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On his first day as Edmore village manager, Neil Rankin returned to the helm without expecting to miss a beat. Stepping into his old office Monday for the first time in nearly two years, Rankin began listening to voicemails and returning emails, just as if he had never left the job. “There’s no nerves, no excitement, I’m just picking up right where I left off,” he said.

ON THE RECORD: Montcalm County cracking down on recycling site abuse

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

One man has been convicted and fined after dumping garbage at a Montcalm County recycling site, putting a face to a countywide problem.

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

New children’s book highlights local contributions of African Americans

Posted in: Local Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Benjamin Losford was born into a life of slavery. It was the mid-1800s, a plantation in Boone County, Ky. Growing up, Benjamin would overhear relatives speaking in hushed voices of his father, Abraham, who has escaped to the north, vowing to someday return for his family. Abraham’s first attempt to reclaim Benjamin and his sister resulted in his recapture.

But Abraham — who had served as the plantation’s resident barber — escaped a second time, eventually settling in Howell, where he opened his own barber shop

Sports
Montabella’s Kalvin Quackenbush, right, has the ball hit him while Vestaburg’s Tyler Ruckle tries to field it during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Vestaburg’s baseball team is on a roll in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC). The Wolverines are 4-0 in the MSAC after beating Montabella in a doubleheader Tuesday, 10-0 in seven innings and 13-3 in six innings.

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Sports Top News Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Buffalo Bills have gained a whole new fan base in West Michigan. While Justin Zimmer, a 2011 Greenville High School graduate, did not hear his name called during the three days of the NFL draft, he was quickly signed to a free agent contract following the draft by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. A dominating defensive tackle from Ferris State University, Zimmer realized his childhood dream of playing in the NFL with the signing.

Vestaburg picks up two league wins at Montabella

Posted in: High School, Sports Top Story Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Vestaburg’s baseball team is on a roll in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC). The Wolverines are 4-0 in the MSAC after beating Montabella in a doubleheader Tuesday, 10-0 in seven innings and 13-3 in six innings.

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 26

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Belding 2-0: The Redskins continued its fine start to the season with a pair of O-K Blue wins at Comstock Park on Tuesday. Belding won game one 5-1. Aaden Quinn earned the win. He pitched seven innings, struck out six and allowed four hits. Dylan McMaster had two hits, while Mitch Shepard and Logan Campbell had RBIs…

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  • Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

    Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

    According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

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  • ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 19

    Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School

    CC-Crystal wins a pair: The Eagles opened their MSAC season with a pair of wins over Coleman Tuesday, winning 10-1 and 8-4. Cam Saylor was the winning pitcher in the opener, scattering three hits. Zach Pringle had four hits, Lane Humphrey added three hits and Drew Stout and Shane Wiggins had two hits each…

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  • ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, April 16

    Monday, April 18th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School

    Central Montcalm 1-1: The Hornets split a pair of games at the Bath tournament on Saturday. Game one was a 10-2 loss to Lansing Catholic. Andrew Jacoby took the loss. Noah Stauffer had a double, while Austin Williams and Bryant Ciganik had singles. The Hornets rebounded with an 11-3 win over Lansing Waverly…

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  • NFL prospect Justin Zimmer ready for draft

    Monday, April 18th, 2016
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    The NFL draft, a three-day extravaganza, begins in less than two weeks. For Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer, an NFL defensive lineman prospect from Ferris State University, it’s down to a waiting game: Waiting to find out if he will be drafted, and, if not, signed as a free agent following the draft. After training for three months in Texas, Zimmer is back home in Michigan and working out at Ferris State in preparation for the draft and a potential NFL minicamp.

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