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Guest View | Rick Outman

GUEST VIEW: Boosting environment, energy independence

For several decades, fuel prices in the United States have fluctuated. The Arab oil embargo of the 1970s demonstrated that we have become far too dependent on oil from other nations, and often those other nations are not our friends. Today we have many different sources of foreign oil, but the market is still affected by our nation’s relations with some of those countries.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: The power of our participation in elections

The column this week is taking a little different twist. However, I believe it is consistent with the mission I have tried to stay with in the year that I have been writing it.

Greenville’s Ally Berry, left, races the 100-meter dash during Wednesday’s O-K Bronze track meet against Northview. Ally won the 100 and three other events for the Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets begin track season with a pair of wins

The sun was shining, but the temperatures were chilly and the wind was a little much at times. Still, the Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track teams finally opened the season on Wednesday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium. They did so with a pair of dominating wins over O-K Bronze rival Northview.


Central Montcalm school board considering digitalized sign

In May 2010, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted unanimously to purchase a digitalized sign to replace a vinyl letter sign currently in use.

Now, nearly four years later, the board is acting on that proposal and accepting bids for a new, updated version of the attention-grabbing sign.


Funeral Notices – April 17, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, April 17, 2014.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, April 16

Greenville mercies CM twice: The Yellow Jackets had no problems with the Green Hornets Wednesday in a game moved to Greenville’s diamond, as Greenville won the opener 14-0 in five innings and the second 16-4 in five innings…


JUST IN: Crystal man rescued after near-drowning

A 61-year old Crystal man was briefly hospitalized Wednesday after flipping his aluminum boat on Loon Lake.

The man was more than 100 yards from shore when his boat tipped and he fell into the water.


Greenville school board OKs food workers for possible summer camp employment

Most Greenville Public Schools personnel will have a summer break. Those two or three months of no work often means no paycheck. The Greenville Board of Education on Monday night approved an opportunity for some employees of the food service department to earn some extra wages over the summer and help a local camp feed its campers.

Guest View | Timothy Scott

GUEST VIEW: Support continuance of current 911 surcharge

Four years ago, the residents of Montcalm County generously supported an increase in the telephone surcharge, from $1.89 to $2.85, to support the continued operation of the Montcalm County Central Dispatch. The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Authority Board, after analyzing the anticipated needs of the Central Dispatch operation, requested only a partial collection of the approved total, basically reducing the surcharge from $2.85 to $2.49.


Belding Community Showcase is Thursday

This year’s Belding Community Showcase will once again aim to bring community groups, businesses and the public together for one evening of fun and networking. From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, doors will open at Belding High School for the 18th annual showcase, featuring 35 businesses and more than 45 community groups spread throughout the school.