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Benjamin Wilkins appeared in 64B District Court on Tuesday to waive his preliminary examination in a Greenville child abuse case. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Judge hears testimony in Greenville child abuse case

Two-year-old Brooklyn didn’t want to play with her toys. According to court testimony, that’s why her mother’s boyfriend put the toddler in the bathroom for a timeout, which ended with an ambulance rushing to the home of the little girl who was barely clinging to life.

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Greenville City Council OKs lawn bids to 3 contractors

For the first time, the city of Greenville has decided to split up its property and solicit mowing bids to give smaller businesses a chance to bid. During Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council approved awarding mowing bids from three different companies.

Springtime planting season is the busiest time of year at Taylor Seed and Grain as Brian Taylor (left) begins to fill and deliver seed orders to local farmers. Jane Vierzen (right) works in sales and provides agronomy services.

MICHIGAN FARM and GARDEN: Six Lakes family’s three businesses engrained in local farming industry

Spring is a busy time for Lakeview’s Brian and Sheri Taylor, who own and operate three businesses that all revolve around farming.

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Funeral Notices for May 8, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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.