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Longevity isn’t the only thing that Greenville’s Lois Beal is enjoying, as she celebrates her 100th birthday today. She still enjoys driving, as well, having recently renewed her driver’s license.

Greenville’s Lois Beal is enjoying fruits of life at 100

July 3, 1912 marked the opening of the Piedmont Traction between Charlotte and Gastonia in North Carolina, the conclusion of the British inquiry about the Titanic disaster and a house on the market went for as low as $2,900. It was also the year Lois (Utterback) Beal was born on a farm in north central Missouri.

This is a composite sketch of the future Edmore Marketplace, from the southwest side.

Survey, grant, bids shaping Edmore Marketplace development

Edmore Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is moving one step closer to developing the Edmore Marketplace as a four-season shopping outlet. Further expansion on the site — located at the Fred Meijer Heartland Trailhead — hinges on the site survey, bid amounts and grant funding.

One of the new features for Six Lakes’ Dizzi Days is a classic car show, which will immediately follow the Dizzi Days Parade Saturday.

Dizzi Daze returns to Six Lakes with new features and old favorites

There are going to be a few new spins on a longstanding Six Lakes tradition when Dizzi Daze gets under way Friday. This year’s three-day festival also features many long-standing favorites, including the ever-popular duck race.

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Clock to hang at Greenville’s Legacy Field, museum to receive mural

A new clock for Legacy Field at Greenville High School was going to cost more than $20,000. For Superintendent Peter Haines, the cost was not in his budget.
Haines came up with a solution for his clock idea and it meant going back in time, so to speak, and asking the Flat River Historical Museum Board for the clock that the Greenville class of 1912 donated to the old Central Intermediate School.

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Grand Rapids man charged after Greenville stabbing

A Grand Rapids-area man was arraigned Monday after allegedly stabbing a Greenville man and attempting to stab a Greenville woman last Friday night.

Cars throw mud as they race through the dirt track during the Small Car Off-Road derby competition Saturday. - Daily News/Lonnie Allen

More than 700 people attend demolition derby at Montcalm County 4-H Fair

The grandstand dirt was moved, corners were shaped and more than 4,0000 gallons of water were spread on the track to prepare for Demolition Derby events Saturday evening at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

St. Charles Parish in Greenville has clustered with St. Joseph’s Parish in Belding. The two churches will share a priest who will provide pastoral services for both churches, effective today. St. Mary’s Miriam in Belding has merged with St. Joseph’s Parish in Belding, effective today. St. Mary’s Miriam will be continue to be maintained as a chapel. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Catholic churches are changing, merging or closing with new plan

Widespread changes throughout the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids will have a direct effect on several local Catholic churches in the Ionia and Montcalm county areas. On April 12 the Diocese of Grand Rapids released its “Our Faith, Our Future” pastoral plan, a plan described to “establish a well-defined direction for future decisions and facilitate change to assure a strong and vibrant Church in the 11-county diocese,” according to a statement released by the diocese. Locally, this means changes coming to five area churches.

Ethan Vance, 19, of Hubbardston, stands in the hot tub he recycled into a koi pond. His project won Best in Show at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Vance also won the Smucker Leadership Award. This is Vance's last year as a 4-H'er. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Hubbardston teen recycles hot tub into koi pond

This is Ethan Vance’s last year as a 4-H’er. “I went out with a bang,” he said. Indeed he did.

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Carson City street assessment focuses on maintenance

Spicer Group recently presented a street assessment to the Carson City Council. Project Manager James Ensign and Construction Services Engineer Nick Elliott attended the meeting on behalf of Spicer Group. Ensign explained how Spicer Group could help the city use $100,000 in funding from the state for road repairs.

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Funeral Notices for Monday, July 2, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 2, 2012.