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‘Who would do such a thing?’ Community mourns loss of bridge

For one resident, it was the memories she had of her father that brought her to tears when seeing the blackened, charcoaled wood resting in the Flat River. On Monday, Wendy Agostini of Lowell had to see for herself what was left of Whites Bridge after an arson left it collapsed on Sunday. “It hurts my heart,” she said, grabbing her heart while tears came to her eyes. “This hurts so bad.”


Housing First grant deadline is Friday for local agencies

The Ionia/Montcalm Continuum of Care will be awarded an allocation by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) through the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.


Funeral Notices – July 9, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

Ryan Bennett, 24, of Howard City, was sentenced on June 27 for the death of Scott Gregory, 25, of Howard City, last summer. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

ON THE RECORD: Fatal accident sentence handed down amid ‘extenuating circumstances’

It was just another Thursday night in a small town Two young men who had attended high school together happened to visit the local bar at the same time. They shared a conversation before going their separate ways. In the early morning hours of Friday, one man was dead in the middle of the road just a few blocks away from the bar. The other man would take the blame for the death, but the facts of what really happened that summer night will likely never be known.

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SMASHING START: Disc golf park opens in Belding

Deep in the woods at Lightning Bend Park, there is little to listen to but the quiet whispers of mother nature. Be it the wind whistling through the leaves or birds chirping high above in the trees overhead, it’s easy to be at peace when spending time in the heavily wooded city park. But now, on occasion, a new, unfamiliar, but welcome sound may be heard.

Police are continuing their investigation into a fire that took place around 5 a.m. Thursday at the Greenville Recreation Department’s primary storage facility. — Courtesy photo

Greenville Recreation Department fire investigated

Police are continuing their investigation into a fire that took place around 5 a.m. Thursday at the Greenville Recreation Department’s primary storage facility.


BREAKING: Perrinton man dies after Crystal Lake boating accident

A Perrinton man has died after being pulled from Crystal Lake on the Fourth of July.


Funeral Notices – July 8, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Monday, July 8, 2013.

A sketch of one of the two suspects.

Belding men suspected in armed robbery

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in their investigation of a chilling armed robbery inside a local residence.

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Whites Bridge destroyed by act of arson

Someone set fire to one of Michigan’s oldest covered wooden bridges early Sunday, completely destroying the span that has stretched across the Flat River south of Belding since the shortly after the end of the Civil War. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said it was alerted about 5:10 a.m. to the fire on the Whites Bridge in Keene Township, southwest of Belding. That was about two hours after neighbor Grant Young said he awoke to an explosion and walked outside to find the span engulfed in flames.