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Belding’s Scott Foote, center, crosses the finish line ahead of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern’s Justin Farah, left, to win the 110-meter hurdles in the O-K Blue Conference finals.

Belding’s Foote looking for record books — again

If Scott Foote of Belding wins a medal at the Division 2 state finals Saturday, he will have set records all throughout the Belding Area Schools. Foote is trying to win a medal at the state finals in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. He currently owns the records for hurdle events since seventh grade.


Thief arrested after owner spots stolen motorcycle

An 18-year-old Stanton man is in jail in connection to a reported theft of a motorcycle on County Farm Road Thursday afternoon. According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s office, the theft was reported shortly before noon and during the early evening hours later the same day, the owner saw two suspects with his motorcycle on Sidney Road west of M-66.

Spectrum Health United Hospital held a ribbon cutting for phase one of the Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department. Pictured from left to right is President of Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids Kevin Splaine, board member Bill Hamm, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, Honorable Charles Simon III, Interim Chief Financial Officer of Spectrum Health United Hospital Ryan Johnson, board president David Mack, Chief Nursing Officer at Spectrum Health United Hospital Brian Brasser and Chief Human Resources Officer at Spectrum Health United Hospital Vicki Jensen. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Spectrum Health United has ER open house, ribbon cuttings

Spectrum Health United Hospital held ribbon cuttings and an open house for the new Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department and Heart and Vascular Center on Thursday evening. “It’s very beautiful,” said David Mack, Spectrum Health United Memorial’s board president. Mack said the community’s on-going support of the hospital is essential for the growth in the future.

Valedictorian Jared Wing and classmates exit the gymnasium at the end of Vestaburg High School’s graduation ceremonies on Thursday. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Vestaburg’s 45 graduates celebrate with family, friends and community

The Vestaburg high school graduating class of 2102 celebrated Thursday with their family, friends and community. Valedictorians Lauren Bissell, Jared Wing, Samuel McNerney and Elaine Lowery each added their own personality to the valedictory address. Each of them shared memories of times past and each expressed their awareness of how their education and families have prepared them for this moment in their lives.


More cuts possible at Central Montcalm schools

More cuts may be necessary for the Central Montcalm Public School as it strives to submit a balanced budget to the state in four weeks. In April, the board approved $1.5 million in cuts. In May, they made another $238,000 in cuts. At a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, board members learned an additional $500,000 to $600,000 in cuts may be necessary.


Funeral Notices for June 1, 2012

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The 40th annual Frontier Days festival is scheduled for May 30-June 3 in Carson City. The event will include 16 hot air balloons. - File photo

40 years of Frontier Days fun (Festival is May 30-June 3)

Sixteen hot air balloons will float into town May 31, bringing the 40th annual Frontier Days celebration with them. Frontier Days is scheduled for May 30-June 3 in Carson City.

Justin Wilcox

Morley man sent to prison for taking irrigation wire from Carr Farms

An irrigation wire thief has been sent to prison after being apprehended by a band of farming brothers and police troopers after being tracked 3 miles in the snow and nearly freezing to death. Justin Wilcox, 31, of Morley, was charged with malicious destruction of personal property more than $1,000 and larceny. He pleaded no contest to malicious destruction of personal property. He was recently sentenced to from 15 months to five years in prison for victimizing Carr Farms Inc.


OUR VIEW: Ash decision met with relief

Jennifer Ash said her goal was always to do the right thing on behalf of her father’s trust. We think she did the right thing for everyone.

Mueller Industries, located at 302 Ashfield St., Belding, has been cleared of any further cleanup efforts after the state officially accepted Mueller Industries’ No Further Action Report in April. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Mueller Industries clean up efforts finalized by MDEQ

After holding a fourth and final public meeting Wednesday night, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced it has officially accepted Mueller Industries’ No Further Action Report. As of today, all of the residential properties to the east of the Mueller Industries-Extruded Metals facility meet the state lead clean-up standard for residential property,” Chris Christensen of the MDEQ Remediation Division said. “We appreciate the cooperation we have received from Mueller Industries over the years. Mueller has really stepped up. This is a success story that needed to be told.”