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Orleans Township Fire Chief Leslie Doty, left, and fellow firefighter Mike Hill attempt to extinguish a fire that rekindled at 4666 Johnson Road in Orleans Township on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Firefighters respond to Orleans farm second time in a week

The Orleans Township Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon to a rekindling of a fire that destroyed Orleans Township resident David Brown’s barn on Friday. Fire Chief Leslie Doty said remaining hay bales caught fire once again after high winds rekindled the fire.

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Lakeview High School press box, school buses vandalized

About $1,500 in damages was done last week to the press box and some electronics at Lakeview High School’s football field. Vandals also broke into several school buses stored on school property and made off with fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

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Montcalm Township woman walks into burglary in progress

Deputies from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a breaking and entering that took place Tuesday morning on West Peck Road east of M-91 in Montcalm Township.

Central Montcalm Public School band director Matthew Reed will return to the district this coming school year, thanks indirectly to funding from the Great Start Readiness Program. — File photo

Central Montcalm band director’s job is secure for another year

It took a little shuffling and some creative financing, but Central Montcalm Public School’s popular band director Matthew Reed will be back at the helm again when school begins this fall. Reed was among five teachers who were laid off in a spate of budget cuts earlier this year. At that time, retiring superintendent Jake Helm cited declining enrollment as the impetus for the cuts. Helms noted the district had lost 10 to 24 students each year for four years in a row and said he expected similar, or even greater enrollment drops for the upcoming school year.

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Funeral Notices for July 18, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for July 18, 2012

The Central Montcalm Junior High Equestrian Team captured Division B Championship during their meet June 16. Pictured in front from left, team members Keegan Moran and Nikki Wilkie; middle row from left, Danielle Clise, Karley Wilkie and Alicia Kohn. Team parents and coaches are pictured in back holding team horses.

Local riders shine at equestrian meet

It took months of practice to come together as a team, and a long stormy day of riding, but all the hard work paid off as five Central Montcalm middle schoolers captured the Division B Equestrian Team Championship on June 16 in Big Rapids, beating out Greenville, Morley Stanwood, Pine River and Reed City. The team was comprised of Danielle Clise, 14, of Stanton; Karley Wilkie, 13, of Sheridan; Alicia Kohn, 13, of Sidney; Nikki Wilkie, 12, of Sheridan; and the sole male rider, Keegan Moran, 12, of Stanton.

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Belding Basketball Academy Camp begins next week

Kids in the area who are looking to fine-tune their basketball skills, or simply enjoy a few days of shooting hoops for fun, can look no further than the Belding Basketball Academy camp, which is quickly approaching next week. Starting Monday July 23 and lasting through Thursday July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., students in fourth grade though eighth grade can attend the free four-day basketball camp at Belding Middle School.

The 57 Brew Pub and Bistro team stand outside the business as it is being built along M-57 on the west side of Greenville. Pictured from left to right are Manager Angie Peterman, Executive Chef Mike Wayland, his wife Cindy Wayland, owner Dorothy Brydges-Olsen, owner Robert Olsen, General Manager Sherry Aellien, her husband Vick Aellien and General Contractor Chris Nelson. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

57 Brew Pub set to open this autumn in Greenville

The owners of the anticipated 57 Brew Pub and Bistro plan to open their doors this fall. Co-owner Robert Olsen said things are moving along with the development of the new business located at 1310 W. Washington St. (M-57), where the former J.R.’s Roller Castle once stood.

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Belding Area Schools hires six new teachers

Belding Area Schools is welcoming six new teachers to its district — four at the elementary level and two who will be teaching special education. “We have had the pleasure of conducting several interviews even though we are in budget reduction mode, and we were able to add new staff where we had some vacant positions,” Interim Superintendent Sara Shriver said.

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Motorcycle trio sentenced after joy ride

Three local motorcyclists were recently sentenced after pleading guilty to traffic crimes. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Thomas attempted to make a traffic stop on Jesse Ellsworth, 37, of Crystal, Scott Ripley, 37, of Greenville, and Chad Simmons, 32, of Edmore, just before midnight May 18.