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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.

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Funeral Notices for June 19, 2015

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Carson City Police Officer Phil Andres, left, receives a life saving award from Carson City Police Chief Dave Ellis during Tuesday’s Carson City Council meeting. Andres was involved in the successful resuscitation of an unresponsive patient in April. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City police officer recognized for saving life

Police Officer Phil Andres was on a routine patrol of the Carson City Regional Correctional Facility when he suddenly found himself summoned to the most intense emergency call of his young career. On April 20, while patrolling the perimeter of the prison, the Carson City officer received a call for assistance with a patient who was “unresponsive and not breathing.”

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic discusses some of the budgeted funds in Greenville’s budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 while Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council approves 2015-2016 fiscal year budget

It’s that time of year when municipalities start to feel the crunch … the crunch of numbers. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greenville City Council put the final crunch on its numbers by approving the city budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. And it’s looking pretty good.

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Funeral Notices for June 18, 2015

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