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From left, Zach Harrington, 16, Dale Harris, 21, Tyler Brecht, 16, and Gavin Bennett, 16, ride and skate together at Central Riverside Park in Belding Monday evening. The four friends, who often spend time together skating and riding, are hoping a larger skate park will come to Belding sometime next spring. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Youth, adults, working together to bring skate park to Belding

Finding a healthy, fun and inexpensive activity to do on a regular basis as a teenager in the summer months in Belding isn’t always an easy task. For Belding High School senior Gavin Bennett, 16, that task typically involves gathering his friends, packing into his small car with the trunk cracked open to fit everyone’s bikes, scooters and skateboards, and making a trip to Saranac or Ionia to enjoy a day of tricks and flips at a skate park.

Greenville High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) members placed third in the state for their campaign to raise awareness about texting and driving. Pictured, from left, are SADD members Emily Daenzer, Austin McNeal and O’Malley Bosanic holding shirts they made for their campaign. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville SADD project gets statewide recognition

With texting while driving becoming more popular among high-school students, Greenville’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) stepped up to bring awareness to other students and the community. Early in the 2011-2012 school year, SADD students were approached by Todd Oatley, assistant high school principal, about texting and driving becoming a big issue. He wanted to see if SADD could focus on the issue to bring awareness to students.

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Greenville man arrested after crash

A Greenville man was arrested at the scene of an accident after officers discovered he had been drinking and driving. The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a single-vehicle accident at 3:10 a.m., Sunday, by Industrial Park Drive and Van Deinse Street in Greenville.

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Greenville schools elects officers at organizational meeting

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education had its organizational meeting, which put the board’s business into place for the upcoming school year. On Monday, the board voted to elect officers, set a meeting schedule, chose a law firm and more.

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Funeral Notices for July 10, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Greenville graduate Luke Gilmore, left, works with Jordan Thomas wrestling camp instructor Corey Davis on Monday at Greenville High School. Thomas is hosting a three day camp through Wednesday.

Thomas hosts first Greenville wrestling camp

Greenville all-state wrestler Jordan Thomas isn’t even gone yet and he is already giving back to area wrestlers. Thomas, who will wrestle for the University of Michigan this year, is hosting his first wrestling camp this week at Greenville High School. The camp, which began on Monday and is free, will continue today and tomorrow.

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GUEST COLUMN: People don’t understand what addiction is

People today use the word “addicted” so flippantly, so carelessly. They say they are addicted to a game, to Facebook, to their cell phones. They say it as if it were amusing, as if being addicted equated to happiness, to enjoyment.
For me, it does not, and never will. I am a 32-year-old mother of two, with a fulltime job, a place to live, a vehicle, a healthy relationship, a high level of education and a supportive, wonderful family. I am a drug addict. My name isn’t important, because I could be anyone. The Realtor who sold the house you live in, the clerk at the grocery store, the accountant who handles your taxes. There is no way to distinguish an addict on sight, nothing to make us stand out in a crowd. But we are individuals, with our own story to tell. This is mine.

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Fenwick couple killed in Missouri motorcycle crash

Authorities in St. Louis County, Mo., have identified the two people killed in a collision between a car and a motorcycle as a Fenwick couple visiting family while on vacation. The crash happened Thursday near the Interstate 44 overpass and Big Bend Road when the car was making a left turn.

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Art Cruise applications now being accepted

Forms for artists of all kinds are available at participating businesses for the 2012 Art Cruise, an event that was introduced to the annual Stanton Old Fashioned Days last year. Application forms must be submitted between July 24-27, accompanied by photographs of each artwork. Each artist may submit up to three pieces of art. There is no entrance fee and cash prize amounts will be announced at a later date.

Although some damage was done to this cherry tree at Watts’ Orchards in Howard City, it was the frost in early spring that took fruit from the tree, leaving owners Wayne, above, and Bruce Watts without any crops to harvest. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

2012 has been one of the hardest years for local growers

Between the unusual warm winter, a freeze and now a record-setting heatwave in Montcalm County, this year has been a struggle for local growers and possibly one of the worst years in history. “It’s devastating to us,” summarized Wayne Watts, who owns Watts’ Orchards in Howard City along with his son, Bruce Watts.