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Belding junior and football player Brendan Zuver, right, talks with new varsity coach Joe Schwander after a team introduction meeting on Wednesday.

Belding introduces new football coach

A new era of Belding High School football is underway. Rockford graduate Joe Schwander was introduced as the new varsity football coach on Wednesday in front of current and potential players, along with administration and coaches.

Tri County’s Devin Longoria, left, puts up a shot between Chippewa Hills’ Peter Lewandowski (0) and Dustin Shaw (4) during their district semifinal game Wednesday night.

Longoria leads Vikings to district hoops final

Tri County’s boys basketball team is heading to the district finals, and they can thank Devin Longoria for that. The senior jump-started a stagnant offense and helped the Vikings to a 58-46 win over the Chippewa Hills Warriors Wednesday night in the Class B district tournament at Belding.

Lakeview’s Shawn Lindsey goes up for a layup during the Wildcats’ district semifinal against Sparta on Wednesday night.

Second quarter leads Sparta past Lakeview in semifinals

If the Lakeview boys basketball team could take back the second quarter of their Class B district semifinal against Sparta Wednesday night it would have made all the difference. The Wildcats scored just three points in the second quarter and lost to the Spartans 59-40 in the Belding district tournament.


Belding City Council approves Ash donation to Belrockton Museum

A decision on the money donated from the Blanche E. Ash Trust to the Belrockton Museum has officially been made. Members of the Belding City Council approved a motion Tuesday night at the Pere Marquette Depot to establish a Belrockton fund agreement between the city and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.


Greenville hires appraiser to uphold United Solar Ovonic assessment

The Greenville City Council has hired an appraiser regarding a recent appeal of assessments on behalf of United Solar Ovonic (USO). USO and its parent company, Energy Conversion Devices, both filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 14.


OUR VIEW: MEAP scores scary, but data is key

At first glance, the 2011 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) results for our area may cause panic. But delve a little deeper into why the scoring system was changed, how numbers actually compare to past years and what our local schools do with these results. We went straight to the source and the information is more than encouraging.

Cameron Van Wyngarden

Van Wyngarden to stay in Greenville

After being offered the city manager position in Wayland, Greenville Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden turned down the job. He said after careful consideration and sleepless nights, he decided to decline the offer he received.


Man charged for using child porn in Montcalm County

A man is facing federal charges for allegedly distributing and possessing child pornography in Montcalm County. Benjamin Charles Small is charged with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography — both felonies.

Every student at Belding Area Schools in grades 6-12 will receive an iPad in the 2012-2013 school-year through the purchase of 1,300 units through a $38.8 million bond levy. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Area Schools OKs major iPad purchase

Starting next school year, students in Belding Area Schools will begin touching and tapping their way into classroom material. At a special Belding school board meeting Tuesday afternoon, the board approved purchasing 1,300 Apple iPads, putting one in the hand of every student and teacher in grades 6-12 beginning this autumn.

Ionia County Undersheriff Dale Miller

Ionia County undersheriff to run for sheriff

Ionia County Undersheriff Dale Miller of Odessa Township has announced his candidacy for sheriff. He seeks the Republican nomination in the Aug. 7 primary election and the Nov. 6 general election.