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Thunderstorms during the night knocked out electric service to 28, 365 Consumers Energy Customers.

Kent County    5,188

Ionia County   1,030

Calhoun County 92

Barry County  88 

Eaton County 85


Gun Lake Tribe Shares $7.9 Million with State and Local Governments

Tuesday, the Gun Lake Tribe announced details of its spring revenue sharing payments.  The State of Michigan received $4,419,006 and the local revenue sharing board received $2,209,503.  GLIMI, an economic development entity, received $1,325,702.  The figures are calculated from electronic gaming revenues reported from October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.  The spring revenue sharing distribution is especially critical during the financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    


“This is the most important revenue sharing distribution we have ever made because it comes at a time when all units of government are dealing with terrible financial impacts due to the global pandemic,” said Bob Peters, Chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe.  “The next revenue sharing distribution will suffer a dramatic loss due to the casino closure, followed by limited operations upon reopening.”


The Gun Lake Casino will reopen to the public on June 8, 2020.  The Casino closed on March 16, and when it reopens there will be limited slot machines and table games to adhere to social distancing and other safety plans.  Non-gaming amenities such as the Harvest Buffet will remain closed until further notice.  The loss of revenue has negatively impacted the Tribe, its employees, and many local municipalities.


The Tribe recently commissioned an economic impact study that revealed the tribal government, Gun Lake Casino and other subsidiaries contributed $1.5 billion to Michigan’s economy in the first seven years of gaming operations.  In total, the Tribe employs nearly 1,300 individuals within the government, gaming and investment operations.  The Tribe’s annual direct payroll is over $48 million.  Another $36 million is spent by the Tribe annually on goods and services that are purchased from Michigan-based companies. 


The Tribe’s state revenue sharing payments are dependent on the continued preservation of exclusive gaming rights within its competitive market area, as defined by the tribal-state gaming compact, which also includes statewide expansion of certain lottery games.  The market area includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, as well as the entire counties of Kent, Kalamazoo and Ingham, among others.


The Local Revenue Sharing Board receives and administers the semi-annual payments.  The gaming compact prescribes mandatory funding to local municipalities for: costs incurred due to the operation of the casino; public safety services; and replacement of tax revenue.  The Board established by-laws to govern the distribution process.  The local payments are made under terms of the gaming compact independent of gaming exclusivity.      


Gun Lake Casino opened in February 2011 and now employs over 1,100 team members.  The Gun Lake Tribe has now shared $144,291,552 with state and local governments over nineteen (19) distributions.


Bottle and Can Return Operations to resume June 15th

Monday the Michigan Treasury issued a Notice Regarding Phased Reestablishment of Michigan’s Bottle Deposit Return Program. Beginning June 15, 2020, some retailers must reopen their bottle return facilities and resume the collection of returnable beverage containers and refund of customer bottle deposits. This applies to retailers with bottle return facilities located at the front of the store or housed in a separate area and serviced exclusively by reverse vending machines requiring minimal or no person-to-person contact.


Retailers reopening their bottle return facilities must ensure those facilities comply with all state-mandated safety protocols and restrictions, including the most recent state-mandated safeguards to protect workers


In addition, retailers may take any or all of the following steps: 

  • Limit the number of beverage containers that may be returned by a single individual per day to a deposit refund amount of $25, pursuant to MCL 445.572(10).
  • Establish special or limited hours of operation for bottle return facilities.
  • Limit the number of available and operating reverse vending machines.
  • Periodically close bottle deposit facilities as needed for cleaning and supply management.
  • Implement such other procedures or restrictions as each retailer may determine are necessary or advisable to promote safety and/or efficiency. 

During this initial phase, retailers must limit the volume of weekly returned beverage containers to no more than 140 percent of their average weekly collection volume for the period April and May 2019. 


The collection of returnable beverage containers was temporarily suspended via Executive Order No. 2020-21, issued by Governor Whitmer on March 23, 2020. 


Governor Whitmer Rescinds Safer at Home Order, Moves Michigan to Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan 

Retailers, restaurants will be permitted to open with capacity limits, social distancing 


LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan


The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations. 


“The data has shown that we are ready to carefully move our state into the next phase of the MI Safe Start Plan, but we owe it to our brave frontline heroes to get this right,” said Governor Whitmer. “While Michiganders are no longer required to stay home, we must all continue to be smart and practice social distancing, and encourage those who meet the criteria to get tested for COVID-19. If we all do our part, our goal is to announce a shift to phase five for the entire state prior to the fourth of July. Stay smart, stay safe, and let’s all do our part.”   


