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OUR VIEW: Detroit and Greenville

Hello, Detroit! We’re Greenville, Michigan, and we have a few things in common. We’re both cities in Michigan, although you’re quite a bit larger than we are. History shows that for both of us employment has been dependent on factory jobs. Until a few years ago, we boasted the world’s largest refrigerator plant, along with several strong automotive suppliers. But with globalization and factories moving away, we lost a lot of jobs.

Construction crewman work on the playing surface of Rudness Field in Belding on Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

PHOTO GALLERY: Readying Rudness Field in Belding

Construction has begun at Rudness Field in Belding to install a turf playing field for the football and soccer teams to play on. The change from a grass field to turf field will allow more events to be planned on the surface without fear of wear and tear to the playing grounds. The construction is part of a $38.8 million bond levy that voters approved in 2010.

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Montcalm County Juvenile Court child care fund in jeopardy

Like all Montcalm County departments, Juvenile Court is struggling to make do with budget cuts. However, Judge Charles Simon III is worried area children will be affected if Juvenile Court does not receive an increase in funding.

File photo  Emily Bestrom, right, of Ada, helps Jack Hendricks, of Gowen, direct a flight onto the taxi runway during the 2011 Young Eagles event at Greenville Municipal Airport. — File photo

Young Eagles preparing to fly into Greenville on Saturday

Parents, prepare for your children to soar like the eagles as they climb high in the air and glide through the clouds Saturday during the annual Young Eagles “I Can Fly” event at the Greenville Municipal Airport.

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Greenville school board takes first look at next year’s proposed general fund

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education took its first look at the proposed 2012-2013 general fund budget. During the regular scheduled meeting on Monday, the school board received information from Chief Financial Officer John Gilchrist.

Michigan State Police Trooper Kelly Linebaugh of the Lakeview Post gathers items, including a the gun, after a police cruiser containing two of his colleagues was involved in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Sidney Road and M-91. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

2 Michigan State Police officers injured in 3-vehicle accident

Two Michigan State Police officers were injured in a three-vehicle accident Thursday morning at the intersection of M-91 and Sidney Road. Lt. Commander Kevin Sweeney, who oversees Michigan State Police posts in Gratiot, Ionia and Montcalm counties, was injured in the crash, along with Trooper Jim Thompkins. The two men were on patrol together.

Lakeview’s Brookelyn Reed, right, maneuvers around an unknown opponent during the Lakeview AYSO soccer tournament.

Lakeview Under-14 soccer teams do well at home tourney

Both the boys and girls Under-14 (U14) teams in the Lakeview AYSO Soccer Tournament last weekend had strong showings.

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Police Reports for June 14, 2012

Read the police reports for Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Funeral Notices for June 14, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Central Montcalm preps for state golf finals

Central Montcalm’s boys golf team is excited to play at Forest Akers East Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State University Friday and Saturday.