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Senior co-captain Bryce Johnston attempts to kick the ball through a line of Sparta players in the first half of the Greenville-Sparta soccer game at Greenville Monday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Little mistakes lead to narrow defeat to Sparta for Greenville’s soccer team

Improvement sometimes doesn’t equal a win in the game of soccer, but Greenville coach Jeremy Neve saw more good things from his team, despite falling to Sparta 1-0 at a home game Monday.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners, all at left, listen Monday afternoon to a recommendation from Louis Schimmel of Municipal Financial Consultants Inc., John Axe of Clark Hill PLC and Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin, all at right, to retain services for a legal investigation and emergency audit into the county’s financial situation. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County contracts with legal, financial firms to fix ‘alarming’ budget

Montcalm County is contracting with a legal firm, a financial firm and a consulting firm in an effort to stop the bleeding of $2 million in savings per year over at least the last four years. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday, in three separate motions, to contract with Clark Hill PLC in Detroit for legal services, to contract with Municipal Financial Consultants Inc. (MFCI) in Detroit to assist Clark Hill and to contract with Rehmann Robson of Troy for accounting services as an emergency audit of the county gets underway.

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Crystal Township home likely total loss after fire

Firefighters from the Crystal Township and Carson City Fire Departments responded to the scene of a structure fire at 2838 W. Colby Road on Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries reported.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 23, 2016

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Melody Teegardin opened Flat Rock Medical at 202 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville last October. Since then, 50 students have taken her classes. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Flat River Medical trains aspiring medical workers

After working as a nurse for 10 years, Melody Teegardin decided to open Flat River Medical on Lafayette Street in Greenville in October 2015. She had previous experience in nursing education. She received her master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis on education in 2012. She taught registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) as well as an occasional certified nursing assistant (CNA) program at a community college. Then, she went on to teach a CNA program for the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center on the southeast side of Grand Rapids serving at-risk youth hoping to become CNAs.

A large tree snapped by an EF1 tornado Saturday lies on its side in the yard of Jan and Chuck Sanders at 2348 Belding Road (M-44) in Orleans Township Sunday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tornado rips through Orleans Township (PHOTO GALLERIES)

Jan Sanders had one eye on the television and one outside her window when she realized she needed to get herself, her husband, Chuck, and their daughter, Amy, to the basement. Just two minutes later, an EF-1 tornado tore through the property at 2348 Belding Road (M-44).

2016 Danish Festival Grand Marshals Ruth Reed, left, and Marvel Linnan, smile and wave to the crowd during the Grand Dansk Parade Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grand Dansk Parade an annual family tradition for many (PHOTOS)

Ann Bigler sat on West Cass Street Saturday morning, anxiously awaiting the start of the 2016 Danish Festival Grand Dansk Parade with her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It has long been a tradition in their family to visit the festival, browse around downtown and at Veterans Park and, of course, watch the parade.

Joseph Coy, 19, of Cedar Springs (No. 925) started out as one of the lead runners, and held the spot to take First Overall Male with a time of 25.17.5 at Saturday’s Danish Festival Road Race. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

Cedar Springs’ Coy, Grand Rapids’ Cook winners in Danish Festival Road Race

he course was paved, the scenery was great, and the runners were ready. The humidity, however, was the struggle. The 39th annual Danish Festival Road Race on Saturday started at 8.m. with temperatures already in the high 70s. The humidity level hovered in the mid-80s.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 22, 2016

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Daily News welcomes new reporter, sports editor

The Daily News editorial staff recently added a new reporter and made several other staffing changes.