It’s a hot one out there. With temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-90s today and Friday, people and animals at the weeklong Montcalm County 4-H Fair are scrambling to stay cool. Barb Altizer, horse show manager and a member of the horse leaders board, said fair officials have made quite a few changes to adjust to soaring temps.
Belding Area Schools will soon have its new superintendent. At a special school board meeting Wednesday night, board members voted unanimously to select Sara Shriver, the district’s director of instruction and technology, as the new interim superintendent.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials prevented an attempted murder for hire by an inmate in the Montcalm County Jail this week. Ronald Earl Cooper, 36, of Schoolcraft, allegedly made arrangements to have a 24-year-old Kalamazoo woman killed while Cooper was in jail as a lodger from Kalamazoo County.
We are more than a little disappointed that yet another recall effort is in the works, this one in Belding. At issue, is the Board of Education’s decision to privatize the district’s custodial services to a third-party vendor at the recommendation of their administration and after months of study. The decision was not made lightly and in the end the district will save an anticipated $802,000 over a three-year period. That is not chump change and in the environment the district finds itself in with declining enrollments, it likely is only the first of many such moves that will be needed to right the finances of the system. Transportation and sports may not be far behind.
The swine show at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair featured youths and pigs of all shapes and sizes. But Colin Hough and his 282-pound pig, Bob, stole the show Tuesday.
Life can throw a lot of challenges one’s way, and how you overcome those challenges can shape you into the person you are today. For recent Belding High School graduate Erik Doty, everything about who he is today can be tracked to one tragic event that nearly took his life almost four years ago.
The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved the 2012-2013 budget, after a few last-minute amendments. The board voted 5-0 to approve $15,000,169 in general fund appropriations for the 2012-2013 year with increases in revenue and decreases in expenditure.
A Greenville man has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. Benjamin Charles Small was charged in March with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography — both felonies. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to distributing child pornography.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I am grateful for the opportunity to publicly express my appreciation to the Greenville community. These past few months have allowed me to meet some genuinely nice and thoughtful people. As the weeks continue, I’ve discovered that this is the norm and the residents of Greenville care about their community and want to contribute toward improving the city. I have seen this reflected with the members of City Council who have, despite unprecedented economic challenges, somehow continue to maintain funding levels for the public safety department.