A Belding man was arrested this week after allegedly traveling to Wisconsin with the purpose of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force/Digital Evidence Unit was contacted by investigators from the Janesville, Wis., Police Department for assistance with an investigation, after they assumed the online identity of a 13-year-old female.
Huntington Foam kicked off an expansion in Greenville with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning. City officials, members of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, state officials and more came to show their support of the packing specialist’s expansion.
Three people were injured and one was transported via AeroMed to a hospital in Grand Rapids after an accident occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday on Belding Road one mile west of M-91. Emergency crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles, a red Dodge Durango and a blue Chevrolet Silverado, in the south ditch of Belding Road.
The Orleans Township Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon to a rekindling of a fire that destroyed Orleans Township resident David Brown’s barn on Friday. Fire Chief Leslie Doty said remaining hay bales caught fire once again after high winds rekindled the fire.
About $1,500 in damages was done last week to the press box and some electronics at Lakeview High School’s football field. Vandals also broke into several school buses stored on school property and made off with fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
Deputies from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a breaking and entering that took place Tuesday morning on West Peck Road east of M-91 in Montcalm Township.
It took a little shuffling and some creative financing, but Central Montcalm Public School’s popular band director Matthew Reed will be back at the helm again when school begins this fall. Reed was among five teachers who were laid off in a spate of budget cuts earlier this year. At that time, retiring superintendent Jake Helm cited declining enrollment as the impetus for the cuts. Helms noted the district had lost 10 to 24 students each year for four years in a row and said he expected similar, or even greater enrollment drops for the upcoming school year.
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It took months of practice to come together as a team, and a long stormy day of riding, but all the hard work paid off as five Central Montcalm middle schoolers captured the Division B Equestrian Team Championship on June 16 in Big Rapids, beating out Greenville, Morley Stanwood, Pine River and Reed City. The team was comprised of Danielle Clise, 14, of Stanton; Karley Wilkie, 13, of Sheridan; Alicia Kohn, 13, of Sidney; Nikki Wilkie, 12, of Sheridan; and the sole male rider, Keegan Moran, 12, of Stanton.
Kids in the area who are looking to fine-tune their basketball skills, or simply enjoy a few days of shooting hoops for fun, can look no further than the Belding Basketball Academy camp, which is quickly approaching next week. Starting Monday July 23 and lasting through Thursday July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., students in fourth grade though eighth grade can attend the free four-day basketball camp at Belding Middle School.