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Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks with residents of Montcalm County on Monday at the monthly Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College in Sidney. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons return to everyday work in Lansing

The return of fall provides many physical and cultural changes throughout Michigan, not to mention the reconvening of a full-time Legislature in Lansing. With the return of everyday politics at the Capitol, EightCAP Inc. welcomed the first Legislative Update meeting Monday at Montcalm Community College since the Legislature adjourned last May for summer recess.

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Carolyn Slocum named Spirit of Caring Award recipient

This year’s recipient of the Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award has a lengthy history of giving back to the community, especially to hundreds of students, whose lives she changed over her many years of teaching.

In surprise fashion, Carolyn Slocum was announced by last year’s Spirit of Caring award winner Joyce London as this year’s winner to a room full of applause at the Winter Inn on Thursday evening.

Friends and family of Devon Morrison gathered Wednesday afternoon at Demorest Field in Belding for a dedication ceremony to remember the 10-year-old boy who accidentally drowned in the Flat River on Sept. 14, 2013. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding boy remembered one year later with memorial stone dedication

Nearly a year to the day that Shawna Smith learned her young son Devon Morrison had accidentally drowned in the Flat River, she took a moment to write him one last heartfelt message. As freshly poured concrete steadily began to harden, solidifying a new memorial for Devon at Demorest Field in Belding, Smith used a finger to carefully etch the three words she would recite to him today if she had the chance.

New Carson City Police Chief Dave Ellis, left, shakes hands with Carson City Mayor Bruce Tasker, right, as City Administrator Jean Southward, center, watches. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lansing detective sergeant is new Carson City police chief

After more than a month of fluctuation at the Carson City Police Department, the city has found a new police chief. Mayor Bruce Tasker appointed Dave Ellis, a detective sergeant with the Lansing Police Department, during Tuesday evening’s Carson City Council meeting.

Eleven vacant “Build-A-Home” lots owned by Belding Area Schools have been reduced in price in order to entice potential buyers to purchase the properties. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Area Schools drops price of 11 former Build-A-Home properties

Several property lots owned by Belding Area Schools have remained vacant for years. School board members are hoping a drop in price will encourage buyers to step forward and snatch up the properties.

A row of hops line the horizon at Hopyards of Kent in Oakfield Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville area hops farm reaping benefits of craft beer craze (PHOTOS)

From buds to beer, there’s no denying the business of craft beer in Michigan has taken off in recent years. For two consecutive years, the nearby metropolitan city of Grand Rapids has been voted “Beer City USA” and as many as 150 breweries are now operating within the state with another 44 brewery licenses currently pending.

The Central Montcalm High School Marching Band plays the national anthem prior to the start of last Friday’s varsity football game at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm band gets $2,500 from Sheridan VFW

The quest to purchase new uniforms for the Central Montcalm High School Marching Band took a big step forward at last Friday’s varsity football game. Before the game began, Sheridan VFW Post 5065 Commander Donald P. Rule and Senior Vice Commander Ronald Kessler donated a check in the amount of $2,500 toward the new uniforms.

Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss several purchases made by the township Wednesday evening at the Crystal Township Community Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board OKs road, police millages

After voters took to the polls in August, there’s no question that funds are now available for police services in Crystal Township. How those funds will be spent, however, is a question yet to be answered.

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Home intruder shot, killed at Greenville residence Saturday morning

A man is dead after he entered a Greenville residence Saturday morning, fell asleep on a couch, and was then fatally shot by the homeowner after a struggle ensued between the two.

Disc golfer Brent Spencer, of Smryna, putts his disc into a basket on one of the newly finished back-nine holes at SMASH Park in Belding Thursday. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Greenville Area Community Foundation donations help enhance Smash Park

Through painful bee stings, endless mosquito bites and countless hours of removing trees, stumps and brush from the heavily forested Lightning Bend Park, the original vision of SMASH PARK has slowly been brought to life.