.
Call the shelter for details. (269) 686-5112.
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