The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail stretches 40 miles from Alma to Greenville and plans are now in the works to add an important stop along the way.
The Belding robotics team is picking up right where it left off. Coming off a year that saw the team compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships, the team has begun the 2014-2015 school year by winning the West Michigan VEX League Grandville Tournament.
When Lonnie Fitzpatrick first expressed a desire to join the Crystal Township Fire Department in 1967, his father had one message for him. “If you’re going to do it, stick with it,” Fitzpatrick recalled his father, Rod Fitzpatrick, saying. “Don’t get into it and then get out.”
The Greenville Lions Club has but one mission this time of year, a mission to make Christmas memorable for all Greenville area children. The objective of the club’s members sounds simple in nature, that no child wake up Christmas morning without a gift, but the reality of making that happen requires the affection and charity of an entire community.
Whichever winter elements truly mark the start of the holiday season, be they the first snowfall or the first string of holiday lights, they’re always up for debate. In this community, however, it’s hard to argue against the annual Holiday Pops concert filling that role.
When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.
The Belding High School marching band never fails to put on an entertaining show, but the time and effort put in by so many students often goes unnoticed.
Patterns in crime can change tremendously over time, and for residents of this community, change has apparently been good. A report released by Safe Choice Security, an alarm and security system company with locations throughout the country, recently named Belding as one of the top 25 Michigan cities with the most improved crime rates.
With heavy snow pouring from the sky and temperatures remaining low enough for it to stick around, Belding employees have had their hands full making the streets drivable. Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Ernie Thomas had just finished repairing one of the city’s plow trucks Thursday afternoon as he and two workers hit the streets to clear the freshly fallen snow. But after traveling four blocks one of the trucks came to a halt and Thomas found himself forced to use the city’s industrial loader to tow the plow truck back to the DPW garage.
The newest member of Belding City Council was officially sworn into office Tuesday evening, and he wasted little time, immediately going to work on city business. Dennis Cooper took his seat for the first time beside his four fellow council members after successfully defeating Joe Feuertstein in a recall election on Nov. 4.