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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.


Sheridan Community Hospital restructured

Sheridan Community Hospital is undergoing some major changes. The 22-licensed bed acute care hospital serving Montcalm County and parts of Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Mecosta counties is now being controlled by two new entities — Michigan Rural Health Care Preservation and the newly created Sheridan Health Care Preservation. Michigan Rural Health Care Preservation has offices in Deckerville, Saginaw and West Branch. The new Sheridan Health Care Preservation is comprised of the former hospital board of directors.


Belding school board recall fails to make ballot

An effort to add recall elections of two Belding school board members to the Nov. 6 general election ballot has failed after failure to acquire the necessary amount of signatures. On May 14, recall language for school board members Timothy Flynn and Tom Humphreys was submitted to Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich. The language was approved on May 25 by Rich and the Ionia County Election Commission.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 20, 2012

Read funeral notices for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

Lexie Edwards, Danielle Clise and Maegan Chinevere will be representing Central Montcalm High School at the regional Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association competition in Midland on Sept. 29 and 30.

Central Montcalm equestrian team to compete in regionals

It took a lot of horsing around for three young Stanton women to become division champions for District 8 Division C on Sept. 9. But all the hard work has paid off as the Central Montcalm High School Equestrian Team plans for its trip to regional competition at the end of the month.

Belding quarterback Brady Badder lines up behind center Cody Zahm during the season opening game against Greenville. Belding hosts Comstock Park on Friday.

Belding ready for B Foundation game

Friday night’s football game in Belding isn’t just a normal home game for the Redskins. It’s also the B Foundation’s Believe Week game, where the players will be playing for cancer victims.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 20

Belding 1st (Boys): The Redskins took home first place honors in the second O-K Blue Jamboree at Sparta on Wednesday. The Redskins had three runners in the top five spots…


OUR VIEW: ArtPrize sprinkled with local flavor

ArtPrize is here! Today it all begins … now until 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. It’s downtown and throughout Grand Rapids in over 160 venues, and it’s a ball for all.