June 23, 2020

Jamie DeWitt will be the new Portland High School Principal beginning July 1, 2020.  She replaces long-time Principal Christine Rockey who announced her retirement in April. 

DeWitt who currently lives in Grand Ledge told the Beacon today that she is very honored a...

June 10, 2020

The Bogue Flatts will once again be the sight of the annual 4th of July fireworks display…IF… they occur at all.

Traditionally the annual 4th of July parade and fireworks have been hosted by the Portland Chamber of Commerce. Then late last year the Chamber ceased to exi...

June 9, 2020

“If we don’t start the change-we are part of the problem” - Michael Zesaguli, Jr. Event Organizer

Over two hundred Portland area residents gathered tonight at Powers Park to peacefully protest and join tens of thousands world-wide to honor George Floyd, the man who was...

June 8, 2020

Thirteen parcels of land that are located on the east side of Cherry Hill Estates will be put up for bid as soon as the Portland City Manager is able to formally develop and publish the bid process and requirements.  The City originally acquired the property in January...

June 2, 2020

Portland City Manager, Tutt Gorman, informed the City Council, at its Monday night meeting, that City Hall will soon re-open its lobby to the public once it installs personal protection shields and other equipment necessary to protect citizens and staff.   Gorman point...

June 2, 2020

The Portland City Council voted to replace its worn down 21-year-old street sweeper at its regular meeting Monday Night.  The new street sweeper is a 2017 Tymco 600, which was a “demo”prior to the City’s purchase.  “Purchasing the demo saved money but did not reduce th...

May 28, 2020

Mike Sulecki, Portland Schools Director of Music, told the Beacon today, “I’m really excited that Maggie Grace has accepted the position as Portland’s new elementary school’s music teacher”.  Grace is scheduled to begin her position this coming school year....

May 6, 2020

Portland City Council approved a one-time 15% rate increase for water and a one-time 8% increase for wastewater at its meeting on Monday night. Then beginning next year there will be an increase of 2 ½ % annually for water and a 2 ½ % increase for wastewater.  While th...

April 25, 2020

“We can’t hide until the virus leaves Michigan.  We have to have conversations about what jobs can be done safely.  I absolutely agree with safety and science.  The data looks like it's trending down.  We need to make sure people are protected, but Government cannot re...

April 22, 2020

Christine Rockey sent a letter to parents and students early this morning announcing that she is stepping down as Portland High School Principal effective June 30,2020.   Rockey informed High School staff of her decision on Monday.

“I’ve been thinking about retirin...

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