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Amy and Joe Hanson (pseudonyms used for the couple’s protection) wanted their photograph to be taken next to a cross to “thank the man above” for helping them get out of homelessness. The couple was homeless for years before finding stable housing in Greenville through Montcalm and Ionia county services. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

California couple overcomes homeless situation in Michigan

When Joe and Amy Hanson (not their real names) moved from California to Michigan, they didn’t have jobs lined up or a place to live. In fact, they were homeless.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 26, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Greenville’s Branden Parris, left, tries to tackle Lowell’s David Kruse on Friday night. (Sports Pro Images | Jaime McNinch)

Yellow Jackets lose to No. 2-ranked Red Arrows 35-10 at home

Greenville’s football team had a tough task to climb back against the No. 2 team in the state in Division 2 according to The Associated Press.

The Yellow Jackets couldn’t do it, losing 35-10 to the Lowell Red Arrows on military night Friday at Legacy Field.

Belding junior running back James Daniel (No. 2) stiff-arms a Wyoming Lee defender on his way to scoring a touchdown in the second quarter Friday. The Redskins earned their third victory of the season, winning 39-8. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding gets 39-8 win over Wyoming Lee

It took Dalton Riches four years, but he finally got into the end zone … with the ball.

Up 26-0 early in the third quarter, with Belding’s third victory of the season firmly in hand in front of a large homecoming crowd, the senior left guard was called in as a running back for the next play.

On second and one, six yards from the end zone, Riches took the hand-off from his quarterback and, like a man on a four-year mission seeing the end, busted through the trenches, rumbled, stumbled and crashed into the end zone to get his first touchdown of his career.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will vote to approve the fiscal year 2017 budget on Monday, including $1.7 million in budget cuts. — File photo

Loss of jobs, services hit home hard amid Montcalm County budget cuts

Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.

Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.

The four recycling and two cardboard dumpsters in Stanton are being more heavily used and filling up faster. The recycling site is located at the southwest corner of the city parking lot at the intersection of Walnut and Camburn streets. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Recycling containers to be added in Stanton

Since Montcalm Township closed its recycling site, the Stanton recycling dumpsters have seen a lot more use.

Montcalm County officials have offered — and the Stanton City Commission has accepted — to install at least two more recycling containers in the city. Right now, Stanton has two cardboard dumpsters, which belong to Stanton, and four general recycling dumpsters. The additional dumpsters would likely be funded with money saved from when Montcalm Township shut down its recycling site.

Right now, the Lakeview District Fire Department serves Pine Township, but a few residents in Pine Township are looking into how to switch to the Montcalm Township Fire Department because it is closer. The topic was brought to the Montcalm Township Board on Sept. 14. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Pine Township residents consider switching fire jurisdiction

Pine Township officials are taking a look at the current fire department arrangement.

On Sept. 14, Pine Township Treasurer Randy Robson and five township residents approached the Montcalm Township Board about the possibility of being incorporated into the Montcalm Township Fire Department’s jurisdiction.

Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood presented Lt. David Mack with a meritorious service award on Sept. 12 in recognition of Mack’s response to the Oct. 9, 2015, shooting of Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Kotenko. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview officer awarded for his help during crossbow shooting

When Lakeview Village Police Lt. David Mack responded to a call one year ago, he didn’t know what he was getting into.

Almost a year later, he is being recognized for his actions.


OUR VIEW: Montcalm County commissioners must make amends

How do you sit in front of a roomful of constituents and employees detailing a plan that will cut $1.7 million from the county budget and the equivalent of 22.5 full-time positions without shouldering any of the burden?

This is our question to the nine elected officials who comprise the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.


Belding approves bid for sewer repair, ordinance amendment

Beneath the city of Belding is an underground network of sewer pipes that come together to make up the framework of the sanitation system.