Ellis Elementary School along Bridge Street in Belding, which was constructed in 1920, was torn down this week and will be rebuilt this fall with seven new classrooms expected to be finished in January. The construction is part of the 38.8 million bond levy that voters approved in 2010.
After 10 years of showing pigs at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, recent Lakeview High School graduate Joe Main ended his 4-H career on a very high note. Main, 18, was declared Grand Champion showing pigs for the fifth time after his pig sold for a fair record $14 per pound weighing in at 272 pounds. “It was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun,” he said. “I have a lot of good memories over the 10 years.”
Site plans for an expansion at Green Acres were submitted to the Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday. During a regular scheduled meeting for the Greenville Planning Commission Denis Johnson, architect representing Green Acres, presented site plans in hopes of getting approved for a public hearing next month.
The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Eduation approved its proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. However, it is future budgets that seem to worry members of the MAISD Board of Education.
A family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators. The Belding Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that took place on April 29 and May 16 in the 1000 block of West State Road in Belding.
A house is a total loss after two fires hit a Pierson residence on Wednesday. Sand Lake Fire Department responded to a structure fire at about 10 a.m. at 71 Cherry Street with assistance from Howard City Fire Department.
A 6-year-old boy who was hit by a car while crossing Sidney Road in Gowen has died from his injuries, according Lt. Steve Russell. The Gowen boy was on his way home from a neighbor’s house around 6:45 p.m. when he ran across the road in front of a 1998 Lincoln Town Car driven by a 32-year-old man from Lowell.
More than 400 families arrived during the first hour of Kids Day at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Wednesday. Kids Day was a three-hour event packed with fun and games for children of all ages.
Three Gratiot County teenagers have been arrested in connection with multiple break-ins in northeast Montcalm County. A series of break-ins occurred early the morning of May 30. Victims included Maxfield’s Restaurant north of Edmore, the Farmer in the Dell at Crystal Road and M-46, the Dollar General in Vestaburg and Ferris Church of Christ in Vestaburg.
At the most recent Carson City Council meeting, the council also approved summer shirts for city police officers and a new medication drop box. “This drop box is from a program that gives citizens a way to dispose of unused medication,” said Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge.