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Outman introduces House Bill addressing concerns with microbeads

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, is well aware of how important the surrounding Great Lakes are to every resident of the “mitten state.”

From drinking water to recreation, and freighters shipping goods to the state’s vast fishing industry, the priority of protecting the state’s invaluable natural resource is always a concern for legislators.

Greenville High School science teacher Joyce Zimmer, who participated in an eight-week research program at the VanAndel Institute, stands in front of an experiment she set up for her students. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville teacher doing research at VanAndel Institute

It may come as a surprise to know one of the prominent and longstanding Greenville High School science teachers is, in fact, leading a double life.

During the school year, Joyce Zimmer is a humble teacher of anatomy, physiology and AP chemistry and biology.

Bill Bates, center, stands with Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson and Bates’ daughter, Kelli, after completing a 60-mile walk Sept. 19 and raising $6,489.50 for the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids. — Courtesy photo

Belding man completes 60-mile trek, raises funds for Mercy Health

After a grueling 18 hours, walking step after step on the last shred of energy he could rally together, Bill Bates reached the finish line.

Having just walked 60 miles on the evening of Sept. 18 into the following afternoon, the Belding resident forced a smile in the wake of his accomplishment, albeit with his legs trembling and a sharp pain settling in.


900 gallons of sealer and tar spill in Vestaburg accident

Talk about a sticky situation. A Monday morning traffic accident resulted in 900-plus gallons of driveway sealer and liquid tar spilling onto Vestaburg’s main intersection.


Funeral Notices for Sept. 30, 2015

Read funeral notices for Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

Following a kitchen fire near Halfmile Lake in Spencer Township on Monday, a Montcalm Township Fire Department firefighter pulls some burnt kitchen items out of the house. (Daily News | Brad Klosner)

Woman’s neighbor rushes to help during kitchen fire

When her neighbor needed help, Kathy Clements did not hesitate to float in to provide assistance. She did it via pontoon.

Rep. John Moolenaar

GUEST VIEW: Agricultural highlights from Congress

It is harvest time and Michigan farmers have had a challenging growing season. As the leaves turn colors and families head out to cider mills, here are the highlights of the year so far in Michigan agriculture and the bills I have voted for to help our farming families prosper.

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, center, stands with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, left, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, right, during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College after being recognized as the 2015 Michigan County Clerk of the Year. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Kristen Millard recognized as Michigan County Clerk of the Year

After 19 years of helming the position of Montcalm County clerk, Kristen Millard has been recognized at the very top of her profession.
During the annual Michigan Association of County Clerks conference in August, Millard was honored as the 2015 Clerk of the Year, a delightful surprise that came unbeknownst to her.


ED GILBERT: Don’t trash the out-of-doors

The DNR tells us that some folks are taking advantage of our state and national forests. By that, they are using it as a dumping ground for items they no longer want or need. They find old refrigerators, freezers, stoves, or even old tables and chairs, etc.
However, in some cases the ones who use the forests for dumping items have actually outsmarted themselves by including old mail or letters with their name and addresses right there. Well, not everyone is that dumb, but some are and will likely continue to be.


Greenville golfers 6th, Central Montcalm 7th at Tullymore

Three area girls golf teams competed at the Big Rapids Invitational at Tullymore Golf Resort on Monday. The tournament was won by Muskegon Mona Shores placed first with a 361. Kalamazoo Hackett was second with 373 and Holt third with 380. Greenville was sixth with a 420, Central Montcalm seventh with a 482 and Tri County ninth with 587.