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The new police cruiser will replace one of the more obsolete models in the current fleet at the Belding Police Department.

Belding Police Department to get new police cruiser

In the words of Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, “It’s time to put a new car in the fleet.” At Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot, Nelson got his wish as council members voted unanimously, 5-0, on the purchase of a new police cruiser to be used by the Belding Police Department.


Crystal Township Fire Department may buy Montcalm County rescue vehicle

The Crystal Township Fire Department has a “new” rescue vehicle. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to sell the old Rescue 20 vehicle — a 1996 GMC with 33,000 miles — to the Crystal Township Fire Department for $1,000.


Belding City Council appoints Jon Bunce to fill vacant council seat

Jon Bunce has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Belding City Council. After the resignation of former councilman Roger Wills, members of City Council had 30 days to fill the vacancy. After council members interviewed four candidates, Bunce was officially appointed and sworn in during Tuesday’s City Council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot.


Funeral Notices for March 21, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Montcalm Township firefighter Brian Christopherson uses a hose to extinguish a smoldering hay bale. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Township Fire Department fights grass fire at local farm

A grass fire at a local farm coincided with the first day of spring Tuesday. The Montcalm Township Fire Department responded to the fire at 3:50 p.m. at Petersen Farms just east of M-91 between the East Montcalm Cemetery and the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said Adam Petersen of Petersen Farms called in the fire.


OUR VIEW: Technologies allow for new ways to learn

We’ve heard a lot about the addition of technology in our local school classrooms — laptops, tablets, Android phones and iPads. And we’ve also heard a lot of opinions about whether this is a good thing. We think it is. Today’s world is driven by technology — it runs companies, allows us to stay connected with family and friends who live far away, and puts all kinds of helpful information at our fingertips.

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Reflecting on the quality

I have a sign on my refrigerator that says, “Meditating while multi-tasking.” Unfortunately, that sums me up! And those of you who know me can testify that is true. Many of us are traveling at the speed of life and it is too fast, way too fast. My friend, Martha Henning, recently had a new grandbaby. We were talking about what a special time that is. When a baby is born, the world stops for a bit. Life goes on, but we step out of the busy into our own special place. We savor every bit of the experience.

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Photos released of purse thieves at Big Rapids Meijer

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Feb. 28 theft of a purse at the Meijer Store in Big Rapids. Surveillance camera footage shows the suspects as being a man and woman in their 50s.

Belding’s Charlene Kehoe, right, signs a letter of intent while her mother Lynn watches. Charlene will be playing soccer for Cornerstone University in the fall.

Belding’s Kehoe to play at Cornerstone

In the short time Belding has been playing varsity soccer, very few players have been able to play in college. Charlene Kehoe will be one of those, as she signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play for Cornerstone University.

Vestaburg’s Taylor Darmody goes up for a shot during a game this season. She earned second team MSAC honors this year.

Vestaburg’s Schuch, Darmody, Bissell all-MSAC

Three Vestaburg girls basketball players here honored by the Mid-State Activities Conference for their play this season. Emma Schuch was named to the all-MSAC first team, while Taylor Darmody was second-team and Lauren Bissell honorable mention.