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The Greenville Yellow Jackets football team takes a water break at midfield at Legacy Field on Monday, the first day of practice for the 2012 season.

Greenville football faces a couple of changes

A lot has changed for the Greenville Yellow Jackets football program since the end of last season. Yes, the Yellow Jackets return many of the same players from a year ago. Yes, many familiar junior varsity players have made the transition to the varsity level. Yes, Dave Moore returns for his 10th season as head coach. And yes, the Yellow Jackets begin the high school football season with longtime rival Belding.

Greenville defensive players Austin Bunton, left, and Greg Krusniak work on drills during Monday’s first day of practice at Legacy Field.

Greenville begins football season preparations

Monday was the first official day of high school football practice around the state. For the Greenville Yellow Jackets that meant a long day on the football field. The Yellow Jackets practiced from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and according to coach Dave Moore had a good first day.

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New Carson City recycling site announced

The Carson City Council has determined a new location for a 24-hour recycling site. The new site will be located off Williams Street on Carson City’s Department of Public Works lot. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality denied the original location the city had chosen for the recycling site.

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SHORT TAKES: Several races decided during primary

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow. It’s the 2012 Primary Election and this year there are several close races and a handful of important issues affecting our area that will be decided by the end of the night.

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Teens charged for multiple Vestaburg crimes

Two teenagers have been charged after a series of crimes that occurred throughout Vestaburg, including a major vandalism incident at Vestaburg Community School. Brock Peterson, 17, of Vestaburg, and Joseph DeVuyst, 17, of Riverdale, were charged Friday in 64B District Court in Stanton.

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Ionia County Board of Commissioners: 3 candidates vie for District 5 seat

Three challengers are hoping to win the open District 5 seat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 primary election.

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Ionia County Sheriff: Undersheriff faces write-in challenger to replace Dennis

As Ionia County Sheriff Dwain Dennis prepares to step down from his post after 14 years, a pair of Republican candidates are squaring off in the Aug. 7 primary election. Dale Miller, 55, of Lake Odessa, and Curt Read, 61, of Fenwick, are each hoping to secure the Republican nomination for Ionia County sheriff. The winner will face off against Democrat Gordy Douglas of Orleans in the Nov. 6 general election.

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Ionia County Drain Commissioner: Longtime incumbent challenged

Two candidates are competing for Ionia County drain commissioner in the Aug. 7 primary election. Incumbent John Bush, 68, of Belding, is seeking another term in office against challenger David Daniels, 44, of Lake Odessa. Both candidates are Republicans.

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Ionia County Clerk: Commissioner aims to unseat clerk

The position of Ionia County clerk will be decided between incumbent Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich and current Ionia County Commissioner James Lower in the Aug. 7 primary election. Both candidates are running on the Republican ballot and with no candidate running on the Democratic ticket, the winner of the primary election will win the four-year term.

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Reynolds Township Board: 5-person township board faces 5 challengers

The entire Reynolds Township Board is facing a challenge from five newcomers in the Aug. 7 primary election. Daniel Fisk is running against incumbent Supervisor Keith Grannis, Robin Sholty is running against incumbent Clerk Tina Porzondek, Jan Stevens is running against incumbent Treasurer Roger Stedman and Aaron Kindel and Willet “Bill” Smith are running against incumbent trustees Lee Olsen and Ann Yanke.