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Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, looks on while Edmore Village President Chet Guild runs a recent meeting. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Edmore village manager stepping down amid dispute

This village’s manager is bowing out amid an employment dispute. Neil Rankin received a letter on Monday from the law firm of Mika, Myers, Beckett & Jones in Grand Rapids stating the village council’s 4-2 vote on June 30 to not extend Rankin’s contract means Rankin is no longer employed as village manager.

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THE REVIEW: The healing power of baseball

There’s just something about a baseball field. While other sports carry their own traditions, baseball embodies a nostalgia for its rich history and maintains the ability to reach generation after generation. Father to son, grandfather to granddaughter. Each time a story is told, the home runs get longer, and the catches more elaborate.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is extending The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease through December 2030. The center in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners extend lease for Behavioral Health Center

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 Monday to extend The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease, despite objections from the commissioners’ own chairman. The Center for Behavioral Health in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. It also provides emergency services to anyone in the community 24/7.

Lakeview’s Drake Booker competes in the long jump during The Daily News Track Classic in May. Boomer placed third at the Division 3 state meet in the long jump.

Nichols takes over Lakeview boys track

Mark Nichols has been Lakeview Middle School’s track coach for what he believes is 10 years. “I forget what year I started there,” he said.

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Belding men arrested in Ionia home invasions

Two Belding men are behind bars following their arrests Monday in connection with a series of burglaries in Ionia County. According to Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller, investigators identified the two men as suspects in the burglaries, which took place over the past several weeks. Investigators say the two were stealing items from residences, and then selling the stolen goods to a pawn shop.

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Funeral Notices for July 29, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vern Smith, right, will take over as Lakeview varsity baseball coach. Smith is also an assistant football coach for the Wildcats.

Lakeview baseball names new coach

Vern Smith is taking over in Lakeview. The JV baseball coach is moving up to the varsity position after Ryan Vellanti resigned.

Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Optimist Camp an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Bat expert sheds light on his winged friends at Greenville’s Optimist Camp

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Greenville Optimist Camp got a visit Saturday from the batman … no, not that one. Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals.

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Funeral Notices for July 28, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 28, 2014

Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart talks with his team as the Wildcats finish a weeklong minicamp on Friday. The Wildcats open the season Aug. 28.

Lakeview wraps up football minicamp

Don’t settle for average. That is the message being relayed from Lakeview football coach Sean Rinehart to his team. This week’s minicamp was just one more step the program is taking toward a second season under Rinehart.