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Lakeview’s Anthony Blazo hits his tee shot on the par 3 hole No. 11 at Brookside Golf Course on April 23. - File photo

Greenville golfers win own invitational

Greenville’s golf team hosted an invitational amid cold, windy rainy conditions. The Yellow Jackets, along with the Lakeview Wildcats, Central Montcalm Green Hornets and Ithaca Yellowjackets made it through Thursday’s blustery conditions to play at The Links of Bowen Lake. The host Yellow Jackets made it through better, earning a team score of 290 to win the meet.

A custom wood bench memorializing Devon Morrison, a 10-year-old boy from Belding who drowned in the Flat River in 2013, was stolen this week. It is tan in color and has carvings of a boy fishing on it, a religious cross, and the phrase “don’t stop believing” inscribed on it, as well as Devon’s name. — Courtesy photo

Memorial bench stolen from mother’s yard in Belding

Police are investigating the theft of a bench that memorialized Devon Morrison, a 10-year-old Belding boy who drowned in the Flat River in 2013.

The bench was gifted to Devon’s mother, Shauna Green-Smith, and placed in her front yard at her home on Harrison Street.

Kindergarten students in Lina Ma’s class at Walnut Hills Elementary School play a game while speaking Mandarin in order to increase their understanding of the language. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Walnut Hills students immersed in Chinese language program

Walnut Hills is one of four elementary schools in Greenville, and from the outside, it looks the same as the other schools in town.

The first hint that anything might be different comes when an observer looks at the lockers of kindergarten, first, second and third grade students. The lockers have name tags on them with names written in English, and below that, with Chinese characters.

Trucks traverse along M-57 in Greenville on Thursday afternoon at the intersection with M-91, two highways in Montcalm County that feature heavy industrial traffic. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Survey of local manufacturers to aid transportation needs

Not surprisingly, there is no shipping channel from Baldwin Lake to the shores of Lake Michigan, and The Flat River will never be wide or deep enough for industrial transportation.

Railways in Greenville once served as a beacon of industrial movement, but that time has passed, and they have since been converted into recreational trailways.

In about four years, this property in Stanton will look significantly different, as it will be the home to five baseball fields, a veteran’s memorial, hiking trails, disc golf course and more amenities. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Veterans Memorial Park to be a ‘veritable campus’ in Stanton

Plans are firming up fast for the new Veterans Memorial Park and now Stanton’s City Commission is moving forward with gaining the financial wherewithal to turn those plans into reality.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville Planning Commission recommends rezoning

The Greenville Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday evening to grant a request to rezone three vacant parcels of property from Residential to C-2 (Commercial).

Tri County third baseman Colton Harris lays out for a foul ball near the bullpen against Ludington at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County runs away with win at Fifth Third Ballpark

Two former Lakes 8 Conference rivals faced off against each other at Fifth Third Ballpark in a matinee on Wednesday. The Tri County Vikings pounded out 11 hits, seven with two outs, and cruised to an 11-0, five-inning victory over the Ludington Orioles. Jacob Sickelsteel pitched the first four innings to earn the win for Tri County (6-5 overall). He allowed just three hits, one an infield hit, struck out two and walked just one batter.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, April 27

Greenville 0-2: The Yellow Jackets lost two games to Northview on Tuesday. The Wildcats won the first game 15-3 in five innings, with the only Greenville runs coming on a bases-loaded double by Kelsea McConnell — one of two hits she had in the game. Sabrina Brown also had two hits…

Listening to county budget discussions are, from left, Montcalm County accountant Brenda Taeter, who is also interim county controller-administrator; Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview; and Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, who — like Taeter — is a candidate for the controller-administrator job. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

Montcalm County commissioners updated on budget situation

Montcalm County officials not only need to stop a bleeding budget — they need to perform open heart surgery on the county’s entire business model.

Dianne Lowell, owner of Birdie’s Antiques and Gifts, is organizing an arts and collectibles show to run throughout the day during the Taste Of Montcalm festival. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New summer festival in Stanton gains sponsors, plans events

A planned festival celebrating Montcalm County’s purveyors of epicurean delights is attracting the attention of several corporate sponsors.