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OUR VIEW: Town stands tall in face of tragedy

In the face of tragedy, Belding and its surrounding communities demonstrated during the past few days what is truly special about where we live. The willingness — without hesitation — of dozens of community members to drop everything to help look for Devon Morrison, 10, who didn’t come home Saturday night.

Janet Ralph

What will be the impact of virtual schools and technology on brick and mortar schools?

This column and the next few are by far the most challenging I have undertaken since the Daily News offered me the opportunity to write weekly about education. The use of technology to help educate our young people is intriguing, controversial, confusing and difficult to explain. I am well aware of that, but I am determined to try to help parents and the public better understand this complicated issue.


Rash of larceny hits vehicles south of Greenville

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating approximately 10 thefts from unlocked vehicles in the Hebert Estates area south of Greenville.

From left, Carson City area residents Mary Louise Helwig, Jim Near and Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge share a laugh during a conversation at the first Coffee With A Cop” gathering in Carson City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City residents socialize with police officers over coffee

The view of the McDonald’s parking lot Tuesday morning may have appeared intimidating to motorists passing by, with two police cruisers parked in plain sight. However, the atmosphere inside the restaurant was nothing but friendly and casual as police officers mingled with residents during the first “Coffee With A Cop” gathering.


Purchase of digital sign at Central Montcalm Public Schools put on hold

More than three years ago, the Central Montcalm Board of Education voted to purchase a digitalized sign to be installed in front of the high school, however, the issue is still unsettled due to current financial constraints.

From left, Kelly Cox, sergeant at arms for the Women’s Auxiliary, Ernie Cox, vice commander of Belding American Legion Post 203, Woodview Elementary Principal Bruce Cook, Woodview and Ellis elementary schools Assistant Principal Dwight Quinn, Belding Middle School Principal Joel Olson and Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver, stand together after receiving 75 American flags from the legion.

American Legion Post 203 presents 75 flags to Belding school board

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting Monday began with a moment of silence. Board President Tom Humphreys stood from his chair and asked that everyone stand for a moment in memory of Devon Morrison, 10, a Woodview Elementary School student who was discovered dead in the Flat River earlier that same day.

2012 Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Leo Marshall, left, and Paul Jorgensen stand in front of the Hall of Fame wall. The wall was donated by John and Linda Stafford and features plaques of each honoree.

Four elected into Greenville Athletic HOF

Tonight at Legacy Field in Greenville, four individuals will be inducted into the Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame. The second class features coaches Dave Hannah, Kent Ingles and Larry Taylor and doctor Robert E. Rice.


CC-Crystal, Vestaburg football to play Salute Our Soldiers game

Last year, Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg played a game that was set up to benefit local soldiers in Montcalm County. Tonight’s game between the Eagles and Wolverines will once again be in honor of U.S. soldiers.

Greenville’s Leah Somerfield hits the ball for a point during Greenville’s league win over Northview on Thursday at home.

Greenville sweeps league rival Northview

Finally, in front its home crowd, the Greenville Yellow Jackets volleyball team didn’t disappoint the home fans. Playing at home for the first time this season, the Yellow Jackets cruised to a three-game sweep of O-K Bronze rival Northview Wildcats. Greenville won 25-22, 25-20, 25-19.

Benjamin Wilkins and his attorney, Thomas Wilson, protested Wilkins’ prison sentence before Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger on Thursday morning in 8th Judicial Circuit Court.

Greenville man sentenced for inflicting severe child abuse

Benjamin Wilkins confessed to making some bad judgment calls while babysitting his girlfriend’s daughter, but he came short of admitting that it was he who harmed the toddler, leaving her with life-altering injuries.