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Belding Area Schools hires six new teachers

Belding Area Schools is welcoming six new teachers to its district — four at the elementary level and two who will be teaching special education. “We have had the pleasure of conducting several interviews even though we are in budget reduction mode, and we were able to add new staff where we had some vacant positions,” Interim Superintendent Sara Shriver said.

Jesse Ellsworth

Motorcycle trio sentenced after joy ride

Three local motorcyclists were recently sentenced after pleading guilty to traffic crimes. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Thomas attempted to make a traffic stop on Jesse Ellsworth, 37, of Crystal, Scott Ripley, 37, of Greenville, and Chad Simmons, 32, of Edmore, just before midnight May 18.

Lakeview football players work on their offense during preseason camp last summer. Lakeview is hosting a football camp this week through Thursday.

Lakeview gridders taking part in camp

Second-year varsity football coach Guenther Mittelstaedt has his Lakeview football teams together early for some early learning. Mittelstaedt is hosting a football camp all this week for players who will be playing in the fall.


Funeral Notices for Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

Hubbapalooza volunteers celebrate the success of their event, which raised $15,000 for cancer research. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza raises $15,000 for cancer research

Hands on Hubbardston event organizers didn’t know what to expect on Saturday, July 7, during their first Hubbapalooza event. “Throughout the day we had around 800 to 1,000 people show up,” said Hands on Hubbardston Vice President Scott Schmitt. “We had around 600 people stay for the evening show.”


SHORT TAKES: It’s Gus Macker season around the area

Hats off to the Greenville Chamber and the Recreation Department for partnering with the Gus Macker organization to host another successful basketball tournament during the past couple of days. This year the event attracted 175 teams with more than 700 youth and adult players. While the competition is fun, it was especially nice to see young people teaming together and being active. Add to that all the volunteers aged 8 to 72 who helped pull this event off and you can rest assured our town was represented well.


Belding Exploration Lab Children’s Museum nears completion

Long ago, a central hub known as “The Bel” to local teens in Belding provided area youths with a place to be with friends and enjoy time together when there wasn’t much else to do outside of school or work. That time was the mid-1940s, and the location was the Belrockton Museum, which was at the time an area recreation center.

An example of spray paint damage left behind by vandals at Vestaburg Community School.

‘Malicious vandalism’ at Vestaburg Community School

Jeff Beal’s first reaction was disappointment. The superintendent of Vestaburg Community School received a phone call around 12:30 a.m. Sunday from Northern Michigan Fire alerting him to a fire alarm going off at the school. When a maintenance man arrived at the school to make sure it wasn’t a false alarm, the Richland Township Fire Department was also on the scene. Beal arrived at the school around 1 a.m. By that time, police were there too.


Crystal Township anti-funneling ordinance remains unresolved

Crystal Township Board members again tabled a vote Wednesday on whether to rescind the township’s anti-funneling ordinance. Ordinance 15A was adopted in September 2007 and became effective in October 2007. According to Crystal Township Supervisor Charles Braman, the reasoning behind the idea to rescind the ordinance deals with fairness.

Gale Nesbitt has been helping Edmore residents keep fit with his fitness center, Gale’s Gym, since 2008. It includes complete cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines, upright and free weights, weight stacks and hydraulic resistance equipment.

BUZZ: Gale’s Gym here to pump you up

EDMORE — It’s the time of year when those who have put on a few pounds or otherwise gotten soft over the winter months begin thinking seriously about getting back in shape. For Edmore residents, their best bet for accomplishing this goal is Gale’s Gym.