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Hemingsen easily re-elected 64B District Court judge

The sitting judge of Montcalm County 64B District Court was handily returned to the bench by voters Tuesday.

Judge Donald Hemingsen won the non-partisan election with 9,407 votes, compared to challenger Kathleen Dunne’s 4,568 votes, or 67 percent to 33 percent.

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Eureka Township supervisor keeps seat

This township’s supervisor has been re-elected to another term.

Rodney Roy received 760 votes to challenger Les Lillie’s 571 votes, or 57 to 43 percent.

Greenville has a new park and ride area thanks to the efforts of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee. The car pool is located on the west side of Meijer’s parking lot just off M-57. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Carpool located on west side of Greenville Meijer parking lot

Carpooling just became more convenient in Greenville. The Meijer store now features a park and ride on the west side of its parking lot, thanks to a yearlong effort by the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee.

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Greenville historian Elsie McNiel dies at 82

When future historians look back at 20th century Greenville, they’ll encounter the usual pantheon of mayors, city managers, business owners.

Those who take time to dig deeper will find Elsie McNiel, a woman who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to chronicle and preserve a record of the community.

Community engagement, like what local health facilities are doing, is key to successfully controlling outbreaks like the Ebola virus. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization. — Courtesy photo

Ebola is minor threat locally, but health officials are ready

An infectious disease outbreak like Ebola usually has three things working in its favor: A lack of remedies, a lack of precautions and an unchecked system to where those infected travel beyond ground zero.

Fortunately, if ever an infectious disease were to threaten the mid-Michigan area, health officials say they are more than ready.

Trooper Keith Disselkoen, community service liaison with the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post explains the dangers of “sexting” Monday evening at a gathering at Greenville Middle School. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Michigan State Police trooper discusses dangers of sexting

People need to think twice before sending a revealing photo via text. Sexting — sending erotic selfie photos via text messaging — can result in a 20-year prison sentence.

As his fiancée, Megan Wheaton, looks on, Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill Jr. of the U.S. Marines speaks to a crowd of Belding residents, donators, military veterans and family members at a groundbreaking ceremony in Belding on Saturday. Thrailkill and his family will receive a new home that is being specially built to meet Thrailkill’s needs, such as wider doorways, a roll-in shower and drop-down cabinets. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Marine injured in Afghanistan to receive special home in Belding

The daily routine of life hasn’t been the same for Cpl. Robert “Bobby” Thrailkill of the U.S. Marines since he lost his legs in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan four years ago. Living in an apartment in Caledonia, Thrailkill, 23, has not only had to get used to his prosthetic legs and the different mobility challenges they present, he also has had to deal with the everyday challenges of just getting on with his day, be it showering, reaching for things in a cabinet or just moving about within his apartment. Life, Thrailkill said, was difficult just doing the simple things.

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Multiple people injured in Klackle Orchards tractor accident

Multiple people were injured in a Klackle Orchards farm tractor accident Sunday afternoon. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on Station Road near West County Line Road around 4 p.m.

Greenville High School advanced placement government students, junior Stephanie Doyle, 16, left, and junior Izzie Matthews, 16, center, use an iPad and cell phone to give 33rd District State Senate candidate Fred Sprague, D-Mount Pleasant, the appropriate 1-minute time frame to speak during Wednesday evening’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Political hopefuls participate in final local candidate forum

With just 12 days remaining until the Nov. 4 general election, there was no mistaking the location of the final candidate forum for political contenders in contested races. Attendees of Wednesday’s candidate forum at Montcalm Community College’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville were greeted by an wave of campaign signs, guiding them to the meeting of political rivals.

Members of the newly established Montcalm Economic Alliance meet Wednesday for goup's first meeting after dissolving the former Montcalm Alliance. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Alliance re-established as Montcalm Economic Alliance

From open to close, the final meeting of the Montcalm Alliance lasted exactly 36 seconds Wednesday. That was enough time for board members to unanimously decide to officially dissolve the group, followed by an adjournment from Vice President Bob Clingenpeel.