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Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones, City Clerk Kareen Thomas and City Manager Meg Mullendore meet in open session after the city council performed Mullendore's 18-month evalaution Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council says city manager is improving

This city manager’s evaluations have been a roller coaster ride during her 18 months at the helm.
The Belding City Council went into a three-hour closed session meeting Tuesday evening to discuss Meg Mullendore’s 18 month review. In open session, Mayor Ron Gunderson revealed that Mullendore has made progress from her previous assessment in April.

Belding Area Schools Transportation Director Kamie Jakeway delivers a presentation on “Bus Safety Week” to members of the Belding school board Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board approves two-way radio upgrade for transporation

Radio static, interference and noise are all about to become a thing of the past for bus drivers at Belding Area Schools.

Communication between school bus drivers via two-way radios is a critical part of transporting hundreds of students several times a day to and from school, which is why a switch from analog to digital radios on each of the district’s 19 buses was unanimously approved by members of the Belding school board Monday evening.

Central Montcalm senior Blaine Hendrick, 17, races down a straightaway at nearly 30 mph during the  “Fall Fun Race” Friday afternoon at the Grattan Raceway.

Local students hit the race track with fun, hands-on electric car project

Darting around hairpin turns and speeding down straightaways, all the while attempting to carefully — yet aggressively — surge ahead of competing racers, the sport of electric car racing by high school students was on full display at Grattan Raceway on Friday.

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Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award with wood duck project

There’s a few new homes for some feathered friends within Belding’s city parks, thanks to the efforts of one local Girl Scout. Allison Harrison, 18, of Greenville, completed her 14-year career with Girl Scout Troop 02589 on Tuesday. As a final project to earn her Gold Project award, she built six wood duck boxes that now hang from various trees along the Flat River in Belding’s Central Riverside and East Riverside parks.

Members of the newly established Montcalm Economic Alliance meet Wednesday for goup's first meeting after dissolving the former Montcalm Alliance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance re-established as Montcalm Economic Alliance

From open to close, the final meeting of the Montcalm Alliance lasted exactly 36 seconds Wednesday. That was enough time for board members to unanimously decide to officially dissolve the group, followed by an adjournment from Vice President Bob Clingenpeel.

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees, along with several of the college’s administrators, work through a three-hour retreat Monday at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

President lays out future focus for Montcalm Community College

Montcalm Community College (MCC) may be in the midst of reflecting upon its 50-year history, but that doesn’t mean the school’s gaze is glued to the rear-view mirror. Rather, as showcased at the annual Board of Trustees retreat Monday afternoon at the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology Center in Greenville, President Bob Ferrentino updated the board on various areas of focus during the three-hour meeting, while providing future goals in the process.

Candidates for races in the upcoming November general election answered a variety of questions Thursday evening during a political forum held at the Sheridan VFW Post. About 40 area residents attended the event. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Political candidates spar at Sheridan forum

With the November general election quickly approaching, Montcalm County residents were given an opportunity to have their political questions answered Thursday evening during an informative political forum.

The Greenville High School Marching Band performs as the host band at Legacy Field in Greenville for the MSBOA District 7 Marching Band Festival on Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Marching bands leave it all on the field at MSBOA festival in Greenville

On a crisp, cool and windy autumn evening, Legacy Field was swarmed with students standing at attention, determination and focus in their eyes, who were waiting for the whistle to blow to put forth an entire season’s worth of blood, sweat and tears into motion.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss city business during Tuesday evening's Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding SAW grant approved, services agreement reached

The upcoming task to implement expensive asset management plans of this city’s wastewater and storm water systems was inevitable, but the majority of the financial burden has officially been lifted.