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Grattan Township Board members, from left, Trustee Dennis Heffron, Trustee Paul Knoerl, Clerk Jim Fues, Supervisor Frank Force and Treasurer Sabrina Freeman discuss items on the township agenda during a monthly township board meeting Monday night. — Daily News/Cory Smith 

Grattan Township looking for new zoning officer

As of June 1, Grattan Township will be without a zoning enforcement officer, and members of the Grattan Township Board are hoping someone who is qualified will come forward and fill the position. Current Zoning Enforcement Officer Al Darzniak is resigning from the position and after Monday night’s monthly township board meeting, board members decided the position needed to be filled by someone “out of house.”

Grattan Academy junior Tiffany Hopkins, 16, will attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and Crime Scene Investigation this July. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Grattan Academy junior to attend law and CSI leadership program

A Grattan Academy junior is getting an opportunity to attend a week-long forum about law and crime scene investigation (CSI) after being nominated and receiving an invitation. Tiffany Hopkins, 16, will attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI taking place in July in Washington, D.C.

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Lakeview schools consider recognizing top students

hose who claim Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education members do not listen to the wishes of the community will have a hard time explaining the board’s recent willingness to take a second look at the high school’s policy regarding the annual naming of a valedictorian and salutatorian.

A volunteer firefighter who was the first to arrive at the scene is spraying the blaze with a hose. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Wildfire breaks out in wooded area in Winfield Township

The Amble Fire Department responded to a wildfire at 15266 W. Gates Road in Winfield Township around 3:30 p.m. Monday. The fire started in a wooded area behind a home and began to spread into the forest area. The fire burned three to four acres before firefighters were able to extinguish it.

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Porter fills vacant Montcalm County board District 5 seat

A retired plant engineering manager is the newest member of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. Commissioners voted 5-3 at a special meeting Monday to appoint Thomas Porter, 66, of Coral, to the District 5 seat vacated by Carl Paepke, who died April 18.

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Montcalm County employees plan green tribute to commissioners

Montcalm County employees are preparing to donate their own funds to plant trees in memory of the late Carl Paepke and other commissioners. Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Director Dave Feldpausch appeared before the Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday to request permission to plant five trees on county property.

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Funeral Notices for May 15, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Greenville’s Sarah Newhouse delivers a pitch during game two of a doubleheader with Belding on Monday. The Redskins swept the Yellow Jackets.

Belding, Greenville softball team up to fight cancer

The Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets met for more than just a couple of softball games on Monday. Monday was “Strike Out Cancer” night, a fundraiser for the B Foundation in Belding. Shirt sales from both teams went to the foundation, which was started last year.

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Central Montcalm wins slugfests over Montabella

Central Montcalm’s softball team got a pair of wins despite coach Jason Johnson saying his team didn’t play all that well. The Green Hornets took two games from the Montabella Mustangs by scores of 8-6 and 17-10 Monday.

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Free food distribution day for Ionia-Montcalm residents

GREENVILLE —EightCAP Inc. will be distributing The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for Ionia County and Montcalm County on Tuesday, May 15. Food will be distributed from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. or until supplies are gone at Greenville Community Church, 6596 S. Vining Road in Greenville Food will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 [...]