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Girl Scout Troop 825 includes, from left to right, Nicole Tyler, Kali Hollinshead, Sarah McCrackin, CeCe Havens, Cera Vargas, Alanna Ross, Aiylah Carter, Anne Fitzpatrick and Alyssa Gillson. The troop is trying to raise money to purchase new playground equipment for Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary School. — Courtesy photo

Carson City Girl Scouts raising funds for new playground equipment

Some local Girl Scouts are working to give their younger counterparts an even better childhood than they had.

The members of Troop 825 have been working diligently to raise funds for some new playground equipment at Carson City-Crystal Upper Elementary School.

Greenville’s Per Gradus Club will soon be celebrating its 110th anniversary. Pictured here at March’s meeting are, from left, Maureen Burns, Secretary Elaine Pendrick, President Annette Sandtveit, Second Vice President Sharon Swindell and Treasurer Shirley Kalbfleisch. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Per Gradus Club has been improving Greenville for 110 years

When members of the Per Gradus Club gathered for their first meeting in 1904, women were still 16 years away from being granted the right to vote. Although 1904 was the year Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe, few women of the time pursued university degrees.

Guest View | David Fedpausch

GUEST VIEW: Citizens urged to prepare for flooding

As Michigan’s record-breaking winter comes to a close and the snow begins to melt away, Montcalm County Emergency Management is encouraging citizens to prepare for flood emergencies before they occur.

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Funeral Notices for April 7, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices April 7, 2014

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JUST IN: Elderly woman located after going missing overnight

An 81-year-old female with dementia went missing from her home in this township for more than 14 hours before she was found walking in Kent County over the weekend.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the woman’s family that she was missing after last being seen around 1:30 p.m. Saturday while picking up sticks near her home.

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JUST IN: Crystal man charged with stabbing his brother

A 26-year-old Crystal man was arrested after allegedly stabbing his brother early Saturday morning.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on the 8000 Block of East Sidney Road shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

A group of Montcalm Area Intermediate School District special education adults pose after completing a work project at the Road Commission for Montcalm County in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

MAISD helps special education adults plan for life after school

Have you heard the term “transition”?

Actually, we experience “transition” throughout our lives — babies to toddlers, toddlers to school-age children, adults into retirement. One of our most important transitions is going from high school to the adult world.

Students eligible for special education support services face many barriers during this critical “transition” time. The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires that an individual education plan team address the area of transition for students age 16 or older in order to be successful in adult-life roles.

Carson City-Crystal graduate and current film student Alexie Schneider was diagnosed with stage 4 fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, while recovering in a hospital after a car accident in 2013.  — Courtesy photo

Car crash leads to diagnosis of rare cancer for CC-C graduate

Two days before her 20th birthday, everything in Alexie Schneider’s world came to a shocking halt.

It was on a September evening last year when the Carson City-Crystal High School graduate was driving on I-69 during a return trip from Flint to her apartment in Grand Rapids. She was set to begin her first day of classes for her sophomore year at Compass College of Cinematic Arts.

After 35 years in education — the last 23 with Greenville Public Schools  — Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissett is retiring at the end of this school year. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Longtime educator steps down from Greenville Public Schools

Although she was more than 1,000 miles from where she grew up, Diane Brissett felt at home.

“Within 20 minutes I felt like I had come home and I belonged here,” said Brisset in her assistant superintendent office in Greenville on Friday. “That never changed. This is a great community and a great district with great kids.”

Mike Kamps, owner of H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, fills up one of his business vehicles with natural gas. His plumbing business is the only privately owned business in the state that operates its vehicles on natural gas, according to him. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: H&H Plumbing owner is proponent of natural gas use for vehicles

When one of Mike Kamps’ vehicles leave the lot of his business, H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, they’re leaving behind a lot less than most trucks, vans or cars; less fumes, less expense, less wear and tear on the vehicles themselves.