A local brother-sister duo have inspired us to fight even harder for good health. Jeremy Britt, 23, is the youngest contestant ever to win the title of “The Biggest Loser,” the popular NBC show where real people work to lose real weight. Jeremy lost 199 pounds, while his sister, Conda, 24, lost 115 pounds.
Three local motorcyclists have been arrested and charged with crimes after a high-speed chase from police last Friday night. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Thomas attempted to make a traffic stop on Jesse Ellsworth, 37, of Crystal, Scott Ripley, 37, of Greenville, and Chad Simmons, 32, of Edmore, just before midnight Friday.
They say an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. For Belding High School senior Elizabeth Wittenbach, having grown up on an apple orchard farmed by her father, that analogy couldn’t be more appropriate.
The Greenville City Council held a special meeting Tuesday to review items on the Capital Improvement Program budget with the city manager. The 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program is a plan that identifies projects and equipment purchases and how they will be funded. The typically five-year plans area aimed to improve the city and its entities.
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Jack Russell Vrooman, 68, of Crystal, died around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash on Sidney Road near Vickeryville Road in Evergreen Township.
The Central State Activities Association has some track teams in it that force every individual on the teams to perform their best. “In the CSAA you get tested every week,” Central Montcalm boys track coach Kris Kolbe said. “From top to bottom it’s the toughest league I’ve seen. But it really prepares you for regionals and invites, where your kids can shine.”
When you wade into the world of music with most high school students, certain names tend to rise to the surface — Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber. Tri County High School senior Isaac Smith marches to the beat of a different drummer — or he would if drums were featured more prominently in bluegrass music. Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs and Mississippi John Hurt are far more likely to find their way onto Smith’s iPod than any pubescent heartthrob crowding pop’s top 100.
Following a cut of $1.5 million from its budget last month, which included losing five teaching positions, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted Monday to cut one administrator and two more teachers for an additional $238,000 in savings. The board approved layoffs for Central Montcalm Upper Elementary second grade teacher Robin Garlock and Title I teacher Kristen Kohn.
A familiar face with a strong passion for teaching and leadership will take the helm at Ellis Elementary School as the new principal beginning this autumn. Ellis Elementary first grade teacher Tiffany Jackson, who has taught at Belding Area Schools for four years, was officially selected as the school’s new principal at Monday night’s school board meeting in a unanimous vote by board members.