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Animal Control Officer Autumn DeVries attends to the needs of one of her canine charges at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter.

Improvements continue at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter

When it comes to animal welfare, the staff and management of the Montcalm County Animal Shelter are barking up the right tree. The facility — several years ago vilified for its inhumane euthanasia practices and unsanitary conditions — now stands as an example of what a shelter should be.

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, April 11, 2015

Funeral notices for Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Oakfield Township Board declines Kent District Library’s offer

The Oakfield Township Board has declined a request from Kent District Library to partner with township officials to offer library services to the community. The reason? The Kent District Library’s voter-approved “ungodly big millage increase,” according to the Oakfield Township supervisor.

Greg Wing, a field operative with Heritage Ag, tows one of the company’s planes through the parking lot at Anderson and Girls Orchards Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crop-dusting pilot makes successful emergency landing

In a matter of only a few seconds, flying at a speed of nearly 150 mph, pilot Mordecai “Deke” Walker’s routine crop dusting flight was suddenly thrown askew. As he was making his return trip to Lakeview on Tuesday after a morning of dusting crops in Stanton, a “chip detector” alarm light quickly grabbed his attention.

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Funeral Notices for April 10, 2015

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Cars turn at the intersection of Balwin and Oak streets, both of which will be repaired staring Monday and concluding sometime this summer. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Portions of Baldwin and Oak streets in Greenville will be closed

Detour will be the name of the game for summer travel on Oak and Baldwin streets in Greenville. Starting Monday, the two streets will be closed down throughout two project phases involving the installation of a new city water main and general road reconstruction.

From left, Belding City Councilman Jerry Lallo recognizes Belding Area Schools Athletic Director Joel Wilker, Belding resident Rick Beckett, girls varsity basketball coach Brad Wilson and (not pictured) boys varsity basketball coach Michael Redell with the Good Neighbor Award for organizing the “Fill the Gym” event at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s ‘Fill the Gym Night’ organizers recognized

Who could ask for better neighbors than those who bring together 1,400 people in a celebratory event overflowing with community pride? It’s been two years since a Good Neighbor Award was bestowed upon a resident or group organization in this community by the Belding City Council, but January’s “Fill the Gym Night” at Belding High School caught the attention of Councilman Jerry Lallo.

Irish Fest founder Clare Cunningham, right, is pictured with Hubbardston Area Historical Society Chairwoman Joanne Burns Howard. The annual Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will take place April 17 in Hubbardston. — Courtesy photo

Hubbardston’s Irish Fest founder to be honored April 17

This year’s Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will be dedicated to a very special person … the festival’s founder.

Clare Cunningham, who died last November, joined the Hubbardston Area Historical Society soon after its creation in 2002. Cunningham organized a fundraiser for the historical society in 2007, which has become an annually anticipated event each April in Hubbardston. This year the event is set for April 17.

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Funeral Notices for April 9, 2015

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JUST IN: Crystal Township approves $33,433 brine contract with Road Commission

Members of the Crystal Township Board approved number of contract agreements Wednesday evening for the overall improvement township roads.