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Judge Hoort answers a question about what is a vehicle for purposes of Michigan’s drunk driving laws.

Can you be charged for drunk driving if the ‘vehicle’ is an electric wheelchair? Yes. A “vehicle” is defined as every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices exclusively moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or [...]


Judge Hoort answers a question about the ‘intentional tort’ exception to the Worker’s Disability Compensation Act.

Is Worker’s Disability Compensation my only option if I am injured on the job? Not necessarily. In Smith v Michigan Pallet, Unpub Per Curiam Opin of the Court of Appeals, (#318702, 6/2/2015) plaintiff was having trouble at work with one of the boards he was attempting to cut. While he was struggling with the board, [...]


Funeral Notices for June 29, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, June 29, 2015


Belding boys track had to gain experience

Belding’s boys track team had some really good athletes. However, they were also young. As a result the boys were fifth in the six-team O-K Blue Conference this season.

Candy Kerschen

Greenville Chamber director steps down

Change is sometimes sweet and sometimes scary. It’s also inevitable. Greenville is going through a few changes right now. With businesses closing on main street, new industry moving to town and the resignation of the school superintendent, residents have the taste of change fresh in their mouths.

Kai Loni Redner, 26, at left, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, proudly display their marriage license in front of the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton on Friday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview women first same-sex couple to marry in Montcalm County

Like many Americans, the two women learned the news from a Facebook post. Kai Loni Redner, 26, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, were helping a family member move Friday morning when they heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Alpacas are a hardy breed with a genetic resistance to disease. Alpacas took center stage Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Alpaca ‘trail’ features new obstacles at 4-H Fair

Modern 4-H’ers can thank the Spanish conquistadors for the ease with which they’re able to raise and train alpacas. The gentle, horselike animals, raised by the Incas, almost disappeared during the 1500s, when the Spaniards conquered South America’s natives and slaughtered alpacas almost to the point of extinction.

The Incas who survived the conquest fled to the mountains; only the strong survived, of both men and alpacas. This made for a strong, disease resistant gene pool.

John Schwandt

Maple Valley Township appoints new supervisor

A local businessman is the new supervisor of Maple Valley Township.

John Schwandt, who owns Maple Valley Market and Stump’s Pizzeria and Diner with his wife Marianne, was appointed supervisor earlier this month.

Vandals used spray paint to write and draw obscene words and images on Thursday morning on Clay, Franklin and High streets in Greenville. Pictured is one of the tamer images. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Obscene vandals strike in Greenville; 3 teens arrested

When several residents on the south side of Greenville awoke Thursday morning, they were greeted to a less than pleasant sight.

Vandals had marched up and down Clay, Franklin and High streets with spray paint cans at the ready. During their marauding between 2:30 and 4 a.m., vandals tagged up houses, vehicles, public utility boxes and even the street itself. All told, there were 13 cases of destruction with spray paint.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County has first same-sex marriage

Bursting into the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office just before the noon lunch hour today, the two women were breathless and smiling.

“We’re here to get married!” they exclaimed.