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Firefighters honored as grand marshals of Potato Festival

The famous Potato Festival will return to Edmore this Friday through Sunday. The festival will get underway with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department appreciation celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the fire barn, featuring hot dogs, brats, ice cream, a smokehouse and activities for children and more. The appreciation celebration will be followed by the firemen’s parade at dusk, featuring a bagpiper leading marching firefighters, a tribute to Sept. 11, 2001, and a memorial service at Third and Main streets.

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Montcalm County commissioners continue to discuss dog-sheep issue

Abraham Lincoln once said, “The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.” Similarly, members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are not agreed upon a definition of an almost century-old state law calling for a county to pay for damages sustained by dogs attacking livestock.

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Rep. Rick Outman tours local energy and technology businesses

State Rep. Rick Outman and House Energy and Technology Committee Chair Aric Nesbitt recently spent a day in the 70th House District, touring energy and Internet provider workplaces to better understand the needs of residents in the communities. Outman, R-Six Lakes, who serves on the Energy and Technology Committee, said he was happy that Nesbitt, R-Lawton, spent a day meeting with local job creators to find out how state government can better serve Montcalm and Gratiot counties.

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Greenville rejects Eureka Township lawsuit settlement

After a closed session discussion Tuesday, the Greenville City Council voted to reject Eureka Township’s settlement offer and to move forward with negotiations regarding a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

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Funeral Notices – Aug. 22, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

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Greenville sidewalks to be replaced

Some sidewalks throughout Greenville that have been upheaved by tree roots will be replaced to smooth them out.

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Vestaburg flagged as a ‘priority school’ for low achievements

This is not how Superintendent Jeff Beal wanted to start the upcoming school year. Vestaburg High School has been named a priority school by the Michigan Department of Education, meaning the school is in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state. Priority schools were previously known as persistently lowest achieving schools by the state, but the label has been changed to “priority.”

One ring to find him: Jean Chaney, now living in Harlingen, Texas, hopes a class ring will lead her to a boy she knew during summer camp in 1974. She only knew him as “Scott.”

Texas woman’s search for class ring’s owner spans decades

The initials on the inside band of the class ring are S.L.B. They stand for Scott … somebody. Jean Chaney can’t remember. The years between then (1974) and now have been long and eventful, and things which might have been remembered have somehow been forgotten. But even after four decades, Jean remembers Scott.

Greenville’s Ryan Loiselle, front, leads the start of a distance run during the spring track season. Loiselle is a senior captain for the Yellow Jackets cross country team this fall.

GHS boys return seven XC runners

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys cross country team is less than one week from the start of the season. The Yellow Jackets begin on Aug. 27 at the Early Bird Invitational hosted by Chippewa Hills.

Alisha Gatchel of Greenville, center, won Miss Spirit of the State’s Outstanding Teen this year. She is pictured with Miss Spirit of the State Lauren Brown, left, and Miss Spirit of the State’s Outstanding Teen Kyleigh Smith. — Courtesy photo

Greenville teen named Miss Spirit of the State Outstanding Teen

Alisha Gatchel has been involved — and won — local scholarship pageants such as the Young Miss Danish Festival Scholarship pageant and the Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen pageant. The Greenville 16-year-old now has one more to add to her resume. She was crowned Miss Spirit of the State Outstanding Teen earlier this month.