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.
The owners of the anticipated 57 Brew Pub and Bistro plan to open their doors this fall. Co-owner Robert Olsen said things are moving along with the development of the new business located at 1310 W. Washington St. (M-57), where the former J.R.’s Roller Castle once stood.
Belding Area Schools is welcoming six new teachers to its district — four at the elementary level and two who will be teaching special education. “We have had the pleasure of conducting several interviews even though we are in budget reduction mode, and we were able to add new staff where we had some vacant positions,” Interim Superintendent Sara Shriver said.
Three local motorcyclists were recently sentenced after pleading guilty to traffic crimes. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Thomas attempted to make a traffic stop on Jesse Ellsworth, 37, of Crystal, Scott Ripley, 37, of Greenville, and Chad Simmons, 32, of Edmore, just before midnight May 18.
Second-year varsity football coach Guenther Mittelstaedt has his Lakeview football teams together early for some early learning. Mittelstaedt is hosting a football camp all this week for players who will be playing in the fall.
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Hands on Hubbardston event organizers didn’t know what to expect on Saturday, July 7, during their first Hubbapalooza event. “Throughout the day we had around 800 to 1,000 people show up,” said Hands on Hubbardston Vice President Scott Schmitt. “We had around 600 people stay for the evening show.”