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Local authors to sign books Oct. 27 in Greenville

A book signing Saturday will give residents a chance to meet and greet local authors. People can visit Robbins Book List in Greenville from 1 to 3 p.m. to meet two local authors, Dallas Lincoln and Michael Taylor.

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Howard City’s Birchwood Golf Course sold to Sandyland Farms

Golfers, club members, family and friends gathered Sunday for a thank you buffet from the owners of Birchwood Golf Course. “This post is to make it official that the rumors that have been floating around that Birchwood Golf Course is being sold are indeed true,” stated Birchwood’s Facebook page on Oct. 3. “The agreement with Sandyland Farms was completed today. Members only until the last Sunday of October.” For the last 31 years, Mark and Debbie Heath have owned and operated the course at 6900 Masters Road just outside of Howard City.

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OUR VIEW: Lillie for Eureka Township, Adams for Montcalm Township

Supervisor positions are up for vote on Nov. 6 in two of Montcalm County’s most active and growing communities — Eureka Township and Montcalm Township.

Greenville’s Jacob Bracey, right, battles for position during a game this season. The Yellow Jackets finished the year 5-13 overall.

Greenville soccer coach saw improvement this year

The Greenville boys soccer season didn’t go as well as coach Chris Hamman would have liked it to. The Yellow Jackets finished with a 5-13 overall and 2-8 in the O-K Bronze Conference. That was fifth out of the seven teams in the conference.

Ashley’s Kelsey Smith (10) attacks around the block of Montabella’s Sarah Ranney during the first game of the teams’ match Tuesday night.

Ashley volleyball spoils Montabella’s parents’ night

The losses keep piling up for Montabella’s volleyball team. The Mustangs lost their 7th dual match in a row Tuesday when they fell to the Ashley Bears 25-10, 25-18, 25-17.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 25, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

Firefighters from the Maple Valley Township Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 15721 W. Stanton road Wednesday afternoon where they quicly extinguished the fire. All four residents escaped the fire safely. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Four Trufant residents safe after quick knockdown of house fire

A young man’s desire for a glass of water before heading to bed may have turned out to be a life-saving gesture after he entered the kitchen to find the ceiling on fire. Rusty Vansiclen, 22, one of four Trufant-area residents living at 15721 W. Stanton road, said had he not walked into the kitchen Wednesday afternoon to get a glass of water, as he regularly does before going to sleep, the fire that was quickly extinguished by Maple Valley Township firefighters could have “been a lot worse” for he and his roomates, who were asleep.

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OUR VIEW: It’s Ron for Districts 1, 5 and 7 in Montcalm County

Three of nine positions on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are being contested in the Nov. 6 election.

WOOD-TV8 political reporter Rick Albin holds a card with a handwritten question from an audience member for U.S. House District 4 candidate Debra Friedell Wirth at a question Tuesday night at a question and answer session for local political candidates at the MCC Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Candidate forum an opportunity for voters to get questions answered

Many residents gathered at the Montcalm Community College Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville on Tuesday evening to ask political candidates questions before the Nov. 6 election.

Greenville High School students, from left, junior Jered Milner, 17, senior Louis Salak, 17, junior Zane Cruz, 16 and junior Seth Davis, 16, take notes during the question and answer session for local political candidates at the MCC Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville Tuesday night while fellow students (to the right) help assist the moderators during the session. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville High School government students produce candidate forum

Students from Greenville High School’s advanced placement government class had another successful candidate forum Tuesday night. For the past three years, students from Tim O’Brien’s government class have put together and facilitated a candidate forum to help voters become more familiar with issues on the ballot, as well as to give voters a chance to meet the candidates.