Cory Smith

Chemical Bank is closing two of its seven branches in Montcalm County on Aug. 25, including the Crystal Township branch, pictured, located at 101 N. Main St., and the Sheridan branch, located at 201 S. Main St.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

2 local Chemical Bank branches are closing

Chemical Bank is closing 16 locations in Michigan, and two of those locations are in Montcalm County.

According to Chemical Bank Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing John Hatfield, the Crystal Township and Sheridan bank branches — two of seven in the county — will close on Aug. 25.

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JUST IN: Pedestrian killed on M-46 identified as Six Lakes man

A Six Lakes man was killed this morning after being struck by a vehicle while standing in the middle of Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46).

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Vestaburg senior moving to Guam with Coast Guard husband

As a child, Kyare Betzing found difficulty in reading, to the point that in her final year of elementary school, she still struggled to put together basic sentences.

Members of the Greenville Department of Public Safety coordinate a police escort of two homes from Marvel Drive to Coffren Avenue on Thursday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Habitat relocates 3 houses donated by Spectrum Health

Residents of this community were treated to one of the more unique “parade of homes” in recent memory on Thursday.

At 9 a.m., two homes on Marvel Drive were transported throughout town via semi trucks, guided by a police and fire escort and accompanied by utility and public works employees as they traversed down several city streets.

Members of the 2017 graduating class of Flat River Academy celebrate their accomplishment Wednesday evening by tossing their caps high into the air outside of the school. — Courtesy photo/Kim Jordon

Flat River Academy students celebrate graduation

Graduating from high school is an indicator of great change in one’s life, and for the senior class of Flat River Academy, they are a testament of moving forward through positive change.

Greenville City Councilman Larry Moss, right, asks a question in regards to the city’s proposed 2017-2018 Capital Improvement Program budget Tuesday evening, as Councilwoman Sylvia Warner listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville proposing $21 million in projects

With a “little extra money” in comparison to previous years, this city’s proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget has come forward with some ambitious goals. On Tuesday evening, the Greenville City Council met during a special meeting to review the proposed budget which expands out six years, although City Manager George Bosanic limited the presentation to the 2017-2018 fiscal year, as it applies to the upcoming fiscal year budget to be approved in June.

Attorney Jeff Soles, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Linda Van Houten and Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard observe Tuesday as a recount is done by Home Township on-call election worker Jane Anderson Beach and Home Township Deputy Clerk Shelley Crosby. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville school bond vote recount yields same results in Eureka Township

A recount of votes centered around alleged fraudulent activity regarding a school bond vote revealed no change Tuesday.

The Montcalm County Board of Canvassers oversaw a recount of votes of Eureka Township — one of seven precincts that voted — from the May 2 Greenville Public Schools bond vote. After 90 minutes of hand-counting, the results proved to be exactly the same — 415 “no” votes to 399 “yes” votes out of 820 votes casts in that township, with six votes listed as “non-countable.”

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Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

The inaugural Relay for Life of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will be June 2 on the high school track at Community Field. — Courtesy photo

CC-C to host inaugural Relay for Life event June 2

As a nurse who manages the Infusion and Chemotherapy Center at Sparrow Carson Health, Nancy Seals knows all too well the impact cancer has on members of her community. With patients coming in daily to receive treatment, Seals meets regularly with individuals who are giving every ounce of willpower they possess to overcome the deadly disease.

The Ricker family of Cedar Springs, from left, mother Kim, brothers Preston, 13, Brison, 16, and father Brian, continue to fight daily as Brison battles against an inoperable brain tumor he was diagnosed with in January 2016. — Courtesy photo

Mancino’s to host fundraiser to benefit Cedar Springs family

In looking for sibling strength in overcoming the greatest of odds, one has to look no further than brothers Brison and Preston Ricker of Cedar Springs.

On Jan. 23, 2016, Brison, 16, was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, referred to as a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor found at the base of the brain.