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Montcalm County commissioners considering budget requests

Commissioners on the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee are working to distinguish “wants” from “needs” as they plan the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. Committee members met on July 15 and again on Monday to review numerous requests from county department heads. The requests are first being sorted into what is truly needed. The needed requests will then be prioritized at a future meeting.

Lakeview’s Gus Ward takes a handoff during a game last year for the Wildcats. Lakeview opens the 2013 season Aug. 29 at home against Morley Satanwood.

Lakeview transitions with new football coach

With just a few weeks before the start of the high school football season, the Lakeview Wildcats continue summer preparation with new head coach Sean Rinehart. Rinehart, a Michigan native, has spent the past several years in North Carolina coaching the same sport. Now, for the first time he is in charge of his own program and loving every minute of it.

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Belding to host parent/child hoops camp

The Belding Basketball Academy has been a week long camp for area youths the past few years. This year, camp director and Belding High School principal Brett Zuver is trying something different with the Belding Family Basketball Academy. This camp is a one day only camp that will feature kids along with their parents.

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M-57 construction samples use of crumb rubber on major roads

Many local drivers will be testing out a new type of asphalt that could be used throughout the rest of the state in future road projects.

A male driver was taken by AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after he passed a dump truck and clipped the front of it when merging back in the lane. Alcohol and road rage are believed to factors in the accident. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Alcohol, road rage factors in crash ending with driver being airlifted

A driver was taken by AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after crashing with a dump truck.

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Intoxicated man arrested on lawn of Sheriff’s Office

A man was taken into custody on the lawn of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Saturday evening after he allegedly demanded that deputies respond to a child custody dispute while carrying a revolver while intoxicated.

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Sheridan woman in critical condition after Friday ATV-motorcycle collision

A Sheridan woman is in critical condition after the ATV she was driving rolled several times after colliding with a motorcycle Sunday evening.

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UPDATE: 17-year-old woman struck and killed in North Plains Township

A 17-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car in North Plains Township early this morning in what police believe to be an alcohol-related accident.

Susan Lovell, former Greenville resident and author of “The Sandpiper,” will be in town Tuesday at Robbins Book List to sign copies of her new book. — Courtesy photo

Greenville native writes tale of addiction, redemption

There’s an old maxim that maintains an artist must suffer for her art. If that’s true, Susan Brace Lovell has a lot to write about. Her recently published book, “The Sandpiper,” is informed by the suffering of growing up in a family plagued with the disease of alcoholism. Though fictional, much of the book’s material is drawn from Lovell’s real life experiences.

Demolition workers removed the top sections of the Belding Bros. clock tower in May, placing the separated structure in the Central Riverside Park parking lot across the street. The structures remain in the parking lot presently, guarded by an orange caution barrier fence. The clock tower was one of several items discussed by residents at Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Residents speak on variety of topics at Belding City Council meeting

Several Belding area residents voiced concerns about a variety of items at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Otisco Township resident Jeff Hunter voiced his displeasure with the current state of the remains of the Belding Bros. clock tower, which currently reside in the Central Riverside Park parking lot.