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From left, Belding City Councilman Jerry Lallo recognizes Belding Area Schools Athletic Director Joel Wilker, Belding resident Rick Beckett, girls varsity basketball coach Brad Wilson and (not pictured) boys varsity basketball coach Michael Redell with the Good Neighbor Award for organizing the “Fill the Gym” event at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s ‘Fill the Gym Night’ organizers recognized

Who could ask for better neighbors than those who bring together 1,400 people in a celebratory event overflowing with community pride? It’s been two years since a Good Neighbor Award was bestowed upon a resident or group organization in this community by the Belding City Council, but January’s “Fill the Gym Night” at Belding High School caught the attention of Councilman Jerry Lallo.

Irish Fest founder Clare Cunningham, right, is pictured with Hubbardston Area Historical Society Chairwoman Joanne Burns Howard. The annual Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will take place April 17 in Hubbardston. — Courtesy photo

Hubbardston’s Irish Fest founder to be honored April 17

This year’s Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will be dedicated to a very special person … the festival’s founder.

Clare Cunningham, who died last November, joined the Hubbardston Area Historical Society soon after its creation in 2002. Cunningham organized a fundraiser for the historical society in 2007, which has become an annually anticipated event each April in Hubbardston. This year the event is set for April 17.


Funeral Notices for April 9, 2015

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JUST IN: Crystal Township approves $33,433 brine contract with Road Commission

Members of the Crystal Township Board approved number of contract agreements Wednesday evening for the overall improvement township roads.

Jeremy Gard

UPDATE: Alleged drunken driver in jail after hitting motorcyclist, dragging bike

An early morning crash left a motorcyclist in critical condition on Tuesday.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Howard City Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Church Road, just east of Amy School Road. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a pickup trunk was completely engulfed in flames.

Alan "Dale" Nelson

Michigan State Police enlists Crime Stoppers in Nevins Lake homicide

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post is adding additional resources in the Nevins Lake homicide investigation.


Funeral Notices for April 8, 2015

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Montcalm Township firefighters work to put out a fire at a South Satterlee Road. The March 18 blaze that destroyed a shed started as a small grass fire that quickly spread throughout the property. — File photo

Out of control: Property owners need to control burning

As the temperatures start to climb, property owners are looking around their yards and realizing the summer yard work season has begun. With piles of leaves and brush laying around, it might seem like the best time of year to burn them off.


Chimney collapses during Carson City-area house fire

An early afternoon fire demolished a Carson City-area home’s second story during the holiday weekend. At 2:23 p.m. on Saturday, the Carson City Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on East Fenwick Road. As the fire department rolled onto the property, it quickly became clear the fire was gaining momentum.

This pickup truck driven by a 43-year-old Stanwood man caught fire after hitting and dragging a motorcycle Tuesday morning. — Courtesy photo

Alleged drunken driver hits motorcycle, drags it about a mile

A 43-year-old Stanwood man is in jail after allegedly hitting and dragging a motorcycle about a mile before his vehicle caught fire.