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The anatomy and physiology I class at Montcalm Community College collected more than 80 blankets and many nonperishable food items and hygienic products as part of a “Warming Montcalm County” service project.  — Courtesy photo

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”

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Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

Orleans Township Supervisor Jim Patrick speaks on the subject of beginning each township meeting with a prayer Tuesday. The board voted 5-0 to start each meeting with a voluntary invocation by board members. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township Board votes to start meetings with a prayer

For as long as most residents can remember, Orleans Township Board meetings have begun with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Beginning in April, meetings will start with a prayer.

An Amish buggy and a pickup truck were involved in an accident last Thursday morning on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township. — File photo

Amish man mourned after horse and buggy accident

Andrew and Rebecca Miller welcomed their baby daughter into the world almost two months ago.

The young Amish couple and their three sons, Melvin, 5, Robert, 3, and David, 2, were overjoyed at the presence of baby Cevilla.

Lakeview’s Kirsten Johnson slams a triple during the second game of the Wildcats’ doubleheader against Alma Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview opens season with a pair of losses to Alma

Lakeview softball coach Daryl Johnson was glad to get the first doubleheader of the season out of the way. That was about the only thing he was glad about.

Greenville’s Sarah Newhouse delivers a pitch during an early season game last year. Newhouse has signed to play softball for Kalamazoo Valley Community College. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville duo signs to play softball in college

Sarah Newhouse and Elizabeth Niemiec have yet to begin their season seasons of softball, save for practice, for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Still, they both know they will continue to play softball following their Greenville careers.

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Funeral Notices for March 26, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Greenville/Belding trail connection part of final project to connect 125 miles

Trail lovers will soon have access to 125 miles of Michigan trails starting right from Jackson’s Landing Park in Greenville.

During the latest Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted in favor of applying for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Trust Fund grant to complete a portion of the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail-Trail from Greenville to Belding.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, holding a pamphlet on the OK2SAY confidential student hotline, reaches out to the audience at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College to promote the new program.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman working to promote OK2SAY student safety hotline

The best way to stop a violent act, be it suicide, bullying or the manifestation of a serious bomb threat, is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

That’s the message Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was hoping to convey when her legislation to create the new OK2SAY confidential student safety hotline was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2013.

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Tri County has solid hoops season with new coaches

Tti County’s girls basketball team had to deal with a new coach this season. In fact, two new coaches. The Vikings had Chris Overbeek and Shelly DeGeer take over as co-coaches this season, and they ended up 13-9 overall and 9-3 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.