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Montabella’s Travis Dunn does a stretching drill during warmups for Wednesday’s practice.

Montabella’s Dunn wasn’t expecting 8-1

Montabella’s football team was 8-1, but Travis Dunn wasn’t expecting the team to do so well. However, the Mustangs will face Burton Bendle Saturday in the first round of the Division 7 football playoffs. Dunn did expect to make the playoffs, just not with a school record eight wins.

Montabella’s Derek Martin kicks off during a drill in Wednesday’s practice.

Mustangs continue playoff preparation

The Montabella Mustangs football team qualified for the postseason for the third time in four years this season. In 2008, the Mustangs traveled to St. Louis and Saugatuck for games. In 2009, they made the northeast trip to Whittemore-Prescott for a game. This year the Mustangs head southeast to face the Burton Bendle Tigers near Flint.

Central Montcalm coach Marty James instructs Will Plavan (5) during a timeout in the fourth quarter of a season opening win against Lakeview.

Central Montcalm misses playoffs after perfect start

Central Montcalm’s football team looked like it was going to make he playoffs for a fifth straight year. The Green Hornets started 3-0 and didn’t give up a point in those three games. But things turned sour in a hurry. Starting with a loss to Manistee in a nonconference game, Central went 2-4 over the final six games and missed the playoffs.

Traffic is condensed to one lane in downtown Carson City during a four-week project to correct surface irregularities and restore structural integrity to the pavement.

Road work begins in downtown Carson City

Road work has begun in downtown Carson City to correct surface irregularities and restore structural integrity to the pavement. Construction on a one-mile stretch of Main Street (M-57) began on Oct. 21 and will last about four weeks, estimated to finish by Nov. 15, according to Project Manager Steve Lampton of Florence Cement Co. in Shelby Township.


E. coli sickens 3 in Gratiot County

Three people in eastern Gratiot County, including two young children, have been sickened in an E. coli outbreak. The two children were hospitalized and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney disorder that stems from E. coli poisoning.

Above are people charged with crimes committed during a wave of thefts this summer; top row, from left, Ryan Bell, Levi Bush, Timothy Childers, Travis Coy and Rodney Franks; middle row, from left, Christopher Frohner, John Hiatt, James Howard, Robert Hulbert and Sean Oberle; bottom row, from left, Chase Plath, Meranda Rauch, Tyler Rivera, Ronald Slone and Jerry Welder. A breakdown of their offenses or alleged offenses is in a box on Page 2.

Montcalm County thefts result in arrests, continued investigations

They range in age from 14 to 52 years old. They are local and from surrounding areas. They broke into locked and unlocked businesses, homes and vehicles in the city and in the country.


Oct. 28

Saturday Mary Jane Andersen-Vie — 11 a.m., Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville. George Case — noon, Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding. Marsha (Gould) Holliday — 5 to 7 p.m., Greenville Area Community Center lower level. Bernard Shindorf — 3 p.m., Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding. Sunday Brian Salisbury — 2 p.m., Decker Cemetery, Millbrook Township. Kim (Bailey) Neilsen [...]


Water delivery improved in Carson City

CARSON CITY — An extensive water and road improvement project in Carson City that began in April ended in mid-September a little larger than originally planned.


Learn how to keep you budget in the black

Stressed about money? The current economy demands that families and individuals keep a close eye on their financial resources. United Way of Montcalm-Ionia Counties, Chemical Bank, the Belding Housing Commission and MSU Extension are teaming up to present information to residents about the household financial services they provide locally.

Daniel Freshney

Man sentenced after holding mother hostage

A man who held his mother hostage with a crossbow as a “prisoner of war” last winter is going back to live with her.
Daniel Freshney, 44, of Vestaburg, was sentenced Thursday to 283 days already served in the Montcalm County Jail, plus five years probation.
He pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to felonious assault.