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Virtual school reaching out to local districts

After partnering with Greenville Public Schools in August to offer high school drop-outs a chance to earn their diploma via a virtual school, Berrien Springs Virtual Academy is now reaching out to neighboring school districts. Among those are Belding Area Schools, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and Tri County Area Schools. During Monday night’s Belding school board meeting, Dallas Bell, executive director of partner schools, gave a 10-minute presentation informing board members of the new West Michigan Virtual School, located at 8153 Satterlee Road in Greenville.

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Monthly COGG meetings under way again

On Thursday, the monthly Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) meetings kicked off. Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Co-Director Candy Kerschen hosts the gatherings for members of the community to meet and discuss what they are doing in the community.

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Man sentenced to jail for Greenville stabbing

A Grand Rapids-area man was sentenced to jail time Thursday after stabbing a Greenville man and attempting to stab a Greenville woman. Corey Cole, 25, of Wyoming, Mich., was originally charged with attempted murder and felonious assault. He pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. According to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak, officers responded to a fight in progress around 11 p.m. June 29 at River’s Edge Townhouses in the 700 block of Hillcrest Street in Greenville.

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Walk-a-thon will benefit students at Baldwin Heights Elementary

The Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding a walk-a-thon fundraiser to benefit pupils at the school. “This will be the first ever walk-a-thon,” said PTO president Ann Harvey. “No other school in our district has ever done one as a school fundraiser and we have decided to be the first.”

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Armed robber hits Belding convenience store

A man dressed in military style digital camouflage is being sought in connection with an armed robbery that took place at 10:04 p.m. Thursday at the Belding C Store Marathon Station, 1002 S. Bridge St. According to Chief Dale Nelson of the Belding Police Department, the suspect entered the store and demanded money from the cash register after showing the clerk a pistol. No shots were fired.

Belding’s Cesar Corona-Camacho moves the ball away from a Coopersville defender during Thursday’s “Pink Game” at Rudness Field. The Redskins won 2-1.

Belding earns first win against Coopersville

It was a goal. Then it wasn’t a goal. Regardless of the controversial finish, the Belding Redskins defeated O-K Blue rival Coopersville 2-1 on Thursday at Rudness Field as part of the week long B Foundation “Pink Week.”

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SPORTS GALORE: Rooting for the Angels

Well, I will be rooting for the Los Angeles Angels beginning tonight. The AL Central leading Chicago White Sox will play their next three games against the Angels.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Sept. 20

FHE 3, Greevnville 0: The Yellow Jackets battled with O-K Bronze leader Forest Hills Eastern on Thursday, but could not come up with the win…

The site of the new Belding Freedom Wall, located just west of the Pere Marquette Depot on Depot Street in downtown Belding, is currently in development and continues to take shape on a weekly basis. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Freedom Wall project moving forward

Three and a half years ago Belding resident Denny Craycraft dreamed of building a single wall with a list of names to celebrate local veterans who fought in World War II. The project would cost approximately $9,000. Standing in front of members of Belding City Council Tuesday night at the Pere Marquette Depot, Craycraft updated the council on the project being built outside the building just feet from where he was standing. Craycraft described the project as “a real roller coaster,” and that makes sense because that $9,000 Freedom Wall has since turned into the development of a much larger Veterans Memorial with bids now reaching $75,000 in total costs.

During his 22 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Chief Petty Officer Jay Durnell, left, became a Blue Angel pilot. — Courtesy photo

Sailing into the sunset: Greenville man retiring from U.S. Navy

After spending 22 years in the U.S. Navy, Chief Petty Officer Jay Durnell, 40, is retiring and returning home to Greenville to spend time with his family. When Durnell was 18 years old, he enlisted in the Navy as an E1 seaman recruit and over the years worked his way up to the seventh highest in command — chief petty officer. It was the 1960s movie “The Gallant Hours” that inspired Durnell to go into the Navy.