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This Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine, worth $900, hasn’t been used once since it arrived in Montcalm County last winter as part of a federal grant. — File photo

Montcalm County Homeland Security snow cone machine remains unused

Temps broke the 100-degree mark this week.
More than 9,000 Montcalm County residents were without power after a Thursday morning windstorm.
The annual Montcalm County 4-H Fair took place amid some of the hottest weather anyone can remember. Special plans had to be made to make sure youths and animals stayed hydrated.
A major Greenville business was destroyed in a fire that took 75 firefighters from 11 fire departments to extinguish — plus a weeklong investigation by a federal agency.

Ron Farrell retired June 30 after serving Montabella Community Schools for a total of 41 years. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella says goodbye to longtime leader, welcomes new superintendent

Montabella Community Schools is bidding farewell to longtime Superintendent Ron Farrell as two new faces fill administrative vacancies. Shelly Millis is leaving her position as Montabella Elementary School principal to assume the superintendent vacancy, while Brad Reyburn is taking over as elementary principal.

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OUR VIEW: Healthcare ruling leaves many questions

Well, it’s here. The Supreme Court of our country, in a landmark decision, has apparently made universal health care availability the law of our land.

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Summer heat is difficult for the homeless

Look around Greenville and you will see people trying to beat the summer heat. Thinking about the homeless and wondering how they escape the extreme temperatures at this time of year? One place of refuge is Hope Rescue Mission in Greenville. We offer those with no place else to go a place out of the sun. We try to keep plenty of liquids available for people at the shelter and in need. However, our donations of water to give away is depleted

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Leadership Montcalm names new executive director

The Leadership Montcalm Executive Committee has named Leslie Wood as executive director.

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, July 7, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, July 7, 2012.

Trent and Diana Hilding of Edmore receive the Michigan Cattlemen's Association Young Member of the Year award presented by Director Jeff Kala, at left. — Courtesy photo

Edmore man honored by Michigan Cattlemen’s Association

An Edmore man was honored recently as the “Young Member of the Year” by the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association. Trent Hilding is a fifth-generation farmer on a Centennial farm in Edmore. He cares for 115 cows in a rotational grazing system.

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Howard City woman killed while lying in the road

A Howard City woman was killed after a car struck her while she was lying in the road early this morning. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, the accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. on M-46 near Edgar Road just north of Howard City.

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Funeral Notices for Friday, July 6, 2012

Saturday Marian “Chicky” Anderson — 11 a.m., Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding. Wednesday Erik Kiste — 11 a.m., Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville.

Ali Kohn, 4, of Greenville, takes an ice cream cone handed to her at Dairy Queen during the heat wave on Thursday, when tempatures reached 100 degrees.

Tips for keeping cool during record heat wave

Summer temperatures in Michigan have been soaring off the chart.
People need to think about themselves, loved ones and pets when it comes to staying cool.
According to WZZM TV 13’s weather forecast, today could set a record-breaking high as one of the hottest days yet in the ongoing heat wave with temperatures reaching as high as 110 degrees.