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Mary Parr, left, and Deb Codling, of Messages & More were on hand at Saturday’s Spring Fling at the American Legion Post 101. The event was sponsored by the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers to raise funds for Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, an organization with a mission to send area veterans on trips to see war memorials erected in their honor.

Greenville’s Spring Fling supports veteran visits to museum

Residents had a chance to do some fun shopping Saturday while at the same time lending support to a couple worthwhile causes. Sponsored by the local Blue Star Mothers chapter, the sold-out event was held at American Legion Post 101 in Greenville.

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GUEST VIEW: A scoop of gratitude for Threshold Academy board

As an expression of my gratitude, I brought ice cream to the Threshold Academy Board of Directors.

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FUNERAL NOTICES — Monday, April 21, 2014

Funeral notices for Monday, April 21, 2014

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JUST IN: Edmore man arrested on road rage charges

An Edmore man was arrested on assault and drug charges Sunday after allegedly aiming a long pellet gun at another motorist along Stanton Road.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded after 5:30 p.m. to what they are calling a “road rage incident” with a report of weapons being involved.

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JUST IN: Stanton teenager arrested for Sheridan home invasion

A Stanton teenager was arrested Sunday for allegedly committing a home invasion over the weekend.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies encountered the 19-year-old man in response to a report he was not wanted at the home of a relative on Evergreen Street in Sheridan.

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JUST IN: Man injured in car crash near Skate Estate near Howard City

A man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a two-car crash by the Skate Estate just north of Howard City on Saturday night.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a crash at Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) and Reed Road around 11:03 p.m.

Robert McConnell, 67, at left with white gloves, runs at the Chip River Run in Mount Pleasant along with his son, Rob McConnell, 40, at right with orange shirt, and granddaughter Cammie McConnell, 12, in pink. Part of a running family, Rob and Robert McConnell of Stanton are both competing today in the Boston Marathon. — Courtesy photo

Stanton father-son duo take on Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon gets underway today, with tens of thousands of runners making their way through the 26.2-mile course.

Among them, picking their way through the competitors, will be a father-son duo from Montcalm County.

For a group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, there are two days per week they aren’t in a rush to get home. Instead, they lace up their running shoes and go for a jog, training for the Yellow Jacket Challenge 5K. About 15 students have signed up for the 5K and have been training after school since last October as part of the school’s running club. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville students training for Yellow Jacket Challenge

When the school bell rings at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, most students file through the front door, either to a bus or waiting parent.

But for a group of fourth- and fifth-graders, there are two days per week they aren’t in a rush to get home.

After 14 years without a major remodeling project, John Leppink, owner of Leppink’s Food Center in Belding, thought it was about time. The store’s renovation brings an entirely new look to the market.

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding Leppink’s store gets new interior makeover

Shoppers who haven’t been to the Leppink’s store in a while may not recognize the place on their next visit. For the past several weeks, the venerable grocery — which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary — has been undergoing a complete makeover.

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Funeral Notices – April 19, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, April 19, 2014.