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The Belding Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Home for the Holidays event with Santa Claus at the Covered Village Mall on Saturday. — Courtesy photo

Hundreds enjoy Home for the Holidays in Belding

As part of this year’s holiday festivities in and around the city, the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Home for the Holidays event at the Covered Village Mall on Saturday. Several hundred people enjoyed the day with Santa, taking part in many activities including cookie and ornament decorating, face painting, music and refreshments.

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Central Montcalm to host juvenile diabetes fundraiser Dec. 7

The second annual Orange Out juvenile diabetes fundraiser will take place at Central Montcalm Public School on Friday.

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United Way to distribute toy trucks in Ionia and Montcalm counties

More than 20 volunteers from Local United Ways and labor unions worked hand in hand to help unload 15,000 toy trucks that will be distributed to children in need throughout Michigan.

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Anonymous donor gives RAVE $1,000 surprise

A woman delivered a $1,000 cash donation to Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE) this week, illustrating again how the people of the community give to local organizations. The woman asked for a signature verifying the donation had been delivered, produced exactly $1,000 and then left. Neither the identity of the messenger, nor the identity of the donor is known.

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Funeral Notices – Dec. 5, 2012

Read funeral notices for Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Belding City Councilman Jon Bunce reads his letter of resignation Tuesday night to members of city council and the public at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Jon Bunce resigns from Belding City Council

Citing more time to spend with his children and family, Belding City Councilman Jon Bunce officially submitted his letter of resignation at Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting. Bunce began his statement of resignation by offering a formal apology to Otisco Township resident Jeff Hunter, who was in attendance and spoke during the public comment period.

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Spectrum tree lighting raises funds for infant health

The 26th annual Spectrum Health United Hospital Tree of Lights ceremony took place Sunday and recognized honored memorials with donations to the cause. The Tree of Lights events raised funds to help the Spectrum’s Maternal Infant Health Program, which assists at-risk pregnant women and infants from birth to age 1.

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Missing Detroit man with dementia dies in Howard City crash

A missing elderly Detroit man was killed in a car crash early this morning near Howard City. According to Police Chief Steve DeWitt, police responded to the crash at 2:28 a.m. at the intersection of Amy School Road and M-46 in Reynolds Township. A nearby resident had called 911 to report the sound of a car horn sounding nonstop in the area.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners and officials from the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health continue to try to find a way to resolve a longtime leasing issue between the center and the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health lease discussion continues

Montcalm County commissioners have made another offer to the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health regarding a longtime leasing issue between the county and the center. Commissioners previously voted in a committee meeting on Nov. 13 to recommend the full board approve creating a no-cost, 10-year lease for the Center for Behavioral Health to use a county building on about seven acres, which would remain under county ownership. The Center for Behavioral Health would maintain building upkeep costs and would reimburse the county for property insurance.

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Christmas coming to Carson City, Crystal and Hubbardston

Christmas events are coming to towns throughout Montcalm County and surrounding areas this holiday season. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming activities in Carson City, Crystal and Hubbardston.