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UPDATE: Adult foster care resident remains in critical condition after struck on M-46

A local foster care resident remains in critical condition after being struck by a pick-up truck Sunday afternoon near Vestaburg.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash, which occurred on Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) near Bollinger Road in Richland Township shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Four large bays have been added to a former church gymnasium, soon to reopen as Belvidere Township’s new firehouse. Concrete approaches will soon be added and firefighters should be able to relocate to the facility by early June. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belvidere Township to benefit from newly constructed fire building

Firefighters in this township tend to stand up for their meetings. It’s not that they’re anxious to be somewhere else — it’s just that in the firehouse, there’s literally no room to sit down, except perhaps on the bumpers and running boards of the crammed-together firefighting vehicles. The current structure is simply too small for the department’s needs.


GUEST VIEW: Restoring the balance of justice

Sunday marks the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. As we celebrate three decades of defending victims’ rights we are reminded of how far we have come and how much work is yet to be done.


Funeral Notices for April 3, 2014

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Attendees of last year’s Mom Prom pose for a picture during the event. This year’s “prom” will help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation, the charity of choice of Bree Town of Greenville. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Mom Prom hosting this year’s event in honor of Bree Town

Sitting in a limousine on their way to the airport for a flight to Disney World last year, the Town family couldn’t believe the trip the Make A Wish Foundation was sending their daughter Bree on. Bree, who was diagnosed in 2012 with acute myeloid leukemia, which affects the myeloid line of blood, was one of the many children whose wish became a reality thanks to the charitable organization.


Funeral Notices for April 2, 2014

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Greenville City Engineer Doug Hinken discusses with the Greenville City Council a bid for the construction of a new storage building for the recreation department to replace one destroyed in a 2013 fire. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville to replace rec department building with larger one

It’s been nearly a year since the Greenville Recreation Department’s storage facility was destroyed in a fire. On Tuesday, the City Council gave the go ahead for building its replacement. The council approved a $25,653 bid for the new building, which will be constructed in the A.G. Davis Park complex at Kent and Walnut streets. The bid from Butterworth Buildings of Greenville also includes electrical work.

Belding resident Katherine Henry voices her displeasure of City Manager Meg Mullendore’s handling of Freedom of Information Act legislation. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding citizens again voice displeasure of city council, city manager

Serving as a continuation from the most recent Belding City Council meeting on March 18, residents again voiced their concerns and disappointment Tuesday evening with respect to members of the council and City Manager Meg Mullendore. The meeting followed a similar theme of two weeks ago, fueled by disgruntled citizens who again addressed their concerns during the meeting’s public comment period, which lasted nearly 35 minutes.

Dozens of different types of herbs, grown by Montcalm Area Career Center students, were available for purchase at the center’s All Things Green expo Monday evening. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

‘All Things Green’ draws in large crowd to Montcalm Area Career Center

Teachers, students and many vendors were on hand Monday afternoon at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), where things were “greener” than St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Green technology and its application to everything from gardening to bio-fuels was the topic of the day at the “All Things Green” expo. The event, held annually at the center, was open to the public and drew a very respectable crowd anxious to see the latest advances in green technology, hear from master gardeners and maybe pick up a couple freebies in the process.


Ionia sheriff selects Meijer for inmate prescriptions

In a search conducted primarily to stay local while remaining cost efficient, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office has reached out to a nearby pharmacy to serve as its primary prescription provider for jail inmates at the Ionia County Jail. Just one day into a two-year contract, the sheriff’s office is now receiving pharmacy services from Meijer Inc., specifically from the Meijer pharmacy located south of Ionia in Berlin Township.