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United Solar Ovonic’s two Greenville plants are closed for the rest of this year.

United Solar cuts jobs, idles plants

The hits keep coming for United Solar Ovonic. The company announced another 144 job cuts in Greenville on Tuesday, dropping its local employment to about 40 for the rest of the year.


Belding seeking input for recreation plan

The Belding City Council is calling on residents to help do their part in creating a new community recreation plan for the city of Belding. The public is invited to the Belding Visioning Session, a meeting where the city’s Recreation Advisory Board and City Council will collect public input regarding parks and recreation within the community.

Belding High School Marching Band Drum Major Mitchel Dykla, a junior, directs trumpet and mellophone players during an evening rehearsal Wednesday night at Rudness Field in Belding.

VIDEO: Belding High School marching band heading to state finals ranked 5th

On a cool Wednesday evening under the lights of Rudness Field at Belding High School (BHS), 105 students gathered motionless, waiting for a signal. After a few brief seconds of silence, the students broke from their frozen stance and began striding across the field. The sound of music quickly ripped through the crisp cool air, bouncing off nearby houses and echoing into the streets of Belding. While most students were by now at home enjoying dinner or relaxing, members of the Belding High School Marching Band had officially started work.

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Community help reopens Lakeview Inn

A 117-year-old piece of Lakeview history will remain intact.
The Lakeview Inn is reopening tonight after the Montcalm County Building Department condemned it last summer. The facility at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. occupies a brick building erected in the heart of the village’s downtown area in 1894. The building features six upstairs apartments and a downstairs bar and restaurant. Lee Tanis holds the ownership title for the building through Tanis Investment LLC in Grand Rapids. Andrea Rawson of Howard City has a land contract with Tanis.

Mary’s Bakery in Pine Township has reopened after Amish owner Rudy Yoder agreed to follow state building code and comply with the Montcalm County Building Department.

Amish bakery complies with law

PINE TOWNSHIP — The owner of an Amish bakery has decided to follow the law — but he still doesn’t agree with it. Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard shut down Mary’s Bakery earlier this autumn after Rudy Yoder constructed an addition to the bakery without proper permits and in violation of state building [...]

Dick Carpenter

Greenville community loses devoted member

Richard “Dick” Carpenter left footprints on many hearts in the Greenville community. “He was a wonderful man,” said Karen Carbonelli, a friend and co-worker. Carpenter, 80, died Thursday of a heart attack.

Dr. Michelle Becher walks former hospital employee Jennifer Churchill through a demonstration of the da Vinci surgical system at Carson City Hospital.

Carson City Hospital now home to new DaVinci surgical system

Carson City Hospital is now home to one of the most advanced surgical systems available. The DaVinci Surgical System, a robotic surgical device, is designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The hospital received the system about a month ago. More than 10 surgeries have been performed using it.


Christmas Pops returning for 11th year

The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will present a night of Christmas Pops in Greenville this holiday season. The 11th annual performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Hillcrest St.


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Nov. 3

Friday Alma A. McNees — 11 a.m., Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Rodger Gary Skaggs – 10 a.m., Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Audrieanna Jayden-Mae Tarket — 2 p.m., Trinity Evangelical Free Church, Stanton (Barden Funeral Home, Stanton). Sunday Betty Elizabeth Soule — 1 p.m., Holland Lake Golf Course clubhouse, Sheridan (Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation [...]