Michiganders must continue to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community. And they should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible. 


“The governor and I, along with a team of experts, have determined that our state is ready to move into the next phase of the MI Safe Start Plan. Hospitalization numbers are down, our frontline workers have PPE to last them several weeks, and the number of positive cases and deaths are declining,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “We will continue to monitor the data and work closely with local health departments to ensure Michiganders practice safe social distancing. On behalf of our health care professionals and first responders on the front lines, we must all be smart and be safe.” 


“As the hardest-hit region in the state, Wayne County and its residents are ready to safely return to greater activity and commerce,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “We continue to vigilantly monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will do so to make sure the number of daily cases continues to decline. It’s is been an extremely difficulty three months for all of us, but the social distancing measures we have put in place has slowed the spread of this disease and saved lives. Today is an important step toward returning to some semblance of normalcy, but it is important for all of to continue following that safe distancing and work directives outlined in Stage 4 of the MI Safe Start plan.” 


“I appreciate Governor Whitmer for her diligence and commitment to reopening the state safely. We look forward to reopening Detroit safely and efficiently,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. 


"We know we still have challenges to face, but moving into this next phase acknowledges the huge strides this state has made to slow the spread of this deadly virus,” said Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley. “I appreciate Gov. Whitmer’s caution and proactive response throughout this crisis. Her leadership has undoubtedly saved lives." 


“The last few months have been very hard for everyone. I applaud the Governor for doing everything she can to keep us safe,” said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. “And now that the curve has flattened and I am very excited that we have moved into phase 4 and can have things start to reopen. Economic issues have been very challenging in Lansing and across the state, but we know it was necessary to save lives. Now we are ready to get back to growing our city here in Lansing and the economy throughout the state!” 


Subject to local regulation, gyms and fitness centers may conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions, or games, provided that coaches, spectators, and participants maintain six feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools can also reopen, with restricted capacity. 


To view Executive Order 2020-110, Click the link below: 



Wayland Fire

Saturday morning at approximately 6:38 AM the Wayland Yankee Springs Township fire department responded to a structure fire involving a camping trailer, two vehicles, and a house located at 208 Apollo Place in the city of Wayland.  Both the house and camping trailer were occupied by people and Firefighters were able to  rescue a dog from the burning house. No injuries were reported.


Mutual aid was received from the LEIGHTON Township fire department, Wayland Area EMS, Wayland Police Department with assistance from the Hopkins fire department moving up into the Wayland station during the incident.



How does your garden grow?

Blue Zones Activate Barry County is collaborating with United Way of Barry County, MSU Extension, community libraries and other partners to offer free seeds to encourage you to start your own garden. 


Blue Zones mailboxes have been installed in Delton, at Hastings Public Library, G.W. Spindler Library in Woodland, Putnam District Library in Nashville, Freeport Town Hall, and at the Barry Community Enrichment Center. Inside the mailboxes are free packets of seeds. Each envelope contains 2 herbs, an assortment of vegetables, and 2 flowers. The packets are first come first serve.


Lake Odessa Fair is cancelled

The 86th annual Lake Odessa Fair, scheduled for June 24th-28th has now officially been cancelled.  The Fair Board made the announcement Friday saying they delayed the decision as long as possible, hoping that an event in some form would still make sense for the community, however safety concerns were just too great.


They thanked the fair sponsors, partners and volunteers for their patience and support. The Fair Board said they are working to plan an alternative event to be held at the end of this summer and will share more information closer to August.


Fresh Food Fridays - Free to All

The YMCA of Barry County and Blue Zones Activate Barry County are offering “Fresh Food Fridays”. They have arranged to bring in a large number of free fresh food boxes through a USDA  “Farm to Families Program” in collaboration with the distributor Perfect Pact.


The distribution will begin this Friday, May 29, 2020 and  they expect to be receiving deliveries every Friday through the end of June.


There is no qualification needed to receive a box. You do not need to have children to receive a box. It is free, and the boxes are intended for anyone who can use them. No names, addresses, or pre-registration will be necessary to receive food. Please note this is a first come - first served program.


There are pick up sites around the county including Hastings High School, Middleville United Methodist Church, Nashville Assembly of God, Freeport District Library, Vermontville Bible Church, Dowling Library and more.


Cars will line up and drive through the designated areas at each location to receive a free box of fresh produce. Please remain in your vehicle.


DETAILS: We are receiving 1,200 boxes of produce each week! The food is being made available to us as part of an arrangement with the USDA, to get food from farmers who would otherwise have crops rot, and instead get the food to people who will use it! Each family box contains 20lb boxes with 7 commodities.




