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Montcalm County gets homeland security snow cone machine

STANTON, Mich. (The Daily News of Greenville)- The United States is fighting terrorism - one snow cone at a time.

Montcalm County recently received a $900 Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine.

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) is a federal- and state-designated agency responsible for managing and administrating the homeland security program in Montcalm County and 12 other counties.

The WMSRDC recently purchased and transferred homeland security equipment to these counties - including 13 snow cone machines at a total cost of $11,700.

Click here to finish reading this story from our news partner The Daily News.

Former Montcalm Sheriff dies

STANTON, Mich. (WZZM) - A former Montcalm County Sheriff has died. WZZM 13 partner, the Greenville Daily News is reporting Don Godell died Monday morning at his home in Florida.

He was 79. Godell was sheriff from 1985 to 2000. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

A funeral will take place later this week in Florida with a local memorial service this spring.

New BAS Admin Contract to Save District $129,000

New BAS Admin Contract to Save District $129,000

BAS Administrators voluntarily open contract and the district will save approximately $129,000 as a result.

Belding Area Schools (BAS) administrators voluntarily opened their employee contracts for renegotiation.  The result of the new contracts will save the district approximately $129,000 over a two year period.

The new contract agreements will save about $45,000 during the 2011-12 school year and $84,000 the following school year.  The agreements also make them subject to the new health care laws under Senate Bill 7; requiring schools to pay no more than a $15,000 family coverage hard cap, or enforce an 80/20 split with employees for healthcare costs. BAS administrators are on a healthcare plan that keeps them below the hard cap thus avoiding employee contributions.

Greenville High School selected for new teen safe driving effort

Greenville High School selected for new teen safe driving effort

Greenville High School is one of the first schools in the state to participate in a new, potentially life-saving effort aimed at making teens safer drivers. 

Strive For A Safer Drive (S4SD), presented by AAA Michigan, Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), provides funding and resources to student groups to develop campaigns that educate their peers about safe driving.  The goal of S4SD is to reduce serious traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities among Michigan's most inexperienced drivers. 

As an S4SD participant, Greenville High School will receive a $2,000 grant for students to create their own peer-to-peer traffic safety-related campaign focusing on seat belt use, speeding, underage drinking/impaired driving and/or distracted driving.

Greenville Public Schools offers a Community Meal

Greenville Public Schools offers a Community Meal

Greenville Public Schools is hosting a community meal for families while school is closed for the holidays.

The meal will take place on Wednesday, December 28th between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm at the Greenville High School cafateria.

Free transportation will be provided. Call Greenville Transit at 754-9331 for transportation information.

Food Bank Items will also be available for families to take home.

Visit http://www.greenville.k12.mi.us for additional information.

Belding High School Band Christmas Concert

Join Belding Area Schools for the Belding Band Christmas Concert on Monday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. All are welcome!

For every canned good you bring in you will receive a ticket and we will be doing a drawing for four poinsettia flowers.  All canned goods will be donated to God’s Kitchen in Belding.  We look forward to seeing you at the concert!

G-Sync: At the Intersection of Meijer & Me

G-Sync: At the Intersection of Meijer & Me

By Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

It is odd how they say that death travels in threes and even stranger how true it seems to be. I have a theory that only when faced with a death do we begin to think about death. In Grand Rapids last week, we witnessed three individuals passing that gave all of us pause.

One of the three was Cindy Van Andel, 57, wife of 33 years to Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel. She passed quickly after a battle with illness.  

Another was Martha VanderEyk, 69, who is survived by her partner of 37 years, Leslie Kohn. Martha was one of the founding members of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus.

And while I have met both Martha and Cindy while living in Grand Rapids, it was the passing of Fred Meijer that really caused me to reflect on the impact this man, whether directly or indirectly, had on my life.