It would be difficult to find a silver lining in the very dark cloud that was Wayland’s 49-0 shellacking on the gridiron Friday at the hands of Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
The outcome was not in doubt only a few minutes after the opening kickoff, just as it was the week before in a 37-0 loss to Middleville Thornapple Kellogg. A little gallows humor would say one of the best things was that the continuously running clock was employed with 55 seconds left in the first half to let the ‘Cats die more quickly and mercifully in the latter 24 minutes of play.
Confusion and rumors are surrounding a flurry of economic activity on West Superior Street of late.
Much of the talk focuses on three developments — The sale of the Superior Mist car wash immediately to the west of Burger King on the north side of Superior, the for sale sign near the mini-strip mall in the 1100 block of West Superior and the prospects of a Biggby drive-through coffee business adjoining the Laundromat.
The car wash indeed has been sold, as announced by the Wisinski commercial real estate sign on site.
Amanda Alfred and Ryan Levett, co-owners of the new Jayda Gale Distillery and Restaurant, have been remodeling the former Wayland Carpet and Appliance building at the corner of South Main and Pine streets. They most recently stripped the outside on the south side of the building and discovered some history underneath.
“It will look like this for a couple weeks, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the history,” Alfred said. “I just figured out what part of the sign says! ‘Wayland Television Service.’”
She added that the sign has a four-digit phone number.
Welcoming Schools hosted a fall scavenger hunt Friday morning at Bysterveld Park in Dorr for families of children ages 5 and under. The children had their list of 10 things to find on the nature trail, made a craft with 10 things, did leaf rubbings and enjoyed a snack. (Photo courtesy Laurie Zywiczynski)
It’s just about all over in the race for the O-K Silver Conference championships in cross country, and it looks like Grandville Calvin Christian has won both the boys’ and girls’ league titles.
The Squires cruised to first place in the league’s third jamboree this fall at Hopkins Wednesday, making it a sweep for the first three jamborees of the season. The Calvin Christian girls had to take an uncharacteristic back seat a year ago to Hopkins, which had the temerity to capture the league crown and finish fourth in the Division 3 state meet in November 2013.
The Hopkins boys’ soccer team captured second place in the O-K Silver Conference, its best finish ever in the sport, by edging Wyoming Lee 1-0 Thursday evening.
Isaac Kukulies scored the game’s only goal late in the contest and was assisted by Jesse Oosterhouse.
The victory lifted the Vikings’ league record to 4-2-2 and 10-8-3 overall for the campaign. Until this season, Hopkins had never beaten Lee in soccer and had never finished higher than fifth place in the Silver.
Connor Kukulies recorded his eighth shutout of the season.
The Wayland volleyball team lost two matches Thursday evening in a double dual meet at home.
The Wildcats' season record fell to 3-4 after they were defeated by South Christian 25-13, 25-15 and 25-20 and by Grand Rapids Catholic Central in three sets as well.
Further details were not made available.
Hopkins High School agriscience teacher and Future Farmers of America advisor Jessica Couch, naturally a Michigan State University graduate, has been selected the Allegan County Farm Bureau's Educator of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.
The Leighton Township Board Thursday evening agreed to compile a letter in support of the City of Wayland's application for a state grant to fund most of the costs of building a recreation trail running 1.2 miles on the Interurban.
Leighton's letter essentially states it would maintain a trail if in the future it had a trail constructed on the Interurban to the north of the city limits.
A request for a special use permit to re-start gravel mining operations on the east side of Leighton Township was tabled for further information by the Planning Commission Wednesday evening.
High Grade Materials of Greenville has used a 40-acre site at 3655 2nd St., zoned Agricultural District High Grade, for mining gravel and sand before, but plans this time call for operations to include use of Second Street.
Nearby residents packed the township hall to express concerns that the gravel road on Second Street will not be able to adequately handle traffic with heavy vehicles.