July 24, 2020

PHS Principal Jamie DeWitt is pleased to announce Adriel Saville Morgan and Collette Cloutier have joined the 2020 teaching staff.

Mr. Morgan is a 2005 graduate of U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a degree in American Politics and Law with a Spanish minor.  He comes t...

July 24, 2020

August 4th, voters across the county will cast their ballots either in person or by mail for state and national primary elections for legislative, congressional posts, and local positions such as school board. As previously published in The Beacon, the ballot will also...

July 23, 2020

Clyde Gilbert Woodman, age 85, of Portland, went to be with his loving Lord on July 20, 2020, surrounded by his adoring family. He was born on November 5, 1934 to Clyde and Iola Woodman.

Clyde worked at TRW for over 36 years where he served as a loyal employee until his...

July 23, 2020

Seven Portland residents filed with the Ionia County Clerk’s Office by yesterday’s deadline to run for a seat on the Portland Public School Board.   The election will be held on November 3rd.  Three seats are up for election this year.    


July 23, 2020

In downtown Portland, two drinking establishments are next-door neighbors.  Hot Shots Tavern and The Port share the same block, but very different fates under renewed state restrictions on bars in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  While bars and restaurants were a...

July 21, 2020

On Monday, the Portland Public School superintendent William Heath sent an email to parents requesting their feedback.  The text of the email is listed below.

Dear Families,

Every summer our school district goes through extensive planning for the new school year.  This s...

July 21, 2020

The Sparrow Hospice program recently paid tribute to Douglas Kissane for his service to our country in the United States Army.  The tribute was organized by Sparrow nurse Miranda Ridenour (who Doug fondly refers to as “Nurse Nicey Nice). 

Doug, a Portland native, s...

July 18, 2020

When our country was founded after protests of “no taxation without representation,” one of the first things that the founding fathers had figure out was how to fairly allot representation and taxes.  That’s where the census comes in.  Every ten years, the Constitution...

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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