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OUR VIEW: Vote yes for Montcalm County EMS millage

If you’re in an accident or having a heart attack, the last thing you or your loved ones want to think about is whether an ambulance is going to show up at the scene. There are places in this country where this is a real concern. But we’ve been lucky in Montcalm County to have such responsive Emergency Medical Services personnel, primarily because we as voters have ranked this service as a priority and supported key millage proposals in the past.

A two-story frame house with a large side lot attached on Hambrook Street in Belding has a minimum bid of $9,200.

Ionia County foreclosure sale set for Aug. 1

About 30 properties will be up for grabs at the annual Ionia County foreclosure auction Aug. 1. According to Judy Clark of the Ionia County treasurer’s office, there has been an increase in foreclosed properties over the past four years, but the numbers are mostly holding steady.

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

WOODS AND WATERS: Dams provide some of the best fishing around

Last week I mentioned the large northern pike I landed at the Rockford dam on the Rogue River. Well, that column got me thinking about some of the other places I and others have had success, and in many instances that is at or near a dam.

The Belding Redskins’ offense gets ready to run a play during a game last year at home. Belding opens the 2012 season at Greenville on Aug. 24. — File photos

Belding transitioning to new style under new football coach

This upcoming football season will begin a new chapter in a long and rich football tradition for the Belding Redskins. This offseason former Rockford assistant coach Joe Schwander was hired to take over the Redskins football program. Schwander replaces Joel Wilker who is now the school’s athletic director.


Funeral Notices for July 28, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, July 28, 2012

Vestaburg artist Luverne Adamson, was not only the poster contest winner for the Danish Festival, but the Danish Festival mural artist. The mural was unveiled Friday at Preferred Credit Union. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

2012 Danish Festival mural unveiled

The community now has the ability to enjoy the Danish Festival mural as it was unveiled Friday morning. The “Snow Queen” mural was unveiled on the north side of Preferred Credit Union, located on M-91 in Greenville.

Pictured, from left, Curt McCraken, Dennis Lance, Jerry Stone, Chris Johnston, Kristine Stewart, Ted Padgett and Sandy Raines answer questions and explain why they are the one to vote for Aug. 7 during Thursday’s Meet the Candidates forum in Crystal Township. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Montcalm County candidates gather for forum in Crystal

Nearly 20 people gathered at the Crystal Community Center on Thursday night to hear from local and county candidates who are running for elected office this year. The forum, moderated by Tim Bohen, gave community members a chance to hear from five of the candidates running for positions on the Crystal Township Board, as well as two candidates running for Montcalm County drain commissioner. One of the questions asked was, “What are the top three issues you will address immediately if elected?”

Angel, a German shepherd mix, watches over her newfound fawn friend while playing in Kendra Bailey’s back yard in Belding. — Courtesy photo

Dog and rescued fawn become fast friends

It’s an affectionate tale of two animals that formed an unlikely and warmhearted bond after a young man’s early morning drive the week before Memorial Day. Greenville resident Shane Nowack and friends were driving to breakfast in late May when he noticed a small deer in the middle of the road. Nowack swerved to avoid the deer and stopped his car noticing it didn’t move. But when he looked for the deer it was no longer in the road. “The deer had moved to the side of the road,” Nowack said. “I knew something wasn’t right because they usually take off, but this deer just cowered there.”

Greenville’s Sandi Hebert displays her hard-earned medal after conquering 13.1 miles at the Great Wall Marathon in China. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman takes on great race on the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China, the world’s longest human-made structure stretching as much as 6,700 miles (including natural barriers), was first built as a wall of defense between warring tribes. The first unified section was completed during the Han dynasty in 221-206 B.C. The highest point of elevation measures approximately 1,968.5 feet. Since 2001, a group from Denmark has been organizing a marathon on the Great Wall. Sandi Hebert, 45, of Greenville got the once-in-a-lifetime chance of participating in the marathon May 19.


Greenville has new resource for sexual assault victims

The first satellite office of the YWCA Nurse Examiner Program (NEP) opened its doors in June at the Greenville Patient Care Center/Spectrum Health United Obstetrics and Gynecology. The YWCA West Central Michigan, Spectrum Health United Hospital and Relief After Violent Encounter Ionia/Montcalm (RAVE) came together to open the office. “We are very proud to partner with them,” said Brian Basser, chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview.