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Colder than average temperatures and above normal rainfall have contributed to a late planting season. Crops like corn and potatoes, which are planted later in the season, will likely not be affected by April’s wet, cold weather.

2013 Farming outlook: Spring crops get late — but not terrible — start

Heavier than average rainfall probably won’t have too great an influence on most crops grown in the area, according to Montcalm County Extension Field Crops Educator Fred Springborn, though it is likely to be responsible for some crops getting in the ground later than they would during a warmer, drier spring.

Central Montcalm’s Austin Edwards, left, scampers back to first base as Lakeview’s Brad Hamlin, right, waits for the ball during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday.

Lakeview takes two from Central Montcalm on diamond

Two baseball teams struggling to get wins this season met at Central Montcalm Tuesday, and one is no longer struggling. That team would be the Lakeview Wildcats, who beat the Green Hornets 6-4 and 7-0 in a Central State Activities Association doubleheader.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 7

Greenville wins a pair: The Yellow Jackets got a pair of O-K Bronze wins from Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Tuesday, winning the first game 8-2 and the second 13-3…

Greenville Citgo Clerk Charlotte Todd helps a customer who came in to the facility to purchase items. The Greenville Citgo was one of 65 establishments throughout Montcalm County that passed a tobacco compliance check by Drug Free Montcalm. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Area sees improvement during tobacco checks

Drug Free Montcalm has seen an increase in success during yearly tobacco checks throughout the county. During the month of April, 71 stores that sell tobacco in Montcalm County received compliance check to determine if the store would sell tobacco to minors.

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Fairplain Township updates building ordinance

The Fairplain Township Board has been working for months to update its building ordinance, which was finally approved Monday night. During the township’s monthly meeting, Supervisor Tom Sova presented updated ordinance No. 91-2 to the board for approval.

JohnMichael Molinares is pictured with his dog Sparty, who died last August. Molinares is hoping to get another service dog soon to help with his disability. — Courtesy photo

Greenville man refuses to pay rent, says he’s being discriminated against

A Greenville man says he is being discriminated against by not being allowed to have a service dog live with him to help him with his disability. However, an attorney for Maplewood Square Apartments says 34-year-old JohnMichael Molinares has refused to pay his rent for nine months and should be evicted.

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SHORT TAKES: Great weekend to throw a fling

This weekend reminded us all why it’s great to be Michiganians — beautiful blue skies, tons of turtles perched on their logs around our lakes, people out and about on bikes. And nowhere was the hype of spring more apparent than at the first-ever Spring Fling for Women, organized by The Daily News at Greenville High School. More than 600 women of all ages came not only to shop and sample food, but they also learned about important health topics and got to try their hand at parking a car using hands free parking technology and they got to see some of the latest fashion trends for the spring and summer.

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OUR VIEW: Community projects are inspiring

Amidst the floods, the fires and the manmade mayhem we’ve read and heard about so much these days, it’s not surprising our attention might be diverted from some really significant lifestyle investments we’ve been making here at home. In the recent past, or just the past week, or in the near future, this newspaper is featuring stories about inspiring community projects and their essential role in enhancing the quality of life where we live.

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Carson City benefits from increased law enforcement coverage

Community policing in Carson City has been a win-win since the very first day. A collaboration between the city of Carson City, the police department and Carson Health has been a substantial safety and security benefit for patients, hospital staff and the small mid-Michigan community.

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Greenville man arrested after fleeing from police

A 24-year-old Greenville man was arrested Saturday night after allegedly driving under the influence and eluding police. Greenville Department of Public Safety Interim Director Michael Stuck said the department received a call of a truck driving erratically after entering Greenville’s city limits.