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Greenville man turns his 2-wheeled dreams into riding reality

“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.” These words, written sometime around the turn of the last century by author H.G. Wells, ring as true today as on the day they were first set to paper. There is a certain liberation of spirit that comes with riding a bicycle; an exhilarating escape from the limitations and demands of the internal combustion engine.


Greenville Planning Commission looks at goals

The Greenville Planning Commission board looked over the 2013 work plan and prioritized what it wanted to address next. “We have had a light workload the past few months,” Chairman David Ralph said. “We are ready to tackle some new things.”

The 2013 Stanton Old Fashioned Days royalty include, front row from left, Duke Gage Almas, Prince Carter Denman, Miss Stanton LaShae Wright, Princess Emma Simpson and Duchess Grace Dennis; back row from left, Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Mackenna Myers, Miss Stanton First Runner-up Christa DePue, Miss Stanton court member Erica Wyatt, Junior Miss Stanton Regan Western, Junior Miss First Runner-up Kae-Leigh Basney, Junior Miss court member Hannah Salliote and Junior Miss Second Runner-up Faith Smith. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Recent Central Montcalm grad reigns as Miss Stanton

LaShae Wright had wanted to compete in the Miss Stanton Scholarship Pageant in previous years, but hesitated as “I don’t like talking in front of people.” The 17-year-old Stanton resident didn’t show that fear last night as she competed — and then won — the queen’s title, edging out three other contestants.

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Man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend in Pierson Township

Robert Munsell and Julie Danielson had dated and then broke up, but family members say he wouldn’t leave her alone. Six months after the relationship ended, Munsell went to Danielson’s home in Pierson Township. What they discussed is a mystery, but the main fact is a certainty — Danielson was found dead in her home in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Her throat had been slashed. Thankfully, her twin 4-year-old sons were not in the home at the time.


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Repairs, upgrades coming to Whites Bridge and Button roads

Starting Monday, the Ionia County Road Commission will begin safety improvements on Whites Bridge Road from M-44 south to 4 Mile Road and Button Road from Montcalm Avenue east to the Flat River. According to Ionia County Road Commission Engineering Director Paul Spitzley, the project was originally submitted for Federal Safety Hazard Elimination Funding through the Michigan Department of Transportation in March 2011 and was awarded in January 2012 for the 2013 construction year.

Ground was broken Tuesday morning for a new assisted living facility in Lakeview. When completed, the facility will provide housing for 26 older residents.  At the groundbreaking were, from left, Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer, Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr, Lakeview Area Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, an unidentified Crestwood Holdings representative, Lakeview Seniors representative Gene Nienhuis, Leisure Living President and Chief Operating Officer Neil Kraay,  Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, Lakeview Village Manager James Freed and Commission on Aging Director Bob Clingenpeel. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview breaks ground for new assisted living facility

By this time next year, the village of Lakeview will be home to a new 26-bed assisted living facility, Lakeview Terrace. Ground was broken for the project at a ceremony held Tuesday morning on Paden Road, directly across from Bright Start Elementary School.


Lightning the cause of Vestaburg-area barn fire

Lightning has now been ruled as the cause of two barn fires in Montcalm County early Wednesday morning. The Richland Township Fire Department responded to 10901 E. McBride Road near Douglas Road at 4:53 a.m.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 8, 2013

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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Another year, another look at school reform

Fall is quickly approaching and with it the beginning of a new school year. Also on the horizon is the beginning of another session of our state legislature. There will be much discussion about how to ‘fix” our schools. This is a good time to pause and consider who is responsible for the mission of our schools.