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Dozens of different types of herbs, grown by Montcalm Area Career Center students, were available for purchase at the center’s All Things Green expo Monday evening. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

‘All Things Green’ draws in large crowd to Montcalm Area Career Center

Teachers, students and many vendors were on hand Monday afternoon at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), where things were “greener” than St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Green technology and its application to everything from gardening to bio-fuels was the topic of the day at the “All Things Green” expo. The event, held annually at the center, was open to the public and drew a very respectable crowd anxious to see the latest advances in green technology, hear from master gardeners and maybe pick up a couple freebies in the process.


Ionia sheriff selects Meijer for inmate prescriptions

In a search conducted primarily to stay local while remaining cost efficient, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office has reached out to a nearby pharmacy to serve as its primary prescription provider for jail inmates at the Ionia County Jail. Just one day into a two-year contract, the sheriff’s office is now receiving pharmacy services from Meijer Inc., specifically from the Meijer pharmacy located south of Ionia in Berlin Township.

Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow, middle, tries to force up a shot between two Montabella players during the Class C district game March 5. — File photo

CSAA names local boys hoops players to all-league tweam

The Central State Activities Association saw fit to name three local boys basketball players to the all-conference team. Lakeview’s dynamic duo of Shawn Lindsey and Nate Shurlow were honored by CSAA coaches, while Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford also was honored. All three were first-team selections.

Renee Suchil is pictured with one of her dogs in a photograph obtained from her website. Her home-based dog breeding business Pixie Puppies was shut down by Montcalm County Animal Control last week. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Animal Control shuts down dog breeder

Renee Suchil’s home-based dog breeding business has been shut down — again. Suchil started her business, advertised on her website as “Pixie Puppies: Unique Designer Hybrid Puppies just for YOU!!!,” in Kent County’s Solon Township. She was shut down there in 2012 after her neighbors alleged she was running a “puppy mill,” according to a WZZM TV 13 report that year.


OUR VIEW: Spring Fling proved positive

Some people may think that Greenville and its surrounding communities are small time, small town. But this past weekend showed that they are anything but. Hundreds of women — and even a few men — gathered in the Greenville High School gymnasium for the second annual Spring Fling for Women, an expo-style event designed to provide women with an opportunity to learn, shop and get together with friends.

Dave Camp

Longtime Congressman Dave Camp will not be running for re-election

Today may be April Fool’s Day, but Dave Camp’s announcement yesterday was no joke.

The longtime congressman and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee will not be pursuing re-election this year. He has served 24 years for the 4th Congressional District, which encompasses the central and northwest section of Michigan.

Greenville third grader Charlie Braman tosses bean balls during practice Tuesday for the Greenville juggling club.

Greenville schools’ Z Club gathers to practice unique skill

With sharp eyes and a focused mind, Josh Januzelli blocks out all the sounds and movement around him, concentrating instead on the three colored bean balls falling back down into his open palm.

Becky Hansen

Parkinson’s fundraiser ‘personal’ for local organizers

About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with Parkinson’s disease. Nearly 1 million live with the disease every day. Greenville resident Becky Hansen is one of them. That’s one reason she wants people to be aware of the fact that April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.


Funeral Notices for March 31, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, March 31, 2014


JUST IN: Boy shows improvement after near-drowning in Douglass Township

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday after his father found him unresponsive in a pond behind the family’s home.