Sunday, June 26, 2022

Julie Stafford’s family has been profoundly impacted by blood cancers. Her dad passed after a battle with multiple myeloma and her nephew and brother are both leukemia survivors. That history was front and center for Stafford when she was asked to be one of 11 candidates in the 2022 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s West Michigan Man & Woman of the Year fundraising challenge — even though she waffled because she had a lot on her...

Standing on the third fairway at The Fortress Golf Course, Belding senior Mason Anderson was pondering his next shot. Playing his final hole of the Division 3 state golf finals, Anderson knew he needed to make a birdie to tie for the lead and have a chance at a playoff. The fate of the championship hung in the balance.

The weather was ideal for a great race during the Tri Greenville Triathlon and Duathlon on June 4. The day’s temperatures hovering around 70 degrees eliminated a large possibility of overheating for participants of the ninth annual Tri Greenville at Baldwin Lake. For an intense morning of swimming, biking and running, the athletes were very much in favor of the weather.

The Class of 2022: Carson City-Crystal High School

The Class of 2022: Vestaburg High School

Second-place finishes were the theme of the day for local athletes at Saturday’s Division 4 state track finals. Some were pleasant surprises while others fell short of state championship expectations. One of the pleasant surprises of the day came early in the morning field events with Carson City-Crystal junior Aubrey Hessbrook placing second in the long jump.

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JUST IN: Saginaw man drowns in Crystal Lake

JUST IN: Saginaw man drowns in Crystal LakeFree Access

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A young man from Saginaw died after falling off a boat and drowning in Crystal Lake in Crystal Township on Saturday evening.

Montcalm County 4-H Livestock Auction raises $400,000+

Montcalm County 4-H Livestock Auction raises $400,000+

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The Montcalm County Fair Livestock Auction started out on a somber note Thursday, with the crowd honoring a former 4-H’er. Brian Plank died at the age of 50 last November due to a farm accident in Ferris Township.

‘Kids’ arrive on Kids Day at the Montcalm County Fair

‘Kids’ arrive on Kids Day at the Montcalm County Fair

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The Montcalm County Fair’s annual Kid’s Day caused some commotion in the animal barn this week. With “kids” being the term to define newborn goats, it only seems appropriate that Kids Day at the fair on Friday saw four new baby goats to add to the 4-H family.

Ionia County board agrees on new admin salary range: $103,000 to $115,000

Ionia County board agrees on new admin salary range: $103,000 to $115,000

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Ionia County has been without a permanent county administrator, finance director and payroll person since early March. Stephanie Fox abruptly resigned as administrator on March 2, as did Linda Pigue as finance director. Jason Eppler, the retired Ionia city manager, has been filling in on an interim basis.

We Care For Kids scores with 100 Women Who Care

We Care For Kids scores with 100 Women Who Care

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They are women who are business owners, leaders, entrepreneurs and more. They range in age from early 20s through their golden years. They come from all over Montcalm County. They are 100 women who care. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 100 Women Who Care Montcalm were able to once again meet and give out extra funding to a local charitable organization.

Pierson Township treasurer, trustee resign

Pierson Township treasurer, trustee resignFree Access

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The treasurer and a trustee on the Pierson Township Board both recently resigned. The Pierson Township Board on June 15 voted to accept the resignation of Treasurer Kathy Hyrns and to appoint Lydia Orcutt as the new treasurer until the end of the term.

Beating the heat at the fair

Beating the heat at the fair

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A year ago this week, local 4-H’ers struggled at times to show animals, ride horses or even enjoy each other’s company as day after day, rain came down without an end in sight.  At this year’s Montcalm County Fair, however, 4-H’ers — and their animals — likely wouldn’t complain if a few rain clouds drifted overhead. 

Greenville man pleads to child abuse in death of 5-year-old girl

Greenville man pleads to child abuse in death of 5-year-old girl

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A Greenville man will likely see a second-degree murder charge dismissed as a result of a plea deal in which he is pleading no contest to two other charges related to the death of a 5-year-old Greenville girl last summer.

Bloomer Township Planning Commission tables wind ordinance, again

Bloomer Township Planning Commission tables wind ordinance, again

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 The Bloomer Township Planning Commission continues to be in no hurry to vote on a wind and solar energy ordinance. The Planning Commission held a public hearing Wednesday evening on the draft ordinance — the second public hearing that’s been held on the matter.

