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.
Funeral notices for Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
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.
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.
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 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.
Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
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.
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.
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.