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Lola’s Flower Garden is one of several Carson City businesses participating in the Moonlight Madness shopping event Nov. 8. Pictured are, from left to right, co-owner Lana Litwiller, floral designer Marvelann Erskine and co-owner Lynette Litwiller. — Daily News/Amy Corey

Moonlight Madness hits Carson City on Nov. 8

A longtime Carson City holiday tradition is getting a boost this year when downtown businesses present their annual Moonlight Madness event on Thursday, Nov. 8. According to Holly Keiffer, manager of Harvey’s Farm and Garden, the Moonlight Madness sale was once a monumental undertaking, one that brought in visitors from throughout the area. Keiffer hopes to see a return this year to that former glory.

Jaimy Knowlton of Belding, front, fills out her general election ballot at the Belrockton Museum in Belding on Tuesday evening as several other Belding residents fill the voting booths casting their votes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Variety of problems caused delay in reporting Ionia and Montcalm election results

More than 60 percent of registered voters in Ionia and Montcalm counties exercised their right to vote Tuesday. Ionia County had 62 percent voter turnout, while Montcalm County had more than 61 percent voter turnout (down just a few percentage points from the 2008 presidential election).


Pierson village president ousted by write-in

Karl Van Haren survived a recall, but a write-in candidate proved to be too much. The president of the Pierson Village Council was ousted from office Tuesday. Van Haren received 19 votes compared to write-in challenger Marshall Dillon, who received 21 votes, according to unofficial results.


Belding planning commissioner candidacy gets sticky

A shroud of controversy involving a lack of recorded meeting minutes, a written letter addressed to council members, a disputed property fence and backyard chickens were at the heart of discussion at a Belding City Council meeting about the fate of the next possible Planning Commission member.


Greenville-based triathlon in the works

The Greenville City Council excitedly endorsed a Greenville triathlon — an event council members are sure will draw people into the city. During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the council received a presentation from Doug Hinken, a triathlon committee member, regarding a plan the committee came up with to have the triathlon in Greenville on June 1.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 8, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012


Missing elderly woman found safe

An 85-year-old woman was found safe after leaving an assisted living center in Orleans Township on Wednesday. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office responded to do a ground search for the missing woman with a K-9 team at 10:37 a.m.


Anderson, Insley retain school board positions in Belding; Vestaburg, CC-C, Montabella, Tri County elect board members

After a long night of waiting for election results to trickle in throughout Ionia County, a close race for two spots on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education came to an end in favor of two incumbents.

Lakeview lines up and snaps the ball for a play against Central Montcalm this season. The Wildcats finished the year 5-4 overall.

Lakeview continues football turnaround with 5-4 record

The Lakeview Wildcats narrowly missed out on the MHSAA football playoffs. Narrowly means losing four games to playoff teams, one of which is still playing (Newaygo) in the regional finals. Lakeview lost three of those games by two touchdowns or less, including a 9-8 loss to Newaygo and 21-14 to regular season unbeaten Reed City.

Belding’s Rachel Hunt goes low for a dig during Tuesday’s Class B regional semifinal game against Reed City. The Redskins lost 3-0.

Reed City sweeps Belding from volleyball playoffs

Belding’s volleyball team had their season end in tough fashion Tuesday night. The Reed City Coyotes swept the Redskins from the Class B playoffs with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-17 win in the regional semifinals at Fremont High School.