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OUR VIEW: Belding and Greenville lend a helping hand

There’s always lots of heartwarming stories unfolding during the holiday season — and Belding and Greenville are no exception.

Greenville High School graduate Madelynne Wager is shown in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Wager was recently named Top 35 Under 35 by Young People in International Affairs for her efforts abroad. Wager is an intern at The Brenthurst Foundation, which works to improve economic stability in Africa. — Courtesy Photo

Greenville grad honored for her efforts to help economic growth in Africa

As a coveted Machel-Mandela intern at a foundation focused on economic growth in Africa, Madelynne Wager was recently honored as one of the most impactful young people on international affairs. Wager, who graduated from Greenville High School in 2009, has spent the last five months in South Africa working with policy makers to form ideas to help encourage economic growth on the continent.


OUR VIEW: Belding picketers got it right

As commuters traveled through downtown Belding last Tuesday, they may have been surprised by what they saw: Dozens of community members from Belding and neighboring communities silently and steadily marching with signs along the sidewalk near Belding City Hall. Their mission? To get former police officer Jason Cooper rehired to the Belding Police Department.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 2, 2013

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Brendon Roszell donated more than 400 pounds of dog and cat food to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, rather than receive birthday presents this year. The Sheridan boy wanted to make sure the animals there had a “good Thanksgiving.” — Courtesy photo

Sheridan youth shares birthday, Thanksgiving with Animal Shelter

Brendon Roszell considers himself lucky. Allen Roszell, left, helped his son, Brendon, center, deliver over 400 pounds of dog and cat food to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter in Stanton. Accepting the donation was Animal Control Director Angela Sova, right.On Thanksgiving, the Central Montcalm Middle School student sat down with his father, Allen, grandmother, Annette, and other family members and — like a lot of Americans — enjoyed a belt-busting meal and the company of those he loves. But before he did that, Brendon did his part to make sure the canine residents of the Montcalm County Animal Shelter also had a good holiday.


Funeral Notices – Nov. 30, 2013

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 29, 2013

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Members of the Woodview Elementary School Student Council helped to organize a food drive this month that collected more than 1,000 food items for fellow students and families in need. Top row from left, Principal Bruce Cook, fifth grade students Kalaiya Horsley, 10, Jared Hoag, 11, Allyson May, 11, Alivia Lamborne, 10, and Fifth Grade Teacher Kathleen Lehman. Bottom row from left, fifth grade students Michaela Bunce, 10, Ethan Milanowski, 10, Jordan Hoag, 11, Izzy Wood, 11, and Eliot Ward, 10.

Woodview Elementary students collect food for classmates, families in need

Multiple families throughout the Belding area will have the chance to enjoy a plentiful Thanksgiving dinner this year thanks to the efforts of students at Woodview Elementary School.

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Vestaburg residence a ‘total loss’ after fire destroys home

A home in downtown Vestaburg was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning after the homeowner discovered smoke while preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

Two-year-old Tony Endres gives a "thumbs up" after being asked by Sykes if he was ready to be adopted.

Orleans Township foster parents adopt son on Michigan Adoption Day

When the Endres family of Orleans Township sits down together for Thanksgiving dinner this year, they will be doing so with one more addition to the family.
Tony Endres, 2, surrounded by family and friends at the Probate Court of Ionia County at the Ionia County Courthouse was officially adopted Tuesday by his new parents, Val and Craig Endres.