Cory Smith

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Rules of the road for school buses

As the first day of school quickly approaches, there’s one topic that may be of particular importance to students who will be attending for the very first time.

The school bus.

About 35 people attended the Montcalm County Farm Bureau hog roast Wednesday evening at Anderson & Girls Orchard, where people were informed about the growing concern of a new proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan Farm Bureau addresses potential EPA water regulations

A membership appreciation hog roast Wednesday brought Montcalm County Farm Bureau members together for an evening of socializing, but with an important message to bring home and reflect on.

Faculty members at Montcalm Community College gathered together Friday at the college’s Sidney campus to create a formation of the number “50” in celebration of the college’s 50 year anniversary. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC kicks off 50th anniversary year

In 1965, a small college opened in the heart of Montcalm County with the purpose of offering knowledge and expanding the minds of local residents eager to take their education to the next level.

From left, Carson City Council members Chad Parmenter, Tom McCrackin and Kurt Keiffer listen to discussion Tuesday evening on the topic of finding a new police chief for the Carson City Police Department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City searching for police chief, officers, after multiple resignations

After a recent string of resignations, the Carson City Police Department is just one officer shy of not existing at all. During the past month, three of the department’s part-time officers have left for positions with other agencies, including Interim Police Chief Jason Pattok, who resigned on Aug. 4.

Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, and Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys, discuss Shriver's positive annual evaluation with board members Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board approves superintendent evaluation, contract

Sara Shriver was elated nearly two years ago when she was selected as the superintendent of Belding Area Schools, and it appears members of the district school board continue to share in that sentiment.

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Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail opens in Belding

As the Bruursema family left their home Sunday evening, they had the perfect pathway laid ahead of them for a trip to Central Riverside Park.

Josh Bruursema, along with his wife Becca and daughters, Hannah, 5, and Morgan, 1, hopped on their bikes and cycled their way along the newly opened Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail in downtown Belding.

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Crystal Township Board exploring ordinance variance requests

Apparently the second time’s the charm when it comes to implementing a variance procedure for land ordinances in this township.

Just one month ago, Crystal Township Board members voted down a resolution 2-3 — with Supervisor Chris Johnston, Trustee Jason Anderson and Treasurer Ted Padgett opposed — to have the township’s attorney include a variance procedure in all three of the township’s land division ordinances.

Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss items Tuesday morning before voting on a resolution to approve millage renewal language for the Nov. 4 general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC board OKs resolution for November millage renewal

This November, voters in Montcalm County will have an important decision to make in the voting booth, a decision worth $25 million in funds to Montcalm Community College (MCC). During Tuesday morning’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting, board members unanimously approved the language for a millage renewal to appear on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

Vietnam veteran Denny Craycraft unveils his vision for a large Vietnam War memorial Tuesday evening at the Belding City Council meeting. At top right, the center of a monument honoring all Michigan Vietnam veterans who died in the Vietnam war would be a possible engraving of the “Three Servicemen Statue” that stands in Washington D.C. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Vietnam War memorial ‘unlike anything you’ve ever seen’

Denny Craycraft can still hear the mortar blasts, the rapid fire of gunshots, and the screams of his fellow soldiers — all the horrors of war that encompassed him on a daily basis while fighting in Vietnam nearly half a century ago.

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 the possibility of consolidating city inspection services Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council tables decision to consolidate inspection services

Belding Council members have long been asking to consolidate the city’s inspection services, and after Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, they’ll be waiting a little longer.