‘This is how you help your children become readers’

Tri County school library awarded $100,000 grant, also has new teacher-librarian

Imagine being handed $100,000 to spend on any and all children’s literature you want … a book lover’s dream.

Melanie Gould now finds herself in this delightful situation.

Tri County Elementary School’s new library/media center was recently awarded a $100,000 Innovative Community Library Grant via the Michigan Department of Education.

Pickleball: Sport for (all) the ages

Nestled on the edge of a tiny forest, tucked behind the Greenville Recreation Department building, lies a place that has, for the past four years, invigorated sport, rekindled youthful spirits and gathered a collective group of people from all ages. 

The city of Greenville converted the Recreation Department’s tennis courts into pickleball courts in the spring of 2019, and something special has been building since. 

Metra purchases Belding’s Extruded Aluminum Corp.


Metra S.p.A., a leading global manufacturer of extruded aluminum and a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners (KPS), announced on Wednesday that it completed the acquisition of Belding Machinery and Equipment Leasing LLC and its subsidiaries, also known as Extruded Aluminum Corp. (EAC).

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

FAITH: Greenville’s Pastor Ed Milam preaches like he coaches

First Congregational Church Senior Pastor Ed Milam likes giving his sermons the way he coaches. 

When preaching, Milam walks back and forth just as he does in the locker room before a football game while teaching and motivating his players to do their best.

Belding no longer moving to CSAA, will remain in O-K Silver after bid falls apart

No change is on the horizon for the Belding High School athletic department.

Anymore, that is. 

After the Belding Area Schools Board of Education voted in September to move from the O-K Silver conference to the Central State Activities Association, it appeared as if it were a done deal in Superintendent’s Brent Noskey’s mind. 

STEVE MERREN: Mountain streams and North American dreams

What an amazing country. 

I have been a resident of Michigan my entire life and firmly believe there is no place like home, but I have seen some truly spectacular sites scattered about the rest of the country that are seriously worth bringing home. 


Mel Trotter is a familiar name to folks living in West Michigan. 

It is the name of a large rescue mission and soup kitchen in Grand Rapids, as well as the name of a series of thrift stores found throughout the region. Unfortunately, many are unfamiliar with the man after whom these organizations are named.

Greenville may leave O-K Conference, per report

An article published on Tuesday regarding the future of seven schools with O-K Conference affiliation, including Greenville, has made its way around the community in recent days.

The article in question, published by Lenny Padilla, a former sports writer at the Grand Rapids Press, now doing freelance writing and photography and running the website westmichiganballers.com, cited that seven schools in the greater Grand Rapids area may split from the O-K Conference and form a new league.

Upcoming and pending services for Oct. 6, 2023

Today Gerald Place — Noon, Johnson Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding. Susan Rieckman — 11 a.m., Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville. Saturday Shirley Bullis — 11 a.m., Ashland Cemetery, Grant. (Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville) Michael “Mike” Kelley — 1 to 4 p.m., Moose Lodge, Greenville. (Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville) Concetta “Connie” Lund — 11 a.m., St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lakeview. (Brigham Funeral Chapel, Lakeview) Sunday […]

TEN QUESTIONS: Central Montcalm leader

Who are you? Abigail LaVictor, 31, of Belding. Principal at Central Montcalm Upper Elementary School.