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Pierson Township home destroyed in fire, along with three dogs

Staring in disbelief, Matt Bierema watched helplessly Thursday afternoon as firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze that was engulfing his home. As the reality of the situation set in, the structure now a total loss, he could only bury his face into his folded arms atop a nearby parked car.

Central Montcalm quarterback Caleb Johnson takes the snap to run a play during practice on Tuesday. Johnson is competing with Hunter VeltKamp for the starting quarterback position. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm continues transition under coach Clay

The high school football season begins in 15 days for the Central Montcalm Hornets. It will be the first game under head coach David Clay, who previously was head coach for the Montabella Mustangs. On Tuesday, the transition to Clay continued on the practice field.

Displaying his formidable hook shot, Ron Flinn goes in for the score during a senior basketball tournament. He has mastered his signature hook shot, having the ability to shoot with either his left or his right hand. (Courtesy photo)

50-PLUS AND FABULOUS: At 74, Crystal’s Ron Flinn continues his passion for basketball

Ron Flinn is a visible presence on Saturday nights in Crystal where he makes his way through the stands at Crystal Motor Speedway. While Flinn may be well known in the area for his zany get-ups and affable personality, he is also a prolific basketball player, both with city leagues and traveling teams.

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Greenville DDA still struggling to market The Market

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been trying to troubleshoot a problem with The Market since early summer.

During Tuesday’s meeting, DDA members discussed the issue at length. Although there has been signage on roadways, spots on the radio and articles in The Daily News, the DDA is still having trouble not only attracting customers, but vendors as well.


Village of Lakeview ‘sells’ the incorrect property

It was a simple mistake, but one that conceivably could have spelled trouble for this village, had it not been caught — literally — in the nick of time.

In January, the Lakeview Village Council voted to move forward with the sale of a property on Townline Lake that had previously been donated to the village by Wells Fargo. Proceeds from the sale were to have been used, potentially, for the purchase of new snow removal equipment.

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Civil War-era human bones discovered buried in downtown Edmore

A new homeowner’s attempt to unclog a sewer line led to the discovery of Civil War-era human bones and a full-blown archeology expedition this week in downtown Edmore.

Michael and Brandy Poling moved from Lansing to Edmore last winter. Their home at 102 S. Main St. (M-46) was built in 1867 and the couple got a good deal on the purchase.

Firefighters are at the scene of a house fire on Bass Lake in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Firefighters battling house fire in Pierson Township

Firefighters from multiple departments are battling a house fire at 21891 Vos Drive on Bass Lake.

The Howard City Fire Department responded to the scene and the Sand Lake Fire Department assisted. However, the Sand Lake Fire Department had to leave to fight another fire in Sand Lake, so the Maple Valley Township Fire Department was called in for backup.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 13, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015


JUST IN: Historic building in Crystal to receive upgrades before becoming museum

The expiring home of the Crystal Community Library and soon-to-be residence of the Crystal Township Museum is in need of a lot of love. Thankfully, a number of organizations are coming together to preserve the historic building that has stood in the Crystal community for more than a century.


JUST IN: Montcalm Township sends three to fire academy, buys computer

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — It was all about bolstering the fire department during the Wednesday night Montcalm Township Board meeting. The Montcalm Township Fire Department is looking to get three more firefighters trained and ready for action. During the meeting, the board approved a motion to send three new recruits to the fire academy. The board [...]