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Performance Plus in Greenville has had a little fun advertising the business with clever and humorous sayings on its marquis. One side of the marquis, for example, harkens back to the classic television show “Diff’rent Strokes.” (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Performance Plus’ humorous sign getting noticed

If you’re going to get folks’ attention, it’s helpful if you can make them smile, maybe even laugh.

Although it has been nearly 70 years, Robert “Tex” Ritter remembers many of the names of his fallen brothers with whom he served during World War II. (Courtesy photo)

Greenville World War II veteran recalls things he would ‘like to forget’

Ideally, you’d be holding a book in your hands right now instead of a newspaper. It would be a big book, one with gilt edging and hundreds of pages. The stories Greenville resident Robert “Tex” Ritter has amassed more than 93 years of living can’t help but feel squeezed by a newspaper’s space constraints. In a perfect world, they would have room to breathe.

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Funeral Notices for June 20, 2015

Funeral Notices for Saturday, June 20, 2015

Eureka Township Planning Commission member Randy Klepper and Vice Chairman Duane Putnam consider outbuilding setback zoning regulations during their meeting on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Single zoning complaint leads to series of violations

Sometimes enforcing local zoning ordinances can be like setting up dominoes. Once one violation of the ordinance is found, more often than not several more can be found in the immediate vicinity.

Belding junior Greta Wilker connects for a double during a game at home this season. Wilker earned Division 2 first team All-State honors. - File photo

Wilker, 3 others earn All-State softball honors

The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).

Central Montcalm pitcher Scylar Blaisdell in action this season. Blaisdell earned CSAA Gold first team honors.

7 Hornets, 4 Vikings earn CSAA Gold softball honors

The Central Montcalm Hornets won the CSAA Gold softball championship this season, its first conference title since 1987. The Hornets went 12-0 in league play (29-8 overall) and had seven players earn conference honors. Tri County finished the season 16-22 overall and fifth in the CSAA Gold. Four Vikings earned conference honors this season.

Sparrow Carson Health President and CEO Matt Thompson, left, presents a donation in the amount of $2,000, on behalf of the Carson Foundation, to Carson City Police Department Chief Dave Ellis. The donation will be used to purchase new uniforms for officers within the department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City Council renews police coverage agreement with Sparrow Carson Hospital

In a “win-win” situation for this community and its local hospital, a partnership for dedicated law enforcement will continue for another year. Members of the Carson City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday — with Councilman Kurt Keiffer absent — to renew a one-year contract for dedicated police coverage by the Carson City Police Department for Sparrow Carson Hospital.

A series of anatomically correct fake chickens will be substituted for real birds during the upcoming Montcalm County 4-H Fair due to concerns about avian influenza. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County 4-H Fair adapts to accomodate avian influenza warnings

Montcalm County 4-H officials are doing a bit of the chicken dance in order to prevent avian influenza while still helping local youth enjoy an educational week at the fair. The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the cancellation of all poultry shows in the state in an attempt to stop the spread of avian influenza, which has been found in wild geese in Macomb County.

An offensive line drill takes place as Belding players go after coach Joe Schwander, black shirt, Wednesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding football practicing for August at line camp

It may only be June, but Belding’s football teams were preparing for August. The Redskins were practicing at the final day of linemen camp at Rudness Field Wednesday morning, learning some of the things they will need to be ready for when the full-team practices start in August.

A hunting lodge located at 10720 W. Stanton Road east of Trufant was destroyed by fire early Thursday. No one was injured. Officials have ruled the cause of the fire suspicious after it was determined that several items belonging to the property owner were discovered missing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pine Township hunting lodge is destroyed by fire, ruled suspicious

An early morning fire that destroyed a hunting lodge Thursday is being ruled suspicious after several items were reported missing by the property owner. Firefighters from the Lakeview District Fire Department were dispatched to 10720 W. Stanton Road at approximately 4:52 a.m. to the structure fire, about three miles east of Trufant, with automatic aid provided by the Maple Valley Fire Department.