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Man who instigated fight in Sidney sentenced to jail time

A local man received a jail sentence Thursday after starting a fight and brandishing a knife and a gun in downtown Sidney. Christopher Finney Jr., 39, of Sidney Township, was charged with assault with a handgun, assault with a knife and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, in addition to outstanding warrants he had for his arrest. He eventually pleaded no contest to assault with a dangerous weapon.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 3, 2012

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Patrons sit down for food and drinks Wednesday evening at the Driftway Inn in Belding, which is scheduled to close on Saturday after 39 years of business.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Driftway Inn closing after nearly 40 years

After serving generations of families in Belding for nearly 40 years, the Driftway Inn restaurant and bar will be closing its doors for good come Saturday. Citing declining sales and a severe decrease in customers in the last few years, owners Steve and Beverly Hoisington said they can no longer afford to keep the restaurant open for business.

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OUR VIEW: Montcalm County’s District 2 a tough choice

District 2 residents have a tough choice between two good candidates in the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners primary election Aug. 7. Tom Lindeman, 68, of Eureka Township, and Lloyd Walker, 83, of Greenville, are facing off for the District 2 position. Both candidates are Republicans.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 2, 2012

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The Clean up Greenville by Danish Festival event will begin Aug. 8 and run through Aug. 15. From left, Cindy Schofield, Steve Schofield, Zach Schofield, Samantha Petersen and Tayler Schofield stand next to Danish Kingdom, just one of the many places that will be cleaned up through the event. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Group comes together to clean up Greenville before Danish Festival

Local groups, organizations, churches and volunteers are coming together to beautify Greenville before the Danish Festival. Steve Schofield of Greenville wanted to reach out in the community and make difference by doing “something uncomfortable on purpose,” which means he wanted to do something out of his comfort zone and help the community. “My church (Greenville Community Church) has been involved with community activities in the past, they encourage to help out our community with service projects,” Schofield said. “I got the sense the good Lord laid this project on my heart.”

Laura Powers, left, is the new director of the Flat River Community Library in Greenville. She will be taking over for Tara Conaway, right, who is retiring. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

New Greenville library director plans to maintain status of retiring director

As the Flat River Community Library says goodbye to one director, it also welcomes a new face to the position. Tara Conaway has been the director at the Greenville library for a little more than nine years. She said she is looking forward to traveling and spending time with family during her retirement.

Mark Christensen is the new superintendent-manager for the Road Commission for Montcalm County. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Familiar face leading Road Commission for Montcalm County

The new manager-superintendent of the Road Commission for Montcalm County is a familiar face. Mark Christensen, 48, of Sidney Township, took over his new duties June 1 after Randy Stearns retired as the longtime managing director. Christensen was most recently superintendent for the Road Commission. He started as a mechanics helper in a Road Commission shop in 1998.

The Sheridan Village Council recently voted to purchase the old Carnation building at a cost of $6,617.14. — File photo

Sheridan Village Council purchases old Carnation building

The long-abandoned Carnation building is one of the first things you see when driving into the village of Sheridan on M-66. According to Sheridan Village Manager Doug Lane, this is not a good thing. After sitting vacant for more than two decades, the building is literally falling down in many places. The roof leaks, the floors are rotted out and in one place, there are actually trees growing up through the rotted floorboards. To exacerbate the problem, the property is very likely contaminated with chemicals used when it still held an operating business. At the very least, the building very likely contains asbestos in need of safe removal.

Ronald Williams listens to testimony Tuesday. He is alleged to have fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City man set for trial after fatal hit and run of Sand Lake man

Martin Helton held his head in his hands and his wife, Marcia, sobbed silently Tuesday afternoon as a police officer detailed how the Heltons’ son was struck and killed by a full-size pickup truck last April. The Heltons were in 64B District Court for a preliminary examination of Ronald Williams, 57, of Howard City. Williams is charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident, resulting in serious impairment or death — a felony with a maximum sentence of five years and/or $5,000. He was allegedly driving a pick-up truck the night of April 21 when he struck and killed Tyler Helton, 20, of Sand Lake, on Stanton Road between Jones Road and Maple Hill Road in Pierson Township. Williams then allegedly fled the scene.