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Belding’s Scotty Foote is in a tight race with Ionia’s Tommy White in the 110 hurdles on Wednesday. Foote was second with a time of 15.7 seconds, just behind White’s 15.3.

Belding track teams split in first meets of season

It was overcast and it was windy. After weeks of beautiful weather, Michigan’s normal spring settled back in on Wednesday for the first Belding Redskins track meet of the season.

Norice Rasmussen, right, received the Award of Merit from the Michigan Association of School Boards during Monday night’s Montcalm County School Board Association (MCSBA) membership meeting. Rasmussen was presented the award by Janet Ralph, Greenville Public Schools Board of Education president and MCSBA president. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville school board member Rasmussen honored

Greenville Public Schools (GPS) Board of Education Vice President Norice Rasmussen has earned an Award of Merit from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). Rasmussen was honored Monday night during the Montcalm County School Board Association membership meeting She received the award because of her efforts to improve her leadership skills, demonstrating her commitment to student achievement and her own continuous improvement, according to Jennifer Rogers in a press release from MASB. “I was completely surprised,” said Rasmussen of finding out she was receiving the award.

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Belding bond project under budget, more projects added

The face of Belding Area Schools appears to have a different look each day that construction continues at the high school and Ellis Elementary School — and even more changes are on the way after various projects have come in “significantly under budget” in recent weeks. According to school board President Tom Humphreys, bids on future projects such as remodeling the middle school building have come in enough under budget that additional projects have now been given the green light for future construction.


2 men injured in high-speed accident

Two men were injured after their car crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed this morning. Mecosta County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident at 9:05 a.m. on 5 Mile Road near 120th Avenue.


Funeral Notices for March 28, 2012

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Area school board members learn about technology, relationships and boundaries

Local boards of education are being advised to look at policies regarding technology, relationships and boundaries. During the semi-annual Montcalm County School Board Association (MCSBA) general membership meeting Monday night, the members received a presentation from Derrick R. Fries, an expert witness for United States School Liaison Cases.

Montabella’s Kayla LaCroix, top, has to chase the ball while Morley Stanwood’s Sam Carey slides into second base during the first game of the team’s doubleheader Tuesday.

Montabella falls twice in season opener to Mohawks

Montabella’s softball team found out Morley Stanwood’s softball team may be as good as their state champion volleyball and basketball teams. The Mustangs were mercied twice by the Mohawks 12-1 in five and 17-3 — both in five innings — in the first doubleheader of the season for both teams.

New Montabella softball coach Vicky Sawyer coaches from third base during Tuesday’s doubleheader with Morley Stanwood.

Sawyer debuts as new Montabella softball coach

Trying to rebuild a program is a tough thing to do. But Vicky Sawyer is going to attempt just that with Montabella’s softball team. Sawyer debuted as head coach of the Mustangs on Tuesday, losing the first two games of the season to Morley Stanwood at home.


Lakeview mother and infant injured in car accident with 5 teens

A Lakeview woman and her infant child were injured after their car was struck by another car containing five teenagers. Mecosta County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident at 2:17 p.m. Tuesday on 5 Mile Road near 95th Avenue.

Stanley “Kempy” Saussy is pictured at the Danish Festival in downtown Greenville in 1982. Saussy died Saturday at the age of 66. — Courtesy photo

Danish Festival parade mainstay ‘Kempy’ dies

Danish Festival-goers may not have known his name, but they knew his face. Stanley Saussy, better known as “Kempy,” has been a familiar figure in Danish Festival parades since the early 1970s. Kempy died Saturday after a heart attack at his home in Greenville. He was 66.