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Funeral Notices – July 9, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

Ryan Bennett, 24, of Howard City, was sentenced on June 27 for the death of Scott Gregory, 25, of Howard City, last summer. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

ON THE RECORD: Fatal accident sentence handed down amid ‘extenuating circumstances’

It was just another Thursday night in a small town Two young men who had attended high school together happened to visit the local bar at the same time. They shared a conversation before going their separate ways. In the early morning hours of Friday, one man was dead in the middle of the road just a few blocks away from the bar. The other man would take the blame for the death, but the facts of what really happened that summer night will likely never be known.

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SMASHING START: Disc golf park opens in Belding

Deep in the woods at Lightning Bend Park, there is little to listen to but the quiet whispers of mother nature. Be it the wind whistling through the leaves or birds chirping high above in the trees overhead, it’s easy to be at peace when spending time in the heavily wooded city park. But now, on occasion, a new, unfamiliar, but welcome sound may be heard.

Police are continuing their investigation into a fire that took place around 5 a.m. Thursday at the Greenville Recreation Department’s primary storage facility. — Courtesy photo

Greenville Recreation Department fire investigated

Police are continuing their investigation into a fire that took place around 5 a.m. Thursday at the Greenville Recreation Department’s primary storage facility.


BREAKING: Perrinton man dies after Crystal Lake boating accident

A Perrinton man has died after being pulled from Crystal Lake on the Fourth of July.


Funeral Notices – July 8, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Monday, July 8, 2013.

A sketch of one of the two suspects.

Belding men suspected in armed robbery

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in their investigation of a chilling armed robbery inside a local residence.

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Whites Bridge destroyed by act of arson

Someone set fire to one of Michigan’s oldest covered wooden bridges early Sunday, completely destroying the span that has stretched across the Flat River south of Belding since the shortly after the end of the Civil War. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said it was alerted about 5:10 a.m. to the fire on the Whites Bridge in Keene Township, southwest of Belding. That was about two hours after neighbor Grant Young said he awoke to an explosion and walked outside to find the span engulfed in flames.

Russell “Rusty” Schlienz isn’t slowing down even after 52 years of cutting hair in Greenville. His recent move to L’Image salon is just one of several he has made over the years.

BIZ BEAT: Not getting ‘Rusty’ after 52 years of cutting hair

For more than five decades, Russell “Rusty” Schlienz has done his part to keep Greenville beautiful, one head of hair at a time, and he’s not about to stop now, despite rumors to the contrary.

Daisy Floral of Belding, which opened in February, offers a wide variety of floral arrangements for purchase, as well as online ordering and local delivery.

BIZ BEAT: Floral shop woman plants roots of new business in hometown

Stephanie Heintzelman-Heaton has always dreamed of selling flowers ever since she was a little girl watching her mother tend to her garden. In 2001, Heintzelman-Heaton realized that dream when she opened her first floral business in Lowell. Now she’s taking that dream one step further by offering services in her hometown of Belding with her floral business called Daisy Floral.