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Stewart’s single in the 10th gives Whitecaps win in season opener

Jake Stewart had a pretty good debut in professional baseball Thursday night. The ninth-round pick of the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 draft was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the West Michigan Whitecaps to a 7-6 win over the Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League season opener.


Funeral Notices – April 5, 2013

Read funeral notices for Friday, April 5, 2013.

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Mount Pleasant midget hockey team members are state champions

The Mount Pleasant Midget Hockey team is the 2012-2013 ADRAY State Champions.

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Community attends candlelight vigil for injured Greenville toddler

A group of about 75 people consisting mainly of family and close friends showed their support at a candlelight vigil Wednesday night for a young girl clinging to life.


Funeral Notices – April 4, 2013

Read funeral notices for Thursday, April 4, 2013.


Belding approves SMASH disc golf park

With warmer weather tends to comes more plentiful outdoor activities to enjoy, and disc golfing is no exception. And it will only be a matter of weeks now before residents of Belding and avid disc golfers from across the state will be able to enjoy a new nine-hole course at Lightning Bend Park after members of Belding City Council voted unanimously 5-0 on Tuesday evening to approve the construction of SMASH Park.

Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE) Ionia/Montcalm Executive Director Erin Roberts, center, addressed a group of just over a dozen concerned area citizens at a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening at Heritage Park in Greenville. The event was held to highlight the fact that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

RAVE sponsors ‘Take Back the Night’

The “Take Back the Night” event was held to highlight the fact that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


Greenville assistant city manager takes job in Plainfield Township

Greenville’s assistant city manager will be taking on a new role as manager of Plainfield Township. Cameron Van Wyngarden announced Tuesday during the Greenville City Council meeting he accepted the position after reaching a contract agreement Monday night with the Plainfield Township Board.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: We need to talk about EAA

If you are following the news about education legislation, you have no doubt heard about EAA. EAA stands for Education Achievement Authority. It began as a partnership between Eastern Michigan University and the Detroit schools as a means of implementing legislation to help improve schools that have been identified as failing students. The stated mission is: To transform traditional public schooling and provide a prototype for 21st century teaching and learning.

Court-appointed attorney Duff Chadwick, right, speaks on behalf of Cynthia Stewart-Matzen Tuesday before Judge David Hoort at the Ionia County Courthouse. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding woman accused of arson, ruled not indigent

A Belding woman who has been accused of committing arson in 2010 was back in court Tuesday in an attempt to prove she is indigent and cannot pay for court expenses and her court-appointed attorney. After testimony from attorneys and two recesses, 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hoort ruled that Cynthia Stewart-Matzen is not indigent and does not qualify for a court-appointed attorney.