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Arturo “Sammy” Collazo Medina

Belding Fruit Storage employee’s funeral set for Friday

Funeral services have been scheduled for a Gowen man who died while working at Belding Fruit Storage on Saturday.

Arturo “Sammy” Collazo Medina, 62, died as the result of injuries sustained after a 20-foot-fall while attempting to change lightbulbs.


IN BRIEF: Stanton approves Christmas light purchase

The Stanton City Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase lights for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Stanton.

City commissioners agreed the purchase should not exceed $1,000.

Vestaburg’s Andreya McCarty, left, leads Saranac’s Sidney Klynstra and the rest of the girls through the second straightaway at the Central Montcalm Pre-Regional Invitational Monday. McCarty won the race. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Local runners prep for regionals at Central Montcalm invite

STANTON — Central Montcalm held its annual Pre-Regional Invitational cross country meet Monday as a way for teams and runners to get ready for the regional runs Saturday.

The host Green Hornets, Lakeview and Vestaburg all brought some runners to the meet, along with Morley Stanwood, Reed City and Saranac.

The Greenville equestrian team poses before the state finals in Midland Oct. 9. From left, coach Rachelle Croy, Rylie Croy, Shannon Carey and coach Stephanie Carey. The title is only the second one from a Greenville high school sports team. (Courtesy photos)

Greenville equestrian team wins Division D state title

A less-than-known club sport at Greenville High School now has the school’s second state title and its first in school history.

The Greenville equestrian team took first place in Division D — teams with less than three riders — in the Michigan Interscholastic Horse Association state finals Oct. 13-16.

There were two riders on Greenville’s team — juniors Rylie Croy and Shannon Carey. Their mothers, Rachelle Croy and Stephanie Carey, coached the team.

Ann Harvey, co-president of the Greenville Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization, talks to students about the new Raise Craze fundraiser during a special assembly Friday. The fundraiser is based on a student’s pledge to commit acts of kindness and community service in exchange for donations. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Middle School students pledge community service (PHOTOS)

A new sort of fundraiser is taking Greenville Middle School by storm. Through a partnership with a website called “Raise Craze,” middle school students are pledging to do acts of community service with varying degrees of impact in exchange for donations.

Benny Steele

ON THE RECORD: Former Vestaburg coach/teacher going to trial over sex charge

A former Vestaburg coach and teacher is going to trial after a teenage girl alleged he inappropriately touched her while in the school gymnasium.

Benny Keith Steele, 52, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.


Funeral Notices for Oct. 25, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to borrow $2,677,000 to fix budget

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a 2016 borrowing resolution to borrow no more than $2,677,000 for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund Monday.

The state of Michigan began withholding 25 percent of revenue sharing from Montcalm County on Oct. 13 after the county was late in submitting a deficit elimination plan.

Greenville's Calvin Syrjala, right, steps out of bounds and stiff-arms a Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern player Friday night. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville falls to 5-4 in 27-16 defeat to Forest Hills Northern

In a hard-fought battle that came down to the final minutes of play, the Greenville Yellow Jackets fell just short of securing a berth in the postseason.

Playing against Forest Hills Northern (5-4) the Yellow Jackets (5-4) found themselves battling all Friday night in a game that saw five lead-changes, but resulted in a 27-16 defeat to the Huskies.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals President Andrea Leslie, center, talks to registered nurse Michelle Schroll, left, and nurse tech Mercedes Packard, right, in the hallway of the labor and delivery wing of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals welcome new president

Andrea Leslie decided to pursue a career in healthcare after watching her father battle cancer when she was 14. She was inspired by the way healthcare workers impacted her father’s life. Leslie worked her way up through the healthcare ranks and is now the new president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals.