Local News Archives for 2023-02

Fatal Crash near Hastings

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash, involving a single vehicle, which occurred Saturday afternoon on East M 79 Hwy near Quimby Rd in Hastings Twp. 


The preliminary investigation revealed an east bound 2019 Ford F-150 pickup drove left of center and ran off the left (north) side of the roadway, colliding with tree(s). The sole occupant and driver of the 2019 Ford F-150, a 25 year old male from Vermontville, MI was pronounced deceased at the scene. 


The crash remains under investigation and no additional information and/or details are known or can be released at this time. At this time, it is unknown if alcohol and drugs are factors in this crash. 



Assisting at the scene of the crash were Barry County Central Dispatch, Nashville Police Department, Hastings Fire Department, Nashville Fire Department, Mercy EMS, Goldsworthy’s Towing and Western Medicine Office of the Medical Examiner. 

Friday, February 24 Delays & Cancellations

Hastings Southeastern Elementary closed on Friday due to a power outage at that location.  The rest of the Hastings School District is open Friday with busses running on main roads only.

Ionia Public Schools Closed

Winter Weather Update

Mother Nature showed her ugly side Wednesday with heavy amounts of ice pellets and freezing rain. The Hastings National Weather Service Climatological station reports anywhere from a half to three quarters of an inch of ice on the ground. Ice on trees and tree limbs is measuring  from 0.2 to 0.3 tenths of ice.

Consumers energy is reporting 2,895 Barry County Customers out of electric service at this time.


Wednesday Feb. 22nd Closings & Cancellations

Many Offices  & Businesses are closed or closing early. Besure to check your destination's status.

City of Hastings Local Development Finance Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Thurs. Feb. 23 meeting  Cancelled.

Spectrum Health Pennock Many in-person office visits cancelled Hospital Please visit Spectrum Health Pennock website for complete list of offices & services closed.

Nashville Assembly of God  Wed. Evening Service cancelled

Seasonal Grille closed this evening

Mancino's Pizza & Grinders Hastings closing at 4

Northside Pizza No deliveries

Step N Time Dance Studio classes cancelled

St. Rose Ash Wednesday Service at  St. Rose & St. Cyril Cancelled.

Maple Leaf Inn close at 5pm

Tom's Meat Market closing at 4

Kloosterman's Sports Tap closed

Highpoint Community Bank all locations closing at 2

Ionia County closing all Government Offices, except Court Offices and essential services at 2pm

Hastings Grace Lutheran Church Ash Wednesday Service Cancelled

All Union Bank Locations closing at noon

Buckland Offices in Delton & Hastings

Hastings Community Music School closed

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute buildings and trails closed today & Thursday

Courtside Screen Printing & Embroidery Hastings & Nashville

Hastings Public Library closing at noon

MEI will close their Delton Office at 12:30pm Call by phone for Customer & Technical Service.

Barry County Courthouse & offices closing at 12pm

Eaton County Offices closing at 12pm

YMCA of Barry County, all sports practices & Y on the Fly Cancelled

Family Support Center of Barry County  Office closed

Southside Pediatrics closing at noon.

The Sugar Ribbon Boutique

Barry-Eaton District Health Dept.both offices closing at 12:00pm

Boardroom Antiques closed

66 Unique Antiques  closed

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Noon Ash Wednesday Service

Hastings Presbyterian Church Ash Wednesday Service

Barry County Mental Health Office closing at noon, crisis #988

Barry County COA No Meals On Wheels & Dining Sites Closed all activities & VITA Tax appointments cancelled.

Maple Valley Schools Closed due to weather.

Hastings Area Schools Closed Wednesday,  Daycare & CERC will open at 8am.

Thornapple Kellogg Schools and TK Daycare closed

Lakewood Public Schools Closed,

Delton Kellogg Schools closed, Daycare open.

Caledonia Community Schools Closed

Barry County United Way Hastings Fresh Food Distribution cancelled.

Wayland Union Schools Closed.

Caledonia Community Schools Closed














Truck crash in Orangeville Township


Motorist Thursday morning were advised to take a different route after a propane truck went out of control and crashed in Barry County's Orangeville township. Michigan State Police Troopers said the crash occured  on Hayward road spilling a small amount of  propane and diesel.

Department of Natural Resources

The DNR has recommended 21 projects totaling $14,178,900 for the first round of Spark Grants funding.

The Village of Vermontville in Eaton County is to receive a grant of $362,300 for a Village Park Revitalization Project.

The Michigan Spark Grants program is aimed at helping improve and redevelop existing public recreation facilities and spaces in communities.

Car wash to replace Hastings State Street Diner

The Hastings Planning Commission on Monday night approved the special use permit and site plan for the purchase of the State Street Diner at 1105 West State Street for redevelopment into a car wash.


A new WhiteWater Car Wash will be built at that location. A number of State Street Diner employees attended the public hearing on the issue at Monday's Planning Commission meeting.


Lee Campbell, owner of State Street Diner, told WBCH News it will be most likely May or June before the change is made.



Maple Valley Schools closed on Tuesday, February 7

Maple Valley Schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 7 due to a gas leak at Maplewood Elementary. 

Consumers Energy shut down the gas line to the building on Monday and issued a notice that the building must remain closed until repairs are completed. The nature of the leak requires work that will keep Maplewood closed through Tuesday.

As a result, the district announced there will be no school for all students.

Fatal Crash in Baltimore Township

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash, involving two vehicles, which occurred on M-37 Highway near Butler Road in Baltimore Township around 7:20pm Tuesday.


The preliminary investigation  shows a northbound Volkswagen Jetta crossed the center line and collided with a southbound Buick Enclave. The two occupants of the Enclave were transported to Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital for their injuries. The driver of the Volkswagen Jetta, a 59 year old female from Hastings, was killed. 


The crash remains under investigation and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.


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