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Parkinson’s disease support group fundraiser set for April 8

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is never good news. The degenerative disease cases movement-related problems such as tremors, stiffness and difficulty walking. And that’s in the early stages. Later, cognitive functions may be effected, followed by dementia. A host of other symptoms accompany the disease, none of them pleasant.

Sheridan Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, left, talks with Michigan State Fire Marshal Trever Slater on Monday about Friday's fire at 1680 W. Boyer Road in Fairplain Township. Slater has ruled the fire an arson. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Fenwick house fire ruled arson, $5,000 reward offered

The cause of a Friday morning fire that was being investigated as “suspicious’”has now been ruled arson. State Fire Marshal Trever Slater investigated the scene on Monday and determined the fire was set on purpose, three days after the fire at 1680 W. Boyer Road.

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Oakfield Township house destroyed by fire

Multiple fire departments responded to a devastating Monday morning house fire in Oakfield Township. At about 6:30 a.m., the Oakfield Township Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 11380 Stultz Road.

Central Montcalm’s Saydee Rowland delivers a pitch during a game last season. Rowland is a junior this season.

Central Montcalm returns plenty of experience

Two years ago, the Central Montcalm softball team won a district title. Last year, the Hornets struggled to just 12 wins. The difference between the two years was experience. With eight returning players, new coach Bruce Nicholson is hoping to see a season more like two years ago.

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Easter Eggstravaganza in Belding

Easter festivities were in full swing this past holiday weekend, especially at local egg hunts such as the annual “Easter Eggstravaganza” event at the Belding Covered Village Mall.

Former Central Montcalm and Greenville golf coach Jim Whitmer, middle, was elected to the MIGCA Hall of Fame in March. Pictured with him is MIGCA executive director Gregg Kirchen and current Central Montcalm boys and girls golf coach Gary Buchholz. Buchholz was named the girls Division 3 Regional Coach of the Year.

Longtime golf coach Jim Whitmer makes MIGCA Hall of Fame

Former Central Montcalm and Greenville golf coach Jim Whitmer has a long resume of success. Whitmer coached golf at Central Montcalm from 1972 until 2001 when he retired. After that, he spent another five years coaching the Greenville boys golf team. He coached both boys and girls at Central Montcalm, as well as football, basketball [...]

Greenville senior Jessica Bohner, middle, signs her letter of intent to play golf at Aquinas College on Thursday. With her are, left to right, mother Jessica Bohner, coach Nancy Johnson, brother Garrett Veihl and father Dan Bohner.

Greenville’s Bohner signs with Aquinas

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team continues to win each and every year. To do so, that means they have great golfers. Great golfers excel in high school and usually have the opportunity to continue their careers in college.

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Nicholson new Central Montcalm softball coach

Another new softball coach will be at the helm of the Central Montcalm varsity team. Bruce Nicholson will take over from Jason Johnson.

Lakeview senior Beau Jensen looks to make a pass during a game this winter.

Lakeview to be in Class C next year

Things will be changing for Lakeview sports next season. Lakeview will be dropping to Class C for basketball and volleyball next season after reclassifications were announced by the Michigan High School Athletic Association March 20.

Belding’s Hannah Linebaugh makes a throw to first base. Linebaugh is one of the Redskins’ captains this season.

Belding softball looks to continue success

The Belding Redskins softball team has had an extremely successful four-year ride. Belding has won four straight district titles, three straight regional titles and even reached the Class B state semifinals during that run.