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Sarah Loper, 17, of Fenwick, is organizing a benefit concert for Sunday at Greenville Community Church to raise awareness of Huntington’s disease, which has stricken multiple members of Loper’s family. — Courtesy photo

Fenwick teen organizes benefit to battle Huntington’s disease

Sarah Loper is not an average 17-year-old. The Fenwick teen has organized a benefit concert to help raise awareness of a disease that has ravaged her family. The Fenwick teen has organized a benefit concert to help raise awareness of a disease that has ravaged her family.

Mike Huckelberry, D-Greenville, above, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes,  spoke Monday evening at a candidate forum sponsored by the the Mid-Michigan United Sportsmen’s Alliance at at Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Drilling, fracking among points of contention at sportsmen’s forum

Incumbent State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and challenger Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville, went head-to-head Monday evening in a forum sponsored by the the Mid-Michigan United Sportsmen’s Alliance (MMUSA). The forum was hosted at Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton.

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Changes in store for Central Montcalm food service department

The Central Montcalm Board of Education approved revamping the food service department just two weeks prior to the beginning of the school year, due to budget issues. Superintendent Kristi Teall explained to the five attending board members at Monday night’s meeting that a recent audit showed a $93,000 deficit in the food service budget.

Greenville’s Britta Bernth drains a long putt during a match last year at The Links at Bowen Lake. Bernth led the Yellow Jackets with an 80 on Monday in Traverse City.

Greenville girls shoot for another successful season

With a new girls golf season underway, the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team has their sights on a conference championship and beyond. With 10 consecutive O-K White Conference titles and multiple trips to the Division 2 state finals, why wouldn’t you?

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Belding OKs new process to evaluate teachers

In the last year, there have been significant changes to the Belding Area Schools system, including new athletic facilities, teachers, classrooms and more. But not all of Belding’s changes have been as visible, including the new framework created for the Professional Practice and Teacher Evaluation Process, voted through by Belding school board members Monday night.

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Funeral Notices for August 21, 2012

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Nancy Esch of Crystal and her son, Ron Esch of Carson City, traveled to the 125th annual fast family reunion in Savannah, Ohio, this summer. Pictured above is a photograph of a previous Fast family reunion from at least a century ago. — Courtesy photo

‘The Adventure of Christian Fast’: Local family uncovers unique history

Two years ago Crystal resident Nancy Esch learned that her maiden name Fast was popular in early American history. Her son, Ron Esch of Carson City, started looking into his mother’s side of the family. What he found out about the Fast name surprised him and his mother. “I feel like we hit the jackpot in family history,” Ron said. “I searched Fast on the Internet and all this stuff started coming up about Christian Fast and I even found him on Wikipedia.”

Emily Cradit, right, and Lauren Guilfoyle, of the band Centerville, perform Saturday evening at the Greenville Performing Arts Center in Greenville.

Greenville’s Danish Festival enjoys another successful year (Photo Galleries)

As the Grand Dansk Parade was ending Saturday, the 48th annual Danish Festival remained busy with many people shopping the unique vendors downtown and in Veterans Park. For the past 20 years, Diana and Larry Townsend of Charlotte have been selling their handmade sweatshirts during the festival.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 20

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Danish Festival Prince Braylon Haist, 5, of Greenville waves to the crowd during the Grand Dansk Parade. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grand Dansk Parade offers something old, something new (Photo Gallery)

There are few things that seem so quintessentially American as to hold their own when stacked alongside icons like mother, apple pie and Saturday night dances at the Grange Hall. Country and Western songs about pickup trucks, maybe; politicians kissing babies; red, white and blue bunting strung over the pavilion where a brass band plays — slightly out of tune — on an Independence Day afternoon.