Army veteran and Greenville grad publishes children’s book

As a military veteran, having spent time serving overseas in South Korea and Iraq, Jered Zank has an endless amount of memories and stories he could share while reflecting on a 10-year career in the U.S. Army and National Guard. 

But when Zank puts pencil to paper, it’s not his military career that he brings to the forefront, but rather stories inspired by the actions of his 7-year-old daughter, Harlow, and 3-year-old son, Hudson. 

Christmas in the Village will bring holiday magic to Edmore

Christmas in the Village will deliver old-fashioned holiday fun for the whole family next weekend in Edmore.

Formerly known as Edmore Hometown Holiday, a version of the Christmas event has lit up the hearts of local residents for “at least 15 or so,” according to Nicole Hadley, a member of the event’s planning committee.

Belding girls basketball turns focus to conditioning improvement after sluggish second half, beats Potter’s House Christian, 58-25

Friday’s home opener for Belding girls basketball was a game they were expected to win, but it provided key insight to what the Black Knights need to work on going forward.

Last year’s district finalists moved to 2-0 after taking down Potter’s House Christian, 58-25. The Grand Rapids school would take a small 4-1 lead in the first quarter before Belding tied it up and then took the lead later in the quarter, never looking back.

STEVE MERREN: Surviving the winter

The frosty air of winter’s first snow has finally fallen over our region and with it, the scramble of final preparation has fully engulfed the creatures of the woods.

For the animals, this first taste of winter is a marker for the limited time left to build shelter, gather and add bulk before the winter’s icy embrace holds on for the next few months.

AMISH COOK: Gloria’s mom remembers wedding cupcakes

Last week I wrote about our daughter Anna Faith’s wedding, I wanted to write more about it and some of the preparations, including these Festive Raspberry-White Chocolate Cupcakes. My name is Dorcas Raber and I am filling in for Gloria last week and this week. Gloria will return next week.

Belding City Council extends city manager’s contract

Candidates for new city manager selected, interviews to take place Dec. 11

In aiming to provide a sense of continuity from one city manager to the next, Belding City Manager John Niemela will continue in his current capacity for a few weeks longer than initially expected. 

During a special meeting on Thursday evening, the Belding City Council voted 4-1, with Councilwoman Bonita Steele opposed, to extend Niemela’s contract, which was set to expire Sunday.

A shining star in Howard City

Edgerton Giftery showcases local authors, crafters, stained glass artists, painters

“How am I going to do this on $200?” Edgerton Giftery owner Sherrie Ogren asked herself two years ago.

The answer that came to her was: “If I can help others sell their art, it would help me too.”

PUBLIC FORUM: A Montcalm County emergency

Many of us may not realize our way of life in Montcalm County is in serious jeopardy, but it most assuredly is.

Pressure from selfish, nationally subsidized interests, to industrialize our county with monstrous, dangerous, ungreen, inefficient, unhealthy, ugly 700-foot wind turbines is currently overwhelming many Montcalm County townships.

PHOTOS: Christmas in Stanton

Stanton city officials and community members gathered in front of the Montcalm County Administrative Building downtown for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday evening, hosted by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

Crystal Township seeks legal advice about including Head Start in Community Center plans

How Crystal Township officials will move forward with the Community Center now requires some advice from legal counsel.

During a special meeting on Nov. 17, the Crystal Township Board discussed asking the community for a 10-year millage that, if passed, would generate approximately $1 million for the Community Center.