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Daily News staff pick up Associated Press honors

A first-place award for a series about small local businesses and entrepreneurship highlight several honors The Daily News received this week when the 2011 Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association contest results were announced. Daily News staffers were honored in four of the 18 contest categories, which encompass news and sports writing and photography, informational graphics and online blogs. The Daily News, with a circulation of approximately 7,000, is a Division I newspaper, which means it is measured against daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 15,000.

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Greenville flea and farmers market starts Friday

Warm spring weather brings out-door activities for all to enjoy. A flea and farmers market will take place at 7 a.m. every Friday and Saturday starting Friday at the Old Meijer located on 1220 N. Lafayette Street.

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Montcalm County dog census proves popular

The Montcalm County dog census amnesty period is well under way and the response has been overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin can’t handle the phone calls.

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OUR VIEW: State is sustaining the unsustainable

Michigan has a number of municipalities and school districts going bankrupt, and the special interests most influential in bringing those institutions to that point are pushing for a state referendum to stifle the state’s emergency manager program. Their goal is apparently to sustain the unsustainable.

Presley York (Larry Moss) samples the macroons as the other guests, Dr. Alberta Prince (Lindsay Tallian), Horatio Miles (Spencer Tower), Mimms (Ruthy Bolton) and Clayhorn (Ric Davenport) wait to see if they are poisoned in “And Then There Was One,” the Greenville Area Community Center’s 2012 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presentation. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

‘Funky, funny mystery murder’ lively entertainment for all

In a spoof paralleling Agatha Christie’s famous novel “And Then There Were None,” the Greenville Area Community Center 2012 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presents “And Then There Was One.” An annual fundraiser for the center, the event is Friday and Saturday. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 at the community center located at 900 E. Kent Road. Tickets are $20 for both dinner and the show, or $15 for the show only. Tickets are available at the community center or by calling (616) 754-9163.

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SHORT TAKES: Spectrum’s Charity Ball fulfills its mission

What an evening it was! Saturday night was the occasion of the 10th annual Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball, a fundraiser dedicated to life-enhancing facilities at Greenville’s Spectrum Health United Hospital. More than 400 people were on hand at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in support of United Hospital’s new Heart and Vascular Center.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Vestaburg Schools

A report for the Jan. 9 Vestaburg Community School Board of Education meeting.

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Former area coach Warren Kent Jr. named assistant baseball coach of the year

A former high school baseball coach in the area was given an assistant coach of the year honor last month. Warren Kent Jr., who had head coaching stints at Greenville, Montabella and Vestaburg, was named the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association assistant coach of the year Jan. 14.

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Montcalm County Brownfield Authority to re-vote on firm

Montcalm County Brownfield Authority members are preparing to meet and review engineering firm documents one week from today after several members failed to properly do so last month. Montcalm County was awarded a $400,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Cooperative Assistance Agreement grant last year to assess local Brownfield sites for hazardous substances and petroleum. Six statements of qualification to administer the assessment were submitted to the county.

Elisabeth Waldon

Daily News staffers receive promotions

A pair of Daily News staff members are receiving promotions on Monday.

Elisabeth Waldon has accepted the position of news editor. In her new role, she will manage the reporting staff, scheduling and story assignments. Waldon also has been named editor of the Carson City Gazette — her second stint in that role. Ryan Schlehuber has accepted the new position of features editor, which will include supervising a features writer and providing more support in the production of The Daily News beyond the special section content he currently produces.