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JUST IN: Ionia County drain commissioner to retire early

John Bush, the longtime Ionia County drain commissioner, has announced his retirement effective Oct. 31. Bush’s current term expires on Jan. 1, 2017. He was mostly recently re-elected to office in August 2012 and has been the county drain commissioner nearly three decades now.

A group of wallabies gather together Saturday at the new “Wallaby Walkabout” exhibit at Anderson & Girls Orchards petting zoo. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Anderson & Girls Orchards welcome wallabies to petting zoo

Those looking to experience a little of the Land Down Under can now do so in the heart of Montcalm County.

On Saturday, Terry and Gwen Anderson officially opened their new “Wallaby Walkabout” and “Parakeet Feeding” exhibits at their petting zoo at Anderson & Girls Orchards.

During Tuesday's meeting of the Greenville City Council, the council voted to give tax abatements to Huntington Foam Inc. equaling $23,102. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville grants tax abatement to Huntington Foam

One of the best signs for a small city in a slowly recovering economy is expanding businesses.

Greenville is in the midst of a number of expanding or developing businesses. Most recently, Huntington Foam Inc. officials asked the city for a tax abatement in order to help cushion the cost of significant building improvements as well as the purchasing of new equipment.

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Road Commission clarifies Winfield Township trustee’s complaint

The head of the Road Commission for Montcalm County says a Winfield Township official is incorrect in his complaints about local road work.

Supervisor Phyllis Larson, Clerk Colleen Stebbins, Treasurer Michael Gommesen, trustees Cathy Killinger and Dan Kanouse were all present at the June 11 meeting of the township board.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Sept. 8

Volleyball Belding sweeps Comstock Park: The Redskins cruised to a three game win against Comstock Park on Tuesday. Belding won 25-13, 25-11, 25-21 to even its record in the O-K Blue. Brooke Linebaugh had 32 assists, Johanna McCully 15 kills and Greta Wilker 15 digs. Olivia Stephan added four aces. Record: 10-1-1 (1-1). Next match: [...]

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 9, 2015

Read funeral notices for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.

Throngs of children await a movie in their cardboard box “cars” at the Kid’s Drive-in Movie event during the Belding Labor Day Celebration over the weekend. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Drive-in movie a success despite late start (PHOTO GALLERY)

No matter how much effort one puts into plans, sometimes they just go awry. Such is life. That was the case for the Kid’s Drive-in Movie event during the Belding Labor Day Celebration over the weekend.

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Police arrest 2 vendors for selling counterfeit goods at Burley Park

Detectives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Sixth District Tobacco Tax Enforcement Team were inspecting the Burley Park Flea Market near Howard City on Monday when they discovered several vendors selling counterfeit purses, perfume and headphones.

Military veterans with the Belding American Legion Post 203 ride on a Dr. Seuss-themed float Monday during the Stahlin 110th Labor Day Parade in Belding. — Daily News/Brad Knlosner

Belding Labor Day brings summer to a close (PHOTO GALLERIES)

As the 110th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration wrapped up with its final events Monday afternoon, Lynn Mason reflected on the four-day experience by reaching for a quote by the very man that this year’s festival was themed after.

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Pig scramble highlights 2015 Trufant Jubilee

The cute little pink piglet contentedly chewed on the fresh green grass, oblivious to the interruption that was about to descend on her peaceful bliss. The piglet was the star of the show in the third annual Trufant Jubilee Pig Scramble where children — and adults — had the opportunity to catch the porker and win an impressive trophy and a few minutes of fame.