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Belding senior among High School Heisman Award finalists

Belding senior among High School Heisman Award finalists

BELDING, Mich.—A Belding Area High School student is one step closer to winning Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Brian Daller is one of 20 Michigan high school seniors to move onto the competition’s next round as a state finalist.

Ladies' pheasant hunt October 27

BELDING, Mich. (State of Michigan)--Ladies, grab your shotgun, ammo, boots and hunter orange and join a guided pheasant hunt this fall.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, the DNR and Gourmet Gone Wild - along with Pine Hills Kennels and Sportsman's Club and the Barry County, Grand Valley and Montcalm County chapters of Pheasants Forever - will host a ladies' pheasant hunt at 3329 Johnson Road in Belding.

Registration and coffee begins at 9 a.m. The day's events will include warming up with shooting at sporting clays, hunting with a guide for two pheasants, learning to clean your birds, enjoying a gourmet lunch and taking home a gift.

Beginners are welcome, and guns can be made available if needed. Registration is limited to 12 ladies 18 years of age or older. The cost for the day is $35 per person.

Company selected to design new skate park in Belding

Company selected to design new skate park in Belding

BELDING, Mich.—Work will soon begin on a new skate park in Belding.

Kevin Krieger says the city has raised about $72,000 for the project, through sponsorships and donations.   The park, which has yet to be named, will replace an old roller hockey rink in Central Riverside Park.

On Tuesday, October 1, the Belding City Council approved a $65,000 contract with Evergreen Skateparks out of Portland, Oregon to design and build the skate park. Krieger hopes to meet with the company within the next few weeks.  If all goes well, construction on the new skate park would start as early as next spring and finish by summer.

The skate park will be free and open to the public.

Drivers beware: Greenville Public Safety to begin ticketing violators

Drivers beware: Greenville Public Safety to begin ticketing violators

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Soccer game spectators beware:  the Greenville Public Safety Department plans to ticket visitors who park on the south side of Yellow Jacket Drive from now on.

The Greenville Recreation Department posted the warning on its Facebook page Monday, two days  after officers warned drivers that parking is not permitted in that area.   No parking signs are clearly posted.  Drivers who park illegally in that area can expect a ticket and/or their vehicle towed away.  

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The season is over for the West Michigan Whitecaps, but the games will continue on at Fifth Third Ballpark this fall.

According to the ballpark’s Facebook page, the Whitecaps grounds crew began removing the pitcher’s mound Tuesday, September 10 to prepare the grounds for the high school football game the ballpark hosts each year. 

Forest Hills Northern will take on Greenville in this year’s game, which will take place October 11.

Thriving attraction in the running for an expansion grant

Thriving attraction in the running for an expansion grant

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding is applying for a grant to help expand a popular new attraction.

City Manager Meg Mullendore says she’s filed for a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation to create nine more holes for disc golf at SMASH park.

SMASH Park opened to the public in early July, after volunteers cleared space and installed baskets in Lightning Bend Park.   The SMASH League opened July 22.

SMASH Park will hold a beginner tournament, including disc golf clinic Saturday, August 31.  For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page here.

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

BELDING, Mich.— Work on the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail is on track to start next spring, according to Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore.

Mullendore says organizations and businesses have offered approximately $70,000 in donations for the project, but many of them cannot commit the money until their new fiscal year begins. On Tuesday, August 20, the Belding City Council voted on whether to commit and advance the funding, as required by the state.

Mullendore says the trail would run through Belding, connecting in Lowell and Greenville to create the longest trail of its kind in the state.  The $1.8 million trail would be mostly paved and include three covered bridges.

Mullendore says if all goes well, the trail would be finished by the summer of 2014.