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Flat River II Group Workcamp to assist about 50 Greenville residents next week

The 2012 Flat River II Group Workcamp is set to begin this weekend to help local residents. The work camp will begin on Sunday and will last through the July 28. Youth from all over the nation will come to Greenville to lend a helping hand.


Belding council moves closer to approving fireworks ordinance

After it was brought to the attention of Belding City Council members more than a month ago and discussed in heavy detail at the July 3 meeting, City Council members officially voted Tuesday night on the first reading of a new fireworks ordinance for the city. The new ordinance, which will now be up for vote at the next city council meeting, would “essentially prohibit the use of consumer fireworks from 11 p.m. until 11 a.m. during 335 days of the year,” according to City Manager Randy DeBruine.

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Belding man arrested after attempted sex crime

A Belding man was arrested this week after allegedly traveling to Wisconsin with the purpose of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force/Digital Evidence Unit was contacted by investigators from the Janesville, Wis., Police Department for assistance with an investigation, after they assumed the online identity of a 13-year-old female.

A Tuesday morning ceremony highlighted the groundbreaking of the Huntington Foam expansion in Greenville. In attendance was, from left to right, Dean Jensen of Dean Jensen CPA, Gae Wolfe of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jim Simon of Tailored Building Systems, April Mexico of Man Power, City Manager George Bosanic, Huntington Foam President Gary McLaughlin, Huntington Foam Plant Manager Sidney Montes, Huntington Foam CFO Tom Kuehl, Mayor John Hoppough, State Rep. Rick Outman, Kathy Jo VanderLaan of Central Area Michigan Works! and Mike Moyle of AmericInn Lodge and Suites. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Groundbreaking marks start of Huntington Foam expansion

Huntington Foam kicked off an expansion in Greenville with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning. City officials, members of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, state officials and more came to show their support of the packing specialist’s expansion.

AeroMed leaves the scene of a two-car accident with a patient on Belding Road west of M-91 Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

3 injured in Tuesday 2-car accident on Belding Road

Three people were injured and one was transported via AeroMed to a hospital in Grand Rapids after an accident occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday on Belding Road one mile west of M-91. Emergency crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles, a red Dodge Durango and a blue Chevrolet Silverado, in the south ditch of Belding Road.

Orleans Township Fire Chief Leslie Doty, left, and fellow firefighter Mike Hill attempt to extinguish a fire that rekindled at 4666 Johnson Road in Orleans Township on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Firefighters respond to Orleans farm second time in a week

The Orleans Township Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon to a rekindling of a fire that destroyed Orleans Township resident David Brown’s barn on Friday. Fire Chief Leslie Doty said remaining hay bales caught fire once again after high winds rekindled the fire.


Lakeview High School press box, school buses vandalized

About $1,500 in damages was done last week to the press box and some electronics at Lakeview High School’s football field. Vandals also broke into several school buses stored on school property and made off with fire extinguishers and first aid kits.


Montcalm Township woman walks into burglary in progress

Deputies from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a breaking and entering that took place Tuesday morning on West Peck Road east of M-91 in Montcalm Township.

Central Montcalm Public School band director Matthew Reed will return to the district this coming school year, thanks indirectly to funding from the Great Start Readiness Program. — File photo

Central Montcalm band director’s job is secure for another year

It took a little shuffling and some creative financing, but Central Montcalm Public School’s popular band director Matthew Reed will be back at the helm again when school begins this fall. Reed was among five teachers who were laid off in a spate of budget cuts earlier this year. At that time, retiring superintendent Jake Helm cited declining enrollment as the impetus for the cuts. Helms noted the district had lost 10 to 24 students each year for four years in a row and said he expected similar, or even greater enrollment drops for the upcoming school year.


Funeral Notices for July 18, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for July 18, 2012