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2010s brought news in many forms

Residents let their concerns be known as they protest a horizontal hydraulic fracturing well in Carlton Township in August 2017. Ultimately, the well was deemed unsuitable for further drilling.

The Banner delivered a mix of news over the past decade – some of it unexpected, some of it taking on new forms as time passed.

The following is a rundown of the top stories in each of the past 10 years.




  1. MainStreet Savings Bank closed by FDIC
  2. Thornapple Manor citations; state is slow to help remediate
  3. Construction begins on Gun Lake Casino
  4. State Rep. Brian Calley elected lieutenant governor
  5. Pennock Hospital will not move to Ferris property at M-37/M-43
  6. First Presbyterian Church relocates to M-37
  7. Judge Gary Holman announces upcoming retirement
  8. Recycling program suddenly ends for city residents
  9. Fire destroys Pro Hardware and Westen’s carpet in Middleville
  10. Aukermans sell Prairieville Farm Days property, home to festival for 32 years



  1. Questionable book purchase, unfair labor practice claim precede resignation of Hastings Superintendent Rich Satterlee
  2. New governor, lieutenant governor have ties to Barry County
  3. Gun Lake Casino opens
  4. Courts see changes: McDowell, Schipper appointed after Fisher, Holman retire
  5. Michigan State Police Hastings Post closed after 35 years
  6. Flexfab celebrates 50th year
  7. TSA actions make national headlines after officers disrobe 95-year-old Hastings woman
  8. Layaway Santa brings joy to Kmart customers
  9. County discovers hundreds of fraudulent mortgage signatures
  10. Former Presbyterian church building becomes home to nonprofits



  1. Fracking and leasing of mineral rights touches off protestors and support
  2. Hastings Area Schools approves deficit budget, submits deficit-reduction plan to state
  3. Dual bridge projects in Hastings causes months of traffic disruption
  4. Prosecutor Tom Evans' document filing practice in question
  5. Weather extremes include 80-plus degrees in March, 90s in May, 100 in July, coupled with summer drought
  6. Bradford White expands, opens International Technical Excellence Center
  7. Animal care issues lead to restructuring, hiring of shelter director
  8. Michael Terpening sentenced in first of three criminal sexual conduct cases
  9. New programs launched at Maple Valley increase enrollment; elementary school may reopen
  10. Fatal virus EHD spreads among deer; Barry County sees highest rate in state



  1. Fracking forums raise issues in county
  2. Former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis convicted on six criminal sexual conduct counts

      3. National mission trip organization Group Cares helps Hastings homeowners

4. County navigates troubled waters on mute swan issue

5. Body imaging at jail exposes differing views

6. Remote attendance of elected county officials debated

7.  Connecticut school shooting sparks local gun debates

8. Holiday Inn Express hotel opens in Rutland Township

9. Bradford White expands on to former Geukes Market property

10. County establishes sobriety court to battle alcohol-related issues



1. Pennock Hospital plans to move to Ferris property, but announces merger with Spectrum Health before year ends

2. FBI serves search warrants at sheriff’s office, confiscates computers

3. Record-setting weather begins the year (following December 2013 ice storm)

4. Hastings grad Carrie Duits returns to run district

5. Chad Curtis 2011 sex abuse case still haunts Lakewood district

6. Police push ends in resignation of Barry Township Police Chief Victor Pierce

7. Tom’s Market opens Nov. 1 after Memorial Day Weekend fire

8. Bosley Pharmacy closes; Jasperse will open General Store in its place

9. Kickstart to Career program begins investing in county’s children

10. Middle Villa Inn is closed and razed



  1. Coldwater River damaged by contractor
  2. Hastings voters approve bond
  3. Pennock Hospital, Spectrum Health merge
  4. Hastings Manufacturing Company celebrates 100th

5. Undersheriff Bob Baker avoids criminal charges

6. Nashville attempts setting ice cream sundae world record

7. Middleville’s Main Street bridge replacement ties up traffic for months

8. Student-count errors create headaches for Delton Kellogg schools

9. Lakewood school district shutters two elementary buildings

10. County courts begin performing same-sex marriages



  1. Hastings schools, Thornapple Plaza, new stores, county's Community Mental Health building highlight growth in county
  2. Local trails improved, expanded
  3. Four young heroes save two lives (10-year-old saves dad; three teens save 7-year-old)
  4. Son, girlfriend sent to prison after assaulting his mother
  5. County employees voice wage and benefit concerns
  6. Victim of Whitneyville assault dies; teen charged with murder
  7. Sandyland outdoor concert venue revived in Nashville
  8. Chad Curtis opts not to seek re-sentencing
  9. Enrollment numbers higher than anticipated in most districts
  10. Accident claims life of three members of Rayner family from Lake Odessa



1. TOST program contention continues

2. Fracking hits home when drilling begins in Carlton Township; injection well approved in Johnstown Township

3. Chad Curtis, Lakewood school to pay victims

4. Yankee Springs sees a disparaging year in township government

5. Spoor’s marina on south side of Gun Lake draws criticism

6. Expanded cancer center at Pennock Hospital keeps patients close to home

7. Community Health Center offers integrated care

8. Friend shot, young mother killed by husband, Ralph Bowling, who then sets fire to home

9. Local government in a haze over medical marijuana

10. Hastings police sergeant Cleon Brown sues city, claiming discrimination




1. $280,000 later, Crooked Lake still has no concrete solution

2. Controversial TOST regulation rescinded

3. Open murder trial of Ralph Bowling III results in life conviction

4. Bay Pointe Inn secures approval for facility expansion

5. Transit/jail/COA planning hits the gas - and the brakes

6. Fire destroys Maple Valley Concrete in Nashville

7. The Landing is granted 20 boat slips and no more

8. Son kills parents, self

9. High school students ‘walk out,’ hold assemblies in honor of victims of Florida school shooting

10. Winter Storm Bruce ushers in winter in late November

10. (tie) Hastings Township voters turn down library millage renewal by 13 votes



  1. Crooked Lake flooding continues
  2. Some stores, like Kmart, close, other businesses change, expand
  3. Royal Coach, Moose projects proceed in affordable housing push
  4. Weather adds to flooding, farmers struggle, fields fallow
  5. Pennock Surgery center construction begins
  6. Gunman kills two in Orangeville, shoots at motorists
  7. PFAS and CAFOs among environmental concerns
  8. EEE causes illness, deaths; schools forced to change schedules
  9. Hastings Performing Arts Center opens, new Steinway celebrated
  10. Attempted murder case highlights meth addiction




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