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Spectrum Health clinical nurse specialist Jackie Iseler instructs Metron of Belding staff members, from left, Kesha Smith, Heather Feldkamp, Lydia Hopkins, Asheley Coston and Connie Haling, during training to use a left ventricle assist device. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Metron facility operates as largest employer in Belding area

For more than 35 years, Metron of Belding has been a fixture of the community, with the senior facility operating as the largest employer in Belding as it continues to find new ways to reach out to the people it serves. The largest of six Metron senior facilities in Michigan, with a maximum capacity of 128 residents and a secure unit, Metron of Belding provides short-term acute services and post-acute care to help patients resume healthy, happy and productive lifestyles.

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Judge breached standards in jailing Stanton attorney

A longtime judge has been found guilty of breaching the standards of judicial conduct after throwing a Stanton attorney in jail for alleged contempt of court. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission recently found Ottawa County’s 58th District Court Judge Kenneth Post guilty. Post has sat on the bench since Jan. 1, 1980.

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Greenville Department of Public Safety director steps down

The Greenville Department of Public Safety director is stepping down after one year on the job. Michael Pousak gave City Manager George Bosanic a two week notice last week. Pousak’s last day will be Good Friday, March 29.

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Funeral Notices for March 15, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, March 15, 2013

Belding’s McKenzie Breimayer, right, tries to drive the ball around a defender during a game this season. Breimayer earned O-K Blue all-conference honors this season.

Belding girls season a tale of two halves

If things seemed different in Belding’s girls basketball season, it’s because things changed drastically in the second half of the season. “The first half of the season went great,” Belding first-year coach Brad Wilson said. “We played really well, we progressed each week. Then about Christmas time we hit a streak where we had some injuries, we had some sickness, and one girl that had a family situation. Because of that we played shorthanded. We had some key players that missed the second half of the season.”

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Riverdale woman arrested for fraud and theft in Gratiot and Montcalm counties

A Riverdale woman was arrested Thursday by Montcalm County Sheriff’s officers on multiple counts of fraud and theft charges. Tabatha Rae Bartlett, 34, was arraigned on seven counts of forgery, one count of stealing a financial transaction device and being a habitual offender fourth offense. Bartlett remains in custody and is being held on a [...]

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Belding picks Mullendore for city manager

After three months of searching and hours of questioning various candidates during extended interviews, Belding will have a new city manger. Members of Belding City Council unanimously approved a motion Thursday evening to pursue contract negotiations and vetting with Meg Mullendore of Buchanan to be the next city manager.

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All Things Green event puts local agriculture in spotlight (Photo Gallery)

With freezing temperatures and a light snow falling from the sky Tuesday evening, there was little indication that spring is on the horizon in Montcalm County. But for those who stepped into the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) in Sidney for the fifth annual All Things Green event, plants, gardens and landscaping products were found in abundance as more than 20 vendors gathered to promote local agriculture.

Barbara Nelson-Jameson, the Michigan Program director from the National Park Service, describes a section of the River Valley Rail Trail system to an audience at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Trail organizers seek input, assistance with Greenville to Owosso rail trails

As Lowell resident Ted Bentley bundles up in his winter jacket, slips on his gloves and straps on his camping backpack, the avid cyclist knows exactly what he wants when he heads out for an evening journey. Guided by the moon and the stars, Bentley travels through deeply wooded areas, trudging through the snow on his bike with thick 4-inch tires, leaving behind a single bike trail as he plows through the fresh snow ahead of him.

Central Montcalm’s Jesse Judge, left, wrestles during the individual state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills earlier this month. Judge placed eighth in Division 3 at 189 pounds.

Central Montcalm mat coach predicting big things next season

There’s some optimism coming from Central Montcalm after this past wrestling season. That optimism is coming from coach Dan VanderVlucht after his team finished with a 24-9 record in the regular season and won a Division 3 district title.