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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.

Montcalm Community Trustee Robert Marston speaks to fellow board members Tuesday on the topic of submitting a grant for a new trail extension from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC seeking MDOT grant to link Sidney campus to Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

The day this county’s community college is connected to its vast bicycle trailway system has been long been desired, but always out of reach. But now, that desire to connect Montcalm Community College (MCC) to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail is officially in reach, as was stated during Tuesday morning’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting.

From left, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy explains the details of a contract with Chartwells School Dining Services on Monday evening to school board members Nicky Suchek and Scott Fleisher. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C Area Schools contracts out food services

In an attempt to bring in healthier choices for the district, Caron City-Crystal Area Schools will now contract out school food services. The CC-C school board voted 5-0 — with board members Gregg McAlvey and Nancy Seals absent — to enter into an agreement with Chartwells School Dining Services.

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New farmers market a hit in Belding community

With a simple concept, one Belding resident is trying to reach out and bring her community together.

Her idea? When it comes to goods and services — buy local.

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Ionia Free Fair celebrates 100 years of history

It comes as no surprise that one of Ionia’s proudest and highly celebrated traditions has evolved through 100 years of history.

On Aug. 16, 1915, the first Ionia Free Fair began with an automobile parade, with hundreds of residents and visitors participating with decorated cars.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumman, right, speaks to Supervisor Chris Johnston on Wednesday evening about the status of the contract and lease agreement between the township and Carson City Public Library to move Crystal Community Library to the township’s community center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township approves library contract, lease agreement

The ball that is the contract which has bounced between this township and Carson City Public Library for several months is now back in the library’s court. The Crystal Township Board unanimously approved a revised contract and lease agreement Wednesday evening to allow Crystal Community Library (a branch of Carson City Public Library) to relocate to the Crystal Township Community Center, which also houses township offices.

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JUST IN: Crystal Township approves library contract, lease agreement

The ball that is the contract which has bounced between this township and the Carson City Library for several months is now back in the library’s court.

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JUST IN: Electrolux prepared to turn over former clock tower property to Belding

A property that once housed a cherished clock tower but now sits as a vacant field of grass may finally find itself available for public use.

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Carson City-Crystal board fills two top school jobs

Like most districts, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools runs with a focus on its students, and two recent hires are hoping to use their talents to re-energize that focus. At the June 15 school board meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve the hires of new Middle School-Upper Elementary School Principal Ben Brock and Curriculum Director Kristine Schipper.