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Renee Suchil is pictured with one of her dogs in a photograph obtained from her website. Her home-based dog breeding business Pixie Puppies was shut down by Montcalm County Animal Control last week. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Animal Control shuts down dog breeder

Renee Suchil’s home-based dog breeding business has been shut down — again. Suchil started her business, advertised on her website as “Pixie Puppies: Unique Designer Hybrid Puppies just for YOU!!!,” in Kent County’s Solon Township. She was shut down there in 2012 after her neighbors alleged she was running a “puppy mill,” according to a WZZM TV 13 report that year.

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OUR VIEW: Spring Fling proved positive

Some people may think that Greenville and its surrounding communities are small time, small town. But this past weekend showed that they are anything but. Hundreds of women — and even a few men — gathered in the Greenville High School gymnasium for the second annual Spring Fling for Women, an expo-style event designed to provide women with an opportunity to learn, shop and get together with friends.

Dave Camp

Longtime Congressman Dave Camp will not be running for re-election

Today may be April Fool’s Day, but Dave Camp’s announcement yesterday was no joke.

The longtime congressman and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee will not be pursuing re-election this year. He has served 24 years for the 4th Congressional District, which encompasses the central and northwest section of Michigan.

Greenville third grader Charlie Braman tosses bean balls during practice Tuesday for the Greenville juggling club.

Greenville schools’ Z Club gathers to practice unique skill

With sharp eyes and a focused mind, Josh Januzelli blocks out all the sounds and movement around him, concentrating instead on the three colored bean balls falling back down into his open palm.

Becky Hansen

Parkinson’s fundraiser ‘personal’ for local organizers

About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with Parkinson’s disease. Nearly 1 million live with the disease every day. Greenville resident Becky Hansen is one of them. That’s one reason she wants people to be aware of the fact that April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

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Funeral Notices for March 31, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, March 31, 2014

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JUST IN: Boy shows improvement after near-drowning in Douglass Township

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday after his father found him unresponsive in a pond behind the family’s home.

Montabella’s Cayden Nisonger (22) splits through two Lakeview defenders during a game this season. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella boys basketball team improved, but wanted more wins

Montabella’s boys basketball team made some strides this season, but it didn’t get the wins it wanted. “I would have loved to have won more games, but I thought it was a pretty positive season,” coach Gary Jankowsky said. “Our JV had a successful season and the varsity got better as a team so I thought it was pretty good.”

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JUST IN: Vestaburg man struck while walking on M-46

A 61-year-old Vestaburg man is in critical condition after being struck by a pickup truck while the man was picking up cans along the roadway.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash, which occurred on Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) near Bollinger Road in Richland Township shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Teachers and aides at the Seiter Education Service Center take a moment during snack time to help feed several special education students on a recent afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County has wide variety of services for students with special needs

Assisting students to make progress in the general curriculum is the role of every school educator, including special education staff. In Montcalm County, the local school districts, as well as the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), employ many staff who provide programs and services to children beginning at birth and ending at 26 years of age. Throughout Montcalm County schools, more than 1,700 students are receiving special education services.