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McBride Park Improvement Committee (MPIC) members, from left, Tracy Stratton, Kim Jensen, Carolyn Kane, Tom Mascho, Roger Hinton and Bruce Sackett met Monday at Robert Lee Davis Memorial Park in McBride to discuss proposed site plan improvements. — Daily News/Robin Miller

McBride receives DNR development grant

Visitors to the Robert Lee Davis Memorial Park in McBride are in for a change of scenery. The village of McBride received a letter last December that it was among those recommended to receive a $132,300 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) development grant.

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Meeting in Brief for Crystal Township – March 14

Meeting in brief for the Crystal Township Board’s March 14 meeting.

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Greenville to host Odyssey of the Mind competition

Students of all ages will be using creativity, problem solving and teamwork this weekend for the Odyssey of the Mind Region 13 Tournament. The tournament will take place at Greenville High School for the second year in a row. “Odyssey of the Mind is an important program for students, especially in times of K-12 budget cuts,” said Korie Crawford, regional director. “It provides critical and creative thinking skills that are not always found in traditional school curriculum.”

Three Greenville Department of Public Safety officers were honored for their heroic efforts in saving a man and woman from a burning home on Jan. 13. Officers Tom Miller, left, Casey Huber, center, and Eric Hoig, right, received awards and pins from Greenville Department of Public Safety Interim Director Gary Valentine at Tuesday night’s Greenville Council meeting. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Trio honored for heroic efforts in Greenville

Three officers received a standing ovation from community members and the Greenville City Council after being awarded for their heroism. Officers Casey Huber and Eric Hoig and firefighter Tom Miller received awards and lifesaving ribbons from Interim Director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety Gary Valentine during Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting. “I want to extend my congratulations to (Huber Hoig and Miller),” said Councilman Larry Moss.

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Funeral Notices for March 22, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 22, 2012

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OUR VIEW: Recycling: Leading 
by example

Most of us probably think recycling is a good idea — but it’s not always convenient. Well, we won’t have inconvenience as an excuse anymore. Montcalm County officials are preparing to establish six recycling sites throughout the county.

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UPDATE: Elderly Greenville woman allegedly started fire, leading to son’s death

An elderly Greenville woman allegedly set fire to her son while he was sleeping in January, causing a fire that led to the son’s death a month and a half later. Dennis Vanderzand, 65, died March 1 (not Thursday, as previously reported). Vanderzand was rescued by officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety after a fire was intentionally set at 313 E. Cass St. on Jan. 13.

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JUST IN: Greenville man charged with attempted armed robbery in Belding

A Greenville man was arraigned and charged today after entering an elderly couple’s home Tuesday, threatened them with a knife, assaulting the woman and then fleeing before being apprehended by police. Robert James Rehkopf, 26, was arraigned and charged with attempted armed robbery and resisting and obstructing a police officer. Bond has been set at $100,000.

The new police cruiser will replace one of the more obsolete models in the current fleet at the Belding Police Department.

Belding Police Department to get new police cruiser

In the words of Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, “It’s time to put a new car in the fleet.” At Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot, Nelson got his wish as council members voted unanimously, 5-0, on the purchase of a new police cruiser to be used by the Belding Police Department.

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Crystal Township Fire Department may buy Montcalm County rescue vehicle

The Crystal Township Fire Department has a “new” rescue vehicle. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to sell the old Rescue 20 vehicle — a 1996 GMC with 33,000 miles — to the Crystal Township Fire Department for $1,000.