The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) is now investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed Nelson’s Speed Shop. About 75 firefighters from 11 fire departments responded to Nelson’s Speed Shop just north of Greenville at 1:30 a.m. Friday. They cleared the scene 10 to 12 hours later. Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said he doesn’t know the cause of the fire at this time. He noted that fuel and oil was stored in the back of the business where the fire began.
It may be summertime, but there is a lot of action going on at Belding High School. Construction work is continuing around the high school campus on all the athletic fields, including Rudness Field. Facility upgrades began in the spring and they are now beginning to take shape and near the finish line.
Carson City-Crystal’s softball team finished the season with an 18-21 record, but it could have been better had it not been for one big bugaboo that plagued the Eagles all season long. “I think fielding errors,” coach Samantha Jensen said. “Overall, we were fairly consistent hitters. There were a few games where we didn’t come up with hits. Had we been able to come up with a few hits we might be able to squeak out a couple of wins. But overall fielding errors were a detracting thing for not winning games.”
A 6-year-old boy was struck by a car Monday evening near the Gowen General Store on Sidney Road. 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.
The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing today and runs through Saturday. Daily events showcase what for hundreds of area kids has been a yearlong effort to hone their craft and/or take care of and raise their animals. This is the second year the fair has been hosted in its new location north of Greenville and we couldn’t help but notice the campground on site is bustling. This is a great week to get a taste of our area’s rich agricultural history during activities throughout the day, as well as through featured events most evenings at 7 p.m.
The village of Coral celebrated its 150th anniversary this weekend. A variety of free events, musical performances and the grand parade were enjoyed by the community on Saturday.
The Farm Bureau Taste of Montcalm pork barbecue dinner officially kicked off this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair at the new exhibit building Sunday. The dinner was designed to bring awareness of the foods and products made in Montcalm County, according to Patricia Hyde, Montcalm County Farm Bureau promotion and education chairwoman.
When Montcalm County did not renew its contract with Recycle World, the county still planned on offering recycling to residents by establishing six new unmanned permanent recycle sites throughout the county. Carson City is one of those new sites.
The highest honor bestowed on a 4-H clubber in Montcalm County is the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year award. In a field of four contenders, Mikalah Gribbell, 16, of Trufant, came out on top to be named 4-H’er of the year at an awards ceremony Saturday night.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, June 25, 2012