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Ally Carew, 12, and Devin Toman, right, 13, work on making cards for a child at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital during a service learning class at Belding Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Middle School adds newspaper writing, service learning classes

Belding Middle School students have been given the chance to try out some different classes this academic year.

In an effort to expose students to a variety of options, some new classes have been added to the curriculum. Two of these classes are newspaper writing and service learning, which are both taught by Jennifer Dispirito.

Belding’s Victoria Wittenbach, right, leads a group of runners, including teammate Astrid Aarestrup (623), during the O-K Silver jamboree Tuesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding’s boys, girls finish in third place at own cross country conference jamboree

Belding’s boys cross country team moved up the O-K Silver standings with their latest performance at home Tuesday.

The Redskin boys finished third at the conference jamboree they hosted at Lightning Bend Park. Belding scored 73 points, which trailed Grandville Calvin Christian (26) and Hopkins (68).

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Bob Naumann and Trustee Jason Anderson, discuss the current status of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority during the board’s Sept. 14 meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal DDA re-evaluating after 3 members resign

Only this past May, members of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) were beaming with enthusiasm over local plans and improvements.

Now the organization finds itself preparing to restructure.


PERSONALLY SPEAKING: A legacy of local news

Today would have been my dad’s 79th birthday. And while he’s not here to enjoy all the things like cards and presents and my mom’s homemade cheesecake to mark his special day, he is still very much celebrated.

Often I find myself sitting in front of my computer at the paper trying to channel him, looking for guidance on a particular decision or wondering what he would do if he was walking in my shoes on any given day. Mostly I wonder what he would think about the way the world has changed today — particularly the world of news. And what he would want me to do in response to those changes.


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IN BRIEF: Stanton takes steps to bring arcade to town

Nostalgic for the days of Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat and Pac-Man?

Local gamers may soon be in luck.

An old ordinance was repealed during Tuesday night’s Stanton’s City Commission meeting in a effort to bring an arcade to town.

HatRack coordinator Caryl Wood straightens hats and wigs during the shop’s business hours, Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are also available if visitors are unable to go in on Monday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Women’s Action Network works to improve lives in community

Every third Monday of the month, a group of dedicated women gather in a meeting room of the Winter Inn in Greenville. They come together to talk, to network and to hear a presentation from different speakers before enjoying a dinner together. The group of women is the Women’s Action Network (WAN) of Montcalm County and is dedicated to supporting women in the professional world and economy of the local community.

Logan Campbell is coming off an impressive season as a junior with Belding, where he has been a starting pitcher the last four years. This past season, Campbell held a 1.13 ERA and set a few school strikeout records.

Belding senior Logan Campbell joins San Francisco Giants-affiliated scout baseball team

Belding fans already know the kind of baseball player Logan Campbell is. Now, so too are college baseball scouts.

The 17-year-old Belding High School senior recently joined an Indiana-based scout team that is organized and coached by San Francisco Giants regional scout Kevin Christman.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Levand explains how he’s lost his job twice now due to budget cuts. He was let go in 2012, but was able to return about six months later after another officer retired. Now Levand is being let go again, along with eight other full-time sheriff’s officers, plus two part-time court security officers. Their last day on the job is Friday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners cut pay; approve new budget, deficit elimination plan

No apologies yet, but commissioners have decided to cut their pay. Another standing room only audience was in attendance Monday afternoon as the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2017 budget and a 2016 deficit elimination plan for the state of Michigan. Included in the new budget was a 15 percent salary cut for commissioners.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 27, 2016

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