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New Belding head coach Joe Schwander gives instruction to his quarterbacks and running backs during Wednesday’s practice. The Redskins open the season Aug. 24 at Greenville.

Belding football continues to progress with new coach

For the first time in more than a decade the Belding Redskins football team began its season preparations for a new coach. Rockford native Joe Schwander has assumed the head coaching duties and has been working tirelessly since to improve and at the same time continue the Belding football tradition.

Participants in Tuesday night’s Howard City Harvest Festival queen pageant included, from left to right, Jenna Butler, Jessie Frisbie, first runner-up Nina Hadley, Queen Nicole Newell and second runner-up Ashlyn Sutton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Harvest Festival queen wants to be a role model

The competition was fierce, but even when the race came down to a tie, Nicole Newell pulled ahead for the win. Newell, 18, was crowed the 2012 Howard City Harvest Festival queen Tuesday night at Tri County High School. She is the daughter of Dawn and the late John Edward Newell.


Redskins to compete in realigned O-K Blue

The Belding Redskins football schedule will feature four new teams in 2012. The Redskins remain members of the O-K Blue Conference after the league realigned its divisions, even adding the new O-K Bronze.


Helicopter knocks down power lines while crop dusting

A crop-dusting helicopter accidently flew into some power lines Wednesday morning, causing a power outage in the Stanton area. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, a caller on North Peoples Road reported the accident at 10:07 a.m.


9-year-old seriously injured after car vs. bike accident

A 9-year-old girl from Vestaburg was seriously injured after a car struck her bicycle Wednesday night. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a car versus bicycle personal injury accident at about 10:42 p.m.


Just in: Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar to become a microbrewery

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP – Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar plans to start break ground on a microbrewery within the month.


2 of 3 Pierson Village Council trustees survive recall

Two out of three Pierson Village Council members survived a recall vote Tuesday — barely. Rebecca Starr held onto her seat with a vote of 8-11, while Verna Smigiel also held onto her seat with a vote of 9-10. Duane Griffes, however, was recalled by a vote of 11-8.

John Bush

Bush wins Ionia County drain commissioner primary, prepares for final term

John Bush of Belding successfully won Tuesday’s primary election over challenger David Daniels of Lake Odessa to retain his role as Ionia County Drain Commissioner. With 3,034 of 4,354 votes (70 percent) Bush easily won the Republican race. Bush has no Democratic opposition in November’s general election. He says this will be his last term as county drain commissioner.


Fenwick’s Wirtz will represent District 5 in Ionia County

Scott Wirtz of Fenwick won a three-man race over Kenneth Thompson of Orleans and Chad Murphy of Orleans in Tuesday’s primary election for the Republican candidate for Ionia County Commissioner District 5. Wirtz won the election with 248 votes (47 percent) against 123 votes (23 percent) for Thompson and 115 (22 percent) for Murphy.

Residents of Greenville visited the Greenville Area Community Center on Tuesday afternoon to vote in the 2012 August primary election. Local residents took to the voting booths Tuesday to vote in the 2012 August primary election to vote on a number of local government races and millages.— Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services millage renewed

Voters overwhelmingly approved renewing a Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services millage Tuesday.Voters were asked to approve renewing 0.75 mills over three years to provide funds for maintenance and operations of ambulance and medical first response services from 2013 to 2016. Residents will pay 75 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value on their property.