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Guest View | Michael Pousak

GUEST VIEW: Greenville’s police chief checks in

I am grateful for the opportunity to publicly express my appreciation to the Greenville community. These past few months have allowed me to meet some genuinely nice and thoughtful people. As the weeks continue, I’ve discovered that this is the norm and the residents of Greenville care about their community and want to contribute toward improving the city. I have seen this reflected with the members of City Council who have, despite unprecedented economic challenges, somehow continue to maintain funding levels for the public safety department.

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Greenville school board approves 2012-2013 budget

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting to approve the proposed 2012-2013 budget. During Monday night’s special meeting, the board approved the proposed budget to put set in place for the 2012-2013 school year, which starts July 1.

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Horse contest comes as a surprise for Crystal 4-H’er

For 16-year-old Crystal resident Krysti Jolley and her American quarterhorse Ralph, participating in the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s showmanship contest Monday was a surprise. “I was like, ‘Wait, what?’” Jolly said. “I need to do what?” Jolley found out the night before the event it was required for her at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

From left, 64B District Court Magistrate Kim Miller, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Steve Russell and Undersheriff Mark Bellinger anxiously await the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners vote Monday on a proposed law enforcement millage to be placed on November's ballot. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County law enforcement millage to be on November ballot

A failed law enforcement millage proposal is going back to the voters. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 Monday to approve Sheriff Bill Barnwell’s request to place a proposal on the November ballot for 0.6 mills over two years for $971,000 to partially fund the sheriff’s department.

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Funeral Notices for June 26, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The fire that destroyed Nelson’s Speed Shop in Montcalm Township on Friday is currently under investigation by state and federal officials. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Federal officials now investigating Nelson’s Speed Shop fire

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) is now investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed Nelson’s Speed Shop. About 75 firefighters from 11 fire departments responded to Nelson’s Speed Shop just north of Greenville at 1:30 a.m. Friday. They cleared the scene 10 to 12 hours later. Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said he doesn’t know the cause of the fire at this time. He noted that fuel and oil was stored in the back of the business where the fire began.

A look at the new Belding High School softball field and the gymnasium behind it.

New Belding athletic facilities taking shape

It may be summertime, but there is a lot of action going on at Belding High School. Construction work is continuing around the high school campus on all the athletic fields, including Rudness Field. Facility upgrades began in the spring and they are now beginning to take shape and near the finish line.

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CC-Crystal finishes softball season with 18 wins

Carson City-Crystal’s softball team finished the season with an 18-21 record, but it could have been better had it not been for one big bugaboo that plagued the Eagles all season long. “I think fielding errors,” coach Samantha Jensen said. “Overall, we were fairly consistent hitters. There were a few games where we didn’t come up with hits. Had we been able to come up with a few hits we might be able to squeak out a couple of wins. But overall fielding errors were a detracting thing for not winning games.”

Montcalm County Sheriff deputies review the scene of an accident on Sidney Road near Gowen on Monday evening, involving a 6-year-old boy and a white Lincoln car. Officers were called to the scene at 6:42 p.m. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Boy in serious condition after Gowen accident

A 6-year-old boy was struck by a car Monday evening near the Gowen General Store on Sidney Road. The Gowen boy was on his way home from a neighbor’s house around 6:45 p.m. when he ran across the road in front of a 1998 Lincoln Town Car driven by a 32-year-old man from Lowell.

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SHORT TAKES: Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing today and runs through Saturday. Daily events showcase what for hundreds of area kids has been a yearlong effort to hone their craft and/or take care of and raise their animals. This is the second year the fair has been hosted in its new location north of Greenville and we couldn’t help but notice the campground on site is bustling. This is a great week to get a taste of our area’s rich agricultural history during activities throughout the day, as well as through featured events most evenings at 7 p.m.