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Julie Blizzard, owner of Julie’s Coffee House in Greenville, will be closing up shop at the end of April. The popular establishment has been under Blizzard’s ownership for about two years, though she has worked there since 2003. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Longtime Greenville coffee hangout closing shop April 30

Along with water, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and one with a richly storied history. Its origins date back to the 13th century, possibly earlier. First drunk in Ethiopia, it spread to Egypt, the Middle East, Europe, and eventually, America. Coffee houses — establishments where friends could gather to discuss the issues of the day — followed soon after. In recent years, coffee houses have gained a popularity unseen since Allen Ginsberg sipped espresso with Jack Kerouac in some basement shop clouded with cigarette smoke and political upheaval.

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Pierson man charged with killing his mother

A local woman is dead and her son is behind bars after a disturbing accident over the weekend in Muskegon County.

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Belding Community Showcase takes on ‘new feel’

When visitors attend this year’s 17th annual Belding Community Showcase, it is guaranteed to take on the feel of a brand new event thanks to a completely remodeled high school facility. This time last year, parking was limited and hallways were crowded, but with construction having finally having wrapped up at Belding High School, visitors to this year’s showcase will be in for an experience not seen in any previous year.

From left, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell, Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard and Richland Township farmer Donald Beach attended Monday’s Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting to discuss Beach’s condemned property. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Condemned farm issue drags on at county and township level

A condemned farm that has Richland Township neighbors up in arms is in the process of being referred from the county back to the township … again. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend the full board refer the issue back to township officials. The full board will vote on the recommendation at the next regular meeting on April 22.

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Funeral Notices for April 9, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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SHORT TAKES: It’s Michigan vs. Louisville for the title

Well, the No. 9-seeded Wichita State Shockers only nearly shocked as they stayed with Louisville all the way in their NCAA Basketball final four semifinal challenge. Alas, for the cinderella Shockers, it will be No. 1-seeded Louisville facing fourth seed Michigan. The Wolverines won 61-56 in a barn burner that was in doubt to the last few seconds. Michigan and Louisville will face off in tonight’s 9 p.m. NCAA National Championship game.

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OUR VIEW: Life in Michigan faces many challenges

Life in Michigan these days is still about the fundamentals of economic and political survival. We see hope from the common sense leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder and also the sense of an improving state economy. Given enough time, that combination could begin to relieve the huge unfunded government obligations incurred in the times of blinding prosperity that we — or our children — must pay.

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E-recycling offered at MCC throughout April

A Comprenew trailer is now available at Montcalm Community College in Sidney for electronic recycling (e-recycling) throughout the month of April. The trailer will be available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through April 24 and is available to all Montcalm County residents.

David Overholt.

Montcalm County marijuana advocate arrested in Kent County

The founder of a now-defunct marijuana club in Montcalm County was arrested Friday on drug charges in Kent County. David Overholt, 55, of Sidney, is charged with delivery or manufacturing narcotics/cocaine less than 50 grams, delivery or manufacturing marijuana and maintaining or frequenting a drug house. He is out of jail on bond.

Carson City-Crystal’s Garner Cuscack makes a throw to first base during a game last season.

CC-Crystal 0-3 on spring break trip

Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team wasn’t taking the spring break off. Instead, they went to Indiana to play some baseball against a couple of different high school teams.