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Members of the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees discuss Tuesday evening the possibility of extending a bike trail from the college to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: MCC Board of Trustees shows support for campus bike trail

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail stretches 40 miles from Alma to Greenville and plans are now in the works to add an important stop along the way.


JUST IN: Teenage pedestrian and baby injured in 2-vehicle crash in Howard City, pregnant woman goes into labor

A teenage pedestrian and a baby were injured and a pregnant woman went into labor when two vehicles collided this afternoon in Howard City.


JUST IN: Lakeview Council considers new snow ordinance

The Village Council is considering a new snow ordinance that would “put some bite” in the municipality’s ability to fine residents and business owners who do not keep their sidewalks shoveled. Championed by recently-hired Village Manager, Jake Eckholm, the ordinance would provide for ticketing of non-compliant residents, who would then have 48 hours to remove [...]

The Holiday Helpers have donation cans at Jorgi’s Marketplace, All About Nails and More and The Meat Shack in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Holiday Helpers formed to offer helping hand

At a time in their lives, when their peers are worrying about raising money for their next 30-pack, three Greenville High School graduates are more concerned about raising money for the less fortunate.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 8, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Valerie Hansen downed this massive deer Nov. 20 in the Stanton area, where she’s from. The buck dressed out at 180 pounds. Its 11-point rack has an inside spread of 21-5/8 inches. This was her first buck using a firearm. (Courtesy photos)

Stanton’s Valerie Hansen bags an 11-point, 180-pound buck

As the sun sank to kiss the horizon and the shadows of the trees stretched their log, bony fingers across the ground, Valerie Hansen first caught sight of the monster in the woods. It was the first time she laid eyes on “Bruno.”


Stanton Downtown Development Authority meeting set for Tuesday

This city’s commission recently voted to move forward with the creation of a downtown development authority (DDA).
On Tuesday night, residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice their support or concern about the initiative.


Funeral Notices for Dec. 6, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, December 6, 2014

From left, Belding High School Robotics team members Jessie Boyd, Chase Bower, Sage Blunt, Jordan Witzel, and Joe Bartolatto stand with two of their robots after successfully qualifying for the VEX Robotics State Championship at Michigan State University with a win at the West Michigan VEX League Grandville Tournament this past week. — Courtesy photo

Belding robotics team wins tourney

The Belding robotics team is picking up right where it left off. Coming off a year that saw the team compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships, the team has begun the 2014-2015 school year by winning the West Michigan VEX League Grandville Tournament.

Crystal Township Fire Chief Lonnie Fitzpatrick, right, retired from the Crystal Township Fire Department on Nov. 30 after 47 years of service with the fire department. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage, left, was appointed by the Crystal Township Board to replace Fitzpatrick as the new fire chief. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Crystal Township Fire Chief Lonnie Fitzpatrick retires after 47 years of service

When Lonnie Fitzpatrick first expressed a desire to join the Crystal Township Fire Department in 1967, his father had one message for him. “If you’re going to do it, stick with it,” Fitzpatrick recalled his father, Rod Fitzpatrick, saying. “Don’t get into it and then get out.”