Friday Pickup Times

Hastings High School

520 W South St, Hastings

Enter off Young Street by tennis courts, exit on Washington Street

10:30am-12:30 pm

Nashville Assembly of God

735 Reed St, Nashville

10am-12 pm


Freeport District Library

208 S State St, Freeport

10:30 -11 am


Yankee Springs Meadows Homes

1330 N Patterson Rd, Wayland


10:30-11 am

Baltimore Terrace

M-37 and Sandy Circle by playground, Hastings


11:30am-12 pm

Meadow Stone Homes

Barfield & Balsam Dr by playground, Hastings


10-10:30 am

Vermontville Bible Church

250 N Main St, Vermontville

9-11 am


Dowling Library

1765 E Dowling Rd, Hastings

10:30-11 am


Middleville United Methodist Church


111 Church St, Middleville

10:30-11:30 am

Barry's Resort

2875 S Charlton Park Rd, Hastings

11:30am-12 pm


Eaton County Woman Arrested on Blue Water Bridge

An Eaton County woman who made a wrong turn near an international border was taken into custody by U.S Customs and Border Protection officers. The woman made a wrong turn and accidentally ended up on the Blue Water Bridge.  After turning around, the driver tried to obtain entry back into the United States.


The 43 year old woman is accused of driving a stolen vehicle and being in possession of both marijuana and five gold bars worth $130,000. The woman, along with the stolen vehicle, marijuana, and gold, was turned over to the Michigan State Police.


Public Health Advisory for Jordan Lake is Lifted

Public Health Advisory for Jordan Lake is Lifted

The Public Health Advisory for Jordan Lake issued by the Ionia County Health Department on May
20th, 2020 has been lifted. Water sampling performed by the Lakewood Wastewater Authority on May 22nd revealed levels of E. coli that are considered safe for FULL BODY CONTACT. Residents and visitors may resume normal activity in and around Jordan Lake.


Second death in Barry County due to Covid-19

The Barry Eaton Health Department reports that a 29 year old man has become the second person in Barry County to die from Covid-19.  The man died at home on Thursday, May 21.  The Health Department says he did not have any known health conditions, and was a known Covid-19 case.


As of Tuesday, May 26th, Barry County has had 61 positive cases of the virus of which 53 individuals have recovered, 6 are active cases, and 2 persons have died. Another 23 persons are under monitoring or are quarantined.


Eaton County has had 178 positive cases, 153 recovered, 19 active cases, 6 deaths, and 57 persons under monitoring or quarantine.


Barry County Commission

Joe Verlin, a CPA with Gabridge & Company, presented the Barry County Annual Financial Report for the year ended December 31, 2019 during the Board of Commissioners meeting held electronically Tuesday morning,  which showed the county had a clean audit for the year.


2019 revenues exceeded expenses by approximately $1.87-million, and the total General Fund Balance showed an increase of $516,769 from December 31, 2018.


The Board approved the annual Taxable Value report for 2020 which shows total taxablue valuation of real and personal property in Barry County at $2.359-billion dollars.


Barry County Administrator Michael Brown presented Commissioners with the County’s Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, as required under State Executive Order for continued operation of business. The plan is intended to provide guidance to Barry County’s elected officials, judges, department heads and employees for establishing protocols and a framework for safely re-opening the County and Courts departments and offices to all employees and the general public.  


Memorial Day Parade

Hundreds of cars participated in the Gun Lake Memorial Day Parade Monday organized by Mark Englerth.


Driving 14 miles through Gun Lake, Yankee Springs Township and Hastings. The parade was held in Honor of our fallen hero's and had the support of the Barry County Sheriff Office which led the parade, along with a letter of support from the Barry Eaton district Health Department.


Flood Warning discontinued

Flood Warning discontinued for the Thornapple river as the water level continues to go down.

This is the last report unless conditions change.



Nashville Memorial Day observance

Nashville will hold a commemoration on Memorial Day with a short ceremony at the Thornapple River Fishing Dock at 11:30am and a VFW Ceremony at noon at Lakeview Cemetery.  There will be no parade this year. Anyone attending is encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.


Governor reopens retail businesses statewide on Tuesday, May 26th by appointment only, allows gatherings of 10 people or less with social distancing

LANSING, Mich. -- Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing. 


Restaurants, except in northern Michigan, will remain closed to dine-in customers. Places of public accommodation such as casinos, gyms and hair salons are still closed statewide.


