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Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

This year’s Central Montcalm volleyball team, which is competing in today’s Daily News Invitational in Belding, consists of five seniors and seven players with varsity experience, however, head coach John Johnson noted there are superstars on this year’s team. “We are very team-oriented. What we have is a different player stepping up in every game,” he said. (File photo)

Daily News Invitational ‘first measurement’ for Hornets’ team

  STANTON — There are five seniors and seven players with varsity experience on Central Montcalm’s varsity volleyball team this year, however, who leads the team will be a game-by-game outcome. “We are very team-oriented, which is different than past teams,” said head coach John Johnson, who is in his third year as coach of [...]

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Greenville 7th at Traverse City

The first golf meet of the season for Greenville’s team was an eye-opening experience, according to coach Nancy Johnson.

The Yellow Jackets went up to Grand Traverse Resort for the two-day Traverse City Central Invitational, which brought a lot of teams from around the state.
Greenville finished seventh among Division 2 teams, shooting a two-day team score of 889. The winner of Division 2 was Midland Dow with a 661, followed by Muskegon Reeths-Puffer with a 768 and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central with a 782.

The booths at a homeless simulation at Greenville Community Church on Wednesday represented the different services available for the homeless population. Participants had to seek out the services the need and try to find housing. —Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Project Connect, simulation shine light on homelessness

An event this week in Greenville may have been a simulation, but homelessness is a very real problem. “I heard last week that Kent County has a 1 percent housing availability — the tightest market in the nation. I bet we’re tighter in Montcalm County,” said Have Mercy Director Kim Cain at Wednesday’s Project Connect and homeless simulation at Greenville Community Church. “And it’s not just us. All of West Michigan is struggling like this.”

Otisco Township Treasurer Jan Breimayer, left, and Supervisor Paul Reeves discuss the bids for the township hall addition and the hiring of the architect for the project during Tuesday evening’s special meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Trouble continues for Otisco Township Hall project

A planned township hall addition could be put on hold depending on architectural plans. During a special meeting Tuesday evening, the Otisco Township Board voted 4-0, with Clerk Lynda Sower absent, to hire architect Steve Worth to draw up plans for a proposed project, for which the board previously accepted bids from two Belding construction companies.

With the Ugly Duckling statue in the foreground at Heritage Park, the Michigan state flag, American flag and Danish flag, were raised Thursday evening during the opening ceremony of the 52nd annual Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

52nd annual Danish Festival is underway in Greenville (PHOTOS)

A festival more than a half century in the making continues to go strong. The 52nd annual Danish Festival got underway per tradition with the raising of the flags — Michigan, United States and Danish — at Heritage Park next to Greenville City Hall.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 19, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral for Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

The new Belding Vietnam War Michigan Prisoners of War monument was placed in front of the Vietnam Wall Memorial on Tuesday at Belding Veterans Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan POW monument placed at Belding memorial (PHOTOS)

After two tours in Vietnam, U.S. Army veteran Chuck Wright can still recall every region he once spent time in half a world away. Whether it was arriving on shore by boat in 1965, or dropping in as a paratrooper in 1969, Wright’s time with the 101st “Screaming Eagles” Airborne Division is worthy of a monument for all to admire and respect.

Tri County junior quarterback Cayden Luchies eyes down a wide receiver as he attempts to make a pass during Wednesday’s practice. Vikings coach Phil Butler has 37 players on the team, of which 23 are seniors. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Defense, seniors key to Tri County football’s success this year

There’s always the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to preseason football for high school teams. For Tri County head coach Phil Butler, the good may just be the heavy favorite for his squad this year.

Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home. — Courtesy photo

Greenville native stabbed in robbery

A Greenville native now living Savannah, Ga., is recovering at home after being stabbed several times during a robbery Sunday. Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home.