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Funeral Notices for April 24, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 24, 2017

Congressman John Moolenaar meets with media before Thursday’s listening session at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar talks failed ACA effort, future of health care reform

Congressman John Moolenaar knew Thursday evening’s listening session was going to be a bumpy ride.

As about 900 people were being seated in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium at Central Michigan University, Moolenaar steadied himself for the event in a dressing room in the basement of the nearly century-old theater.

Audience members waved green or red pieces of paper to show their support or opposition to statements made during Congressman John Moolenaar’s listening session Thursday at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar hosts raucous listening session at CMU

Not much listening took place during a Thursday night “listening session” hosted by Congressman John Moolenaar.

Nearly 900 people packed Central Michigan University’s Warriner Hall to hear from the Republican representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which encompasses 15 counties.

Emily Van Kleeck

Central Montcalm Elementary School Parent Group leader charged with embezzling

The former president/treasurer of the Central Montcalm Elementary School Parent Group has been charged with embezzling more than $4,000 from money collected through community fundraising efforts.

Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams

Montcalm County commissioners to set sheriff’s deputy contract rate

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider a recommendation to set a lower rate for municipalities to contract with sheriff’s deputies than the sheriff would prefer.

The county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on April 10 voted to recommend the full board approve setting all contract rates for deputies at $75,000 starting in 2019. Sheriff Mike Williams had asked commissioners to set the rate at $79,000.

Kevin Vail, a recent graduate from the fruit and vegetable management program offered by Montcalm Community College in conjunction with Michigan State University, talks with guests at an open house unveiling the greenhouse at the Sidney campus of MCC on Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New greenhouse opens on Montcalm Community College campus

Green thumbs in the area rejoice: There’s a new greenhouse in town.

A partnership between Montcalm Community College (MCC) and Michigan State University (MSU) has allowed the community college to build a permanent greenhouse enclosed by polycarbonate (as opposed to heavy-duty plastic).

Officer Sean Parsons of the Greenville Department of Public Safety exits a home on Pickell Drive, where an overdose victim died prior to officers arriving on scene in February. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Heroin Hits Home: Part 2, ‘It’s At An Epidemic Level’

Rolling into the empty parking lot of a local restaurant, long since closed for the evening, Josh McConkie brought his police cruiser to a temporary halt. Parked behind the building, the vehicle’s headlights went dark. The engine rested, humming in neutral, and the Greenville Department of Public Safety sergeant sat quietly, illuminated within his car by the dull glow of a nearby streetlight.

After 24 years in Greenville, Mobile Audio Design owners Ryan Olsen and Bob Adams have announced the business will be closing on April 28.

Mobile Audio Design closing after 24 years in Greenville

When he earned his diploma from Greenville High School in 1991, Ryan Olsen recalls having just one thing on his mind upon graduating. With his open house and graduation money in hand, Olsen made his way to the local Radio Shack, ready to make an improvement to his car.

Christopher Dennie from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission updates  Montcalm County commissioners on April 10 about the state commission’s work to improve and create standards for counties regarding providing defense for people who have been charged with a crime but are not able to afford an attorney. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Indigent defense standards could level court-appointed attorney playing field

A state commission is in the process of reforming standards for court-appointed attorneys and indigent clients, meaning the administrative branches of Ionia and Montcalm counties will be taking over crucial judicial responsibilities in the near future.

Belding senior Hallee Breimayer, center, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday. Surrounding her are, from left in front, her mother, Shawn, Belding girls basketball coach Connor Hoke; in back, her father, Shad, and her new basketball coach, Dave Glazier. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding’s Breimeyer to play basketball at GRCC

Dave Glazier is used to allowing freshman players to flourish on his Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) women’s basketball team. Soon, he will have another freshman who can bring a whole new attitude to the Raiders team.

Hallee Breimayer, Belding senior and The Daily News girls basketball player of the year, signed a letter of intent to attend GRCC and play for Glazier, who is in his second year as the Raiders head coach.