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Montcalm County sees rise in percentage of college graduates

Montcalm County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees. In 1970, 5.6 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Montcalm County. By 2010, 12.7 percent of adults here had completed college. The percentage of adults with college degrees in Montcalm County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate here was less than the Michigan average of 25.0 percent.

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Public can tour foreclosed Greenville homes before Sept. 25 auction

The Montcalm County Treasurer’s Office will host an open house this weekend to show off condos and duplexes in Greenville that will be auctioned off later this month. Treasurer JoAnne Vukin will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to show off four new townhouses and two new duplexes in the Forest View development on the north side of Greenville West Drive.

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Howard City eatery hosts Ladies Night on Monday

Pizza Cafe in downtown Howard City will host Ladies Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. The restaurant is located at 129 E. Edgerton St.

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Inaugural class to be inducted into Greenville Hall of Fame (Gallery)

Greenville High School has long and rich athletic history. Tonight, 10 inductees, ranging from individuals to teams will be inducted in the inaugural class of the Greenville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Together they will represent some of the finest athletes, coaches and contributors in Greenville history. The induction ceremony will take place during halftime of tonight’s football game between the Yellow Jackets and Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at Legacy Field.

Greenville's Audrey Wyse, right, attacks over the attempted block of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern's Paige O'Connor, left, and Brianne Wojciakowski during the teams' second game Thursday night. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville volleyball swept by Forest Hills Northern

Greenville’s volleyball team played their first match ever in the O-K Bronze Conference Thursday and it didn’t turn out the way they wanted. The Yellow Jackets were swept in three games by Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 25-21, 25-16, 25-18.

Milessa Scott, at left, and her sister, Jesica Scot, at right, are pictured with their grandmother, Patsy, who inspired the sisters to raise funds for breast cancer.

Sisters to host Stanton Ladies Expo Sept. 15

Ladies, call your girlfriends, hire a sitter, lock your husbands up and head out for the first Stanton Ladies Expo on Sept. 15.
Sisters Jesica and Milessa Scott, of Greenville and Stanton, respectively, have come together to organize the debut event as a way to showcase area businesses and raise funds for a worthy cause as well.

Carson City-Crystal's Garner Cusack (in the black shirt) gets ready to run a play during a preseason practice. — File photo

CC-C football team focusing on selves, not Big Rapids game

After a big win against Traverse City Christian last Thursday, one would think the Carson City-Crystal Eagles would be sky-high about it. Not so, said coach Jason Gray. The Eagles are more focused on themselves as they get ready for a home game against Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy on Friday.

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Redskins runners take first and fourth

A hot and humid day did not stop the Belding Redskins boys cross country team from a very good day. The boys team placed first on Wednesday in the first O-K Blue Conference meet of the year at Riverside Park. The girls team finished in fourth place, but not far behind the third place and host Panthers.

Members of Belding City Council, the Belding Recreation Board, other city employees and Belding residents gather in celebration of an additional 38 acres to the Lightning Bend Nature Preserve Wednesday evening at the intersection of Morton and Gooding streets in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donation helps expansion to Belding’s Lightning Bend Nature Preserve

After two and a half years of evaluating land, applying for a grant through the Department of Natural Resource and signing many forms of paperwork, Lightning Bend Nature Preserve in Belding just got a lot bigger. An additional 38 acres of land has been added to the city nature preserve after Gerard Geelhoed of Grand Rapids decided he wanted to donate his land to the city of Belding after purchasing it more than 20 years ago as an investment.

Trenton Taylor and Amy Staten both received the Founder’s Scholarship, which is a 10-month academic program to live and study in Germany. — Courtesy photo

2 Montcalm County students traveling in Germany

Of five American students chosen as recipient of the Founder’s Scholarship through Council for Education Travel U.S.A. (CETUSA), two of them are from Montcalm County. CETUSA is a global exchange program designed to help people from different cultures develop compassion and understanding for others, according to cetusa.org.