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JUST IN: Energy transformer fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City

The smoke could be spotted from miles away, billowing high into the air and blending into the overcast sky above. As commuters pulled over on M-57 to gander at the mammoth plume, the source of the smoke itself, a large fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City, was steadily being contained by firefighters.

Firefighters with the Belding Fire Department work together to extinguish a blaze at 8924 Lakeview Drive in Orleans Township Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

House fire in Orleans Township not deemed suspicious

A structure fire Wednesday afternoon resulted in the complete destruction of a mobile home to the northwest of Long Lake. The Orleans Township Fire Department was dispatched to 8924 Lakeview Dr. at 3:39 p.m. to the report of a structure fire, and upon arrival, Fire Chief Les Doty said there was no saving the home.

Miss Heartland and her court include, from left, third runner-up Molly Smith, first runner-up Kayla Pingel, Miss Heartland Charlotte Squires, second runner-up Allison Adams and fourth runner-up Hannah Haynes. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local women compete for Miss Heartland crown

Some of Michigan’s most beautiful and talented young women were at Central Montcalm Middle School on Saturday evening for the Miss Heartland Scholarship Pageant and the crowning of the Miss Heartland and Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen.


Funeral Notices for Oct. 30, 2015

Funeral Notices for Friday, Oct. 30, 2015


JUST IN: Deputy Kotenko released from hospital, recovering from home

Nearly three weeks since being shot with a crossbow bolt, Deputy Michael Kotenko of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is now recovering from the comfort of his home.


Banged up Vestaburg faces No. 6 Beal City

The Vestaburg Wolverines were just one of three 5-4 teams in Division 8 to qualify for the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs. In all, 40 teams with 5-4 records qualified for the playoffs in all nine divisions, which includes 8-player. Despite losing their final three games, Vestaburg coach Dan Ryckman was confident the Wolverines would qualify for the postseason.


CC-Crystal has difficult task against Pewamo

When the Carson City-Crystal football team made the playoffs, no one really knew what was in store for them in the “second season.” Now that the Eagles know they will face Pewamo-Westphalia (P-W) in the first round, they know they have their work cut out for them. CC-Crystal (6-3) will face a Pirate team that went 9-0 in the regular season, winning the Central Michigan Athletic Conference by a game over Dansville.

Carson City-Crystal junior Marissa Schmitt (4) sends a kill past Vestaburg blocker Bailey Phillips during Tuesday’s MSAC match at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal volleyball sweeps MSAC rival Vestaburg

As the season has progressed so has the offense of the Carson City-Crystal volleyball team. With the season winding down — districts begin Monday — that bodes well for the Eagles. The offense showed itself in a three-game sweep over MSAC rival Vestaburg at home on Tuesday. CC-C rolled to a 25-11, 25-18, 25-14 win to improve to 10-24-6 this season. They finished the MSAC with a 2-3 record.

Byrne Electrical Specialists is headquartered in Rockford and specializes in product, mold and fixture design. — Courtesy of Byrne Electrical Specialists

Byrne Electrical Specialists expanding to Lakeview, creating 32 new jobs

Byrne Electrical Specialists has long had a strategic vision for employing as many people in West Michigan as possible. Today, Lakeview is becoming part of that vision.

WGLM staffers and Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds organizers spent Wednesday afternoon decorating at the fairgrounds for the upcoming Halloween Bash, set for Friday evening following downtown Greenville trick-or-treating. — Courtesy photo

Halloween activities happening at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds

It’s going to be a rocking good time this Halloween when WGLM Radio hosts its first ever Halloween Bash at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds at 8784 Peck Road just north of Greenville.