Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Nelson family after a fire tragically destroyed the Nelson’s Speed Shop building north of Greenville and its valuable contents early yesterday morning. This is an especially difficult pill to swallow, as it’s the second time Nelson’s — a huge retailer of snowmobiles, ATVs and all kinds of power equipment and parts — has lost everything in a blaze. In 2001, arson was blamed for a fire that demolished the building. Richard Crew and Stewart David Barron were both indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. Crew was sentenced to 84 months in prison, while Barron was sentenced to 63 months. Both men also were ordered to pay $4 million in restitution.
There was a time in America when the automobile reigned supreme; before catalytic converters, before unleaded gas, before pay-at-the-pump “convenience” stations. The automobile, more than any other single element, helped shape the development of this country. Without the tons of rolling iron that exited Detroit’s assembly lines in the 1950s and ‘60s, there would never have been suburbs, interstate highway systems, or lyrics to 95 percent of the music ever recorded by the Beach Boys.
Deb Boerma has been working on cars so long she can usually identify the size of a bolt simply by looking at it. Boerma grew up on a farm and has always loved being outside. Rather than being in the confines of the house, she learned at age 11 to drive a tractor. By age 12, she was handy with tools and could always be found tinkering under the hood of the tractor, taking to heart the advice her stepfather gave her that if she was going to learn to drive, she was also going to learn to fix the vehicles she drove.
Today Helen Howe Allen — 11 a.m., Vickeryville United Methodist Church. (Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan) Sunday Mary Kay Janulis — 2 p.m., North Park Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids. Wednesday Kenneth L. Rogers – 11 a.m., Sheridan Congregational Church, Sheridan. (Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan) Kenneth L. Rogers, 55 [...]
The aftermath of a controversial decision by the Belding school board to privatize the district’s janitorial staff in April has led to the start of an official recall effort of the board president and vice president.
The cause of a fire that ravaged Nelson’s Speed Shop in the early morning hours of Friday remains unknown. About 75 firefighters from 11 departments began clearing the scene at 11:30 a.m. Friday — 10 hours after the fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. The fire started in the back of the business on the west side of the building where the warehouse is located on M-91 just north of Greenville.
When the Greenville Yellow Jackets meet the Belding Redskins in football — just 63 days away — they will do so on the high school campus in the newly constructed Legacy Field.
Greenville High School will begin to honor individual players, teams, coaches, administrators and community members involved with their athletic programs with a new hall of fame.
The Tri County Middle School principal has been fired after embezzling from the school’s booster fund. Tri County Superintendent Al Cumings announced Friday that William “Bill” Cichewicz’s employment with the school district has been terminated.
A recent Greenville High School graduate makes it into the top 10 at the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival for the second year in a row. Taylor Sirard, 17, of Greenville, entered a 30-second film called “Diversity” to compete against others students all across the state.