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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.

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Funeral Notices — Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Funeral notices for Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

Junior Amanda Kerschen drives the ball during a tournament last year at The Links at Bowen Lake.

Yellow Jackets ready to begin girls golf season

The Greenville High School girls varsity golf team has been one of the most consistent and successful teams in the state for more than 10 years. The Yellow Jackets routinely win league titles, advance in the state tournament, place in the top 10 at the state finals and earn multiple individual honors on the golf course.

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Volunteers remove remains of Whites Covered Bridge from the Flat River

Alma resident Howard Larsen could recall several memories of various trips he made in crossing the original Whites Covered Bridge, be it by car or on foot, before the bridge burned and collapsed into the Flat River on July 7. Larsen said he was heartbroken when he first heard of the bridge’s destruction, which was officially declared a crime of arson.

Reynolds Township Supervisor Daniel Fisk reported at the township board’s Aug. 8 meeting that he recently met with Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott, who said the village is in negotiations with the sheriff’s office to merge the Howard City Police Department with the sheriff’s office and create a sheriff’s substation in the village police department. — Courtesy photo

Howard City Police Department may merge with Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office

Officials with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and the village of Howard City are discussing a law enforcement merger. Reynolds Township Supervisor Daniel Fisk reported at the township board’s Aug. 8 meeting that he recently met with Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott, who said the village is in negotiations with the sheriff’s office to merge the Howard City Police Department with the sheriff’s office and create a sheriff’s substation in the village police department.

The Howard City Fire Department responded to M&S Quick Stop at 9469 Reed Road, just off M-46 north of Howard City, at 6:58 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Fire departments from Amble, Maple Valley Township and Morley were called for mutual aid. — File photo

Howard City convenience store condemned after fire

The manager of a family-owned Howard City convenience store swore he would rebuild after a fire destroyed his business. However, almost a year later, no progress has been made and now the building has been condemned.

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Funeral Notices – Aug. 20. 2013

Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

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Winfield Township home destroyed in fire

Four fire departments worked together Monday to battle a fire that destroyed a Howard City-area home and nearly all the contents inside. According to Amble Fire Capt. Jason Schuitema, flames were showing when the department arrived at 8190 N. Bailey Road just south of M-46 around 12:23 p.m.

The RJ’s Sports Bar team poses with its Danish Festival championship trophy on Sunday. RJ’s Sports Bar went 5-1 during its tournament run.

RJ’s Sports Bar wins men’s Danish Festival Softball Tournament

They needed two games and extra innings, but in the end, RJ’s Sports Bar accomplished its goal and captured the prize. RJ’s Sports Bar outlasted defending tournament champion All-American Domination in a two-game final on Sunday to win the men’s Danish Festival Softball Tournament.

The Danish Festival Band marches through the intersection of Lafayette and Cass streets Saturday morning during the 49th annual Danish Festival’s Grand Dansk Parade. At top right, Danish Festival Grand Marshal Kate Hansen waves to the crowd during the Grand Dansk Parade.

Great weather, good attendance lead to 49th successful Danish Festival

From the opening ceremonies Thursday to the last scoop of ice cream handed out during the ice cream social Sunday, this year’s festival was celebrated with sunny skies, warm temperatures, thousands of visitors and countless activities that made for a “perfect” festival weekend.