With 30 young women competing in three different categories in a contest that lasted 3 1/2 hours, it was Sarah Thompson, who, in the end, walked away with the crown, sash and title of Miss Belding.
Alma resident Howard Larsen could recall several memories of various trips he made in crossing the original Whites Covered Bridge, be it by car or on foot, before the bridge burned and collapsed into the Flat River on July 7. Larsen said he was heartbroken when he first heard of the bridge’s destruction, which was officially declared a crime of arson.
As summer begins to wind down, there are many elements that begin to signify that autumn is approaching. Leaves begin to shift from green to various shades of orange and red, temperatures turn from warm and humid to crisp and cool and families prepare as the school year begins once again. But another sign of autumn comes in the sound that can be heard nearly every Friday night. As residents and fans pack into home stadiums and students take to the gridiron to best their weekly foe, the initial kick of a leather football is a sure sign that autumn is upon us.
Murl “Red” Sanders wasn’t expecting much for his his birthday this year. The Korean War veteran and Greenville resident has resided at Metron of Greenville in extended care since last October after health complications resulted in the amputation of his left leg from the knee down. But on Friday, on his 84th birthday, Sanders was given a gift he found difficult to express in words.
Starting Monday, the Ionia County Road Commission will begin safety improvements on Whites Bridge Road from M-44 south to 4 Mile Road and Button Road from Montcalm Avenue east to the Flat River. According to Ionia County Road Commission Engineering Director Paul Spitzley, the project was originally submitted for Federal Safety Hazard Elimination Funding through the Michigan Department of Transportation in March 2011 and was awarded in January 2012 for the 2013 construction year.
A few old, rotting boards, several cracked and broken shingles and a skeleton-like casing of one of the original steeple windows of the Belding Bros. clock tower are all that remain today across the street from the sight of the iconic tower that stood for 110 years. The image sitting in the Central Riverside Park parking lot has created mixed emotions from residents who are either in favor of seeing the structure finally removed from public view or saddened by the way it was disassembled.
When Paul Phenix was just a young boy, he could recall walking along the former Whites Covered Bridge with his grandparents, who took him to a section of the bridge where he recognized a few names inscribed into the wood. “This is where your great-grandparents signed their names on the bridge,” they said to him. “It’s where we signed our names, and your parents, and now you can sign your name.”
Two people were injured in an accident today when their car struck a tree after attempting to switch drivers mid-drive as the vehicle traveled westbound on W. Belding Road (M-44).
A Belding woman was injured this morning in a two-vehicle accident after she failed to stop behind a vehicle waiting to turn into a driveway.
With each heavy, emotional step taken Monday, two young men came closer to reaching an important goal. Running along M-57 east of Greenville, as each foot struck the pavement, with beads of sweat running like a steady stream of water down the faces of Levi Curler and Joshua Willingham as they traveled mile after mile in the scorching summer sun, the two men kept one thing in mind.