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Man killed in Grattan Township motorcycle accident

A 20-year old Ada man was killed Wednesday morning after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck.

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OUR VIEW: Pure Michigan ideal falls short with guide

Here in Montcalm County — and, no doubt, many other small communities around the state — we’re hyper aware of the importance of shopping locally and keeping our money close to home. Not only does this philosophy help our unique mix of retailers and businesses thrive, but it also makes our area more attractive to potential new businesses and folks considering moving here. Not to mention that those of us who live in the area have more options for shopping, services and jobs from a healthy mix of retailers, restaurants and other businesses.

Dorothy “Dotti” Rackliffe works in a wildlife habitat she maintained in vacant lot near her former Greenville home in 2005. — File photo

Dotti: Well-known former Greenville resident lived life ‘to the brim’

Dorothy “Dotti” Rackliffe was a clown. She also was an artist, mother, golfer, world traveler, skier, a woman of deeply held convictions. But these descriptions only skim the surface of a life that was fathoms deep, a life that touched all who encountered it.

missing Langston woman

UPDATE: Missing Langston woman found safe in her home

A Langston woman who was believed to be missing was located in her own home this afternoon.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Two topics to keep your eye on this summer

Last week we discussed briefly legislation that has passed both the House and Senate that would allow the state superintendent and the state treasurer to dissolve certain school districts if they are not “financially viable” and are unable to educate students. I want to explore this further this week to help those interested in contacting their legislators. As I often do, I am using information provided by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB).

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash on South Greenville Road at Fairview Street in Eureka Township at approximately 5:19 p.m. Tuesday. — Courtesy photo

Sidney woman injured after causing 2-vehicle accident

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash on South Greenville Road at Fairview Street in Eureka Township at approximately 5:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Mark Reiss, 48, of Dayton, Ohio, was confirmed Tuesday as the new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety. His first day will be Aug. 1. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville picks new public safety director

A new director has been named for the Greenville Department of Public Safety after a recommendation from City Manager George Bosanic. During Tuesday’s meeting, the council confirmed the appointment of Mark Reiss, 48, of Dayton, Ohio, who will begin his director duties on Aug. 1.

The residence of Tim and Jessica Vanconant at 1762 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick was destroyed by fire Tuesday. No one was injured. — Daily News/Cory Smith

4th fire in 6 months burns on Boyer Road

The fourth fire within six months at three neighboring homes has left a Fenwick area couple “with nothing” after their residence was completely consumed and destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. The Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 1:43 p.m. and arrived on scene at 1:51 p.m. to 1762 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick, the home of Tim and Jessica Vanconant.

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Funeral Notices for Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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ON THE RECORD: ‘Almost suicidal’: Woman headed to trial after series of accidents, which left man dead

Chilling details recently came forth at a preliminary examination about a series of multi-vehicle collisions resulting in the death of one man and the injuries of several others.