Belding City Council approves assistance for city water treatment

Belding City Council approves assistance for city water treatment

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With Belding having some of the freshest drinking water in the county, you can thank one woman for running the city’s water treatment system for the past two weeks.  A “boots on the ground” type of woman, Mercedes Rendall, 29, holds all of Belding’s trust in one of the most rewarding jobs as the water operator for the Belding Department of Public Works.

All-Area Spring Sports Awards for 2022

All-Area Spring Sports Awards for 2022

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Check out the Daily News All-Area Spring Sports Awards for 2022.

AUSTIN CHASTAIN: Inside the ropes for a memorable week of golf

AUSTIN CHASTAIN: Inside the ropes for a memorable week of golf

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Golf is my favorite sport, at least to play — despite the funny four-letter words that sometimes come out of my mouth.  Over the last year, golf is becoming one of my favorite sports to cover, too.

CC-C’s Zane Forist wins shot put national title

CC-C’s Zane Forist wins shot put national title

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Recent Carson City-Crystal High School graduate Zane Forist officially capped off his high school career at the Nike Outdoor Nationals meet in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday with another national championship in the shot put.

New Greenville boys basketball coach Joel Visser plans to instill toughness with Jackets in face of a tough schedule

New Greenville boys basketball coach Joel Visser plans to instill toughness with Jackets in face of a tough schedule

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Joel Visser hasn’t lived in Michigan in nearly 20 years. The Rockford native left his hometown for the University of Toledo in 2003 and didn’t look back, staying in the Ohio area for a large portion of his adult life. He had built a family of three with his wife, Jess, a native of Toledo, and was establishing himself as a known basketball coach in Ohio.

Greenville’s Schroeder places 42nd at D2 golf finals

Greenville’s Schroeder places 42nd at D2 golf finals

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Greenville freshman Sutton Schroeder was one of two local golfers, along with Belding’s Mason Anderson, to qualify for the MHSAA state finals as an individual and golfed at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University on June 10 and 11. In a field of 117 golfers, Schroeder scored an 84 on day one and an 80 on day two, finishing with a score of 164, placing him 42nd in the field.

Ward, Brillhart sweep Mini Wedge double feature at CMS

Ward, Brillhart sweep Mini Wedge double feature at CMS

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Saturday night at Crystal Motor Speedway was a busy night with 140 cars in the pits and a good crowd on hand. Late Model action saw Taylor Wiles of Hubbardston pick up the win with a hard-charging Scott Baker of Ionia picking up second after starting deep in the field, followed by Tom Dusen of Muskegon, Nick Ely of Muskegon and Derrick Hilliker of Midland. Hilliker picked up the B main win with heat wins going to Kyle Borgman of Muskegon, Riley Bowen of Sheridan and Megan Sanders of Lexington, Kentucky.

Winning the shootout

Winning the shootout

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Jen Kupcho had already turned to the rules official to go to the next hole; the third playoff hole. She heard the gasp from the massive Sunday crowd around the 18th green at Blythefield Country Club.

LPGA Tour stars remember to ‘Be yourself’ through grind of tour

LPGA Tour stars remember to ‘Be yourself’ through grind of tour

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Mel Reid isn’t one to ever make excuses, that just isn’t her style.  Coming off the course following her second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club, Reid wasn’t frustrated but she insisted she didn’t have the most fun out there. 

Jen Kupcho maintains lead through second round of Meijer LPGA Classic, log jam forms near top of leaderboard

Jen Kupcho maintains lead through second round of Meijer LPGA Classic, log jam forms near top of leaderboard

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Jen Kupcho was excited to get to the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic. The first-round leader shot a near-course record 63 on Thursday and aimed to go low again in Friday’s second round.  The wind was up from Thursday morning’s round. It started to pick up Thursday afternoon at Blythefield Country Club, providing an additional challenge professional golfers contend with on a weekly basis. The already-strong breeze continued into Friday’s second round and was even more blustery. 

Jen Kupcho leads after memorable opening round at Meijer LPGA Classic

Jen Kupcho leads after memorable opening round at Meijer LPGA Classic

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Star players always draw big crowds at golf tournaments. Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Nelly and Jessica Korda are among some of the biggest names on the LPGA Tour. And yes, they drew the big crowds during Thursday’s first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club. Mix in some other superstars and those crowds tend to grow even larger.

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