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Neighbor helps elderly couple escape burning home (Photos and Video)

“Hero” was heard throughout the night as word spread of how an elderly couple was rescued from a fully involved house fire. The Greenville Department of Public Safety was dispatched to the home of Vern and Peggy Wheeler at 10325 Stakes Road in Eureka Township at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday after neighbors saw smoke and fire coming from the home and called 911.

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Friends of the Maple River wetlands tour Sept. 19 in Hubbardston

The Friends of the Maple River bi-monthly meeting on Sept. 19 will be a wetlands development field tour on a farm in southeast Montcalm County. Donald Cooper, who will soon retire as Montcalm County drain commissioner, has a farm at 11260 South Crystal Road in the Hubbardston area. He has developed and/or restored three separate wetland units on his farm and wants to share his ideas and thoughts on how a landowner can restore or develop wetlands, and the importance of wetlands in good land management.

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‘Large number’ of firearms stolen from GoldStar Outdoors

A large number of firearms were stolen from GoldStar Outdoors on Wednesday night. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the business at 444 W. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) at about 10:24 p.m. They discovered the rear door of the building had been forced open and a “large number” of firearms had been stolen.

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Montcalm Community College amends optional retirement plan

Montcalm Community College (MCC) amended its optional retirement plan as the recent changes to state retirement system eliminated the need for ORP. During Tuesday’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting, James D. Lantz, vice president for administrative services, presented to the board the amendment.

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Sheridan street in line for repairs

The Sheridan Village Council approved a bid for some badly needed repairs on a four-block stretch of Sherman Street at its meeting Tuesday evening. The vote to award the contract to Lakeview-based paving company Taylor Asphalt Paving was unanimous. According to Village Superintendent Doug Lane, Taylor not only came in with a bid substantially below the other two bidders, but the contractor comes highly recommended by neighboring communities.

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Health department in Stanton is hosting flu clinics

Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) officials reminds residents that the flu season is once again upon us and that it’s better to “Get a shot and not the flu!”

More than 150 teenagers stand together with local police officers, firemen and emergency medical responders from the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm Township Fire Department and Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services outside of Greenville Community Church Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local youth pay tribute to emergency personnel for Sept. 11

During a portion of the first fall session of the weekly meeting of the IMPACT youth group at Greenville Community Church Tuesday evening, more than 150 teenagers commemorated the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 by inviting local police officers, firemen and emergency responders from the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm Township Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS to stand together in prayer and reflect upon the impact those events have had on everyone’s lives today, as well as honor those who gave their lives and those who continue to serve in those positions today.

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Carson City, Crystal dancers compete in national championship

Members of the DuHadway Dance Dimensions Elite Competition attended the national championships for Applause Talent Competition the week of July 5 in Columbus, Ohio. They traveled with 68 dancers ages 8 to 18 from the communities of Alma, Carson City, Crystal, Ithaca, Merrill, Mount Pleasant, Shepherd, St. Louis and Swan Valley. The dancers performed more than 50 different dance pieces and most placed in the top 10 or higher.

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Greenville DDA makes progress on façades grant

The Greenville Downtown Develop Authority (DDA) is one step closer to receiving a façade grant. Members of the DDA have been working on receiving a façade grant since 2010 through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), which is a branch of the state government.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 12, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012