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Kristen Scholten, left, is an emergency medical technician specialist for Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services. She is pictured with her rescue vehicle and extrication helmet in downtown Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Emergency medical services not a job, but a calling

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is being observed throughout the United States this week. This year’s theme is “EMS: More Than a Job. A Calling.” The theme sums up how Erik Rood and Kristen Scholten feel about their duties.

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Funeral Notices for May 24, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, May 24, 2012

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State Police searching for Alan Steven Phelps

A 35-year-old man is being sought by Michigan State Police after causing a head-on crash after traveling south on north U.S. 131 in Montcalm County just before midnight on Wednesday.

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Huntington Foam receives incentive to expand, add jobs in Greenville

Huntington Foam LLC received a $340,000 incentive to stay in Greenville and expand its facility. The incentive comes from a Michigan Business Development Program to expand the Greenville operation. According to a press release issued Wednesday, the project will generate up to $2.56 million in new private investment and add 30 new jobs.

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Fenwick man faces attempted murder charge after allegedly shooting girlfriend

A woman was shot in the head by her boyfriend during a domestic dispute Wednesday night in Fenwick.

Greenville senior Joe Larsen shoots at a recent event for the Flat River Conservation Club.

Greenville shooter earns ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks for Greenville High School senior Joe Larsen. Aside from graduation on June 3, Larsen was selected to train with the USA Shooting team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Second graders at Lincoln Heights Elementary School helped load lumber back into the Habitat for Humanity truck after signing boards that will be used to build a new home. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville students raise money for local Habitat for Humanity

Through a bake-sale fundraiser, Lincoln Heights Elementary School students raised money to buy lumber for the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity. Dan Eagles of the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity has been working with Betsy Gryka’s second-grade class over the years and helping out in the classroom.

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SHORT TAKES: To good health — for us and our children

A local brother-sister duo have inspired us to fight even harder for good health. Jeremy Britt, 23, is the youngest contestant ever to win the title of “The Biggest Loser,” the popular NBC show where real people work to lose real weight. Jeremy lost 199 pounds, while his sister, Conda, 24, lost 115 pounds.

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Trio charged after high-speed motorcycle chase

Three local motorcyclists have been arrested and charged with crimes after a high-speed chase from police last Friday night. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Thomas attempted to make a traffic stop on Jesse Ellsworth, 37, of Crystal, Scott Ripley, 37, of Greenville, and Chad Simmons, 32, of Edmore, just before midnight Friday.

Elizabeth Wittenbach spots one of the last remaining apple blossoms on her father’s orchard while taking a stroll through the trees Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding senior is area’s only student to win National Merit Scholarship

They say an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. For Belding High School senior Elizabeth Wittenbach, having grown up on an apple orchard farmed by her father, that analogy couldn’t be more appropriate.