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J.R.'s Roller Castle skates into history

J.R.'s Roller Castle skates into history

By Kelli Ameling - Staff Writer
From The Daily News

GREENVILLE - J.R.'s Roller Castle is being demolished this week after being a part of Greenville in a variety of uses for about 85 years.

Current owner Robert Olsen, who bought the building at 1310 W. Washington St. under DBBO LLC, said the building is being torn down because of its age and condition.

"It's an old, old building," Olsen said. "I could spend a lot of money to (update the building), but I would still have an old building."

Olsen originally bought the property in 1980 and owned it through 2005. He then sold it to Mark Schoenfelder of Greenville, who worked with his business partners Rodd Middlebrook of Belding and Carl Schultz of Gowen to open a new bakery and restaurant.

Olsen received the property again after Schoenfelder defaulted around 2007.

Video: Greenville Expo Next Tuesday

This year, Expo attendees will enjoy a Healthy Cooking Demo from Spectrum Health United Lifestyles, clowns, face painting, balloons, "Taste of Greenville", and participate in the  Montcalm County food pantries food drive, and the "Driving While Distracted" simulator!

Tuesday October 4th from 5 to 8:30 PM at Klackle Pavilion (on M-57 just west of town)

Thanks to sponsors:  Chemical Bank, Spectrum Health United Hospital, Commercial Bank, and Montcalm Community College.

Check out the video

Belding native promoted to MSP inspector

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Belding native who has been with the Michigan State Police for 23 years has been promoted to the rank of inspector.

Michael Brown was a first lieutenant.  In his new rank of inspector, he will serve as the senior assistant executive deputy director of the Field Services Bureau (FSB) at the MSP headquarters in Lansing.

The FSB provides leadership to employees assigned to the State Police districts and posts, and the Special Operations and Traffic Safety divisions.

Brown has served at several Michigan posts, and commanded posts in Niles and Paw Paw.  He also served in several positions in the Criminal Investigation division.

Prior to joining the Michigan State Police in 1988, Brown served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He and his wife, Lori, live with their two children in Stevensville.

Reminder: Last College Saturday at Belding High School is Oct 15

Reminder: Last College Saturday at Belding High School is Oct 15

Belding High School is once again offering College Saturdays!  This is a free event for all high school seniors who are seeking assistance in the college application process.  Students are welcome to attend and receive guidance on college applications, college scholarships, and financial aid. 

Staff will help students:

  • Research colleges and universities
  • Find scholarships
  • Answer financial aid questions
  • Complete paperwork
  • Enroll! 

Join us from 9 a.m. until Noon in the BHS Media Center on September 17, 24 or October 15.

Fire destroys Belding home

BELDING, Michigan (WZZM) - A home in Belding is a total loss after an overnight fire.  When fire crews arrived at the Division Street home, shortly after 11 o'clock Monday night, flames were shooting out of the back of the house.

The homeowner tells WZZM 13 News that she has been renovating the house since July... in hopes of selling it.

Greenville Fall Loose Leaf and Brush Collection

Greenville Fall Loose Leaf and Brush Collection

The City of Greenville has posted the details of this year's loose leaf and brush collection. Services will run October 17 through November 23.

Click here for full details and information.