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Nearly 100 musicians gathered at Rosa Parks Circle Park in Grand Rapids for the ArtPrize music competition this year to play Chris Hansen’s original piece, “The Grand Rapids Shuffle,” which won first place in the classical music category. — Courtesy photo

Greenville native Chris Hansen wins ArtPrize music award

When people think of the ever-growing Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition, a wide array of entries come to mind, including sculptures, paintings, crafts, photos, architecture — even works of computer programing. But music?

Members of the Sheridan Village Council, from left, Daryl Bush, Derek Wagner, Susan Wyckoff-McFarland and Don Nassif discuss fundraising efforts for a proposed new downtown clock at Tuesday’s council meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Strong start for downtown Sheridan clock fundraising

It may not happen until next spring, but this village is well on its financial way toward the purchase of a new, analog clock for its downtown, currently in the middle of a major streetscape project. At Tuesday evening’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland filled in council members on the results of a recent fundraising effort. Letters were included with last month’s village water bill explaining the clock project and asking for donations.

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Greenville DDA examines flower box fencing

Members of Greenville’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) took a close look at some of the costs associated with the Gus Macker basketball tournament and Danish Festival at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 9. 2013

Funeral Notices for Oct. 9, 2013

Guest View | Rick Outman

GUEST VIEW: Be safe in quest for game this fall

This is the time of year when leaves start to turn to bright colors of red, yellow and orange. It also is the season when hunter pull out their orange vests and caps in anticipation of a safe and successful deer hunting season.

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Government shutdown includes Stanton’s USDA building

The government shutdown came at an inconvenient time for Montcalm County natural resource services.

From left, Belding Community Garden Board Member Chris Belding, Mayor Pro Tem and Garden Coordinator Andrea Belding, Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore and City Clerk Kareen Thomas stand at their booth showcasing the Belding Community Garden at the Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award competition on Sept. 12 at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. — Courtesy photo

Belding’s community garden enjoys statewide showcase in Detroit

Sometimes a competition is not about winning, but rather the experience and recognition you earn along the way in the attempt to claim victory. The city of Belding may have fallen short in the 2013 Michigan Municipal League’s “Race for the Cup” on Sept. 20, which honors outstanding community projects, but the path that the city’s community garden took to be showcased statewide in Detroit has Belding officials smiling as if they came home boasting of first place.

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Michigan State Police warn of phone scam

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post would like to notify residents that a new scam has been reported involving persons posing as members of the MSP, claiming you must pay money to clear a warrant.

The fourth annual Pink Ribbon Affair will return to Carson City on Thursday evening to raise awareness and support for local breast cancer programs. — Courtesy photo

Pink Ribbon Affair returns to Carson City on Oct. 10

Thursday night will be a pink affair. The fourth annual Pink Ribbon Affair will return to Carson City to raise awareness and support for local breast cancer programs.

Carson Health’s Inpatient Behavioral Health Department at Carson City Hospital will be closed Dec. 31.

Carson Health shuts inpatient behavioral health department

Carson Health’s Inpatient Behavioral Health Department will be closed Dec. 31. Hospital officials made the decision Sept. 25, based on the department’s financial performance over the past several years.