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On June 8, Camp Concordia Director Paul Golke will be leaving to take a new position in Iowa. While the camp’s board looks to hire his replacement, the summer staff and the board will step up to make sure everything goes as planned. Pictured is the camp staff, front from left, Hannah Martin, Johannah Kayser and Jason Malling; back from left, Nyssa Rang, Rebekah Bentz, Eric Garchow, Matthew Kusch, Naomi Erber and Paul Golke. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Camp Concordia director steps down

A longtime camp director and his family are saying goodbye as they set off on a new adventure in Iowa. Paul Golke became the director of Camp Concordia in Gowen seven years ago. In that time he has helped enhance programs designed to give children a fun Christian camping experience.

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Belding moves elections City Council to even years

In an effort to save money for the city, Belding City Council members voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot to change the City Council election cycle from odd to even years.

The West Michigan Virtual School in Greenville held its first graduation ceremony on Tuesday at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Although there were 10 total graduates, nine walked on stage to receive their diplomas. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

10 students receive diplomas from West Michigan Virtual School

After its first full year of classes, the West Michigan Virtual School in Greenville held its first graduation ceremony. On Tuesday, many gathered in the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center to see students from West Michigan Virtual School walk across the stage to get their diplomas.

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Greenville receives grant for utility vehicle

The city of Greenville has been awarded a grant to purchase a Gator utility vehicle to help maintain the local trail system. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted to accept a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation to the Department of Public Services in the amount of $6,000 for the purchase of the vehicle to be used strictly for maintenance on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail.

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Funeral Notices for June 5, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lakeview’s Preston Giles chips from off the green at No. 10 at Brookside Golf Course during the Lakeview Invitaitonal in May.

Local boys golf teams prepare for regionals

Wednesday and Thursday are the days the three local high school golf teams take to the course for the regional tournaments. Greenville, Lakeview and Montabella all will be heading to their regional tournaments happy that they were able to qualify for the tournaments.

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Greenville to host youth girls hoops camp

The Greenville girls basketball program will host a youth girls basketball camp this month at Greenville High School. The camp will run June 24 to 27 and will be split into two sessions. The camp costs $25, which includes a camp T-shirt.

Members of the Montcalm County Community Corrections Advisory Board, from left, Terry King of the Department of Human Services, David Hancock of Colonial House Real Estate, Community Corrections Manager Kevin Everingham and Montcalm County Jail Administrator Mark Sabin discuss a grant application for the community corrections program on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Community corrections program aims to help non-violent offenders

A local community corrections program is going strong, despite budget cuts. The Michigan Community Corrections Act of 1988 established a statewide policy to develop and operate corrections programs for non-violent adult offenders who would otherwise be incarcerated.

Students at Walnut Hills Elementary School play a game involving a giant parachute Monday afternoon at the Mini-Relay for Life event. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Walnut Hills students raise $2,300 for Mini-Relay For Life event

Don Sherrick has difficulty walking for extended periods of time without experiencing pain in his legs, but that didn’t stop the cancer survivor from walking the initial lap of the Mini-Relay For Life event Monday afternoon at Walnut Hills Elementary School.

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Daily News takes three AP awards

Two Daily News staffers won in three categories in the 2012 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors newspaper contest. The annual contest recognizes achievement in newswriting, sportswriting, photography, informational graphics and digital presence among Associated Press member newspapers. The Daily News competes in Division I with other newspapers whose circulation is less than 15,000.