School may be out for the summer, but that isn’t stopping a group of students in Belding from sharpening their writing skills as they attempt to author a book of their very own. The Lakers Writers Group, out of Grand Valley State University, has been hosting the annual Lakers Writers Camp at Belding Middle School again this year, where students in third through sixth grade have been working to write their own story by summer’s end.
The forecast originally called for scattered thunderstorms, but families couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable day Wednesday as hundreds of children scattered throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds during the annual Kids Day event. Jumping from ride to ride at the midway, feeding animals at the petting zoo or waiting patiently to get one’s face painted, the fairgrounds were full of children and adults on a day that Kids Day Coordinator Shari Potter said couldn’t have gone better.
The city of Greenville has amended its firework ordinance to restrict the time fireworks can be discharged the day before, the day of and the day after a holiday. The Greenville City Council held a special meeting on Wednesday to amend its recently added firework ordinance.
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Five people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Eureka Township on Wednesday evening.
No more pencils. No more books. Most of us who have been around awhile are familiar with the old saying about school that is usually attributed to students heading for a summer break. No more pencils, no more books suggest that schools close down during the months of June, July and August. It is unfortunate that impression persists, because in 2013 it is a long way from the truth.
Building a coherent community is something that requires everyone to pull together and make some sacrifices for the greater good. The Flat River Community Players’ (FRCP) upcoming production of “Into the Woods” is one of those collaborations that have come with some sacrifices. Greenville High School’s auditorium manager Chris Chapman calls this collaboration a “new experiment” between the school district and the Flat River Community Players.
The roar of straining horses could be heard throughout the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening; the kind of horses one finds beneath the hood of a hulking John Deere tractor. At the fairground’s grandstand arena, dozens of antique tractors went fender-to-fender to compete in this year’s tractor pull, sponsored by the Flat River Antique Tractor Club. Owners of Farmall’s, Deere’s and International Harvester’s pushed their rigs to the limit in an attempt to drag a weighted sled just a little farther than the next guy.
Uncertain economic times bring added tensions to the practice of revenue sharing among and between governmental units. When money becomes short, so does the patience of the players when it comes to divvying up taxpayer dollars. Federal, state, municipal and township entities all wish to hold their ground and burnish their budgets, even as the pot shrinks.
A decrease in response times, an increase in run volume and a number of unmet calls are resulting in new hires at Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services. EMS Director Dave Feldpausch recently updated the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee about the need for additional EMS staffing.