Meeting in brief for the Crystal Township Board’s March 14 meeting.
Students of all ages will be using creativity, problem solving and teamwork this weekend for the Odyssey of the Mind Region 13 Tournament. The tournament will take place at Greenville High School for the second year in a row. “Odyssey of the Mind is an important program for students, especially in times of K-12 budget cuts,” said Korie Crawford, regional director. “It provides critical and creative thinking skills that are not always found in traditional school curriculum.”
Three officers received a standing ovation from community members and the Greenville City Council after being awarded for their heroism. Officers Casey Huber and Eric Hoig and firefighter Tom Miller received awards and lifesaving ribbons from Interim Director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety Gary Valentine during Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting. “I want to extend my congratulations to (Huber Hoig and Miller),” said Councilman Larry Moss.
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Most of us probably think recycling is a good idea — but it’s not always convenient. Well, we won’t have inconvenience as an excuse anymore. Montcalm County officials are preparing to establish six recycling sites throughout the county.
An elderly Greenville woman allegedly set fire to her son while he was sleeping in January, causing a fire that led to the son’s death a month and a half later. Dennis Vanderzand, 65, died March 1 (not Thursday, as previously reported). Vanderzand was rescued by officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety after a fire was intentionally set at 313 E. Cass St. on Jan. 13.
A Greenville man was arraigned and charged today after entering an elderly couple’s home Tuesday, threatened them with a knife, assaulting the woman and then fleeing before being apprehended by police. Robert James Rehkopf, 26, was arraigned and charged with attempted armed robbery and resisting and obstructing a police officer. Bond has been set at $100,000.
In the words of Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, “It’s time to put a new car in the fleet.” At Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot, Nelson got his wish as council members voted unanimously, 5-0, on the purchase of a new police cruiser to be used by the Belding Police Department.
The Crystal Township Fire Department has a “new” rescue vehicle. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to sell the old Rescue 20 vehicle — a 1996 GMC with 33,000 miles — to the Crystal Township Fire Department for $1,000.
Jon Bunce has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Belding City Council. After the resignation of former councilman Roger Wills, members of City Council had 30 days to fill the vacancy. After council members interviewed four candidates, Bunce was officially appointed and sworn in during Tuesday’s City Council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot.