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Belding resident Sam Mason purchased the Belding Party Store in late October and is making several changes to the small connivence store, including new ingredients to the business’s homemade pizza and delivery of store items.

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding Party Store under new ownership

When Sam Mason took over management of the Belding Party Store in late October, his first step was to ask a question of the store’s customers.


Howard City Police Department merger on Monday’s county agenda

A proposed merger of the Howard City Police Department with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office continues to move forward. The proposal will be discussed at Monday’s Montcalm County’s Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting, when commissioners are presented with a potential contract between the county and the village, according to Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer.

Crystal Township Board Treasurer Ted Padgett surveys damage done to two township decorative light poles that were destroyed in two separate car accidents. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Damaged light poles will cost Crystal Township $6,000+

Possible reckless driving and slippery road conditions have resulted in two expensive replacements for Crystal Township. Within the span of one week, two decorative light poles on W. Lake Street were damaged in two separate car accidents, in which each pole was damaged beyond repair.

Edmore Village President Chet Guild

Edmore president unhappy with village services

This village’s president voiced concern about snowplowing and the cemetery at the most recent Edmore Village Council meeting Dec. 9. Village President Chet Guild began his list of concerns by bringing up snowplowing and referring to where he believed the Department of Public Works was falling short.

Greenville senior Leah Somerfield grabs a rebound during Friday’s home game against Cedar Springs. Somerfield scored 11 points in the win and had five rebounds.

Greenville girls remain perfect with a 55-47 win

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team prides themselves on playing tough defense. On Friday night, it was a defensive play in the final minutes that sealed a 55-47 O-K Bronze win over the Cedar Springs Red Hawks at home.


Defense leads CC-Crystal to win over Montabella

Two good defenses were on display in Carson City Friday night. But the defense that won the game was the host Eagles, who held the Montabella Mustangs without a field goal in a 26-8 win.


ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Friday, Jan. 10

Lakeview 61, Hesperia 40: The Wildcats remained undefeated after getting a CSAA win over the Panthers Friday night. Lakeview was led by Brad Hamlin with 15 points and Shawn Lindsey and Nate Shurlow with 10 each


Funeral Notices – Jan. 11, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.


Richland Township mobile home destroyed by fire

There was no saving a mobile home destroyed by fire Tuesday morning after a passerby spotted flames shooting through the roof of the home.


Crystal Township home damaged in fire, dog resuscitated

A modular home near Duck Lake was nearly destroyed in a Friday morning fire that required three fire departments to extinguish.