Jill McKenna believes her uncle was the last great Irishman. Francis McKenna, a longtime Hubbardston resident, died Aug. 2. He was 98 years old.
Continuing with a mix of traditional events and adding some new family features is the goal for this year’s Stanton Old Fashioned Days celebration. Kicking off this year’s festival is the Stanton Art Cruise, which began Monday and will continue through Saturday. More than 80 pieces of artwork are on display at businesses throughout Stanton. Competitors are vying for a $1,000 cash prize.
The Miss Danish Festival Queen’s Pageant will take place 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Performing Arts Center.
Despite multiple contested races on the ballots, voter turnout was low Tuesday in both Ionia and Montcalm counties. Only 16 percent of registered voters bothered to show up at the polls in Ionia County, while just 17 percent participated in Montcalm County.
Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
For the first time in more than a decade the Belding Redskins football team began its season preparations for a new coach. Rockford native Joe Schwander has assumed the head coaching duties and has been working tirelessly since to improve and at the same time continue the Belding football tradition.
The competition was fierce, but even when the race came down to a tie, Nicole Newell pulled ahead for the win. Newell, 18, was crowed the 2012 Howard City Harvest Festival queen Tuesday night at Tri County High School. She is the daughter of Dawn and the late John Edward Newell.
The Belding Redskins football schedule will feature four new teams in 2012. The Redskins remain members of the O-K Blue Conference after the league realigned its divisions, even adding the new O-K Bronze.
A crop-dusting helicopter accidently flew into some power lines Wednesday morning, causing a power outage in the Stanton area. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, a caller on North Peoples Road reported the accident at 10:07 a.m.
A 9-year-old girl from Vestaburg was seriously injured after a car struck her bicycle Wednesday night. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a car versus bicycle personal injury accident at about 10:42 p.m.