Belding’s softball team did it again in 2013. The Redskins went to the Division 2 quarterfinals for the fifth season in a row this year, and coach Mikayla Linebaugh loved it.
Things are turning to the good for Carson City-Crystal’s softball program. The Eagles finished 16-12 this season, which coach Samantha Jensen was ecstatic about.
When it came to figuring out why the Central Montcalm baseball team didn’t do as well as coach Rocky Studley would have liked, he boiled it down to one thing. “We had too many errors,” he said. “That was the deal. We played ball with some pretty good teams. But we had too many errors on the year.”
There were a few things that conspired against Montabella’s baseball team in the 2013 season. First was the weather. Then the youth of the team.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Belding Redskins softball team won a district championship. They followed that win up with a fourth consecutive regional championship a week later. This year, though, they did it without three-time all-state pitcher Kyleigh Linebaugh. The former Belding star just completed her freshman season of softball for the Davenport University Panthers.
The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is underway, and to kick off the week, some 4-H’ers competed in showmanship during the horse and pony show on Monday. Megan Wall, 15, of Pierson, was named the grand champion of the horse and pony show with her horse Tas.
It seems timing is everything when going out for street improvement bids. “Our bids for the street improvements came in about $100,000 over what we had planned for,” Mayor Bruce Tasker told the city council Tuesday night. According to Tasker, the Spicer Group suggested some reasons for higher bids. One reason given was the cost of gasoline was more than $4 per gallon when the bid process started.
Local people have banded together to make a difference in the world of animals that do not have a permanent place to live. On Wednesday (Kid’s Day) at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, a table will be set up to take blanket donations to make beds for animals in shelters.
The Edmore Village Council interviewed three very different candidates Monday afternoon for the position of village manager. Richard Lock, who was fired from his last job as town administrator after one month on the job, was interviewed the longest, a total of 52 minutes. Neil Rankin, a substitute teacher, was interviewed for 42 minutes, while the interview for Aaron Desentz, an emergency management fellow and library security assistant, clocked in at just 23 minutes.
It was 2002 when Gary Higginbotham started buying and selling new and used merchandise as vendor at area flea markets. During the next 13 years, he also utilized his home and those different venues to work toward his goal of opening a storefront business of his own. On May 20, 2013, Gary’s Flea Market came into fruition.