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Belding’s Autumn Thome reaches to bunt the ball during the first game of a doubleheader against Comstock Park Tuesday.

Belding grinds out wins over Panthers

The Belding softball team didn’t have an easy time with the Comstock Park Paanthers, and coach Mikayla Linebaugh knew it. “Good team,” Linebaugh said of the Panthers.

Former Greenville teachers Bill Martin (center) and Kary Scheiern (right) listen as Cedar Crest Elementary fifth-grader Taylor Dimond, 11, portrays the role of American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart for her Living Wax Museum project Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Cedar Crest’s Living Wax Museum (Photo Gallery)

During a “Living Wax Museum” project at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville on Monday morning, organized by fifth grade teacher Jean Stevens, students recounted the lives and characters of a variety of individuals from the past representing the United States.

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Funeral Notices for May 8, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Greenville girls soccer team cruises to 9-1 win over GR Union

The rain and slick conditions did not affect the play of the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls soccer team. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a quick lead and ended the game early with a 9-1 non conference mercy over the Grand Rapids Union Red Hawks on Monday night at home.

Four Greenville seniors signed to play college basketball next year. The photo includes, from left, Chris Mickey, Aaron Crebessa, coach Mark Haist, Torrey Davis and Austin Somerfield.

Greenville foursome set to play at the next level

Talent and hard work has paid off for a group of Greenville basketball players this year. Austin Somerfield, Chris Mickey, Torrey Davis and Aaron Crebessa all have committed to play college basketball next year.

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Drug trends presentation Tuesday at Montabella High School

Community members, parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend an emerging drug trends presentation at 6 p.m. today in the Montabella High School gymnasium. Many neighboring communities are hosting similar events to educate people of the effects of the latest substances being used as drugs. Edmore Police Department and Drug Free Montcalm will offer information on bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other substances that are becoming increasingly popular among youths.

According to Plant Manager Tim Kelley, about 215 United Solar employees from the Greenville facility will lose their jobs. — File photo

United Solar Ovonic auction canceled; Greenville operation is finished

Tricia Richards didn’t fall to pieces when she learned she was losing her job Monday. The former Electrolux employee and current United Solar Ovonic employee has been through this before.

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SHORT TAKES: Belding shows why we love where we live

It takes a community, and Belding has done it … that is, to recognize what we’re all about. It’s about our neighbors, our friends, and the people who help us in our hometown institutions. Last week the people of Belding showed the love and appreciation for a person who had served them for nearly 40 years. Library funds are precious and slim; and Betty Jenkins, who has served the library since her high school days, faced the loss of her job. An appreciating community stepped up to say no, we want you to stay.

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Westland man arrested 3 weeks after high-speed motorcycle chase

A man has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes three weeks after leading police on a high speed motorcycle chase through four counties. Andrew Kruczynski, 27, of Westland, was arraigned in 64A District Court in Ionia. He is charged with two counts of fleeing and eluding in the third degree and one count of fleeing and eluding in the fourth degree.

Artman Park in Howard City is one of the most popular parks in Montcalm County for weddings. The park includes a pavilion with picnic tables and activities for all to enjoy.  — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Parks tour offers summer guide to Montcalm County parks (Photo Gallery)

Montcalm County parks and pavilions officially opened for the season on Tuesday and will remain open until Oct. 31. Members of the Montcalm County Parks & Recreation Committee took their annual parks tour on Tuesday.