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SPORTS GALORE: Following the Tigers

Prior to this season I had only been to one other Major League ballpark not home to the Detroit Tigers. A few years back I made a trip to Milwaukee to catch a Brewers and Chicago Cubs game. It was an excellent ballpark and time, but It wasn’t the same not watching the Tigers.

Gus Macker tournament will be in Greenville this weekend. There will be 174 teams signed up for the two-day event. — File Photo

Greenville Macker ready for weekend of playing ball

South Lafayette street in Greenville will be busy during the coming weekend with lots of basketball fans and players. The Gus Macker tournament will start Saturday in downtown Greenville, with 174 teams signed up for the two-day event, according to “Gus Macker” himself, Scott McNeal.

Thomas tires to keep Lowell’s Gabe Dean on the mat this past winter. Thomas defeated Dean and would go on to defeat him a second time in March in the Division 2 189 pound individual state finals. It was Thomas’ third straight state title. — File photo

Jordan Thomas training hard for wrestling career at Michigan

Greenville graduate Jordan Thomas is no stranger to hard work. Thomas, after all, finished his Greenville wrestling career with the most wins in school history, three O-K White Conference titles, four Division 2 district and regional titles and three individual state championships. Those sort of accomplishments don’t happen without a little sweat and pain.

Sindia Leonard, who is retiring today after working as the postmaster at the Stanton Post Office for 17 of her 27 years in the postal service, enters information onto a touch-screen panel at the front desk of the Stanton Post Office Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton postmaster retiring after 27 years in the postal service

After 27 years in the United States Postal Service, 17 of those spent as postmaster at the Stanton Post Office, Sindia Leonard is now retiring from her post as a “wonderful career” comes to an end. After starting at the Vestaburg Post Office in 1985, transferring to Alma, then becoming postmaster of the Middleton Post Office before settling in as the postmaster in Stanton in 1995, Leonard will serve her final day as postmaster today, a job she said she is very grateful to have worked since the beginning.

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Funeral Notices for July 13, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, July 13, 2012

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire this morning that consumed a barn and several tractors. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Spontaneous combustion’ of hay bales likely cause of Orleans barn fire

A second fire within a six-year period for local farmer David Brown will result in the rebuilding of one of his barns yet again after an early morning fire destroyed a barn, several tractors and dozens of hay bales that were kept inside. Firefighters from five different departments began responding at approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning to 4666 Johnson Rd. after a neighbor spotted flames shooting through Brown’s barn, who then awoke him.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety along with the Belding Fire Department work together to put out a fire at 1016 Van Deinse Street in Greenville on Thursday. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Homeowners, dogs uninjured in Greenville house fire (Video + Gallery)

Homeowners and pets are safe after a fire started on the back deck of a northeast side Greenville home early Thursday afternoon. The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded at about 1:45 p.m. to 1016 Van Deinse Street to a structure fire.

Jamie VanSyckle, left, who works in the food and nutrition department, helps Lincoln Heights Elementary fourth-grade teacher Fran Gibbs cut insulation wrap to be put around windows at the build site on Fifth Street in Greenville during the fourth annual Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Day. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Public School employees give back at Women’s Build Day

The fourth annual Women’s Build Day took place Wednesday, however, it was the first time all the workers were employees of Greenville Public Schools. Mo Beach, executive director of the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity, said she was approached by Lori Hostetler to see if the teachers from Greenville could have their own build day.

Lakeview residents provided the commentary for a recent video produced to publicize the many features the village has to offer. — Courtesy photo

Village of Lakeview enters digital age with promotional video

The German author and playwright Goethe once wrote, “One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.” That’s a philosophy recently taken to heart by Lakeview Village Manager James Freed while producing a promotional video for the town.

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Trio of Gratiot County teens charged in northeast Montcalm County break-ins

Three Gratiot County men remain in the Montcalm County Jail in connection with a rash of break-ins that occurred in late May of this year in the northeast corner of Montcalm County.