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West Michigan’s Marcelo Carreno delivers a pitch during Thursday’s 5-1 win over Lake County at Fifth Third Ballpark.

Krizan’s big night leads ‘Caps over Captains 5-1

Jason Krizan has been on a tear since coming off the disabled list June 28. The West Michigan Whitecaps left fielder was 3-for-3 with three runs scored Thursday night to lead the Whitecaps to a 5-1 win over the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Ballpark.

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Annual Ingles basketball camp fast approaching

For the sixth consecutive summer, former professional and Greenville High School basketball star Zach Ingles will host his youth camp. The camp runs July 16-20 at Greenville High School. Boys and girls entering first grade through ninth grade are eligible to participate.

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Belding Council talks focus on fireworks, noise issues

Those looking to shoot off any fireworks that may have gone unused during the Fourth of July holiday may want to think twice before launching that next rocket into the sky in the city of Belding.

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Belding City Council adopts new property code

At the request of Belding Fire Chief and City Code Official Gregg Moore, members of Belding City Council officially adopted the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code (IMPC) during Tuesday night’s meeting. According to Moore, the code, which has been upgraded since the city instituted the previous maintenance code in 2009, now includes boarding standards for the closing of damaged or vacant structures.

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Crystal Township home damaged in fire after lightning strike

Minor damage was done to a Crystal home this morning after lightening struck a water line. The Crystal Township Fire Department was dispatched to Smith Street near Crystal Lake for a structure fire at 4:37 a.m.

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Crystal Lake 4th of July fireworks (Photo Gallery)

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Fairplain Township Board members would like to purchase this property at 386 W. Fenwick Road just west of the Fenwick Post Office. The property is set to be auctioned off Aug. 6 at the Montcalm County public land auction. — Courtesy photo

Fairplain Township Board wants to purchase Fenwick property

The Fairplain Township Board decided against purchasing property in Fenwick because of the cost of demolishing the existing building. The township board had $10,000 set aside in its foreclosure and clean-up fund to possibly purchase a piece of property before it goes to the Montcalm County public land auction Aug. 6. The idea was to turn the property into a small community park. However, the cost to demolish the existing building would have put the township’s costs closer to $12,000.

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OUR VIEW: Bad apples don’t define us

The thing about living in any town – no matter the size – is that you get the good with the bad. Of course, we always hope that the good far outweighs the bad. But sometimes it may seem like the reverse. Lately, our area has had its share of strange crime and last weekend Montcalm County Sheriff deputies were particularly busy. They arrested a man after he threatened his family at knifepoint, apparently because he was upset he wouldn’t be able to buy K2/spice anymore. Selling the drug became illegal last Sunday.

The Hands on Hubbardston group includes, from left to right, Scott Schmitt, Nicole Ward, Kelly Ward, Eric Peiffer and his son, Taylor Thoma, Lisa Schmitt and her daughter, Kim Brown, Julie Thoma and Bill Thoma. Not pictured are Pat Baese, Yvonne Boomer, Tammy Burns, Katie Cashen, Diane McMillan, Jerry Slocum, Jeff Smith and Ann Thorn. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza cancer fundraiser set for July 7 in Hubbardston

It all started with an idea. Hands on Hubbardston began with a conversation about how more could be done to help those fighting cancer. Since then, the group has grown from five people to about 20 people, plus countless volunteers and donors.

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Main Greenville hospital entrance moves to temporary location

Due to construction, Spectrum Health United Hospital’s main entrance will be moved to a new temporary location. The move to the temporary location began today and is due to construction taking place in the current main entrance, registration and lobby areas.