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Edmore Village Council declines to remove unsafe playground equipment

The majority of the Edmore Village Council is refusing to remove unsafe playground equipment from the Glenn D. Curtis Memorial Park, despite pleas and warnings from the village manager. Village Manager Neil Rankin recently surveyed the park at 307 E. Forrest St. and found several playground items to be dangerous. At Monday’s village council meeting, he presented the council with photographs and a detailed report of the unsafe conditions.

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Edmore and Maxfields reach loan repayment agreement

The Maxfield siblings have reached an agreement with this village regarding a long-overdue economic development loan.

Tony Maxfield and his sister, Shari, own the Averyville Acres partnership. The Edmore Economic Loan Fund Development Committee and Edmore Village Council granted the partnership a $200,000 loan in 2000 to build Maxfield’s Inn in Edmore. The committee also granted a $20,000 loan to the partnership in 2002 and a $77,000 loan to the partnership in 2006.

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Montcalm County commissioners challenge conservation district officials

Last month, Montcalm Conservation District officials requested $15,000 from the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to help the conservation district’s looming budget deficit.

This month, commissioners agreed to help conservation district officials — and to issue them a challenge.

Guest View | Rick Outman

GUEST VIEW: Boosting environment, energy independence

For several decades, fuel prices in the United States have fluctuated. The Arab oil embargo of the 1970s demonstrated that we have become far too dependent on oil from other nations, and often those other nations are not our friends. Today we have many different sources of foreign oil, but the market is still affected by our nation’s relations with some of those countries.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: The power of our participation in elections

The column this week is taking a little different twist. However, I believe it is consistent with the mission I have tried to stay with in the year that I have been writing it.

Greenville’s Ally Berry, left, races the 100-meter dash during Wednesday’s O-K Bronze track meet against Northview. Ally won the 100 and three other events for the Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets begin track season with a pair of wins

The sun was shining, but the temperatures were chilly and the wind was a little much at times. Still, the Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track teams finally opened the season on Wednesday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium. They did so with a pair of dominating wins over O-K Bronze rival Northview.

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Central Montcalm school board considering digitalized sign

In May 2010, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted unanimously to purchase a digitalized sign to replace a vinyl letter sign currently in use.

Now, nearly four years later, the board is acting on that proposal and accepting bids for a new, updated version of the attention-grabbing sign.

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Funeral Notices – April 17, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, April 17, 2014.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, April 16

Greenville mercies CM twice: The Yellow Jackets had no problems with the Green Hornets Wednesday in a game moved to Greenville’s diamond, as Greenville won the opener 14-0 in five innings and the second 16-4 in five innings…

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JUST IN: Crystal man rescued after near-drowning

A 61-year old Crystal man was briefly hospitalized Wednesday after flipping his aluminum boat on Loon Lake.

The man was more than 100 yards from shore when his boat tipped and he fell into the water.