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A rendering of what the proposed park could look like if it were to be constructed at the empty lot sitting across from City Hall in Belding at the corner of Bridge and Congress. — Courtesy drawing

Belding freedom wall may become veterans park

What originally began as an effort to resurrect a freedom wall to honor area veterans in Belding has grown into much more in just four short months. By Memorial Day 2012, Denny Craycraft, the Belding veteran spearheading the freedom wall project, is hoping to officially break ground on the first phase of constructing a veterans park in Belding.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 21, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Tri County’s Dani Longoria recovers the ball after Lakeview’s Estelle Molitor knocks it away during Tuesday’s game at Lakeview. The Wildcats won 40-28.

Lakeview earns fifth win against Tri County

The Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings girls basketball teams spent a majority of the night at the free throw line on Tuesday. The two teams combined for 47 fouls, 58 free throws and plenty of turnovers in Lakeview’s 40-28 nonconference victory over the Vikings at Cook Gymnasium.


Jolls lifts Carson City-Crystal past Belding

Belding’s boys basketball team was leading late in the fourth quarter, smelling their first win of the season. But Carson City-Crystal’s Maxxton Jolls had his own ideas.
The Eagle senior made two straight three-point shots – the second with 13 seconds left – to beat the Redskins 47-46 Tuesday night.

Greenville High School’s 3D art class, taught by Sonja Peterson, teamed up with Montcalm County Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski to help create a display to raise awareness for recycling. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville student sculptures show ways to think before throwing away

Because people usually generate more garbage during the holiday season than the rest of the year, Montcalm County officials want people to think before they throw items away. More often than not a particular item can be recycled, donated, reused or repurposed, said Jacob Rytlewski, Montcalm County’s resource recovery coordinator.

Gary Valentine

Valentine named interim director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety

City Manager George Bosanic has appointed Sgt. Gary Valentine as the interim director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety. Valentine’s new position started Tuesday following the retirement of former Director Michael Stuck.


Central Montcalm students expelled for drug possession

Two Central Montcalm High School students were expelled for the remainder of the school year following a school board vote Monday night. The board met in separate closed sessions, per parental request, to discuss disciplinary action for the male student and female student.


Montcalm County’s Health Care Plus ‘doing just fine’

Health Care Plus is not losing money as Montcalm County officials previously thought. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director David Feldpausch previously told the Board of Commissioners he was predicting Health Care Plus would lose $5,000 or more this year due to a combination of more claims and greater claim amounts. The plan was thought to have been losing money since 2008 and commissioners were in the process of seeking legal advice.

Jake Helms

Central Montcalm schools superintendent to retire

Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Jake Helms has decided it is time to retire … again. Helms told school board members at their Monday night meeting that it is time to begin a replacement search process, either by hiring an outside firm or organizing a search themselves.


Montcalm Technical Rescue Team still struggling

An uncertain future continues to loom for the Montcalm Technical Rescue Team (MTRT). The MTRT was created in 1996 to perform confined space rescues in Montcalm County. Duties expanded in 2001 to include high angle rescue, trench rescue, search and rescue, collapse rescue, water rescue, assisting the sheriff’s Dive Team, terrorism response and assisting in weather emergencies.