Despite multiple contested races on the ballots, voter turnout was low Tuesday in both Ionia and Montcalm counties. Only 16 percent of registered voters bothered to show up at the polls in Ionia County, while just 17 percent participated in Montcalm County.
Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
For the first time in more than a decade the Belding Redskins football team began its season preparations for a new coach. Rockford native Joe Schwander has assumed the head coaching duties and has been working tirelessly since to improve and at the same time continue the Belding football tradition.
The competition was fierce, but even when the race came down to a tie, Nicole Newell pulled ahead for the win. Newell, 18, was crowed the 2012 Howard City Harvest Festival queen Tuesday night at Tri County High School. She is the daughter of Dawn and the late John Edward Newell.
The Belding Redskins football schedule will feature four new teams in 2012. The Redskins remain members of the O-K Blue Conference after the league realigned its divisions, even adding the new O-K Bronze.
A crop-dusting helicopter accidently flew into some power lines Wednesday morning, causing a power outage in the Stanton area. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, a caller on North Peoples Road reported the accident at 10:07 a.m.
A 9-year-old girl from Vestaburg was seriously injured after a car struck her bicycle Wednesday night. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a car versus bicycle personal injury accident at about 10:42 p.m.
MONTCALM TOWNSHIP – Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar plans to start break ground on a microbrewery within the month.
Two out of three Pierson Village Council members survived a recall vote Tuesday — barely. Rebecca Starr held onto her seat with a vote of 8-11, while Verna Smigiel also held onto her seat with a vote of 9-10. Duane Griffes, however, was recalled by a vote of 11-8.
John Bush of Belding successfully won Tuesday’s primary election over challenger David Daniels of Lake Odessa to retain his role as Ionia County Drain Commissioner. With 3,034 of 4,354 votes (70 percent) Bush easily won the Republican race. Bush has no Democratic opposition in November’s general election. He says this will be his last term as county drain commissioner.