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BREAKING NEWS: Belding City Manager Randy DeBruine resigns

For eight years, the city of Belding has been with the same manager in Randy DeBruine, but on Wednesday, after submitting his letter of resignation to members of city council, the search will now begin for a new leader. DeBruine will step down Dec. 28 — 30 days after submitting his letter, as is written in his contract, to accept a new position as the Kent County Sheriff’s administrative officer.


Christmas events are coming to a town near you

Christmas events are coming to towns throughout Montcalm County and surrounding areas this holiday season. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming activities.


No one injured in Edmore-area house fire Wednesday afternoon

No one was injured in a house fire that is believed to have started in the living room Wednesday afternoon. Day Township Fire Department Chief Mike Wyczesany said homeowners were not home when the fire started at 4985 E. McBrides Road, located south of Edmore.


Funeral Notices for Nov. 29, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

Patty, a 5-year-old Labrador retriever, rests her head on a witness chair in the Ionia County courtroom. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office implements Canine Advocacy Program

Even the most mature adults, when talking about being victimized by a crime, are reduced to a queasy stomach, sweaty palms, stammering answers and unwelcome tears while testifying in the sterile environment of an imposing courtroom in front of unsmiling, suit-wearing strangers. Imagine how it feels for a child.


OUR VIEW: Take a shake at sportsmanship

Thanksgiving 2012 has come and gone, the fall decorations have been put away and the Christmas ones are now out. More importantly, the rivalry football games have now mostly been played and the postseason picture is becoming a little clearer.

Ionia County Sheriff's Offices enters Palo Community Schools with a bomb dog from Clinton County and the Ionia County Intermediate School District Bob Kjolhede. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

UPDATE: No bomb found after threat at Palo Community Schools

A bomb threat displaced more than 75 students and faculty from Palo Community Schools on Wednesday afternoon. Ionia County Central Dispatch received a call at about 12:45 p.m. regarding a bomb threat at the elementary school that houses kindergarten through sixth grade.

Belding Clock Tower — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council talks about decision to let Electrolux tear down buildings

Three weeks ago, the city of Belding and Electrolux Inc. came to an agreement on a consent judgement that will, when officially signed by a judge, serve as a guideline when Electrolux begins to decommission the original silk mill building, clock tower and other Gibson buildings at the corner of Bridge and Main streets — the oldest of which have stood since 1903.

Emergency responders tend to one of the victims involved in a two-car head-on collision before assisting them into an Air Care helicopter his morning on Sidney Road in Gowen.

Four injured in two-car accident on Sidney Road on Wednesday morning

Four people were injured in a two-car head-on collision this morning on Sidney Road just west of Johnson Road. Officials were dispatched at 7:11 a.m. to the intersection of Sidney and Johnson roads in response to the two-car accident. Officials were dispatched at 7:11 a.m. to the intersection of Sidney and Johnson roads in response to the two-car accident.

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Methamphetamine-related arrests pile up in Greenville area

Methamphetamine-related crimes are on the rise in Montcalm County, and law enforcement officials are racing to keep up with the addicts turned criminals. Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell said his officers have been working closely with the Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Greenville Department of Public Safety in light of an “increase in meth-related incidents within the county, especially in the Greenville area.”