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Both Greenville and Belding city councils approved new fireworks ordinances that restrict when fireworks will be allowed to be used during the year, which both cities hope will resolve noise complaints, mostly during holidays. — File photo

Belding bans fireworks from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. outside of holidays

Now seven months into Gov. Snyder’s law making the purchase and use of consumer fireworks legal in Michigan, members of Belding City Council voted Tuesday night to limit the use of those very fireworks outside of the national holidays they are intended to be used for. After receiving complaints from members of the community about excessive use of fireworks, city council members voted 4-0 to approve an amendment to the city’s code of ordinances.

Francis McKenna

United Auto Workers founder, longtime Hubbardston resident dies

Jill McKenna believes her uncle was the last great Irishman. Francis McKenna, a longtime Hubbardston resident, died Aug. 2. He was 98 years old.

Longtime Stanton residents Loren and Peggy Krantz will be honored as grand marshals in Saturday's Stanton Old Fashioned Days parade. — File photo

Stanton Old Fashioned Days takes place this weekend

Continuing with a mix of traditional events and adding some new family features is the goal for this year’s Stanton Old Fashioned Days celebration. Kicking off this year’s festival is the Stanton Art Cruise, which began Monday and will continue through Saturday. More than 80 pieces of artwork are on display at businesses throughout Stanton. Competitors are vying for a $1,000 cash prize.

Miss Danish Festival 2011 Audrey Frank will crown her successor at the Miss Danish Festival Queen’s Pageant Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Greenville Performing Arts Center. Competing for the title are, from left, Ricki Rood, Erica Anderson, Frank, Meagan Draper, Jessi Miller and Emily Smith.

Danish Festival pageant contestants announced

The Miss Danish Festival Queen’s Pageant will take place 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Performing Arts Center.


OUR VIEW: Voter apathy strikes again in primary election

Despite multiple contested races on the ballots, voter turnout was low Tuesday in both Ionia and Montcalm counties. Only 16 percent of registered voters bothered to show up at the polls in Ionia County, while just 17 percent participated in Montcalm County.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 9, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.

New Belding head coach Joe Schwander gives instruction to his quarterbacks and running backs during Wednesday’s practice. The Redskins open the season Aug. 24 at Greenville.

Belding football continues to progress with new coach

For the first time in more than a decade the Belding Redskins football team began its season preparations for a new coach. Rockford native Joe Schwander has assumed the head coaching duties and has been working tirelessly since to improve and at the same time continue the Belding football tradition.

Participants in Tuesday night’s Howard City Harvest Festival queen pageant included, from left to right, Jenna Butler, Jessie Frisbie, first runner-up Nina Hadley, Queen Nicole Newell and second runner-up Ashlyn Sutton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City Harvest Festival queen wants to be a role model

The competition was fierce, but even when the race came down to a tie, Nicole Newell pulled ahead for the win. Newell, 18, was crowed the 2012 Howard City Harvest Festival queen Tuesday night at Tri County High School. She is the daughter of Dawn and the late John Edward Newell.


Redskins to compete in realigned O-K Blue

The Belding Redskins football schedule will feature four new teams in 2012. The Redskins remain members of the O-K Blue Conference after the league realigned its divisions, even adding the new O-K Bronze.


Helicopter knocks down power lines while crop dusting

A crop-dusting helicopter accidently flew into some power lines Wednesday morning, causing a power outage in the Stanton area. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, a caller on North Peoples Road reported the accident at 10:07 a.m.