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Nov. 17

Friday Doylen Albring Sr. — 11 a.m., Rock Lake Bible Methodist Church, Rock Lake. (Brigham Funeral Chapel, Edmore) Jean Johnson Rybicki Benik — 2 p.m., Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville. Sally Brennan — 10 a.m., Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City. Sharilyn “Goodell” Parrish — 1 p.m., Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City. Frank [...]

Construction on the new high school auditorium is progressing on schedule.

Belding schools to close Administration Building

More than $1 million that had been slated for upgrades at the Belding Area Schools Administration Building are being redistributed to other buildings. The Administration Building (previously known as Orchard Hills Elementary School) will not see heating and ventilation upgrades that had been planned. The building will close in two years to save construction and operational costs.


Greenville approves another fundraiser on trail

The Greenville City Council approved the To: Africa From: U.S. fundraiser in hopes of bringing new people to Greenville. To: Africa From: U.S. is based in Cedar Springs and will raise money for improving education, sanitary needs and medical needs for Africa.

Chester Bodman

Court denies Belding man’s appeal

A Belding man won’t get a new trial after a wild night of crime in 2009 involving a head-on accident and sexual assault. The Michigan Court of Appeals issued a ruling last week that upholds the conviction against Chester Raymond Bodman.

Ron Gunderson

Belding has new mayor

In his final act as the mayor of Belding, Roger Wills picked up his gavel, placed it in front of Ron Gunderson and exclaimed, “Mr. Gunderson, you’re the mayor.”
The City Council unanimously voted Gunderson in as the new mayor Tuesday evening after Wills received no support for a second term.


2011 Toys for Tots campaign under way

Toys for Tots has started its annual tradition by setting up boxes at businesses throughout the county to help families make the holidays a special time. “It’s a magical time for kids,” said Jennifer Bouck, Toys for Tots coordinator in Montcalm County.

Greenville High School’s presentation of “Grease” features 40 cast members, 200 costumes and “a lot of singing and dancing.”

PLAY REVIEW: Greenville High School brings a slice of the 1950s to life

Though fashions and style change over the years, the problems faced by teens haven’t really changed that much. A group of Greenville High School teens give us a glimpse of what life was like only a few generations ago with their presentation of “Grease.”

Krista King and Karl Yoder were sworn in Thursday as members of the Stanton City Commission. Don Smucker also was re-elected Tuesday, but he was out of town and could not attend Thursday’s meeting.

Stanton City Commissioners sworn in

From left, Siera, Terry, Michelle, Chris and Dana Stephens got together before Terry and Chris deployed together with the military in Iraq.

The family that serves together stays together

STANTON — Rarely, siblings in the military are deployed together in the same unit. Very rarely, a parent and child get deployed in the same unit. The Stephens family of Stanton built the unique bond in 2008, when father Terry Stephens deployed to Iraq with his son, Chris. It was Terry’s third deployment and Chris’ [...]

Montcalm Community College hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at its Sidney campus Thursday. The presenters included, from left, Army Reserve Chaplain Gary Hauck, Army Sergeant First Class Doug Reinsmith, U.S. Marines Major James Peacock and Music Coordinator Valerie VanderMark.

Montcalm Communituy College hosts Veterans Day ceremony

Montcalm Community College (MCC) hosted a small gathering to honor those who have served in the military Thursday afternoon.