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Tri County’s Summer Longstreet nears the finish line at the CSAA cross country championship at Lakeview on Tuesday.

Big Rapids sweeps CSAA XC championship meet

All the teams from both the CSAA Gold and CSAA Silver got together for one final league meet before regionals on Halloween. The Big Rapids ran the fastest as the Cardinals swept both the girls and boys races at Lakeview High School on Tuesday. Big Rapids won the girls race with 41 points. Chippewa Hills was second with 68 and Kent City third with 89.

This was these scene Wednesday morning at 1410 Oakwood St. in Belding, after a man was shot and killed. — Daily News?Mike Taylor

Shooting death stuns Belding neighbors

A Belding man is dead following an early Wednesday morning shooting in a home located near the end of a quiet side street on the north side of the city. Ionia County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting at 1410 Oakwood St. at about 5 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of Eric Harrington, 35, who had been killed by a gunshot wound.


JUST IN: Alleged drunken driver arrested on wrong side of highway

PIERSON TOWNSHIP — Driving while intoxicated is never a good idea, but it becomes even more compounded when driving down the wrong way of the expressway. At about 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, Meceola Central Dispatch reported a dark-colored minivan was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of US-131. A Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy was able [...]


Funeral Notices for Oct. 22, 2015

Funeral notices for Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015


JUST IN: Eureka planners talk semi-truck, large equipment storage ordinance

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — It was all about vehicle storage during the Eureka Charter Township Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday. Specifically, the commission discussed Section 3.13, Item B of the township zoning ordinance as it relates the storage of large vehicles or equipment. During discussions, commissioners discussed whether or not the township should amend the ordinance [...]

Brenda and Lee Gilman showcase the ramp members of the Greenville Community Church built to help support the Gilmans after Lee suffered a spinal cord injury making him a paraplegic. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Trufant man suffered complete spinal break; church to host benefit dinner

June 3 is a day which will be forever etched into the mind of Lee Gilman.

It was the day he lost the use of his legs.

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UPDATE: Police identify man who was fatally shot in Belding

A local man was shot and killed early this morning in Belding.

At approximately 5 a.m. today, Ionia Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting at 1410 Oakwood St. in Belding.

Gifted fingerstyle guitarist and 2001 Lakeview High School graduate David Youngman recently took first place in the prestigious International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kan. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview grad wins international guitar championship

Jim and Sharon Youngman always encouraged their son’s creativity. Even at age 5, David was fascinated with the creative process, whether that entailed drawing, painting or playing guitar, as did his father.

As the years passed, music gradually became his first passion. David followed his muse, trying to recreate the sounds of other players. When he couldn’t find others playing the music he imagined in his own mind, he attempted to play it himself. Through necessity, almost, he learned his craft.

This upcycled paper pumpkin was made by the Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library and is available for $10 at the library as a fundraiser. The library is one of several local organizations sponsoring a Halloween event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Ensley Park. The night includes trick or treating, food and drinks, a hayride, a bonfire and an outdoors movie, "Hocus Pocus." — Courtesy photo

Halloween is coming to Howard City

Decades ago during Halloween, Howard City hosted outdoor movies with holiday-themed events for the community.

The village is resurrecting that idea, so to speak, with a Halloween event planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Ensley Park in downtown Howard City.


ED GILBERT: Do more scouting

I’ve hit this subject several times each late summer, it seems. But it’s one worth the time, as this is when most deer hunters are looking forward to the firearms deer seasons. You may not take my word for it, but advance scouting is a sure way to find out where you should open the season.