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Employees from Evergreen Skateparks of Portland, Ore. work on the construction of the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

PHOTOS: Leppinks Skate Park in Belding taking shape

Construction has begun on the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding. With more than $70,000 collected through fundraisers and donors, the first phase of the concrete skate park is expected to be completed by July 1.

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Community supports Vestaburg’s outstanding softball season

Tears filled the eyes of the Vestaburg Wolverines softball team.

That’s what happens when seasons come to an end. That’s what happens when seniors have played their final games. That’s what happens when dreams fall short of expectations.

On Friday, the Vestaburg softball season came to an end in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state semifinals in East Lansing at Secchia Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.

Michelle Blaszczynski, who has spent her entire 21-year career with Greenville Public Schools, was recently named chief academic officer, replacing another longtime staffer, Diane Brissett. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville Public Schools names new chief academic officer

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education has named longtime district employee Michelle Blaszczynski as chief academic officer.

Blaszczynski replaces another longtime staffer, Diane Brissett, who is retiring.

Pastor Andy Croel stands at his podium in the sanctuary of Carson City United Methodist Church. Croel and his family are headed to St. Johns for new ministering duties after spending the past six years in Carson City. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carson City UMC’s Pastor Andy headed to St. Johns church

This Sunday will be Pastor Andy Croel’s last Sunday at Carson City United Methodist Church.

Croel, 39, and his family are headed to St. Johns, where Croel has been appointed as pastor of Pilgrim United Methodist Church.

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Rough winter affects Greenville Public Schools expenses

As students at Greenville Public Schools are completing the final days of school, members of the Board of Education are financially finishing up the year as well.

Director of Finance John Gilchrist presented a final amended budget at the June 9 school board meeting, and he is already fast-forwarding to the 2014-2015 school year.

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Funeral Notices – June 13, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Friday, June 13, 2014.

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Greenville Planning Commission looks to simplify downtown regulations

The Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday set a public hearing for July 10 regarding potential language changes to downtown residency regulations.

The proposed new language would make it easier for upstairs rentals downtown.

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Lakeview Summerfest: 3 days of small town fun

There’s something about a small town festival; it’s more than the corn dogs, fireworks and live music. Those things are all a part of it, sure, but summertime festivals are greater than the sum of their parts. They are quintessentially American, and as much a part of our national zeitgeist as are mom and apple pie.

And Lakeview’s Summerfest, slated for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is one of the best. Organizers this year have packed the event with activities to appeal to a diverse audience, from kids to seniors.

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Funeral Notices – June 12, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, June 12, 2014

Beagles run, jump and climb in excitement at Rick Snow’s kennels in Greenville. Snow says his kennels offer plenty of space and houses for each dog and he is concerned about Montcalm County kennel ordinance updates, which would require him to build a building to house his dogs. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Dog owners say Montcalm County kennel ordinance could do more harm than good

Montcalm County’s kennel ordinance was updated last year with the goal of enacting stricter, more specific requirements. However, a number of dog owners think county officials are barking up the wrong tree.