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BREAKING: Perrinton man dies after Crystal Lake boating accident

A Perrinton man has died after being pulled from Crystal Lake on the Fourth of July.


Funeral Notices – July 8, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Monday, July 8, 2013.

A sketch of one of the two suspects.

Belding men suspected in armed robbery

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.

Whites Bridge

Whites Bridge destroyed by act of arson

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.

Russell “Rusty” Schlienz isn’t slowing down even after 52 years of cutting hair in Greenville. His recent move to L’Image salon is just one of several he has made over the years.

BIZ BEAT: Not getting ‘Rusty’ after 52 years of cutting hair

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.

Daisy Floral of Belding, which opened in February, offers a wide variety of floral arrangements for purchase, as well as online ordering and local delivery.

BIZ BEAT: Floral shop woman plants roots of new business in hometown

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.

Nevins Lake Sunday School was started in Nevins Lake School House in 1888 by Charles Wicks and Phillip Pierson.

Nevins Lake Church celebrates 125 years

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.

Marie Jury was surrounded by loved ones to mark her 100th birthday. To her left is son, Clare Shotwell, daughter-in-law, Vickie Jury, son, Gene Jury, and adopted daughter, Mary Jensen.

Grattan Township woman hits the century mark

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 — Saturday, July 6, 2013

Funeral notices for Saturday, July 6, 2013

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PHOTO GALLERY: Crystal 4th of July Fireworks

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.