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Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity launches program for veterans

Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity is reaching out to veterans in need.

The local chapter is one of only four in Michigan selected to participate in a pilot program launched by Habitat for Humanity International that provides critical home repairs for veterans’ families in the county.

The One Book One County panel included, from left, Gary Hauck, dean of instruction and faculty at Montcalm Community College and co-presenter at event; Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht, superintendent of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and his wife Jenny Koenigsknecht; Leslie Kinnee, public information officer for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department and her husband, Jamie; Dr. Amy Matthews, associated professor of Psychology and Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project (START) project director; and Maureen Burnes, founder of One Book One County Montcalm and co-presenter of event.

Montcalm County One Book series ‘a blessing’

The end of this year’s One Book One County campaign marked a celebration of new beginnings and hopefulness.


Mersen invests millions in improvements in Greenville

GREENVILLE – A Greenville company has big plans to invest in its facilities, preventing any possible loss of jobs thanks to a tax exemption. According to Mersen General Manager Mitch Taylor, the company plans to invest $1.5 million in a 14,000-square-foot building addition and $5.32 million in new equipment at 712 Industrial Park Dr. The [...]

Denny Craycraft wants to rebuild the Freedom Wall next to the Freedom Tree on Bridge Street near the historic Pere Marquette Depot.

Craycraft continues effort to rebuild Belding freedom wall

Denny Craycraft showed Belding City Council members a simple blue star, its color dulled over time. He explained that the star belongs to Paul Braman and is inscribed with Braman’s name. The star once was displayed on Belding’s Freedom Wall. “This is what it is all about,” said Craycraft, an active member of the Belding Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.


Belding council approves application to fix riverbank

BELDING – The Belding City Council approved an application Tuesday evening to help pay for improvements to the Flat River banks along Main Street. All five council members agreed the bank along Main Street between the Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library and Ashfield Street is a priority. But some hesitated to back the grant application [...]

Central Montcalm’s Courtney Schmidt, right, attacks over Fowler’s Savannah Baker (6) and Cassie Koenningsknecht (8) during the teams’ semifinal match in the Hornet Invitational Saturday.

CM netters second at own tournament

STANTON – Central Montcalm’s volleyball team hosted a volleyball tournament Saturday and nearly won their own championship trophy. However, the Green Hornets fell in the finals of the tournament to the Grant Tigers 25-20, 25-19. “We played well,” Central coach Haley Dawe said. “You have your moments when things don’t go the way you wanted.” [...]

Chris Mickey of Greenville leaps for a catch in the first half against defender Jake Mitchell of Lowell for a first down Friday night at Black Field. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

Northview outruns Greenville football

In a game that featured nearly 900 yards of offense it was the Northview Wildcats who ran its way to a season finale victory. The Wildcats rushed for more than 300 yards in a 40-28 win over O-K White rival Greenville on Friday night. The win gave the Wildcats (5-4, 2-3) a slim chance at being one of the few teams with five wins to make the postseason.

Robert Failing of Carson City runs for positive yardage against Laingsburg during the second quarter Friday night. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

CC-C beats Potterville for first win

CARSON CITY – One thing that Carson City-Crystal’s football team didn’t want to happen was to have the team not win a game. “It’s tough looking at the possibility of being 0-9,” coach Jason Gray said. “But that didn’t faze the kids and coaches in practice. We knew we were going to come in playing [...]

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SPORTS GALORE: What to name a stadium?

If you haven’t heard by now, the Greenville Yellow Jackets football team will be playing in a new location next year. With the season nearly over, there is only one thing left to do – besides finishing construction – and that is to name the field.

Belding’s Charlene Kehoe, left, and Joesi Krieger, right, trail Cedar Springs’ Christina Dean during the girls’ race at the O-K Blue Conference Championships Thursday.

Red Hawks take Belding jamboree

Belding’s final O-K Blue cross country jamboree was a home meet but it was Cedar Springs that was feeling right at home. The Red Hawks won both the boys and girls meets, winning the boys meet with 37 points, six points better than the runner-up Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Huskies.