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Crystal Township Board members, from left, Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Bob Naumann and Trustee Jason Anderson, discuss the topic of approving a petition requesting the consolidation of the township’s 18 drains into one.

No action on Crystal Township drain consolidation

If the task of consolidating the large amount of water drains in this township into one system is to be completed, it will now fall on the shoulders of residents.

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OUR VIEW: Belding recall effort going nowhere fast

We have tried but fail to see how anything good can come out of an ongoing recall effort in the city of Belding. Belding resident Dennis Cooper is attempting to get recall language approved against Councilman Joe Feuerstein.

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JUST IN: Man allegedly attempts to abduct Greenville girl

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported attempted abduction involving a teenage girl near Greenville.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Friday on Dickerson Lake Road near Greenville Road.

The Vestaburg girls softball team comes together for a team prayer prior to the semifinal matchup against Kalamazoo Christian on Friday at Michigan State University.

Vestaburg falls to defending state champions in semis

Vestaburg’s softball team has overcome defensive errors before. This time, however, they couldn’t. The Wolverines were beaten in the Division 4 state semifinals by defending champion Kalamazoo Christian 6-1 Friday at Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium.

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Funeral Notices — Saturday, June 14, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, June 14, 2014

Employees from Evergreen Skateparks of Portland, Ore. work on the construction of the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

PHOTOS: Leppinks Skate Park in Belding taking shape

Construction has begun on the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding. With more than $70,000 collected through fundraisers and donors, the first phase of the concrete skate park is expected to be completed by July 1.

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Community supports Vestaburg’s outstanding softball season

Tears filled the eyes of the Vestaburg Wolverines softball team.

That’s what happens when seasons come to an end. That’s what happens when seniors have played their final games. That’s what happens when dreams fall short of expectations.

On Friday, the Vestaburg softball season came to an end in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state semifinals in East Lansing at Secchia Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.

Michelle Blaszczynski, who has spent her entire 21-year career with Greenville Public Schools, was recently named chief academic officer, replacing another longtime staffer, Diane Brissett. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville Public Schools names new chief academic officer

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education has named longtime district employee Michelle Blaszczynski as chief academic officer.

Blaszczynski replaces another longtime staffer, Diane Brissett, who is retiring.

Pastor Andy Croel stands at his podium in the sanctuary of Carson City United Methodist Church. Croel and his family are headed to St. Johns for new ministering duties after spending the past six years in Carson City. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carson City UMC’s Pastor Andy headed to St. Johns church

This Sunday will be Pastor Andy Croel’s last Sunday at Carson City United Methodist Church.

Croel, 39, and his family are headed to St. Johns, where Croel has been appointed as pastor of Pilgrim United Methodist Church.

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Rough winter affects Greenville Public Schools expenses

As students at Greenville Public Schools are completing the final days of school, members of the Board of Education are financially finishing up the year as well.

Director of Finance John Gilchrist presented a final amended budget at the June 9 school board meeting, and he is already fast-forwarding to the 2014-2015 school year.