Whitmer said during her news conference Thursday that the current Stay-At-Home order will likely will be extended beyond May 28.


“The data shows that Michigan is ready to phase in these sectors of our economy, but we must stay vigilant and ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our families from the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. On behalf of our brave first responders on the front lines of this crisis, we must continue to all do our part by staying safer at home. We owe it to them to do what we can to stop the spread of this virus. 


“As businesses continue to reopen, it’s crucial that they adopt strict safety measures to protect their employees, customers, and their families,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I know that as medical professionals begin offering nonessential procedures again, they will do everything in their power to protect patients and their families from COVID-19. I will continue to work with Governor Whitmer and our partners across Michigan to protect our families and lower the chance of a second wave.” 


“This is great news for auto dealerships across the state,” said Doug North, President of North Brothers Ford. “We appreciate the governor’s leadership, and we welcome the opportunity to serve our customers in a way that helps keep everyone safe from the showroom floor to the open road.” 


The governor also signed a separate order, Executive Order 2020-97, updating a prior rule on workplace safety. Per the amended order, reopened outpatient health-care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, and dental offices, will have to adopt strict protocols to prevent infection. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will issue guidance to aid those facilities in adopting appropriate safeguards. 


As before, businesses maintaining in-person activities must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers. They must, among other things, provide COVID-19 training to workers that covers, at a minimum, workplace infection-control practices, the proper use of PPE, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and how to report unsafe working conditions. 


“With today’s announcement, physicians and health care providers in Michigan are ready to resume taking care of patients,” said Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, president of the Michigan State Medical Society. “It is time for patients to catch up on the care that has been deferred for the past two months. We encourage the citizens of Michigan to tend to their health and protect each other by following public health guidance to prevent spread of this virus." 


Consistent with the governor’s previous Safer at Home orders, any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth—like a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space. Michiganders who are not working as critical infrastructure workers or at a business that has been authorized to reopen should stay home to protect themselves and their families from the spread of COVID-19. 


To view Executive Order 2020-96 and Executive Order 2020-97, click the links below: 



Tyden Park & Riverfront Park closed to foot traffic

Hastings Police Department is advising residents that Tyden Park and Riverfront Park are flooded, and is deemed unsafe for pedestrian traffic. Pedestrian traffic is prohibited until conditions improve.



Public health 'No Contact' advisory for Jordan Lake

On May 18th, 2020 the Lakewood Wastewater Authority experienced a sewage overflow into a creek that empties into Jordan Lake. Water testing performed by the Authority on May 19th revealed high levels of E. coli in the creek and in Jordan Lake.


At this time the Ionia County Health Department is recommending NO BODY CONTACT for Jordan Lake. Additional testing will be conducted by the Wastewater Authority until E. coli levels return to normal.

Questions regarding the details of the overflow should be directed to the Lakewood Wastewater Authority at (616) 374-3264.


Questions regarding the Public Health Advisory should be directed to the Ionia County Health Department.


Memorial Day drive-by tour planned in Barry County

With traditional Memorial Day parades and ceremonies cancelled, many are wishing for a meaningful way to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Barry County citizen Mark Englerth is helping to organize a way to do just that. 


Englerth wrote on social media:  “Let's show respect to our Veterans on Memorial Day. We will be meeting at the Gun Lake Community Church on Monday, May 25th at 9:30 am, and leaving at 10 to do a group procession to drive by Yankee Springs Veterans memorial. Our next  stop is the Orangeville Veterans memorial. Finally, we will take a beautiful scenic drive into downtown Hastings to the Veterans Memorial Plaza at Tyden Park. We will be escorted by the Sheriff's department, accompanied by Barry County Transit and other local businesses. This is a great opportunity for us to thank the Veterans and bring the community together, and let them know who we are. Any further questions may be directed by calling Mark Englerth at (269) 838-1289.”


Delton Food Distribution continues to feed Barry County Children

Delton Food Service Dept continue to feed children.  Tongiht from 4:00pm to 6:00pm they will offer Drive-Thru pick-up at the Delton High School for all Barry County children.  Teachers and staff will look forward to handing out meals and in honor of Arbor Day, Seedlings will  be distributed for each student. Masks will also be available please take 1-2 per family. 


Barry County United Way has donated Seeds, and a discount coupon to Barry County Lumber, Delton Pole Building or Hometown Lumber, along with instructions on building your own raised garden bed.


This Saturday Delton Food Service will have a special Memorial Day Grill Meal bag. at their distribution.  Delton Food Service is planning to continue their food distribution this summer and will include a box of veggies and fruit and extra goodies for each family through August 30th.  If you are unable to get out to a pick up site and need delivery contact Sharon Boyle by email or call 269-623-1223.


