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GUEST VIEW: The timing of justice

Crime victims, their families and the public expect quick action from their criminal justice system. As Montcalm County prosecutor since 1998 and previously an assistant prosecutor, I fully understand that expectation. I have witnessed, up close every day for 23 years, terrible pain and loss inflicted upon the innocent by the criminally guilty.

Marilyn Totzkay of Crystal, wearing the shirt with the American flag and the words of the U.S. Constitution, listens along with fellow supporters as her husband, Robert Gilman, addresses the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners regarding the Michigan De Jure concept. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

A new day in Michigan? Group delivers history lesson at board meeting

About 20 people attended Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to make a statement about “the original Constitutional jurisdiction of Michigan, a free and independent state.” During the public comment portion of the meeting, Robert Gilman and his wife, Marilyn Totzkay, both of Crystal, read portions of a lengthy statement, as did Randy Esch of Stanton. The group did not make any formal request of the commissioners.

The Stonehouse family of Grandville adopted Phoebe from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter. The puppy was infected with parvo virus. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County commissioners vote to pay family that adopted parvo dog

A family from Grandville adopted a puppy from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter earlier this year. After weeks of searching, Justin and Lisa Stonehouse and their four children decided to adopt a golden Labarador retriever mix they named Phoebe. The puppy was spayed, received her shots and relocated to a new home. She and her new family immediate fell in love.

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Greenville schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards

Greenville Public Schools recently received reports of meeting the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for all of its buildings. “I am thrilled they all made it,” said Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissette. According to the Michigan Department of Education website, AYP is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

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Funeral Notices for July 24, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Camp leader Brett Zuver, right, shows a shooting technique during the free basketball camp in Belding on Monday.

Over 100 attend free Belding hoops camp

Brett Zuver never had so many kids interested in basketball. Zuver’s free basketball camp attracted 105 youths to Belding Middle school.

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GUEST COLUMN: Addicts need motivation to keep fighting

In order to succeed, in anything, you must have motivation. Athletes have a reason to train, writers have a reason to finish the story, businessmen have a reason to close the deal. This holds true for us addicts as well. We need to have reasons to keep fighting, to keep trying, to persevere. The odds are stacked against us, because we have a disease that tells us we don’t have a disease, and our biggest deterrent to success is ourselves.

Lakeview’s Roy and Gail Burmeister both achieved numerous accolades and promotions during their military careers. Gail made history as the first female drill sergeant in the active army. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview couple give 75 years, collectively, to the U.S. military

The war in Vietnam was in full swing when Roy Burmeister, who grew up in the Rothbury area, reached draft age. Though he had never considered a career in the military, when his papers came, Roy — like so many young men of the era — answered the call. Even now, after serving with the military for over 40 years, Roy remembers his thoughts on the day his draft notice arrived.

Pilot Jimmy Bearens and wife Barb drop golf balls onto a target below during the helicopter golf ball drop at the third annual PMS golf fundraiser on Saturday in Howard City. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Howard City golf event raises more than $11,000 for MS

Many families and friends teamed up Saturday at Birchwood Golf Course during the Play “Fore” the Cure for Multiple Sclerosis (PMS) golf fundraiser that raised more than $11,000. For Grand Rapids resident Steve Broekema the good weather was a chance to be around friends and support PMS fundraiser.

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Funeral Notices for July 23, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 23, 2012