Local News Archives for 2022-04

Former Delton Kellogg Student picked in NFL Draft


A former Delton Kellogg Student who played football for the Panthers and went on to play football at Central Michigan University was picked in the National Football League Draft.

Bernard Raimann was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.

State Representative Calley May office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her May office hours in Portland and Hastings.  


“Hearing from the residents of the district helps me better represent you in Lansing,” said Calley, of Portland.


The informal meetings will take place on Friday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Barry County Tyden Center, 121 S. Church St. in Hastings,  and on Friday, May 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at Portland City Hall, 259 Kent St. in Portland.


No appointment is necessary to attend.


Calley is also planning a virtual option for community members who are unable to attend in person. Please email or call (517) 373-0842 to schedule a Zoom meeting.

Thornapple Manor Announces New Administrator

The Barry County Department of Health and Human Services Board is pleased to announce the selection of Rebecca “Becky” DeHaan to succeed the current Administrator of Thornapple Manor, Don Haney.  DeHaan will begin her new duties at the end of August 2022.  

DeHaan was hired in 2012 as the Director of Human Resources and was promoted to Director of Human Resources and Non-Clinical Operations in 2019.  Brad Johnson, Chair of the Barry County DHHS Board noted “Her selection was a unanimous decision by the Board following a state wide search.  We are excited to see her take the helm of the organization and to keep Thornapple Manor moving forward and serving the Barry County Community.”  DeHaan stated “I am excited for this great opportunity and to continue the good work Thornapple Manor brings to Barry County.  We have an outstanding staff and leadership team and I look forward to continuing our work together.”

Hastings Area School Bond Election is May 3rd

Hastings Area School district voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 3rd, to decide on a 23.9 million dollar Bond Proposal that if approved, will be used finish projects and facility upgrades that were not possible to complete from the previous bond election.


Last August, voters defeated a 21.9 million dollar bond request by only 84 votes.


The long list of needs and priorities at each of the districts’ buildings includes: replacing large portions of roofs at Star Elementary, Hastings High School,  and the 1997 portion of the Middle School.  Replacing all the remaining original single-pane windows, some dating back to 1954. Replacing or upgrading heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Replacing old lighting with efficient LED lighting. Security enhancements, student equipment and technology, replacing some of the oldest school buses that are 25 years old,  renovating old bathrooms and locker rooms.


The current bond rate is 6.0 mills,  and passage of the Bond Proposal on May 3rd will increase the rate by 0.80 mills.

Lakewood Public Schools 3rd Annual Hall of Fame

Four individuals have been selected for induction into the 3rd Annual Lakewood Public Schools Hall of Fame; a tribute to men and women who have made exceptional contributions to society, achieved extraordinary success, exhibited good character and action, bringing honor and prestige to Lakewood Pubic Schools.    The Hall of Fame inductees are recognized as outstanding role models for our students. A public induction ceremony will be held April 27th with a reception at 6pm in the High School Atrium.   Congratulations to the following 2022 inductees;    Mr. Doug Schmuck, Mrs. Sheila Veitch, Mr. Mark Farrell and Mrs. Elizabeth Libby Kinsey.  

Weather Rain


Heavy rain moved through lower Michigan over the last 24 hours.

In Hastings the Hastings National Weather Service Climatological station recorded 2.28 inches of rain from 8-am Friday through 2-am Saturday morning. The heavy rain will impact Creeks, Streams and the Thornapple river. 

Barry County Commissioner Candidates for Primary Election

The City of Hastings will have its’ own county commissioner beginning in 2023 after district lines were re-drawn last fall.  The filing deadline for candidates to be on the August 2nd primary election ballot was Tuesday, and there will be contested primary races in five of the eight districts:


In the new City of Hastings, District 8:  David Hatfield will facer Charles Hertzler in the republican primary.  Chris Lukasiewicz is unopposed on the democratic ticket.


District 1:   Republicans running are Brandon Strong, Bob Teunessen, and Jim Brown.  Scott Savage has no opponent in the democratic primary.  Current commissioner Hoot Gibson did not file for re-election.


District 2:   John Gallagher and incumbent Catherine Getty are in the republican primary.


District 5:   Gary White of Middleville will face former state representative Mike Callton in the republican primary.  Current Board Chair Ben Geiger is not running for re-election, and is instead running for State Representative.


District 6:  Mark Doster is running against incumbent Vivian Conner in the republican primary.


There is no opposition for incumbent David Jackson in District 3 , for John Smelker in District 4,  or for Bruce Campbell in District 7.


Five Candidates to Interview for Superintendent of Delton Kellogg Schools

Delton Kellogg Schools, Board of Education selected five people to interview for the position of Superintendent of Schools.  The Interviews will be held April 25th & 26th.


