The first 10 minutes of a middle school physical education class, a time set aside for stretching and preparing for activities, are not always the most exciting, but at Belding Middle School students now eagerly wait to see what warm-up routine is coming their way. Consisting of stretching, balancing, running, jumping and other exercises to loosen up one’s muscles, warming up can be considered an annoyance or a chore when a basket of balls is waiting for you on the other side of the gym. But thanks to the Hopsports Mini Training System recently implemented at Belding Middle School, students now start their class by following along with a virtual instructor to as many as 50 different warm-up routines.
A man who suffered severe burns after his own methamphetamine lab exploded in his car — then went on to create another meth lab — has been sentenced to prison time. Donald Allen III, 31, of Eureka Township, was sentenced Nov. 15 in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton to from one year and six months to 10 years in prison.
The Michigan House and Senate will be considering an additional $1.3 billion tax cut for Michigan businesses after the November election by eliminating something called the Personal Property Tax (PPT), a tax paid only by businesses. This tax funds local government activities such as municipalities, police, fire and libraries. $30 million of this revenue goes to public libraries statewide with $3.8 million collectively to Lakeland Library Cooperative’s 41 libraries in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa counties.
As temperatures continue to drop and and the window for motivation to run outdoors slowly closes, Belding High School is offering the public a warmer option with the use of the school’s new indoor track. Starting Nov. 26, the indoor track that was built on the second story of the school’s new gymnasium will be open to the public, allowing runners and walkers to use the circular path during and after school hours. Belding school board members voted Monday night on an outline of procedures to be put into place within the school’s administrative guidelines for the district’s Facilities Use Board Policy.
The United Methodist Church in Carson City will once again host a free community Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday. The church was inspired to start the event in 2004 after congregation members read “40 Days of Purpose” by Rick Warren and participated in 40 Days of Community small groups. The tradition will continue Thursday with a free meal with all the trimmings, as well as music. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team is coming off one of its most memorable seasons in school history. The Yellow Jackets finished 19-1 in the regular season a year ago and were crowned O-K White champions with a 9-1 league record.
Julie Lynn Danielson’s family and friends packed a small courtroom Monday afternoon to witness the video arraignment of her alleged murderer. Robert Michael Munsell, 29, of Grand Rapids and Ionia, is charged with the open murder of Danielson, 31, of Pierson Township. Munsell was arraigned before Magistrate Richard Palmer in 64B District Court.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team will look to continue its development under second year head coach Eric Nichols. The Yellow Jackets finished a year ago with a winning record at 12-10, but could have won a few more games with stronger finishes.
The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball program is always in contention for league and district titles. Those again, are the expectations for this coming season. The Wildcats went 14-8 a year ago. Their season ended with a 53-29 loss to eventual district champion Sparta Spartans.
Greenville’s girls cross country team finished fifth in the O-K Bronze Conference this season, but coach Chelsea Cates knows why. “The O-K Bronze is a tough conference with many outstanding schools,” Cates said.