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Montcalm Township home saved from fire, dog rescued

A Montcalm Township home is still standing today after a quick response from multiple fire departments Saturday afternoon. Firefighters from the Montcalm Township Fire Department were dispatched to a fire at 11570 W. Sidney Road at 4:22 p.m. Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said no flames were visible once they arrived on scene, but a fire that began in the basement of the structure began to grow and assistance from the Maple Valley Township Spencer Township and Lakeview District fire departments was called in.

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Local fire departments recipients of United Solar Ovonic donations

A once promising industrial gem for Montcalm County now sits nearly empty as almost all employees at the United Solar Ovonic facility in Greenville have been permanently laid off and nearly all of the assets have been liquidated and auctioned off. Energy Conversion Devices Inc., the parent company of United Solar Ovonic, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February and has slowly been winding down operations at the Greenville facilities as the last remaining assets that were auctioned off are picked up by their buyers. The two plant buildings of the now dissolved company remain in Greenville under operation of just three employees who now work for the auctioneers and trustees handling the sales of the buildings’ assets.

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Greenville hosts political forums Oct. 18 and Oct. 23

This city will be home to two political forums this month at the same location. Tim Skubick, anchor and producer of the weekly television series “Off the Record” is hosting a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He will offer his own insights about political candidates and aims to help participants understand a variety of issues in his own entertaining way. The free event will take place in room M129 of the Stanley & Blance Ash Technology & Learning Center (formerly M-TEC) at 1325 Yellow Jacket Drive.

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Founders of Big Dane Settlement presentation Oct. 15

In the 1850s, Danish pioneer Christian Johnson wrote home from the settlement of Greenville, extolling the “good timber land, good wages, earnest people, good government and nice girls.” In 1856, his schoolmate, August Rasmussen, and his wife, Ane, ventured to the new land and by 1857, 40 Danish immigrants joined the settlers, beginning the influx of Danish settlers to the Montcalm County area. Danish researcher Lisabeth Pedersen will present “The Founders of Big Dane Settlement” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Greenville Area Community Center. She will present a historical and cultural perspective on Danish immigrants who arrived in Greenville more than 130 years ago. The free lecture will be followed with a meet and greet reception.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 13, 2012

Read funeral notices for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

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Vestaburg needs overtime to down Montabella 30-24 (Video and Gallery)

Vestaburg’s football team may have blown a lead in their game against Montabella, but they still got the win. The Wolverines got a touchdown from Christian Benavedes to beat the Mustangs 30-24 in overtime Friday night to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Oct. 12

CC-Crystal 42, Ashley 20: The Eagles won their sixth game of the year on Friday with a win over the Bears. The win clinches a postseason spot for the first time since 1999…

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Pillows for Patriots: Credit union hosts military benefit Oct. 18

International Credit Union Day is Thursday. Jenny Bennet, the branch supervisor of Astera Credit Union located inside the Greenville Wal-Mart, wanted to do something meaningful for the community as part of the day’s festivities. As Bennett helped plan the credit union’s “pajama party” theme, she became aware of a group called Pillows for Patriots, which purchases and ships specially made pillows for troops deployed or about to be deployed overseas.

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Venison safety tips related to epizootic hemorrhagic fever (EHF) disease

The first day of bow hunting arrived with much anticipation and some concern about the health of the deer population. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released information about a serious disease affecting white-tailed deer called epizootic hemorrhagic fever (EHF). The EHF virus is transmitted to deer by the bite of an infected fly. Deer infected with the EHF virus can suffer from extensive internal bleeding, grow weak, salivate excessively, have a loss of appetite and fear of humans, and finally become unconscious. Due to a high fever, infected deer are often found sick or dead along bodies of water.

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SPORTS GALORE: Crunch time for area football teams

Wasn’t it just 90 degrees? Didn’t you just buy back-to-school supplies? Is it really week eight of the high school football season? I don’t know how it feels to you, but I’m pretty sure I was just scrambling to finish The Daily News Fall Sports Preview last week or so. Unfortunately, that is not the case.