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Belding resident Milton Rackham, left, and Big Rapids author Myrl Thompson have teamed up to chronicle Rackham’s experiences on PT boat patrol during World War II. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding WWII vet subject of new, sometimes disturbing book

It’s hard to interview Milton Rackham. At 86, the Belding resident’s answers come slowly, deliberately, not because of his age, but rather the topic. Rackham is sharing stories of the years he spent peering down the sights of a PT boat’s big guns during World War II.

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Funeral Notices for May 14, 2012

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Sunday evening black bear visit creates stir in Greenville (VIDEO)

A black bear that entered the city limits of Greenville Sunday night has safely traveled back outside the city and into a wooded area away from local residents. Around 7:30 p.m. a black bear was spotted in the front yard of a home on Sixth Street near Coffren Street. The bear managed to climb up a tree, attracting many residents who gathered around to watch the rare sighting as the Greenville Department of Public Safety set up a perimeter around the bear.

Central Montcalm’s Kortney McKeown throws to first base during a recent game.

Host CC-Crystal wins softball tournament

Carson City-Crystal’s softball team may have a record below .500, but the teams they’ve played in their last two tournaments think the Eagles are really good. The Eagles won their own softball tournament Saturday, as they beat St. Louis 9-7 in nine innings and Central Montcalm 10-4.

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Ed Gilbert: Fly fishing bugs a bit early this year

Depending upon your fishing location in the state, you may find that some flies are early, on time, or even late. Of course, I make reference to Mayflies and caddisflies, which emerge over the trout streams or lakes about this time of year.

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Greenville to hire more teachers to reduce class size

Greenville Public Schools is looking to hire early elementary teachers to cut down on class size. The three to five additional teachers will allow the school’s staff to meet the needs of the students, according to Kori Crawford of the school’s Human Resources Department.

Belding’s Monica Baylis leads a pack of runners in the 1,600-meter run at the O-K Blue Conference meet Friday.

Sparta boys, Cedar Springs girls win O-K Blue meet

Belding’s track teams were the host for the O-K Blue Conference track meet Friday, but the stars were Sparta and Cedar Springs. The Spartans were the top boys team in the conference while the Red Hawk girls were tops on their side.

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Greenville girls win O-K White track title

It was an impressive performance for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls track team on Friday night at Lowell High School. In addition to winning their first conference title since 1992 (the Seaway Conference) the Yellow Jackets had eight individuals earn all-conference honors.

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Funeral Notices for May 12, 2012

Read funeral notices for Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Crystal Township Board members voted Wednesday to approve a new resolution of a fire millage, allowing money to be spent on capitol improvements, but that resolution must be approved when the millage is up for renewal during regular Montcalm County primary election on Aug. 7. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board approves new resolution for fire millage

Efforts to build an addition to the Crystal Township Fire Department barn on Smith Street can finally make some headway – as long as township voters allow it to happen.