Cory Smith


JUST IN: Codification creates headache for Carson City officials

An attempt to codify this community’s ordinances is now leaving city council members scratching their heads. During tonight’s Carson City Council meeting, city attorney Tom Wilson gave a lengthy and passionate opinion on his displeasure with how the city’s ordinances were codified by American Legal Publishing, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


JUST IN: Carson City-Crystal Area Schools receives “clean” financial audit

After a year that saw a fund balance slip to a sliver above 1 percent of total revenue, Carson City Crystal Area Schools appears to be trending in the right direction.

Illegal dumping of waste and other items in the Crystal Township recycling dumpsters has become an ongoing issues for township officials and residents. — File photo

Crystal Township residents fed up with trashed community

From trash pickup to illegal recycling, and “disgraceful” buildings to lawns that need mowing, residents of this community are fed up with unpleasant appearances. During Tuesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, several members of the community voiced their concerns, with comments ranging from requests for police coverage to creating a township-wide trash pickup service.


JUST IN: Crystal Township to seek new heating system for two township office rooms

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously to begin the process to install forced air heating in two township office rooms.

A group of wallabies gather together Saturday at the new “Wallaby Walkabout” exhibit at Anderson & Girls Orchards petting zoo. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Anderson & Girls Orchards welcome wallabies to petting zoo

Those looking to experience a little of the Land Down Under can now do so in the heart of Montcalm County.

On Saturday, Terry and Gwen Anderson officially opened their new “Wallaby Walkabout” and “Parakeet Feeding” exhibits at their petting zoo at Anderson & Girls Orchards.

Military veterans with the Belding American Legion Post 203 ride on a Dr. Seuss-themed float Monday during the Stahlin 110th Labor Day Parade in Belding. — Daily News/Brad Knlosner

Belding Labor Day brings summer to a close (PHOTO GALLERIES)

As the 110th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration wrapped up with its final events Monday afternoon, Lynn Mason reflected on the four-day experience by reaching for a quote by the very man that this year’s festival was themed after.

Cosmetology first-year instructor Rosa Waite delivers information to students and parents during an orientation session for first-year students and their parents Monday at the Montcalm Area Career Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Students begin cosmetology program with confidence, uncertainty

Though cosmetology will soon no longer be an option for students to pursue locally, a final wave of students at the Montcalm Area Career Technical Center is moving forward with high hopes. After the announcement this summer from Montcalm Community College (MCC) that the cosmetology program offered through the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools (MAISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) Center would be discontinued after this year, students met Monday for what will likely be the final orientation day.

Bill Bates, 68, of Belding, will be walking 60 miles Sept. 18 to raise a goal of $6,000 to be donated to Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, in memory of his late wife, Dianne, who was twice a cancer survivor before succumbing to a stroke. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Bill Bates to walk 60 miles for charity in memory of loving wife

Each day, from the moment he first awakes to his final thought before drifting into an evening slumber, memories of Dianne linger in the mind of Bill Bates. She was his rock, the force pushing him forward to be a better man, as well as the love of his life after 13 years of marriage.

Dennis Cooper

Water bill discussion tabled in Belding

Belding City Council members discussed the reimbursement of a residential water bill at Tuesday’s meeting. The item was added to the agenda at the start of the meeting by Councilman Dennis Cooper.


JUST IN: SAW grant paying early dividends for Belding storm and wastewater systems

A Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is in the early stages of providing a large benefit to the Belding community.