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Firefighters from the Maple Valley Township Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 15721 W. Stanton road Wednesday afternoon where they quicly extinguished the fire. All four residents escaped the fire safely. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Four Trufant residents safe after quick knockdown of house fire

A young man’s desire for a glass of water before heading to bed may have turned out to be a life-saving gesture after he entered the kitchen to find the ceiling on fire. Rusty Vansiclen, 22, one of four Trufant-area residents living at 15721 W. Stanton road, said had he not walked into the kitchen Wednesday afternoon to get a glass of water, as he regularly does before going to sleep, the fire that was quickly extinguished by Maple Valley Township firefighters could have “been a lot worse” for he and his roomates, who were asleep.

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OUR VIEW: It’s Ron for Districts 1, 5 and 7 in Montcalm County

Three of nine positions on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are being contested in the Nov. 6 election.

WOOD-TV8 political reporter Rick Albin holds a card with a handwritten question from an audience member for U.S. House District 4 candidate Debra Friedell Wirth at a question Tuesday night at a question and answer session for local political candidates at the MCC Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Candidate forum an opportunity for voters to get questions answered

Many residents gathered at the Montcalm Community College Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville on Tuesday evening to ask political candidates questions before the Nov. 6 election.

Greenville High School students, from left, junior Jered Milner, 17, senior Louis Salak, 17, junior Zane Cruz, 16 and junior Seth Davis, 16, take notes during the question and answer session for local political candidates at the MCC Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville Tuesday night while fellow students (to the right) help assist the moderators during the session. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville High School government students produce candidate forum

Students from Greenville High School’s advanced placement government class had another successful candidate forum Tuesday night. For the past three years, students from Tim O’Brien’s government class have put together and facilitated a candidate forum to help voters become more familiar with issues on the ballot, as well as to give voters a chance to meet the candidates.

Ed Johnson received the Knight of the Legion Honor medal in a 2011 ceremony at the Fighting Falcon Military Museum. — File photo

‘Greatest generation’ loses one of its best from Greenville

A Greenville resident who not only served his local community, but his country in World War II, has died after a brief illness. Edward Johnson, 93, of Greenville, was a World War II hero and kind heart to many in the Greenville area.

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Gov. Snyder to be at MCC on Friday

Gov. Rick Snyder and 70th District State Rep Rick Outman will participate in a town hall meeting Friday at Montcalm Community College in Sidney.

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Sen. Levin visiting Greenville on Thursday

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, will be at Huckleberry’s restaurant in Greenville from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, for a meet and greet with the public.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 24, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices Wednesday, Oct, 24, 2012.

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Dirty discussion: Carson City Council looks at sludge

The Carson City Council meeting Tuesday night started off with discussion about sludge. Three council members — Dan Cusack, Neil Kapustka and Tom McCrackin — had many questions about the monthly cost of sludge treatment at city sewer ponds.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, answers questions concerning the six ballot proposals that voters will decide on in the upcoming general election on Nov. 6. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Area legislators weigh in on statewide ballot proposals

With the general election right around the corner on Nov. 6, state legislators used Monday’s one-hour Legislative Luncheon at Montcalm Community College to update and inform those in attendance on six ballot proposals that voters will decide.