April 25th interviews include Stephen Patchin, Superintendent of Hancock Public Schools.  Jeremy Wright, High School Principal at Plainwell Community Schools, Herman Lartique Jr., Assistant Elementary Principal at Klien Independent School  District in Texas.

April 26th Interviews will be conducted with Melissa Remillard, Early Elementary School Principal at Paw Paw Public Schools, and Karmin Bourdo, Elementary School Principal at Delton Kellogg Schools.


Interviews will be held in the High School Cafeteria beginning at 5:30pm each evening.. Community members, District staff and interested parties are encouraged to attend the interviews. 


Second round interviews are scheduled for Monday, May 9th beginning at 6:30pm in the High School Cafeteria.  There will be an informal "Meet and Greet" gathering for the community to meet the final two candidates from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the High School Cafeteria and Library also on May 9th.


Questions and comments may be addressed to Charles Dumas, Executive Search Specialist, MASB at or 517-526-0439.

Vehicle vs. Bicycle Accident

Just before 4:00 PM Friday afternoon the Hastings Police Department responded to a vehicle vs. bicycle accident at the intersection of N. Michigan Ave and Apple st. A vehicle driven by a 51 year old female from Hastings was turning north onto Michigan Ave and collided with a 30 year old female from Hastings that was travelling south crossing the roadway on a bicycle. The victim was assessed for injuries at the scene and transported to Spectrum Health Pennock with reported minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Hastings Compost Site and Spring Cleanup

The City of Hastings Compost Site will open on Mondays beginning April 18, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and on Saturdays beginning April 23, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


There will be a Department of Public Services staff member located at the Compost Site to sign in residents and check their loads.


Spring clean up will begin on Monday, April 11, 2022 weather permitting. Residents will be asked to put yard waste out to the curb (not in the street) and separate twigs and branches from leaves and grass clippings.


If you have questions regarding either the Compost Site or Spring Cleanup, please call the Department of Public Services at 269-945-2468.

Committee of the Whole meeting

At the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday morning, Barry County Commissioners held an interview for an open position on the Parks and Recreation Commission.  The Committee also recommended re-appointments of several current members to the Mental Health Authority, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Tax Allocation Board.


A revised resolution was recommended for final vote at the next regular Commissioners meeting that is meant to clarify the County Board Rules of Procedure & Regulations pertaining to Public Comment at an open meeting. Under the changes,  public comment will continue to be limited to three minutes per speaker, comments will need to be directed to the chairperson,  the chairperson shall call to order any person who is behaving in a disorderly manner, and if the person continues to be disorderly and disruptive, the chairperson may order that the person be removed from the meeting.


Commissioners received the 2022 County Equalization Report showing a total value for all real and personal property in Barry County at  $3,640,786,651.  A copy of the detailed report can be found on the county website.

Body of missing Wyoming man discovered near Middleville

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched Sunday afternoon to a wooded area near Ravine Drive and Finkbeiner Road northwest of Middleville when a person who was walking located human remains.

An autopsy was performed Monday morning on the body and identified the person as 66 year old Darriol Stephens of Wyoming, Michigan, who had been reported missing on December 13, 2021. There was no sign of foul play and no indication of self-harm. 

An expanded search of the area also led to the location of a vehicle about 300 feet from the body.  Wyoming Public Safety said the description and license plate confirmed the vehicle belonged to Stephens.

A full exam to determine the exact cause of death is pending.

Free Narcan Kits Available at Hastings Office

The Barry Eaton District Health Department has FREE Narcan kits available at the Hastings Office (330. W Woodlawn Ave. Hastings, MI 49058) to anyone 18 or older on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. 

No personal information will be requested or recorded. Kits are available courtesy of the Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force.   

Narcan can be used during an opioid/heroin overdose to save a life. 

Covid-19 Vaccination Update

The Barry Eaton District Health Department reports the CDC has amended Covid-19 booster recommendations. Persons who are immunocompromised 12 years and older,  and persons who are 50 years and older may get 2nd Booster shots at most pharmacies and primary care offices. You can also schedule your booster dose with the Health Department.

Pfizer-BioNTech 2nd Booster

--People ages 12 through 17 years of age who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose


--Adults ages 50 years and older who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna*) at least 4 months after the first booster dose.


Moderna 2nd Booster:

--People ages 18 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna*) at least 4 months after the first booster.


--Adults ages 50 years and older who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna*) at least 4 months after the first booster dose.


Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen:

--People ages 18 through 49 years who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna*) at least 4 months after the first Janssen booster dose.


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