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Auctioneer Marty Spaulding points to a bidder during the no minimum bid public land auction. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Bidders snap up properties at Montcalm County auction

Unfinished properties in Greenville’s Forest View development were hot commodities at Tuesday’s annual Montcalm County no minimum bid foreclosure auction. Aaron Koehn spent a total of $65,250 on four unfinished townhouses — an average of $16,312.50 each. The four townhouses had conditionally sold just moments before — three for $13,250 each and one for $10,000 — but bidders were then given the option to purchase all four as a package deal. Koehn also purchased an empty parcel in the same development for $2,600. “We’re going to turn them into livable residences,” Koehn said. “We’re going to finish what was started.”

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Greenville car thief caught at McDonald’s

A Grand Rapids man may have almost gotten away with stealing a car in Greenville — but he decided to stop for lunch first. The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a stolen vehicle report at 1:10 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Arby’s on Washington Street (M-57) on the west side of Greenville.

R&R Research, located at 19256 Kendaville Road just north of Howard City, purchases or accepts dogs and cats to sell to laboratories for research and experimentation. — File photo

USDA alleges wrongdoing by Howard City’s R&R Research

R&R Research was the subject of much local criticism and news coverage about three years ago in Montcalm County. Now the Howard City-area facility may be in trouble at the national level.

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Area school leaders meet in Lakeview to discuss technology in the classroom

Administrators and staff from schools throughout the area met Monday evening at Lakeview High School to discuss technology and its roll in education. Nine schools were represented, including Montcalm Community College, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm, Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg. Officials from each district were given 10 minutes to talk about their own technology programs.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 26, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

Carson City-Crystal’s Tori Christiansen, right, goes for a kill while Montabella’s Allie Ball attempts to block the shot. The Eagles won in straight sets.

Carson City-Crystal rolls past league rival Montabella

The Carson City-Crystal volleyball team used an all-around solid effort to remain undefeated in league play. The Eagles (13-5-8, 3-0) cruised to a 25-11, 25-12, 25-17 Mid-State Athletic Conference win over rival Montabella on Tuesday night at home. They remain perfect in the MSAC more than halfway through league play.

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Central Montcalm second at CSAA golf championship

Big Rapids’ girls golf team showed again why they were the best team in the Central State Activities Association. The Cardinals won the league championship by shooting a 395 to win the CSAA Championship meet Tuesday.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Sept. 25

Lakeview 3, Reed City 2: The Wildcats had to even the score twice on the Coyotes during Tuesday’s game, but got a game-winner from Matt Hill off a Tim Reed shot for the victory…

Fairplain Township resident Steve Wyckoff, left, takes a moment to speak to Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, at the Legislative Luncheon at Montcalm Community College on Monday afternoon during public comment and questions.

Emmons, Outman, update public on summer legislative activity

A four-month summer hiatus of monthly legislative luncheon meetings came to an end Monday as many curious minds gathered at Montcalm Community College to listen to what local legislators have been up to since last informing the public in May. Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took some time to update a crowd of more than 30 people on recent endeavors in Lansing, providing details on bills and other information relevant to District 70.

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GUEST VIEW: Musical opportunities abound this fall

What a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, family and lots and lots of music. Music is and always will be a lifelong love. I was lucky enough to be born to parents who were professional musicians. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t listening to their big band, my mother’s church organ music or a group of musical friends just hanging out and playing for fun.