September 14, 2020

Eight Portland Veterans were presented on Saturday with beautiful quilts made by a local group of thirteen women who have formed Harmony Quilters.  The local group, led by Portland resident Ann Fedewa, is part of the national Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOV).  A Quilt...

September 8, 2020

“We should be proud of the whole school system” Julie McNeilly Reynolds (parent)

Superintendent Will Heath had a busy Labor Day week-end calling parents and staff to inform them that four students in the Portland School System have been diagnosed with the coronavirus an...

August 26, 2020

"Today was an exciting day for all of us”, Superintendent Will Heath shared with the Beacon this afternoon. “Kudos to all of our staff for today. Our drivers, support staff, teachers, cleaners, food staff, administrators, and School Board all operated as one today to s...

August 23, 2020

The City of Portland has been upgrading its signage throughout the community in the past few years including at City Parks and at entrances to the city.  The newest sign will soon be constructed on East Grand River Ave  near the Independent Bank and Arby's entrance.  I...

August 19, 2020

Bridge improvements will begin on Monday, August 24th on the Grand River Bridge in downtown Portland.  The City of Portland has received a $600,000 MDOT grant, from its local bridge program, that includes a 5% match ($30,000) from the City.

The project will be unde...

August 19, 2020

Demolition of the former Car Wash, Red Tomato and Chinese Restaurant, on the corner of Grand River and Bristle Street next to Olivera’s, is set to begin this week.  Taco Bell will then begin construction on those lots.  The corporate public relations office for Taco Be...

August 9, 2020

In last week’s Primary election, over-half of Ionia County’s 13,276 ballots cast were via Absentee ballots.   The exact percentage county-wide was 51.63%.  The City of Portland, Portland Township and Danby Township led the county in the number of absentee ballots cast,...

July 29, 2020

The Portland School Board appointed Portland resident Andrew Huhn to complete the five month unexpired term of former school board member Jami Schneider.  Huhn was one of six applicants and will run for a six-year-term, that begins in January 2021, in the General Elect...

July 24, 2020

Lynn Afendoulis is…. by any definition you choose to use…. a strong woman.  She is confident, thoughtful, articulate, has strong opinions and a lifetime of experiences to back them up.  She fills the room when she enters it.  She emphatically claimed, in a one-on-one i...

July 18, 2020

Peter Meijer was campaigning in Portland this week and stopped by the Portland Library between events for an out-of-doors interview with the Beacon on Thursday afternoon. 

The 32-year-old Meijer, who has never run for political office before, is vying to replace Justin...

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