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Foundation distributes Ash funds to three Belding organizations

The late Stanley and Blanche Ash were well known throughout Montcalm County for their generous donations and entrepreneurial efforts, but the community of Belding was close to their hearts as well. Last week, $25,000 was distributed to three organizations in Belding in the first year of grants provided by the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) from the Stanley and Blanche Ash Community Improvement Fund, which is an endowment fund established in the autumn of 2011.


Sheridan Village Council considers upcoming budget

Members of Sheridan’s Village Council are determined to make some improvements to the village’s park despite being recently turned down for a state grant that would have helped finance the project. Park improvements, along with many other items on the village’s tentative budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, were discussed at the council’s meeting Tuesday evening.

Tri County’s Jordan VandeVrede (24) moves the ball along the baseline for the Vikings durings Tuesday’s game at Greenville. Stephen Roy of Greenville is defending.

Greenville’s size too much for Tri County

The Tri County Vikings played even with the Greenville Yellow Jackets for the first quarter. After that, Greenville’s size, ability to rebound and its transition game took over in a 62-47 victory on Tuesday night at North Gym.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 12, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012


ROUNDUP: Prep basketball scores from Tuesday, Dec. 11

Belding 61, Grant 57: The Redskins got their first win of the season Tuesday night by beating the Tigers on the road. Belding got 19 points each from Brendan Zuver and Garrett Strothheide in the win…


Toys for Tots campaign still needs donations

The area Toys for Tots campaign is low on toys and needs more donations before Saturday’s distribution. Along with various drop box locations, those with toys to donate can bring them directly to the Montcalm County Armory in Greenville from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Hunter Chandler, 7, smiles as he plays “Catch Me if you Can” with his father, Gregory Chandler of Belding, during a two-hour event put on by Ellis Elementary School and Ionia Community Mental Health at Ellis. — Courtesy photo

Belding school partners with Ionia mental health for family fun

For many families, especially with young children in school, the adjustment of life with children at home over the holiday break can sometimes be a challenge and stressful change of pace, but hundreds of parents and children spent time together at Ellis Elementary School to learn various ways to make the transition an easier one to deal with.

Robert Brown is retiring as the longtime director of the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Brown steps down from ‘fighting the stigma’ of mental illness

The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health has seen many changes during Robert Brown’s tenure as executive director. Staff at the center grew from 41 employees in 1990 to 66 employees currently serving more than 1,300 Montcalm County residents each year through programs such as outpatient therapy, case management and home-based services.

Laura Shears

Eureka Township supervisor takes medical leave of absence

After winning an election and surviving a recount, the Eureka Township supervisor is taking a medical leave of absence. At Monday night’s Eureka Township Board meeting, Laura Shears recommended the board name Rodney Roy as interim supervisor and Marty Posekany as interim trustee and the board unanimously approved both recommendations, according to Roy.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen, left, introduces recent Youth Challenge graduate Preston Wirth to the Lakeview school board. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview school board hears Youth Challenge success story

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education got a firsthand look Monday evening at the positive results Youth Challenge — a Battle Creek military academy — can have on “at risk” students. Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen introduced the board to student Preston Wirth, who recently completed six month’s training at the academy. Wirth attended Youth Challenge after Jensen suggested it following numerous school infractions on Wirth’s part.