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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County votes to shut down Howard City recycling site

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to eliminate Howard City’s free recycling site due to issues of cost and abuse.

The recommendation came from the county’s Solid Waste Management Committee, which met Thursday to discuss funding options for county recycling. The county will be charged a recycling fee by Kent County starting in January, which the county cannot afford.

Belding High School Marching Band drum major Makennah Rousseau, left, high-fives Drumline Instructor Josh King, as fellow drum major Dana Smith hugs Band Director Laura Hyler, following the band’s performance at the MCBA State Finals Saturday in Detroit — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding marching band places 5th at state finals (PHOTOS)

Traveling along I-696, with vans full of parents and two busses containing all 105 members of the Belding High School Marching Band, the skyline of the Motor City was about to settle into view. The sun had yet to rise Saturday, but every Belding student was wide awake, ready to perform at the Michigan Competing Band Association State Finals at Ford Field.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 7, 2016

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Zach Ingles, right, talks with his father Kent before a boys basketball game between Kent’s Big Rapids Cardinals and Zach’s Tri CountyVikings on Jan. 8. Zach is now the coach of Olivet College’s women’s basketball team. (File photo)

Former Tri County coach Zach Ingles now coaching Olivet women

Zach Ingles lasted just one year as Tri County boys basketball coach before switching to a college career.

Ingles is now coaching Olivet College’s women’s basketball team after he was hired Oct. 12 to oversee the Lady Comets.

The Lakeview Wildcats football team finished 6-4 overall, making the playoffs, losing to Ravenna in the first round. The team had 13 seniors, which was the first group to play all four years with head coach Sean Rinehart. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview Wildcats’ football season a success, but goal still not reached

When the clock struck zero at the Division 6 playoff game at Ravenna, many of the Lakeview football players hung around in the end zone, not wanting to leave the field just yet.

The 42-21 loss to the Bulldogs meant the Wildcats’ great season was done, and, for the seniors, so too was their high school football career. So the players took their time walking off the field, relishing what they inevitably would have to leave behind for the final time.


Hubbardston trial postponed until February

A long-pending lawsuit between the village of Hubbardston and the former Hubbardston Community Center Board has been postponed again. Members of the community center board filed a lawsuit against the village in December 2015 in a claim and delivery case. The village countersued the board members last March. The lawsuit stems from July 2015 when the village council voted 2-1 to terminate the village’s agreement with the community center board, per the recommendation of President Julie Hobart-Reed.

Graphic designer Rinck Heule, center, talks to students at the Belding Success Virtual Learning Center on Thursday about the new graphic design course he will be teaching at  the center. The hope is that the class will be able to start as soon as next week. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Virtual Learning Center to teach graphic design

High school students have more options today than just attending classes in a brick and mortar building. Advances in technology and easier access to the internet have given students the chance to learn at their own pace. Virtual learning programs not only help students learn in new and innovative ways, but they also give students at risk of not graduating high school a chance to succeed by using a different approach.

Ellis Elementary School kindergarten teacher Stacie Weitting was presented with a check for $500 on Thursday from Preferred Credit Union in Belding. The scholarship came from a program the credit union offers at each branch for any student who makes a deposit during August. One person at each branch is randomly drawn for the chance to award the check to a teacher of their choice. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding teacher receives $500 from credit union

Stacie Weitting received a big surprise Thursday morning. She was going about her normal routine with her kindergartners at Ellis Elementary School when Josh Simon, 5, a student of hers, came into the classroom, followed by his mother Tonya, a representative from Preferred Credit Union and Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey.

A sign clearly states which items are and are not acceptable for recycling at Montcalm County recycling sites throughout the county, including Howard City’s site in the parking lot of Leppink’s. The county is planning on eliminating Howard City’s site due to garbage abuse and financial issues. — File photo

Howard City recycling site set to be shut down

Montcalm County’s free recycling site in Howard City is set to close after no one from the community attended a meeting to speak in support of the service. The county’s Solid Waste Management Committee hosted a special meeting Thursday to discuss funding options for county recycling. The county will be charged a recycling fee by Kent County starting in January, which the county cannot afford.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 5, 2016

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