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West Michigan Regional Planning Commissioner Dave Bee reviews the results of a local manufacturing transportation survey during Wednesday evening’s Greater Greenville Transportation Committee meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

5-year forecast reveals few local state road improvements

It was less than one year ago that Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $1.2 billion road funding package into law, but don’t expect that to lead to smoother commutes in and out of Montcalm County. On Wednesday, the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee gathered for the third quarterly meeting of the year and discussed the state of local roads.

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Primary election candidate forum is Monday

With Tuesday’s primary election just around the corner, undecided minds have one final opportunity to listen to this year’s candidates for three important local races. On Monday evening, a candidate forum will take place at the Ash Technology Learning Center at the Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Greenville Campus at 1325 Yellow Jacket Drive in Greenville.

The annual Danish Festival Hot Air Balloon Rally, which falls on Aug. 19 through 21 this year, never fails to garner a lot of attention. — File photo

Danish Festival hot air balloon rally celebrates 9th year, calls for sponsors

What do “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Rat Race” and “The Wizard of Oz” all have in common? All of those movies have scenes in which characters travel in hot air balloons.

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Funeral Notices for July 29, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, July 29, 2016

Aaron Reames of Winfield Township breaks down a cardboard box before placing it in a dumpster Wednesday at a Montcalm County recycling site located in the Leppink’s parking lot on Howard City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County recycling service remains uncertain

Montcalm County officials are trying to crack down on littering at recycling sites, even the future of those recycling sites appears uncertain. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 8-1 to ask the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office to look into the possibility of making littering at recycling sites a civil infraction enforced by community members. The recommendation was made by the county’s Solid Waste Management Planning Committee on July 21.

Numerous political signs stand alongside M-46 in Belding Wednesday. Signs along state highways should be 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line). — Daily News/Cory Smith

State, local officials crack down on sign placement

From displaying political opinions to advertising local garage sales, yard signage is clearly in abundance throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. With two elections occurring within the next four months and numerous individuals campaigning for a shot at public office, there may not be a single city street that doesn’t have at least one marker placed alongside it in support of a candidate or cause.

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Funeral Notices for July 28, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, July 28 , 2016

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Montcalm County sues Daily News, sheriff candidates over FOIA requests

The chief judge of Ionia and Montcalm counties has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Montcalm County against The Daily News and two sheriff candidates after The Daily News filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the candidates’ personnel files.

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Montcalm County commissioners left in the dark over lawsuit

The entire Montcalm County Board of Commissioners were left in the dark when Montcalm County sued The Daily News, Undersheriff Mike Williams and Deputy Charlie Mahar on Friday. Commissioners were not told about the lawsuit when they met for their regular monthly meeting Monday and they did not know the case went to trial and was dismissed by a judge Tuesday.

The Flat River, pictured here in Six Lakes, runs through Six Lakes, Greenville, Belding and Lowell, with various streams and tributaries connected to it. The Flat River Watershed Council is working toward building a management plan to restore and protect the river. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local groups partner to restore and protect the Flat River

The Flat River has long been a source of joy, recreation and sustenance for the communities built around it. Over time, though, the river has fallen victim to bad practices, which affect water quality, water levels and the wetlands surrounding it.