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Local author Maureen Burns signs a copy of her latest book, “My Mind, or What’s Left of It” at Montcalm Community College. — Courtesy photo

Greenville columnist publishes new book

When it comes down to it, the most important aspect of good writing is relating the truths universal to the human condition. That was the touchstone that Daily News columnist Maureen Burns turned to while selecting essays for her latest book, “On My Mind, or What’s Left of It.” This sometimes touching, often humorous collection is culled from Burns’ columns in The Daily News, as well as essays she has penned for the Catholic digest Faith Magazine. There are even a few of Burns’ favorite recipes to be found within the pages of her new book.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 11, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Nov. 11, 2012

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Veterans Freedom Wall to be unveiled Sunday, Nov. 11, in Belding

The Veterans Freedom Wall, which once stood at the corner of Main and Congress streets until it was decommissioned in 1948, will officially live on in the newly constructed wall located on Depot Street just west of the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. At 11 a.m. Sunday, Veterans Day, a ceremony dedicating the new wall will take place, unveiling the wall 64 years to the day that the original wall was destroyed.

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Greenville motorist assaulted after trying to help woman

Shane Wilcox is used to being in control of situations. The 37-year-old Greenville man is 6 foot, 3 inches tall, 260 pound, ex-military and works in security. Wilcox was driving home from work in Grand Rapids on Friday evening and was just a few blocks from home when he noticed a woman waving her arms and standing next to a car on the Greenville truck route near the former Electrolux facility.

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OUR VIEW: Proposals were just too much to ask of voters

The voters have spoken, and for the most part, we can still count our blessings … The sun did rise Wednesday morning, and the world is still spinning on its axis; despite what has been ecstasy for millions, agony for other millions of Americans.

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Greenville planners discuss zoning districts

The Greenville Planning Commission is taking steps towards being compliant with the newly adopted Greenville master plan. During Thursday’s regular scheduled planning commission meeting, commissioners discussed the commercial three (C-3), hospital and the mixed-use districts to coincide with the master plan.

Central Montcalm High School students line up their tractors at the entryway to Central Montcalm Upper Elementary before parading in front of the student body at the school Thursday morning for Drive Your Tractor to School Day. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm tractor day raises money for diabetes (Photo Gallery)

On Thursday morning, a nervous, shivering, but excited Kaitlyn Schultz drove to school for the very first time. However, the 16-year-old sophomore at Central Montcalm High School did so traveling not more than 15 miles an hour with a freezing wind in her face, all while sitting atop her late great-grandfather’s crank-engine farm tractor from the 1930s.

The Electrolux property at 100 E. Main St., which contains the historic Gibson buildings and clock tower, will be demolished after the city of Belding and Electrolux Inc. reached an agreement via a consent judgment through mediation.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding clock tower, buildings to be demolished by Electrolux

The legal battle between the city of Belding and Electrolux Inc. involving the fate of the Gibson buildings and clock tower structure has come to an end. On Tuesday night, after exiting closed session in which mediation efforts between the two parties were discussed, Belding City Council members voted 4-1 in favor of a consent judgment that will allow Electrolux to demolish all structures on the site at the corner of Main and Bridge streets after acquiring a permit for demolition. Mayor Ron Gunderson cast the opposing vote.

Montabella senior Derek Martin, left, breaks through the line during the Vestaburg game this season.

Coach: Montabella had positive football season

Montabella’s football team didn’t have the same success in 2012 as the 2011 team. But then again, the team was vastly different.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 9, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Nov. 9, 2012