The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in their investigation of a chilling armed robbery inside a local residence.
Someone set fire to one of Michigan’s oldest covered wooden bridges early Sunday, completely destroying the span that has stretched across the Flat River south of Belding since the shortly after the end of the Civil War. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said it was alerted about 5:10 a.m. to the fire on the Whites Bridge in Keene Township, southwest of Belding. That was about two hours after neighbor Grant Young said he awoke to an explosion and walked outside to find the span engulfed in flames.
For more than five decades, Russell “Rusty” Schlienz has done his part to keep Greenville beautiful, one head of hair at a time, and he’s not about to stop now, despite rumors to the contrary.
Stephanie Heintzelman-Heaton has always dreamed of selling flowers ever since she was a little girl watching her mother tend to her garden. In 2001, Heintzelman-Heaton realized that dream when she opened her first floral business in Lowell. Now she’s taking that dream one step further by offering services in her hometown of Belding with her floral business called Daisy Floral.
Sometimes, even a good idea takes a while to get off the ground. Such was the case with Nevins Lake Church, which celebrated its 125th anniversary this year with dinner, potluck lunch and a day of preaching featuring several of the church’s former pastors.
On June 25, 1913, on a farm nestled in Grattan Township, Marie Kitchen was born. She lost her mother at the age of 9 and took on the responsibility of caring for her siblings. Despite shouldering the care of her younger brothers and sisters, Marie still completed school.
Funeral notices for Saturday, July 6, 2013
Hundreds of spectators packed into Crystal Township Park as well as the neighboring public beach and surrounding Crystal area Thursday evening for a 20-minute 4th of July fireworks show. Fireworks were launched from the middle of the lake, creating a spectacular show of lights in the sky and water, followed with echoing booms that filled the air.
An introduction of a new grant program by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for Storm Water, Asset Management and Waste Water (SAW) has members of Belding City Council hopeful that extra funds could be available to help improve the city’s wastewater plant and more.
Read funeral notices for Friday, July 5, 2013.