Spencer Brandt didn’t have an average childhood. In fact, he was nearly robbed of it entirely.
As summer begins to wind down, there are many elements that begin to signify that autumn is approaching. Leaves begin to shift from green to various shades of orange and red, temperatures turn from warm and humid to crisp and cool and families prepare as the school year begins once again. But another sign of autumn comes in the sound that can be heard nearly every Friday night. As residents and fans pack into home stadiums and students take to the gridiron to best their weekly foe, the initial kick of a leather football is a sure sign that autumn is upon us.
As they have every year since 1991, the Greenville Yellow Jackets will begin the high school football season against its longtime rival Belding Redskins. Greenville will travel to Rudness Field on Aug. 29 with a five game winning streak in tact. The Yellow Jackets won 43-12 last year in the first game ever at Legacy Field.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets have gone two seasons without a football playoff appearance. As the Yellow Jackets begin their quest to snap that streak, they do so with a team that is displaying the kind of leadership and chemistry that leads to successful seasons.
The Central Montcalm Hornets expect 2013 to be a bounce back season. After finishing 2-7 a year ago, the Hornets are ready to get back to the postseason after a two-year span without an extra game.
When the Central Montcalm Hornets football team took the practice field on Tuesday evening it felt more like late September than the second day of the preseason practice. The Hornets are coming off their first losing season (2-7 in 2012) since going 4-5 in 2006. Central Montcalm went to the postseason four consecutive seasons (2007-10), but have missed that goal the past two seasons (5-4 in 2011).
The Eureka Township Board received and passed a consent judgement Monday regarding a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit between the township and the city of Greenville. The city filed a lawsuit against the township on Dec. 28, 2012, involving a FOIA request made by the city to the township on Sept. 10, 2012. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic had requested public records (excluding engineering drawings and maps) related to grinder pumps and a forced sewer main constructed around Baldwin Lake.
At least some of the blacktop being milled up from Sheridan’s main street (M-66) will soon find its way into other village projects. At Tuesday evening’s meeting, village council members voted to purchase several tons of the millings from Michigan Department of Transportation contractors, which is overseeing the road improvement project there. According to Village Superintendent Doug Lane, the millings may be purchased for $7 per ton, far less than the $20 per yard the material usually goes for.
More than five dozen properties will be up for grabs at the annual Montcalm County minimum bid land auction Friday. The auction is being moved from the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) to the Sheridan Community Center, 205 Saint Clair St., to make room for more participants, according to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin.
Read the funeral notices for Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.