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From left, Jack Cox, owner Tim Minikey and Clint Vinton comprise the team of expert mechanics at Sheridan Tire & Auto, which opened in January and has been doing a respectable business ever since.

BUSINESS BEAT: ‘Townie’ starts new tire store in Sheridan

Tim Minikey knows his way around an automobile. For decades he’s been turning a wrench, taking broken vehicles and making them unbroken.
His first professional foray into auto repair was as a mechanic. After that, for 11 years, he ran a tool company.

Two antique modes of transportation — a 1908 Sears and Roebuck Model J horse carriage, in back, and a 1973 Chrysler New Yorker — await some maintenance at Flat River Repair in Greenville.

REVVED UP: Buying, keeping and driving a classic vehicle

According to the State of Michigan, for a vehicle to qualify for an historical or authentic license plate, it must be at least 26 years old, based on the model year deducted from the present calendar date. Two local, classic car owners talk about their passion and the care and expense involved with owning and maintaining a classic car.


Schedule of Fourth of July fireworks shows

Here’s a list of upcoming fireworks displays in celebration of Independence Day on the Fourth of July.

Jason Hall of Belding 
displays his 2012 Danish Festival Best of Show award he received from his modified 1978 International Harvester Scout. It took him four years to modify his dream vehicle into an off-road weekend thrill ride.

REVVED UP: Work on Belding man’s 1978 International Scout is as impressive as its ride

Jason Hall’s 1978 International Harvester Scout II is simply impressive in performance.
It cuts through the sand like a hot scooper to ice cream. It climbs steep hills so effortlessly that it makes the ridiculously steep Test Hill at Silver Lake seem like a bunny hill. And, oh my, how cool it looks — with its sleek, bright siam yellow body, its removable soft top and its muscle-bound, 33-inch by 12.50-inch Wrangler mud terrain tires.
But behind its hardcore performance, neck-snapping power and its pristine look lies an even more impressive story.

Derek Brown, left, and David Youngman, both Lakeview natives, make up the group Duo Project, which will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakeview Community Church in Lakeview. — Courtesy photo

Duo Project ‘mini tour’ coming to Lakeview on July 2

he music of Duo Project — saxophonist Derek Brown and finger-style guitarist David Youngman — defies classification. It incorporates elements of jazz, bluegrass, pop and even classical genres. And at 7 p.m. Tuesday, that eclectic blend will come to Lakeview with a live concert at Lakeview Community Church, located on the corner of M-57 and Lincoln Avenue in the building which once housed the Bargains Unlimited store.


Funeral Notices – July 1, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Monday, July 1, 2013.


OUR VIEW: Lawmakers make right call on foreclosures

We were glad to see that our Michigan legislators did the right thing on Wednesday by passing legislation that keeps a six-month redemption period in place for homeowners facing foreclosure.

Hjordis Jacobsen-Batt, who migrated from Denmark to the United States when she was just 11, teaches a group of campers attending the Danish Youth Camp about the Danish language Friday at the Danish Brotherhood Hall in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Youngsters embrace Greenville’s Danish culture through new camp

The history and heritage of the Danish culture that surrounds the Greenville area is maintained and celebrated throughout the year by many dedicated members of the community. But as time passes, those with knowledge of the traditions and events that help designate Greenville as the “Danish Festival City” move on, and it’s up to younger generations to keep the Danish sprit alive.

Members of the local Blue Star Mothers, Debra Gommesen, left, Deann Oliver, center, and vice-president Kathy Barnes, manned an informational booth Friday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. The booth, which also is collecting donations of cash and personal items for military personnel serving overseas, will remain at the fair through today. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Blue Star Mothers helping provide for soldiers’ needs

No one understands the emotional balancing act a mother goes through when she has a son or daughter serving overseas with the military better than someone who has been in the same situation herself. For some, it represents the first time a child has been living away from home. Couple that with the very real possibility of danger in combat and it creates a recipe for angst, at best.

The Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization funded a Little Free Library in Greenville. The idea is to let students exchange books for free across the world. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Little Free Library now available in Greenville

To promote reading, especially at a young age, a Little Free Library has been built in Greenville for children to enjoy. Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President Ann Harvey said the idea of a Little Free Library came from Literacy Intervention Specialist Sarah Shoemaker at Baldwin Heights, who asked the PTO to help fund the project.