Delton Food Service will also conduct a summer feeding program survey, look for it by emai, on the Delton Kellogg Schools website and on their facebook page.  Please share this Food service with your neighbors.  It is not only for Delton students it's for all Barry County Children ages 18 and under or 26yr. and under with a disability.


May Rain Totals Hastings

May Rain Totals from May 2010 to May 2020


May 2010. 4.98 inches

May 2011.  6.68 inches

May 2012. 1.80 inches

May 2013. 1.90 inches

May 2014.  4.10 inches

May 2015.  5.06 inches

May 2016.  4.11 inches

May 2017.  2.90 inches

May 2018.  7.50 inches

May 2019.  6.00 inches

May 2020.  6.25 inches  through May 20th.


Arrests made in multi-county storage unit burglaries

The Michigan State Police·Wayland Post in conjunction with the Barry Township Police Department, Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Allegan County Sheriffs department have been investigating multiple storage unit burglaries that have occurred over the last several months.


On April 19th, 2020, two suspects were caught in the act of breaking into storage units near Lake Doster in Allegan County. The suspects were not arrested at that time due to restrictions on intake at county jails related to COVID·19.


On May 15th the same two suspects were again contacted after committing another burglary at a Hastings Storage Unit. In total, the suspects are believed to be responsible for multiple burglaries of storage units in Barry, Allegan and Calhoun Counties.


The Barry County Prosecutor's Office authorized charges for Criminal Enterprise and Conspiracy against 36 year old Terri Lorene Vantuinen and 18 year old Eric James Morgan, both of Barry County. The two are currently being held at the Barry County Jail.


Troopers from the Michigan State Police conducted a search warrant at the suspects residence and recovered several thousand dollars of suspected stolen property including, guns, ammunition, jewelry, furniture, electronics, tools and sporting equipment. The property is still in the process of being catalogued at this time.


Any citizen who discovers that their storage unit has been burglarized

can contact the MSP Wayland Post @ (269) 792·2213 to determine if their stolen property has been recovered. Due to the stay at home order, it is very likely that property has been recovered from storage unit burglaries not yet discovered or reported. Citizens are asked to contact their local police department and make a report if they discover a burglary at their rented storage units. We also ask

that, in the event you discover a lock on your unit that is not yours, contact the police before gaining access to your unit. Victims who have already filed a police report will be contacted to identify property once it has been properly processed.


Victims have been identified at:

1. Mid Lakes Mini Storage - Delton (Barry)

2. Gun Lake Discount Storage - Wayland (Allegan)

3. Wayland South Self Storage - Wayland (Allegan)

4. Hastings Storage -  Hastings (Barry)

5. Clear Lake Storage - Dowling (Barry)

6. Riverfront Storage and Sons - Hastings (Barry)

7. M&M Storage - Shelbyville (Allegan)

8. Lake Doster Mini Storage - Plainwell (Allegan)

9. Lakeridge Self Storage - Middleville (Barry)

10. Tires 2000 Storage units - Middleville (Barry)

11. West Point Corner Storage - Battle Creek (Calhoun)


The investigation is continuing.


2020 Hastings Live schedule called off

The City of Hastings and Thornapple Arts Council has cancelled the Hastings Live Series for the year. It had earlier been hoped that the entertainment could resume in July, however an update from Community Development Specialist Sandra Ponsetto says “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Hastings Live team has made the difficult decision to cancel all Hastings Live programming for 2020. We thank our community and sponsors for their consistent support, and we look forward to bringing back the music in 2021.”


The Hastings Live summer entertainment normally features live performances at various venues including Thornapple Plaza where the Hastings City Band, Friday Night Features,  Community Concert Series, and Hastings Summerfest performances take place, the Spray Plaza stage, and Barry County Courthouse lawn where   ‘Fridays at the Fountain’ feature local musical artists.


Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf to speak in Grand Rapids

Protester are expected to rally against gov. Whitmer's stay-at-home order Monday evening at  Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapidfs.

The event, titled "American Patriot Rally-Sheriffs speak out," will feature remarks from Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf.

Leaf, who has been in office 16 years, says he will not enforce the governor's stay-at-home order because he believes it is unconstitutional.


Mass to resume at St. Rose Church in Hastings

The Diocese of Kalamazoo announced plans to resume the public celebration of the Holy Mass at its parishes including St. Rose Catholic Church in Hastings beginning May 27th.


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