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OUR VIEW: Spirit in Caring award well-deserved

Local headlines this week covered the gamut from good news to sad.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 1, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

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Sheridan area home saved after propane tank starts fire

Thanks to a quick response by the Sheridan Community Fire Department, a Sheridan area home is still standing after a fire started in a cabinet at the home. The Sheridan Community Fire Department responded to a fire call at 6:45 p.m. Sunday and was on scene within seven minutes as a home at 9200 S. Collins road showed smoke coming from the roof and vents.

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Stolen vehicle located, meth components found inside

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies located a stolen vehicle on Paepke Road near McBride Road, late Sunday evening. An initial investigation shows the stolen vehicle, a four-door 2000 Kia Sportage, had been reported stolen to Howard City Police on Sept. 17.

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Montcalm County Sheriff patrol no longer 24-hours, starting today

Beginning today, Montcalm County Sheriff Patrol’s will no longer be on duty around the clock. According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, this is the result of a budget deficit of $733,000 in the county general fund budget which went into effect at midnight, Sunday.

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YOUNG AT HEART: Indoor opportunities abound for staying fit during winter months

When temperatures dip, it’s only natural that seniors who take most of their exercise out of doors during the summer months begin seeking indoor alternative venues. Fortunately, many options exist in the Montcalm County area.

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OUR VIEW: Yes to emergency manager law

Proposal 1, a referendum on Michigan’s emergency manager law was — and is — designed to provide temporary guidance to Michigan government units and school systems in need of financial help.

Luke Griffith, receives a hug from his three-year-old daughter, Blayke Griffith, at his recovery center. — Courtesy photo

Greenville native keeps positive outlook after devastating injury

On a warm, summer evening in July, Luke Griffith was doing what he loved. In a packed arena on the third night of the Ionia Free Fair on July 21, Luke was dressed from head to toe in his cowboy apparel, opening and closing chute gates for bull riders during the Great Lakes Invitational Bull Riding competition.

Don’s Carpetland Inc., opened its doors 63 years ago. The Nielsons have owned the business for about 35 years. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Don’s Carpetland in Greenville closing after 63 years

The Nielson family is closing the doors to Don’s Carpetland Inc., due to health issues and economic reasons. Don’s Carpetland, located at 6507 S. Greenville Road, opened its doors 63 years ago with Don and Barb Wilstead. The business went through a could different owners before the Bev and Lou Nielson took over about 35 years ago.

ArtPrize crowds fill the Gerald R. Ford Museum on Friday to get a glimpse of “The Chase.” The entry is the work of the Artistry of Nature taxidermy team, which includes Belding native Jamie Outman. — Daily News/Darrin Clark

Belding native part of team whose entry is among Top 25 at ArtPrize

A Belding High School graduate is part of a taxidermy team whose work is among the top 25 entries at this year’s ArtPrize. Jamie Outman of Marlette is part of a team of talented taxidermists at Artistry of Wildlife in Sandusky. The team won a world competition in St. Louis, Mo., four years ago. They entered “The Chase” after a great deal of persuasion from his parents, Richard and Joyce Outman of Belding.