Conditions were hot and dry this past weekend with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, but that didn’t stop more than 1,200 youths and adults from packing the streets of downtown Belding for this year’s annual Gus Macker tournament. With 326 teams participating in this year’s tournament, downtown Belding once again was transformed into “Mackerville, USA” as teams competed in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
The 16th edition of the Crystal Run The Lake was muggy despite starting in the morning on Saturday. That may have had an effect on the turnout, as just fewer than 90 runners took to either the five-mile or three-mile course.
This tiny village is in turmoil as the second recall vote in three months approaches, while the village council is unable to meet due to multiple resignations and no quorum. Village President Karl Van Haren survived a recall attempt May 8 by just three votes. A total of 24 votes were cast against the recall of Van Haren, compared to 21 votes cast in favor of the recall. About 40 percent, or 45 of the village’s 112 registered voters, participated in the recall vote.
Few people working through the problems of their daily lives take time to think of the challenges to the people in charge of pursuing criminal justice in their extended neighborhood. That’s what county prosecutors do, and if citizens at any stage of life are being abused or abusing their families or abusing themselves or anyone else, either from addictive entrapment or from breaking the law in any way, it is the responsibility of the county prosecuting attorney to assure that justice is served.
Read the funeral notices for Saturday, August 4, 2012.
A man was pulled from Sand Lake Thursday night have Montcalm County dispatch received a call he was having a possible heart attack. Deputies responded to a report of a 68-year-old man who was on a personal watercraft and possibly having a heart attack.
The Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation will not hold the Spectrum of Stars event this year. “The board decided not to pursue it,” said Tina Freese-Decker, president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital.
The 501(c)3 status of the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, which helps guide fundraising efforts for both the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals, has been dissolved and merged into the overall Spectrum Health Foundation that covers its hospitals system wide. A 501 (c) is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. A 501 (c) 3 are commonly charitable organizations.
A local man received a jail sentence Thursday after starting a fight and brandishing a knife and a gun in downtown Sidney. Christopher Finney Jr., 39, of Sidney Township, was charged with assault with a handgun, assault with a knife and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, in addition to outstanding warrants he had for his arrest. He eventually pleaded no contest to assault with a dangerous weapon.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Aug. 3, 2012