One of the greatest unsolved murder mysteries of all time shares its roots with the southwest corner of Michigan. On Wednesday, remnants of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre were on hand in the form of the very guns that were used. Lt. Michael Kline of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was the guest speaker at the Ionia Rotary Club meeting at Renucci’s Tavern in Ionia.
When Sara Shriver was selected as interim superintendent of Belding Area Schools one year ago, she stated, “I never want to stop learning and if I can help and be part of a solution here, then I want to do it.” When she was promoted to superintendent last December, she described her situation as, “a very welcome opportunity that I didn’t see coming.”
When Dale Miller was elected as the new sheriff of the the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department in November, he took on the position with a mindset to make the department more proactive rather than reactive.
A driver and passenger escaped with bumps and bruises Thursday evening after the vehicle they were riding in rolled several times before landing upside down in a ditch on Storey Road (M-91) near Save A Lot in Otisco Township.
As Belding resident Steve Hunt watched the numbers climb while he filled his truck with gasoline Wednesday afternoon, he had but one thing to say. “It’s ridiculous!” he exclaimed. “I haven’t seen prices this high before, and I drive every day.”
Flawless. That would be the word to describe Greenville’s first attempt at hosting a triathlon. With the sun shining brightly and spectators lining the scenic Baldwin Lake beach, more than 225 triathletes took part in the first Tri Greenville triathlon on Saturday morning. The main event featured a one-quarter mile swim, 11.8 mile bike ride and wrapped up with a 5K run.
For several veterans and residents in the Belding community, Monday was a step back in time. Several hundred members of the community gathered for the first of what will become many Memorial Day services at the new Freedom Wall and Veterans Park in downtown Belding.
This was a year of many firsts for graduating seniors at Belding High School. A new arena with an indoor track, auditorium, cafeteria and commons area, sports facilities — the list goes on and on. Through a year of constant transformation, where the very school they attended changed dramatically before their eyes, the 140 graduates experienced their final moment as members of the student body Thursday evening before walking out of the school one last time as official alumni.
Jake Jones just didn’t care. He didn’t care about grades, he never studied and, as he admits, he assumed he could get through high school without applying himself beyond walking through the front door of the building.
More than 64 years ago, veterans in the Belding area celebrated Memorial Day by marching through the streets of the city and holding a ceremony at the original Freedom Wall located on the corner of Bridge and Main streets. Now, years after that wall was decommissioned, leading to holding Memorial Day ceremonies in various locations including the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Riverside Cemetery, veteran and Belding resident Denny Craycraft is proud to see that once again, Belding has a central location in Veterans Park for the community to come together and honor its veterans.