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Robert McConnell, 67, at left with white gloves, runs at the Chip River Run in Mount Pleasant along with his son, Rob McConnell, 40, at right with orange shirt, and granddaughter Cammie McConnell, 12, in pink. Part of a running family, Rob and Robert McConnell of Stanton are both competing today in the Boston Marathon. — Courtesy photo

Stanton father-son duo take on Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon gets underway today, with tens of thousands of runners making their way through the 26.2-mile course.

Among them, picking their way through the competitors, will be a father-son duo from Montcalm County.

For a group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, there are two days per week they aren’t in a rush to get home. Instead, they lace up their running shoes and go for a jog, training for the Yellow Jacket Challenge 5K. About 15 students have signed up for the 5K and have been training after school since last October as part of the school’s running club. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville students training for Yellow Jacket Challenge

When the school bell rings at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, most students file through the front door, either to a bus or waiting parent.

But for a group of fourth- and fifth-graders, there are two days per week they aren’t in a rush to get home.

After 14 years without a major remodeling project, John Leppink, owner of Leppink’s Food Center in Belding, thought it was about time. The store’s renovation brings an entirely new look to the market.

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding Leppink’s store gets new interior makeover

Shoppers who haven’t been to the Leppink’s store in a while may not recognize the place on their next visit. For the past several weeks, the venerable grocery — which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary — has been undergoing a complete makeover.


Funeral Notices – April 19, 2014

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Tifennie Haddix, 17, is pictured on her Facebook profile. She was involved in an accident while on her way to school Thursday, losing control of her Jeep and crashing into a tree. — Courtesy photo

‘She’ll pull through’: Community rallies around Montabella High School senior after accident

Montabella High School’s class of 2014 is scheduled to graduate on June 1.

And Tifennie Haddix’s friends have no doubt she will be among those walking across the stage, despite this week’s hardship.

Kate (Laura Thompson) and Laurie (Mindy Crouse) listen as Jesus (Ben Crouse) explains His story. The trio are the main actors in "What if Sunday had not come?" an Easter presentation performed by Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

Trinity Church hosts Easter play Friday and Sunday

On Sunday, many will don the new dresses, or have a big family dinner or search for dyed boiled eggs. These are all traditions reserved for Easter Sunday.

Belding Fire Chief Gregg Moore answers questions of Theophiles Iwuh, 7, about equipment used by the fire department Thursday at the Belding Community Showcase at Belding High School.

More than 3,000 estimated visitors attend this year’s Belding Showcase

As seven-year old Theophiles Iwuh exited the 18th annual Belding Community Showcase with his mother, Sally Corder-Myles, he could’t help but unleash his curiosity on Belding Fire Chief Gregg Moore.

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville Thursday discussed a new campaign aimed at promoting manufacturing to area students. Pictured, from left, are Candy Kerschen, co-director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Karl Yoder of Chemical Bank, Pete Haines, Greenville Public Schools superintendent, and Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business services manager of Central Area Michigan Works Consortium. (Daily News | Curtis Wildfong)

Campaign underway to promote manufacturing in Greenville area

Manufacturing is a huge part of the Greenville area community and area officials are launching a campaign to promote interest in manufacturing jobs, skills for which are in high demand.

Threshold Academy Principal Victoria Simon delivers a presentation Thursday morning at the EightCap Administration Building in Montcalm Township during the Threshold Academy Board of Directors meeting. (The Daily New | Cory Smith)

Threshold Academy board discusses ‘dissolution process’ to close school, but makes no resolution

After years of decision making, setting goals and working to establish a bright future for Threshold Academy, preparing for the end may now be the final sobering task that members of the Threshold Academy Board of Directors must make together.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, April 17

Lakeview, Vestaburg split: The Wildcats opened the season with a win and a loss against the Wolverines Thursday, losing the first game 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk, but winning the second game 4-2…