Cory Smith


Smyrna Summer Celebration set for Saturday

Games for children, vendors selling homemade goods and plenty of food to go around … this year’s Smyrna Summer Celebration is once again ready to showcase its small-town charm.

The third annual festival, which was created at the request of its own residents, is scheduled for Saturday, and is again ready to welcome visitors for a day of fun-filled events.

The new Carson City-Crystal High School weightroom is currently undergoing a transformation from its previous use as a computer lab as part of an $11 million bond approved by voters in May 2014. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donations lead to new CC-C weightroom equipment

One arm curl, one deadlift, one bench press a time, athletes at Carson City-Crystal High School are diligently preparing for their upcoming autumn sports seasons. Unfortunately for them, that currently means lifting weights that literally have holes rusted through them and performing on machines that are held together with duct tape.

Logan Ostrander, 4, of Belding, runs in an attempt to scare away a flock of seagulls to prevent them from eating trash in the park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding girl wants to bring city together for Litter Pick Up Day

Sitting in the main chamber of the Pere Marquette Depot, no taller than the chair she was sitting in, Logan Ostrander patiently waited for her time to speak. The 4-year-old, struggling to see over the seat in front of her, was likely unaware of the city business that was being discussed by members of the Belding City Council.

Danish Festival mural painter Luverne Adamson of Vestaburg, right, and Samantha Wheeler, 8, of Coral, who was used as a model for Adamson’s mural, formed a close bond after working together to create this year’s mural.

Coral girl inspires new ‘Little Match Girl’ mural

Luverne Adamson was shopping at Meijer, focusing on buying groceries for the week, when inspiration suddenly struck her. Into her view walked 8-year-old Samantha Wheeler, who was with her family finishing their own shopping before retuning home to Coral.

Belding City Manager Bruce Brown explains the advantages of making city purchases through local businesses during Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding City Council considers local preference purchase program

From members of the city council to residents and business owners, there’s no questioning that everyone wants businesses to thrive and succeed in downtown Belding.

Councilman Dennis Cooper questions the reasoning for a new ethics ordinance discussed by members of Belding City Council during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Ethics discussion gets heated at Belding City Council meeting

When it comes to ethics, moral values and the concept of right and wrong, there may be no place where it matters more than at the government level. Those ideas were brought forth in the form of a first reading of an official “code of conduct” ethics ordinance by Belding City Manger Bruce Brown at Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting.

From left, Belding school board members Cori Anderson, Shannon Hummel and Vice President Scott McNeal discuss and review the terms of a tentative agreement regarding the contract between the school district and Belding Education Association teachers union Monday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding school board, teachers agree to tentative contract terms

After 386 days without a new contract in place, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union have at last agreed on a tentative contract.


JUST IN: Belding City Council considers ethics, local purchasing ordinances

Members of Belding City Council discussed Tuesday evening the possibility of implementing two new ordinances during first readings.


JUST IN: Belding school board, teachers agree to contract terms

After 386 days without a new contract in place, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union have at last agreed on a tentative contract.

The terms of the contract, however, have yet to be decided, and are in the hands of one man who will make those terms clear and binding.

Stanton, a great horned owl found injured one year ago on M-66, was successful returned to its natural habitat Wednesday by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after a year of rehabilitation at Michigan State University. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Deputy releases Stanton the owl, back into wild one year after injury

Carefully, with slight hesitation but plenty of excitement, Deputy Mike LeVand slowly cut away at the cardboard box he had set on the edge of the open woods. After a few cuts with his blade, LeVand slowly opened the flaps of the box, and made eye contact with an owl named Stanton.